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GDG rundown for the weekend of Mar. 24th-26th

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The signs of Spring are slowly showing up across the Upper Midwest.  One of those is actually happening down in Florida.  We have both areas covered this week, with Larry holding down the fort in Downtown Minneapolis and Eric on the road in Fort Myers, FL.  They look into the last days of Grapefruit League action for the Twins, and even get some insight from bullpen coach Eddie Guardado.  Plus, an expensive surgery for the Vikes, Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey surfaces, Lavar Ball keeps talking, and we hear an interview between two well-known names to Twin Cities sports fans.

Twins Look for a Citrus Boost

Segment 1: The days are counting down to Opening Day of the 2017 MLB season.  As the Twins get ready to kick off the 162-game marathon, they’re fine tuning their roster during the close of the Grapefruit League.  We have an up-close look at the team, as well as what they need to do to improve from last season.

 

All Eyes on the Ankle

Segment 2: The Vikings appeared as though they steadied their running back quandary after signing free agent Latavius Murray.  However, are the good feelings stunted by the fact that Murray will have to undergo ankle surgery?  The fellas discuss this development.

 

AP’s Journey & A Jersey Comes Home

Segment 3: Adrian Peterson is still out on the free agent market.  Will he find a home for next season?  The guys look into the favored candidates to land the former NFL MVP.  Then, our long, national nightmare is over.  Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey has been found.  Whom gets a bad name during this happy ending.

 

Is Lavar Having a Ball at His Kids’ Expense?

Segment 4: If you’ve followed sports lately, you can’t help but have noticed Lavar Ball.  The father of UCLA freshman star Lonzo Ball has been talking quite a bit lately.  Is he putting undue pressure on his hoop star sons, though?  Eric and Larry chat about the role of a sports parent.

 

Call to the Pen: Everyday Eddie Guardado Joins GDG

Segment 5: Some of the questions involving the Minnesota Twins focus on the shape of the bullpen.  Former Twins closer and current bullpen coach Eddie Guardado joins the show to discuss how the pen is rounding into shape.  Plus, how important was it for the U.S. team to win the World Baseball Classic?

 

Legendary Chat & Two Different Outcomes

Segment 6: Earlier this week, Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. sat down to talk with one of his childhood idols.  We hear a snippet from his interview with Kevin Garnett during the weekly “Area 21” broadcast on TNT.  After that, our hosts discuss how the Wild and Timberwolves are going in the same direction with opposing results.

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Mar. 17th-19th

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So many sports, so little time.  It’s the height of this crazy month we call March.  It’s so crazy that our hosts will be doing a lot of traveling over the next few weeks just to keep up.  This week, Eric is in the Downtown Minneapolis studio, while Larry is in transit from covering Day 1 of the NCAA basketball tournament.  They look at the Minnesota Gophers’ first foray into the tourney in four years.  Then, the Vikings bring in a new running back.  Where does this leave the legacy of Adrian Peterson?  The Wild have cooled off down the stretch run.  The Wolves are still trying to push for the West’s 8-Seed.  Plus, we’ll hear from Golden State star Steph Curry and revisit an interview on the renovation happening at the Target Center.

A Maddening Result

Segment 1: The Madness is here and running rampant on the sports world.  Eric and producer Jonathan Lowe look back on the first day of the NCAA basketball tournament, including a glimpse at the Gophers’ first-round loss to Middle Tennessee.  Plus, a familiar voice gets back behind the microphone.

 

Gophers’ Season Ends in Upsetting Fashion

Segment 2: Larry joins in on the fun in this portion of the show.  He joins Eric on the way back from Milwaukee, where he watched the Gopher hoops team fall in the first round of the NCAA tourney.  We hear a detailed breakdown of the loss to Middle Tennessee.  And the guys put a wrap on a surprisingly positive turnaround for the program.

 

Vikings Continue to Add During Free Agency

Segment 3: Even with the frenzy of March Madness, the NFL can always steal some of the headlines.  The Shield’s free agency season continues, and the Vikings appear to have made a statement.  The fellas discuss the team’s new tailback and what effect the signing will have on Adrian Peterson.

