For as many options as we have available on the Twin Cities sports scene, this might be as varied a sports weekend as we’ve seen in the area for quite a while. Eric and Larry take a moment to set the table from the Downtown Minneapolis studio. A new league makes its Twin Cities debut as MN United play their first MLS game on home turf. The Vikings look to make a splash in a new NFL year. The Timberwolves are in the hunt for a Playoff spot, but didn’t get to play a game this week due to unusual conditions (Trailblazers TV broadcaster Lamar Hurd explained the situation). And the Gopher look to continue their success in the postseason (Richard Pitino and Nate Mason talk about how they can achieve that).
Welcome to the Pitch
Segment 1: There’s a lot going on, sports-wise, in the Twin Cities. However, there’s only one weekend event that requires a first. Eric and Larry discuss the MLS home debut for MN United. What should we expect from their Sunday tilt with fellow MLS expansion franchise Atlanta FC?
A Pigskin Free Agent Frenzy
Segment 2: Despite what it says on the actual calendar, the NFL celebrated its own “Happy New Year” on Thursday. And the action got underway quickly. Even the Vikings got in on the fun. The guys look at the team saying goodbye to one offensive lineman and hello to another. This also brings up the history of some famous Purple protectors.
Wolves Looking to Hunt Down a Playoff Spot
Segment 3: The race for the 8-Seed in the NBA’s Western Conference is crowded. The Timberwolves are part of that mix. But have they positioned themselves well enough to make a run? Plus, what in the world is happening to Pro hoops in L.A.?
Slippery When Wet: Lamar Hurd Discusses a Weird Postponement
Segment 4: A funny thing happened on the way to Monday’s basketball game…a Spring storm broke out (kind of). Eric caught up with Portland Trailblazers broadcaster Lamar Hurd to discuss the bizarre circumstances that postponed a pivotal game in the chase for a postseason spot.
Gophers Given Their Due: GDG Chats with Richard Pitino and Nate Mason
Segment 5: The Gophers are in Washington, D.C. battling for the Big Ten Tournament title. Their successful season has garnered some attention. Larry talked about the turnaround with head coach Richard Pitino and star point guard Nate Mason.
When Sports and Mother Nature Collide
Segment 6: With the weird postponement of the Wolves game this week, the fellas look back on some of the notable weather games they’ve attended. Then, they pour through some more notes from the opening of the NFL calendar year.