SPORTS NUGGETS: Minnesota Lynx looking for a championship sequel

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By Eric Nelson
October 10, 2012
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Land of Lynx…

• Getting to the mountain top in sports is challenging, but staying there is more difficult. The Minnesota Lynx reached the WNBA summit in 2011, when they won the franchise’s first-ever title. The Lynx like the view from the top so much they are back in the WNBA Finals, looking to repeat. Game 1 of their series is Sunday night in Minneapolis against Connecticut or Indiana…

• If the Lynx produce a championship sequel, it could be the start of a dynasty. This team has star-power and a knack for playing cohesive, fundamentally sound basketball. Another crown would be impressive, because the team that plays at Target Center has had a target on its back all season…

• ABC/ESPN broadcaster Rebecca Lobo gave some major props to Minnesota guard Maya Moore , who has won titles in the NCAA and WNBA, and also collected a gold medal at the London Olympics. “She’s a winner and she’s been a winner her whole life, from the time she was in high school on,” said Lobo, who played at UConn and for the WNBA’s New York Liberty. “Part of that is because she is so talented and makes her teams better. She just clearly has a confidence about her game. She is just one of those special players and Minnesota is fortunate to have her – especially when they have Seimone Augustus on the other side. It’s unenviable for any coach on the other side trying to figure out how to game plan defensively against Minnesota…”

• The Minnesota Vikings will try to solve the quarterback puzzle known as Robert Griffin III this week when they play the Washington Redskins in suburban D.C. Vikings cornerback Chris Cook is well aware of the challenge the multi-dimensional RG III presents for a defense. “He’s a versatile guy,” Cook said. “He can run and pass. He probably runs better than he passes, but he’s a great passer. He can make any throw. As a db it presents a challenge because once he starts scrambling outside of the pocket you kind of have the tendency to come up and tackle him and make a play. But you can’t really do that, you have to stay with the receiver because he can scramble outside of the pocket and still make throws down the field…”

• Vikings’ LB Erin Henderson is from Aberdeen, Md., which is not too far from FedEx Field in Landover – the home of the Redskins. This weeks Minnesota-Washington game is a homecoming for Henderson, who grew up rooting for the Baltimore Orioles, and believe it or not, the Green Bay Packers. Henderson’s favorite players were Brett Favre and Cal Ripken Jr. Apparently Henderson liked durable athletes…

• The best division in the NFL is the NFC West, where every team is above.500. The West is also a smash mouth division. Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis and Seattle are physical teams who play swarming defense…

• The Dallas Cowboys were once dubbed America’s Team. That moniker clearly does not fit these days. The Cowboys (2-2) aren’t even the top team in Texas. That honor belongs to Houston (5-0), which is one of just two perfect teams left in the NFL. Atlanta (5-0) is the other…

• Kansas City’s reputation as a heartland city with solid, salt-of-the-earth residents has been shattered after Chiefs fans cheered when quarterback Matt Cassel was injured on Sunday against Baltimore. How despicable was it? Even abrasive Philadelphia fanatics thought it was in poor taste…

• Oakland A’s rookie LF Yoenis Cespedes is becoming a cult hero. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the left field bleachers at the Coliseum are known as Little Havana, a tribute to Cespedes Cuban roots…

• The last time there was an MLB postseason game played in Washington D.C., gas was 10 cents a gallon and Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. That was 1933. On Wednesday there was finally another postseason game in the District, as St. Louis waxed Washington 8-0 at Nationals Park to take a 2-1 lead in their best of 5 NLDS. After waiting 79 years for a meaningful October game, D.C. fans had their hopes for a winning day dashed by the World Series champion Cardinals…

• Hard to believe it was 30 years ago when Cheers debuted on NBC. The sitcom began in 1982 and was a smash hit. Cheers starred mythical and washed up Boston Pitcher Sam Malone. The way the Red Sox played this year, Malone could have been part of their rotation…

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WNBA Playoffs with Rebecca Lobo, NBA – Howard v. Shaq

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Segment 4 – Eric and Larry go hoops with ESPN and ABC’s Rebecca Lobo talking about the WNBA playoffs, the Lynx, the Sparks, Seattle Storm and Sue Bird then they delve into the NBA and the banter between NBA “Supermen” Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal

Gameday Gold Part 4/10-5-12

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9/14/12 – Vikings Take 1; Lynx Honored

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More talk on the Vikings’ win and the NFL altogether. Then, the Lynx get honored at the White House for their WNBA title, and Mark Cuban gives his two cents on the new look Lakers.
Gameday Gold Part 3/9-14-12

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