There’s a lot of change happening this weekend, especially in Washington, D.C. But the more some things change, the more that some things stay the same. Eric and Larry continue their stretch of continuity from the Downtown Minneapolis studio this week. They dig deeply into NFL Championship Weekend, looking into both of Sunday’smatchups. They also receive insight from USA Today columnist and ESPN contributor Jarrett Bell. We also hear from Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook and find out what honor has escaped him this year. Plus, whom the latest MLB Hall of Fame class doesn’t feature, the Wild hit a slight bump in their hot streak, and Willie McCovey receives an unexpected gift.
Everything Leads to Minnea…I Mean, Houston
Segment 1: It’s early in 2017, but some may be looking down the road about a year out, when Minneapolis is said to be host to a pretty big game. Eric and Larry discuss the everything that surrounds the NFL’s ultimate title game. Back in today’s world, it’s NFL Championship Weekend, where the league’s four best teams will battle for a trip to…well…that big title game. The guys get into this Sunday’s games, and the potential awkwardness that could result at a later date and time.
Passed By For a Starting Role
Segment 2: One of the NBA’s biggest stars made a trip to Target Center this week. But is there a reason that Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook was left out of the starting lineup for the league’s All-Star Game? We heard from him after the Thunder lost to Minnesota early in the week, and you’ll want to hear what he said.
Controversial Hall of Famers-To-Be?
Segment 3: The MLB Hall of Fame will get some more members after the annual selections were made on Wednesday. But the bigger headline may continue to be the names that haven’t received the necessary votes to get the invite. Our hosts let us know if names such as Bonds and Clemens will ever make it to Cooperstown.
A Quarterback Tale: Jarrett Bell Previews the NFC Championship
Segment 4: We head back to USA Today columnist and ESPN contributor Jarrett Bell will be in Atlanta to cover the NFC Championship Game. He joins our show to break down the matchup. Can the Falcons continue their impressive season? Will the Packers get their revenge from a regular season loss at the Georgia Dome?
We’ve Seen Each Other Before: Jarrett Bell Previews the AFC Championship
Segment 5: The nightcap is touted as a showdown in Foxborough. Jarrett Bell returns to the program to preview the AFC Championship Game between the Steelers and Patriots. How impressive is the Pats’ run of six straight conference title appearances? Will the Steelers be focused and ready after last week’s postgame streaming controversy?
A Little Cooler on the Ice and the Court
Segment 6: The Wild finally cooled off a bit after a big weekend after Central Division rivals. Eric and Larry look at the team’s latest exploits on the ice. MLB Hall of Fame member Willie McCovey receives quite a present from President Barack Obama. Then, can Gopher men’s hoops turn their recent losing streak around against Wisconsin?