BOZICH | Teddy Bridgewater survives blitz from 96-year-old sport - WDRB 41 Louisville News

BOZICH | Teddy Bridgewater survives blitz from 96-year-old sports-writing legend

Posted: Updated:
Hall of Fame sports columnist Sid Hartman said the hopes of the Vikings rest with Teddy Bridgewater (right). Hall of Fame sports columnist Sid Hartman said the hopes of the Vikings rest with Teddy Bridgewater (right).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has survived blind side hits, questions about his arm strength and sliding to the final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Last weekend, Bridgewater survived an equally daunting challenge -- an interview with a legendary 96-year-old Hall of Fame Minneapolis sports writer.

That would be Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. And I would be kidding -- at least a little.

In October 1986 I accepted the job as sports columnist at the Star-Tribune. I was in line to work with Hartman. I started the drive from Kentuckiana to the Twin Cities on a Thursday. I arrived at the newspaper Friday. I attended a Michigan State- Minnesota game on Saturday. (Lorenzo White was the Michigan State star.)

On Sunday I returned to Louisville.

I audibled to the right play. But for years, Patrick Reusse, another popular Twins Cities' sports columnist, had the funniest line when the conversation turned to why I made the U-turn to Louisville.

(Other than the Louisville reader who sent me several pairs of long underwear, along with a note that he didn't want a fear of cold weather to be sufficient reason to keep me from getting out of town.)

Back to Reusse. He was always ready with an explanation every time somebody asked why I didn't stay in the Twin Cities.

"I always wondered about that, too," Reusse would said. "Then I remembered that they put Bozich's seat next to Sid's at the Michigan State game."

Reusse shook his head.

"That's all it took," he said.

That was 30 years ago. Hartman should share longevity tips with the Energizer bunny. He keeps going and going and going.

He's outlasted Red Smith, Jim Murray, Dick Young, Furman Bisher and the other press box legends. Hartman was always quick to make sure you understood that he could get George Steinbrenner, Bob Knight, Lou Holtz or Pete Rozelle to pick up the telephone. He once scored an interview with Prince at the Super Bowl.

In addition to writing a column for the newspaper, Hartman does radio hits twice every weekday morning and also on Sunday.

One of his latest columns, which I am linking here, was with Bridgewater, who led the Vikings to the NFC North title last season.

Hartman wrote that Bridgewater, not former MVP halfback Adrian Peterson, is Minnesota's best player. The future of the franchise "clearly," rests with Number 5, Hartman said.

He said that the Vikings' management focused on improving the team's offensive line and receivers during the off season so Bridgewater can improve his passing numbers -- 3,231 yards and 14 touchdowns -- from last season.

He also said that Bridgewater has assembled several key teammates in South Florida during the off-season for workouts without the coaches.

Hartman asked Bridgewater if that can make a difference.

"Definitely," he said. "Any time you get together on your own without the coaches is great. You get to take command, ownership and lead your guys. You get a good feel for guys and what they're like on the field and off the field."

If you're a Bridgewater fan, you'll likely enjoy the column. And then salute the 96-year-old legend who wrote it.

Copyright 2016 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.

  • Sign Up for the WDRB Sports Newsletter

    * denotes required fields

    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Sign Up for WDRB's Sports Newsletter

    * denotes required fields

    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.