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SPORTS NUGGETS: Green Bay stuffs some coal into Minnesota’s Christmas stocking

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By Eric Nelson
December 24, 2016
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GREEN BAY – Sports Nuggets from Titletown…

• Heat Wave: It was downright balmy in Green Bay on Saturday as the temperature reached 37 degrees. The not-so-frozen-tundra was partially sunlit and there were probably a few fans wishing they brought sun screen. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings were probably wishing they didn’t make the trip. A convincing 38-25 Packers win and a jet mishap was simply coal in the Purple’s stocking. No happy holidays for the Vikings this year, as they have now lost games on Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve…

•Still Slinging: Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers – who was buried by critics earlier this season after some sub-par performances – proved he still has game. Rodgers gave out some early Christmas gifts to the Lambeau Field crowd of 77,856 by throwing for 347 yards, four touchdowns and running for another, as the Packers (9-6) won their fifth straight game to set up a winner take all NFC North showdown next week in Detroit…

•In Synch: Jordy Nelson caught two of Rodgers touchdown tosses and finished with nine catches for 154 yards. After a sluggish start this year, the Rodgers-Nelson tandem is clearly clicking, which is bad news for opposing defenses…

•Cal Connection: Rodgers last TD toss was a 13-yard-yard laser to Richard Rodgers in the fourth quarter. A Rodgers to Rodgers hookup always makes California fans happy, because both guys played college football for the Golden Bears…

•Purple Punch: As for the Vikings (7-8), they are officially toast and out of the NFC playoff picture. It’s never a good sign when the team jet slides off a snowy Wisconsin runway the night before they play the Packers, and it’s never a good sign when a team barely shows up for a game they have to win. But that has been the case for two consecutive weeks…

•Carved Up: Last week it was Indianapolis rolling to a 34-6 win in Minneapolis, this week it was Green Bay goring the Vikings once vaunted defense. Minnesota has allowed a whopping 72 points in two critical games. Defensive breakdowns in crunch time are a major reason why the Vikings are out of the playoff picture…

•Free Fall: Minnesota’s final game is on January 1 against Chicago at US Bank Stadium as they try to avoid a New Year’s day loss and an 0-4 holiday record. The Vikings need a win just to finish 8-8 – which is hard to believe considering that they started 5-0 and were the NFL’s last undefeated team this year…

•Cartoon-Like Numbers: The bright spot for the Vikings was WR Adam Thielen who had 12 receptions for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for Minnesota, Thielen’s day was purely cosmetic as Green Bay controlled the game for most of the day…

•Rare Event: The Saturday match up was only the third time Minnesota and Green Bay have played on a Saturday in the regular season. The previous two were 1973 and 1991…

•License to Win: I spotted a Wisconsin license plate on the drive to Green Bay that said, NFL13X – which of course is a reference to the Packers 13 world championships…

•Middle Town: I also discovered on the trip that Cadott, WI is equidistant between the equator and the North Pole. If Santa touches down in Cadott hopefully his sleigh won’t slide off the runway…

 

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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.

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Gameday Gold Radio – March 3, 2017 – s.1

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.

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