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SPORTS NUGGETS: Purple Power – Minnesota gets a signature win

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By Eric Nelson
September 23, 2012
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from a pumped up Purple Nation…

  • The NFL is a week-to-week league. What happened last week has no bearing on this week, yet that doesn’t stop most of us from jumping to conclusions on a weekly basis. This season everyone anointed San Francisco as a Super Bowl team after wins over Green Bay and Detroit. However, champions aren’t crowned in September and this week that was proven again…
  • Minnesota – fresh off a loss to lowly Indianapolis – bounced back with a seismic shocker, knocking off San Francisco 24-13 at Mall of America Field. For one week at least, the 49ers Super Bowl express has been derailed. “I think outside of the locker room, nobody thought we were going to win,” said Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams. “We were telling the guys all week, ‘let’s go out and be physical and we can beat these guys.’ For the most part it got done…”
  • Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder teamed up with TE Kyle Rudolph for a pair of touchdown passes. Ponder finished with 198 yards and no interceptions and also scrambled 23 yards for a TD in the second quarter. Rudolph’s second TD catch was Cris Carter-esque as he made a one-hand back-of-the-end zone grab in tight coverage. The fourth quarter score turned out to be a key play. “Once he touches it, he usually sucks it in,” Williams said of Rudolph. “He’s been a tremendous target for Christian…”
  • So let’s see: QB Alex Smith outplayed Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford in SF’s first two games, then was outplayed by Ponder in week 3. With Jay Cutler’s stock dropping, does that make Ponder the NFC North’s top quarterback..?
  • Ok, Jk. But, all kidding aside, Ponder easily played the best game of his young NFL career and it came against a 49er defense with plenty of swagger. Ponder has no interceptions this season and is showing growth…
  • Next week Christian gets thrown to the Lions, as Minnesota plays at Detroit…
  • For Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier it was a signature win. Remember SF was 13-3 last season and played in the NFC Championship Game. Minnesota was 3-13 and out of the playoff picture before the holidays…
  • Victory was out of reach for WR Randy Moss and the 49ers in Minnesota

    The win had to be be sweet for ex-49ers coach Mike Singletary, who is now a Vikings assistant…
  • The loss had to be sour for ex-Vikings wideout Randy Moss, who now plays for the 49ers. Moss caught three passes for 27 yards and received more cheers than boos in pre-game introductions…
  • Despite the 49ers pedigree, attendance at the Metrodome was just 57,288, far short of the 64,111 capacity…
  • Maybe this game should have been dubbed the venue bowl. Both the 49ers and Vikings are getting long-awaited new stadiums…
  • The city of Minneapolis debuted Railgating before the game. There were 13 food trucks parked next to the light rail tracks near the Metrodome giving fans a chance to eat a variety of different foods…
  • Atlanta had a productive few days. Last Monday night in Georgia, the Falcons defeated Denver in a game that actually finished on Tuesday morning. Then five days and three time zones later, Atlanta traveled to San Diego and showed no signs of grogginess in a convincing 27-3 over the Chargers. Matt Ryan threw three TD passes in the win and has eight this season…
  • Arizona is a perfect 3-0 after a 27-6 win over Philadelphia. Kevin Kolb threw two TD’s for the Cardinals – one to Minneapolis’s Larry Fitzgerald and the other to St. Paul’s Michael Floyd. When Floyd and Fitzgerald line up on the same side of the field it should be called, Twin Cites right or left…
  • The vibe was energetic at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday night as Minnesota knocked off Syracuse 17-10. The Gophers’ swarming defense caused four turnovers, including an interception by Aaron Hill. The Orange had a first and goal at the Minnesota 1 in the third quarter, but Hill’s third down pick punctuated an impressive goal line stand…
  • A capacity crowd of 50,805 kept the decibel levels high all game on a cool, crisp night in Minneapolis. It was the kind of win that might bring fans back to the Bank. With the Big Ten down this season, the Gophers could potentially move up the conference totem pole. It’s all about changing the culture of losing and coach Jerry Kill appears to be slowly doing that. However, it is a process – crawl, walk, run sprint. The Gophers finally might be past the crawling stage…
  • Believe it or not, the Gophers (4-0) are just two wins from becoming bowl eligible. Minnesota travels to Iowa (2-2) this week with a chance to win the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy for the third straight year…
  • Forget about the presidential debates, the most pressing debate these days is who is going to win the AL MVP and manager of the year honors?. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and LA Angels rookie Mike Trout are having monster seasons and it should be a close MVP vote. The voting should also be tight between Baltimore’s Buck Showalter, Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox, and Oakland’s Bob Melvin for top skipper…
  • If you looked into your crystal baseball in March and predicted that Cincinnati and Washington (92 wins each) would lead MLB in victories, then go straight to Las Vegas, or buy a Powerball ticket…

