Keep informed about sports news and trends in Minnesota, and laugh along the way, with Michael Rand and other Star Tribune writers and special guests each weekday morning.
Did the Timberwolves win or lose the NBA Draft? + Twins escape with much-needed win
Introduction: Host Michael Rand, with the help of Star Tribune beat writer Chris Hine, takes an in-depth look at Thursday's NBA Draft. Did the Wolves and new personnel boss Tim Connelly, after a lot of wheeling and dealing, end up in a good spot with No. 22 pick Walker Kessler and No. 26 pick Wendell Moore? Time will tell, but they certainly addressed a need with Kessler's size and rebounding ability.
15:00: The Twins avoided a bullpen meltdown, albeit narrowly, in an important win over Cleveland. One day after the teams combined for 21 runs in a crushing Twins loss, Minnesota scored the only run in a 1-0 win.
20:00: The Lynx might be on the upswing again, while Loons fans are mad about the Adrian Heath contract extension. Plus putting a bow on the NBA and looking ahead to D'Angelo Russell and free agency for the Wolves.
Voices from 50 years of Title IX; Another Target Field meltdown; Will Timberwolves trade No. 19 pick?
Introduction: Host Michael Rand gives some of his own thoughts on the impact of Title IX, the sweeping anti-discrimination legislation signed into law 50 years ago today. You'll also hear excellent perspectives from three highly successful women athletes: Paralympian Mallory Weggemann, hockey legend Natalie Darwitz and Olympic gold medal skier Jessie Diggins.
21:00: The Twins fell out of first place with a gut-punch loss to Cleveland, losing two big leads and allowing a four-run ninth inning in an 11-10 loss. Manager Rocco Baldelli called it "unsatisfying," which is a supreme understatement.
25:00: The NBA Draft is finally upon us Thursday. What will the Wolves do with the No. 19 pick? You'll hear from personnel boss Tim Connelly as he provides insights into the process.
La Velle E. Neal III on Timberwolves draft needs and the next 10 years of Minnesota sports
Introduction: Host Michael Rand takes no pleasure in reporting that the Twins have relinquished sole possession of first place in the American League Central for the first time in almost two months. They took over that top spot on April 24, but on Tuesday a late Cleveland rally for a 6-5 win in 11 innings pushed the Guardians into a tie with Minnesota atop the division standings.
7:00: Star Tribune columnist La Velle E. Neal III joins the show to express just how much he wants the Timberwolves to find a way to draft Duke center Mark Williams. Plus Rand and Neal debate the idea of which Minnesota athlete will be most loved by fans over the next 10 years.
32:00: A tough break for the Gophers men's basketball team and a much-needed win for the Lynx.
A position switch for Karl-Anthony Towns? + U.S. legend Cobi Jones on the past and future of soccer
Introduction: Host Michael Rand is ready to get a better idea of how the AL Central stacks up when the Twins begin a series against Cleveland on Tuesday. The Guardians have made up 6.5 games in the last three weeks and trail Minnesota by just one game. These teams will play eight times before the All-Star break in a month, while the Twins and White Sox will play seven times.
5:00: A look at some interesting comments from new Wolves boss Tim Connelly that -- combined with success Denver had when he was there -- could mean some time at power forward for Karl-Anthony Towns in the future.
13:00: U.S. soccer legend Cobi Jones joins the show to promote the Major League Soccer All-Star Game at Allianz Field in August and to provide perspective on the past and future of soccer. He also answers several listener questions.
27:00: Never count out a champion.
Patrick Reusse on Twins, golf, soccer and a word he wants to bring back
Introduction: If you came here to get hard-hitting analysis of the Twins' upcoming series against Cleveland and the excellent final round of the U.S. Open, host Michael Rand and Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse provide that.
But if you also came for a digression into the good old days of pro indoor soccer and a word that Reusse is trying to work back into circulation, they have you covered there, too.
Will Twins add at trade deadline? + Golden State rules, Lynx breakdown and Gophers optimism
Introduction: Host Michael Rand notes a recent ESPN article that suggests the White Sox are more likely to add players at the trade deadline than the Twins, even though the Twins are atop the AL Central at the moment. The sentiment makes some sense, but anyone who looks at the Twins' roster can see there are pieces they could add.
9:00: Star Tribune women's basketball writer Kent Youngblood joins the show to offer his perspectives on all the things that have gone wrong for the 3-12 Lynx this season. Plus he looks ahead to an optimistic season for Gophers women's basketball, which started summer workouts this week with four talented Minnesota freshman on the court.
26:00: Golden State took home another NBA title and the World Cup sites in 2026 were revealed.
Lavelle E Neal III
He’s got great insight and easy to listen to.
Great podcast | Needs to drop Reusse
Great podcast Tuesday through Friday. Rand is a wonderful host. Great insights and opinions on local and national sports scene. He does a really nice job of balancing both local and national angles and is always interesting.
The only downside of the podcast is local columnist Patrick Reusse as a guest every Monday, which makes Mondays a great challenge to listen to. Reusse’s words applied to himself: “Gawd, here’s terrible!” Reusse is overwhelmingly negative about everything, with little insight beyond “terrible” or “stupid.” Hopefully Rand shakes up the order and drops Reusse as a weekly guest.
Love it, especially Monday with Patrick.