 

A.P. Sits and the Wild Slip

Segment 4: The discussion continues to focus on Adrian Peterson for the start of this segment.  Where does AP stack among the all-time prolific rushers (Vikings and NFL history)?  Then, have the Wild hit their traditional regular season swoon?  We hear about the team’s recent struggles.

 

A Look Back: GDG’s Digs Into Renovations at Target Center

Segment 5: The NCHC’s Frozen Faceoff is this weekend at the Target Center.  It’s a good time to step back into the GDG vault and discuss the ongoing renovations with the facility.  We revisit Eric’s interview with Mortensen Construction project manager Derek Hansen on the progress of the upgrade.

 

The State of Golden State

Segment 6: The Timberwolves had a big flourish last week, beating the Clippers and Warriors in back-to-back outings.  After last Friday’s win over Golden State, we got into the locker room for some postgame sound from reigning MVP Steph Curry.  After that, our hosts discuss the practice of marquee NBA teams sitting star players during the regular season.

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Mar. 10th-12th

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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.

 

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Mar. 3rd-5th

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As the calendar flips over to March, the sports landscape is starting to get very crowded.  Eric and Larry muscle their way through all of the headlines to bring you this week’s edition of the show from the Downtown Minneapolis studio.  Most of the local Winter sports teams are covered.  Will the Wolves make a Playoff push?  How hot will Gopher hoops and the Wild be when entering their respective postseasons?  Are the Vikings moving on from Adrian Peterson?  Can the Twins provide any glimmer of hope for 2017?  And college hockey is flipping from regular to postseason as well.  We hear from Saint Cloud St. center Ben Storm.  Plus, Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen talks football, inspirations, and bowling.

Wolves Trying to Make a Run

Segment 1: The NBA is gearing up for its last few weeks to the regular season.  Can the Wolves bring all of their talent and make a postseason push?  The guys look at the team’s fast return post All-Star Break.  And, at this point, which team is the favorite to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy?

 

All Day AP Runs Out of Time?

Segment 2: Now, it’s on to the biggest story of the weekend…the NFL Combine!  Eric and Larry get into the Pigskin Offseason, including the Vikings’ decision to not pick up the option on former MVP Adrian Peterson.  How did it get to this point, and what will AP do going forward?

 

More of the Same for the Twins?

Segment 3: Can you find a reason to be excited about the Twins in 2017?  The guys dig for some sign to creative positive thoughts from a 103-loss team in 2016.  After that, is the NFL right for not letting former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon work out at the Combine?

 

Storm’s A-Brewin’: Ben Storm Talks College Hockey with GDG

Segment 4: It’s the last weekend of the NCHC’s regular season.  Teams are positioning for the conference playoffs, and that includes Saint Cloud St.  Huskies center Ben Storm joins the program to talk about the squad’s pursuit of the 2nd seed in the NCHC tournament.  Plus, how did the senior from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula get into the sport of hockey?

 

Local Kid Does Good: GDG Chats with Vikings WR Adam Thielen

Segment 5: Adam Thielen’s story is an inspirational one for local youth athletes.  The Detroit Lakes native and MSU-Mankato graduate has made a name for himself with the Vikings.  The wideout led the team in receiving yards during the 2016, and GDG caught up with him recently to discuss his success and how he hopes to help the Purple improve next season.

 

Two Local Teams Peaking Towards the End

Segment 6: The Gopher men’s basketball team has now reached the level of “red hot” as they reach the close of the regular season.  The fellas take a closer look at this squad that appears to be a lock for an NCAA Tournament bid.  And, despite a Thursday night setback against Columbus, the Wild continue to lead the NHL’s Central Division…but for how long?

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Feb. 24th-26th

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It’s another busy week across the Twin Cities’ sports landscape.  Eric and Larry cover the festivities from the Downtown Minneapolis studios.  Among the topics this week, the guys look at the Vikings’ offseason plans, the best team in the NBA, a familiar L.A. face in a new Showtime position, and the resurgence of Gopher men’s basketball.  GDG’s own Scott Taylor parses through the Wild’s ongoing success.  Plus, Derek Hansen of Mortenson Construction details the progress of the renovations over at Target Center.