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9/21/12 – NFL/NCAA Football talk

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NFL talk continues about the Redskins, Mike Shanahan, RG3, the refs and then the 49ers, Vikings and Randy Moss before delving into NCAA football, John L. Smith and Arkansas, Stanford, USC and the Big 10 being a “bad conference.”
Gameday Gold Part 3/9-21-12

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8/31/12 – NCAA Football Outlook

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Eric Nelson and Scott Bertsch talk about NCAA football, the BCS, Alabama, Michigan and the dominant SEC.
Gameday Gold Part 2/8-31-12

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8/24/12 – Gus Johnson talks College Football

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The Gus Johnson interview continues focusing on Tyrann Mathieu leaving LSU and the Hawaii-USC game Gus will be broadcasting on FOX.

Gameday Gold Part 5/8-24-12

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8/24/12 – Heckles and Broadcaster Tim Brewster

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Gameday Gold continues its MLB discussion talking about Joe Girardi getting heckled by a Chicago White Sox fan and Bobby Valentine before also talking about former Gophers football coach turned broadcaster Tim Brewster.

Gameday Gold Part 2/8-24-12

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Gameday Gold Radio Show – July 27, 2012

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This week on Gameday Gold Larry and Eric visit with Sophia Parker from Sports Angels as she talks about the trouble facing young athletes – including Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant. They also connect with Gerry Dinardo from the Big Ten Network and get Dinardo’s thoughts on Penn State and the upcoming college football season. Other topics discussed are the start of NFL training camp, Tubby Smith’s contract extension at Minnesota, Cole Hamels new mega-bucks deal with Philadelphia and the NY Yankees losing Alex Rodriguez, and acquiring Ichiro Suzuki from Seattle.

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The Soup Man Speaks

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Paterno Faced Challenges with                           Stubborn Consistency

By Tom Tuttle
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Well, it should be just about over now. The legend has been laid to rest and his part in the public tragedy of the past few months should go with him.

Suspect Sandusky will have a trial and the focus will be on the physical culprit involved in the abuse of young men and boys, and former receiver coach Mike McQueary will have to explain, among other things, his prolonged silence over the bulk of the past decade on the matter of what he witnessed (and, arguably, failed to properly communicate). Read more

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Sports Nuggets

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Cheesehead Envy: Even Minnesota fans
know that Wisconsin teams are good

By Eric Nelson
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS–Sports Nuggets from Wisconsin’s jealous neighbor to the west…
  • Usually when Minnesota and Wisconsin sports fans get together, they throw verbal darts at each other. Packer backers laugh at the Vikings, Gopher fanatics tear down the Badgers, and Brewer rooters rip the Twins. This hasgone on for years and has fostered plenty of acrimony on both sides of the border…
  • However, these days the border barbs don’t come as often from the Minnesota side.  The Vikings, Gophers and Twins are struggling, while the Packers, Badgers and Brewers are rolling…

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Wisconsin-Minnesota border battle

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Gameday Gold’s Eric Nelson interviews University of Minnesota AD Joel Maturi. He talks about the upcoming Wisconsin-Minnesota border battle and the Penn State situation.

Minnesota AD Joel Maturi Part 1 11-9-11

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Minnesota AD Joel Maturi Part 2 11-9-11

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