A Welcome That’s Invigorating…& Renovating

Segment 1: It was a festive week for the NCHC as they hosted their annual luncheon.  Eric and Larry attended the event and offer up what they saw (including that ongoing renovation at Target Center).  Plus, baseball returns indoors for some Twin Cities-based teams.

 

The Warriors’ Popularity & the Lakers’ Sense of Magic

Segment 2: The NBA is returning to the court after the All-Star Break.  The fellas try to figure out whether the Golden State Warriors are the hottest ticket in the league.  And Magic Johnson is already bringing change to the L.A. Lakers.

 

Vikings Assess Their Direction

Segment 3: The Vikings are still stinging from their deflating 2016 season.  GM Rick Spielman said as much, and Larry recounts the details of the discussion.  Where does the organization go from here?  And does Adrian Peterson figure anywhere in those plans?

 

GDG’s Scott Taylor Looks Into Wild Postseason Possibility

Segment 4: The Wild continue to impress as the NHL’s regular season winds down.  Winnipeg broadcaster and GDG contributor Scott Taylor joins the show to discuss how the team continues to gear up for a playoff run.  Plus, how does he think hockey will go over in Las Vegas?

 

Building From Within: Derek Hansen Explains the Target Center Renovations

Segment 5: No matter the season, there’s always construction going on in the Twin Cities.  Right now, the Target Center is up front as far as renovation projects.  One of the people overseeing the project is Derek Hansen, project director at M. A. Mortenson Company.  He joins our show to explain the current state of the project.

 

Gophers Ready For Some Madness?

Segment 6: The Gophers men’s basketball team is starting to look really good for a return to the NCAA Tournament.  Eric and Larry look into the turnaround from a dismal 2015-2016 season.

 

 

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Feb. 17th-19th

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There’s a lot going on in the world of sports.  Eric and Larry have it covered as they reunite in the Downtown Minneapolis studio for this week’s show.  There are some changes coming for a prominent Twin Cities sports council.  Is there truly Divine intervention (or lack thereof) when it comes to teams and players we follow?  The NBA reaches the All-Star Break.  Plus, the guests show up in full force.  NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton talks about the state of the college hockey league.  Then, NBC Sports and Pro Football Talk.com analyst Mike Florio looks back at the Super Bowl and ahead to a busy offseason.

A Change in Council and a Gopher Resurgence

Segment 1: As the week rolled along, the deck got shuffled a bit for the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority.  Our hosts dive into what led the Authority’s Chair AND Executive Director to hand in their resignations.  Then, the Gopher men’s hoops team is surging.  Is it enough to already lock them into the upcoming NCAA Tournament?

 

Heavenly Happenings: Do Sports and Religion Intersect?

Segment 2: Is God a sports fan?  The guys get religious as they examines whether faith has a tangible effect on the athletes and athletic endeavors we follow.  One thing’s for sure, it appears that God hasn’t been a fan of the Vikings over the years.

 

Hockey Hierarchy: NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton Talks With GDG

Segment 3: The NCHC will provide some high-quality hockey when Minneapolis hosts next month’s Frozen Faceoff.  League commissioner Josh Fenton stops by the show to preview the event and explain how this conference is the best thing going NCAA hockey.  What has all of the recent success done for the league?

 

NFL Analyst Mike Florio Reviews A Wild Super Bowl

Segment 4: There’s still quite a bit of buzz about Super Bowl LI.  Mike Florio of NBC Sports and Pro Football Talk.com joins the program to discuss where the game ranks on his list of best-ever NFL games.  Plus, what’s happened to some of the biggest pieces of memorabilia from the game?  And how does Atlanta ever recover from the defeat?

 

The NFL Offseason Outlook with Mike Florio

Segment 5: Mike Florio sticks around to look forward to the next stages on the NFL calendar.  Is he excited to come to Minneapolis next February?  Has the NFL Combine “jumped the shark”?  Will Tony Romo be calling signals for somebody next season, and whom?  Also, will Adrian Peterson be in Viking Purple come September?

 

All-Star Weekend Gives Teams a Chance to Reset

Segment 6: The NBA is taking its All-Star Break this weekend.  Our hosts assess where the Timberwolves stand when it comes to the race for the 8th seed in the Western Conference pecking order.  Then, how did Russell Westbrook get left off of the All-Star starting lineup?

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