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GDG rundown for Super Bowl LI weekend (Feb. 3-5)

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They say there’s a big game on Sunday, eh?  Maybe that’s why Eric and Larry have bolted the Twin Cities for the warmer climate of Houston, TX.  This week, our hosts are putting on their work boots to cover everything happening ahead of Super Bowl LI.  They sit down with numerous guest to discuss the game and more.  You’ll hear from the New England Patriots (Tom Brady, Michael Floyd, & Chris Hogan), the Atlanta Falcons (De’Vondre Campbell), past Super Bowl champions (Aqib Talib and Brian Billick), and NFL insider Steve Wyche.

 

Houston, We Have Pigskin

Segment 1: Eric and Larry have made it to Houston, site of Super Bowl LI.  They set the scene from what has already been a very festive week.  Later, could political sentiment be a reason to change (or embolden) your rooting interest?

 

 

Tete-A-Tete: De’Vondre Campbell and Tom Brady Chat with GDG

Segment 2: Eric and Larry aren’t just in Houston to watch a ball game.  They’re working to give us the best sound from all of the build up to Sunday.  They start in this segment by talking with Falcons (and former Golden Gopher) CB De’Vondre Campbell.  Then, Patriots QB Tom Brady shares some of his thoughts before playing in his seventh championship game.

New England QB Tom Brady banters with the media

New England QB Tom Brady

 

Catching Up Fast: GDG Talks with Michael Floyd and Chris Hogan

Segment 3: The focus turns to the New England receiving corps this segment.  First, we hear from Twin Cities native Michael Floyd about his role on the team and how another local helped guide his path into the league.  Then, emerging talent Chris Hogan explains he has taken full advantage of being in the Patriots’ organization.

 

Champion Luster: GDG Sits Down with Aqib Talib and Brian Billick

Segment 4: We hear from champions during this part of the show.  All-Pro corner Aqib Talib discusses the journey to a Super Bowl ring and his time in New England.  After that, former Vikings OC and Ravens head coach Brian Billick tells us what he’s up to these days.

 

Legitimacy vs. Legacy: NFL Network’s Steve Wyche Breaks Down Super Bowl LI

Segment 5: Now, it’s time to get a media perspective.  NFL Network correspondent Steve Wyche spent some years covering the Falcons.  He tells us about what this Super Bowl appearance means to the organization, whether Atlanta can pull off the upset, and what this title would mean for the legacies of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Bill Belichick greets the press before Super Bowl LI

Bill Belichick greets the press before Super Bowl LI

 

Dinner and a Show…and a Championship Game

Segment 6: The guys return to the microphone to talk about the true definition of a good Super Bowl…food and entertainment.  They discuss a barbecue contest that one of our hosts got to judge.  They explain what they expect from Lady Gaga’s halftime show.  Plus, they chat a bit about the game itself.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan

 

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Eric Nelson

SPORTS NUGGETS: A New England Super Bowl win could mean an awkward trophy presentation

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By Eric Nelson

January 24, 2017

GAMEDAY GOLD

 

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Minneapple…

•Robert’s Revenge: The matchup for Super Bowl LI is now set. Atlanta and New England will play for all the marbles at NRG Stadium in Houston on February 5. If the Patriots win, millions of viewers around the globe will be treated to a potentially awkward moment when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presents the Lombardi Trophy to New England owner Robert Kraft. Because of Deflategate, there once was a Grand Canyon-like rift between Goodell and Kraft. Apparently they have patched things up, but this could be interesting…

•Famous Feuds: Kraft was not happy when star QB Tom Brady received a four-game Deflategate suspension at the start of the season. If circumstances force Goodell and Kraft to share the post-game stage, it could create the most Super tension since Super Bowl XV, when former  Commissioner Pete Rozelle gave the Lombardi Trophy to Oakland owner Al Davis. Rozelle and Davis were in the middle of a bitter battle, as Davis was trying to move the Raiders to Los Angeles against Rozelle and the NFL’s wishes…

•Moot Point: Of course, this could be much ado about nothing. Goodell and Kraft have been chummy before and might be again. If the Falcons win this is a complete non-story, because Goodell will be handing the trophy to Arthur Blank

•Icy Forecast: The Super Bowl weather conditions in Houston include plenty of ice. The moniker for Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is Matty Ice and the public demeanor of New England HC Bill Belichick is downright icy. If Belichick can come up with a defensive scheme to melt Matty Ice, then the Patriots have a good chance to win their fifth Super Bowl…

•Return Trip: This will be New England’s ninth trip to the Super Bowl (an NFL record) and the second time the Patriots have played in Houston. New England won Super Bowl XXXVIII against Carolina 32-29, on a 41-yard field goal field goal by Adam Vinatieri with four seconds to play. That was the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction game…

•Breakout Performance: A perfect headline for the AFC title game is, Hogan’s a hero in Patriot’s convincing win. WR Chris Hogan had nine receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns as New England pummeled Pittsburgh 36-17 in Foxboro, MA. Hogan is in his fourth season and played at Monmouth college in NJ…

•Typical Game: Atlanta WR Julio Jones had the exact same receiving stats as Hogan (nine catches, 180 yards, two TD’s) in the Falcons 44-21 crushing of Green Bay in the NFC Championship game. Hogan is an obscure talent who is just starting to blossom, while Jones is one of the top wideouts in the NFL who puts up cartoon-like numbers on a weekly basis…

•January Tradition: Twinsfest is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Target Field. The annual winter event features, behind-the-scene activities, interactive games, memorabilia and appearances by 60 current, former or future Minnesota players…

•Playoffs?: It may seem preposterous to even mention the word playoffs when a team is 16-28, but that’s the current reality for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves have won five of their last seven and are just 2 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Minnesota is part of an eight-team scrum battling for the final post-season spot. Even the LA Lakers (16-32 and last in the West) are only 4 1/2 games back of the Nuggets…

•Weekly Honors: UM-Duluth freshman F Riley Tufte is the NCHC offensive player of the week, while fellow Bulldog Willie Raskob is the defenseman of the week, Western Michigan freshman G Ben Blacker is the goaltender of the week…

•Crane Count: According to the Seattle Times, Seattle is the crane capital of the US. The Emerald City skyline had 62 visible cranes at the end of 2016, the most in the country. Chicago is second with 56 cranes and Los Angeles is third with 29. Ironically the old television sitcom Fraiser, starring Kelsey Grammar as Frasier Crane; took place in Seattle…

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Catching Up Fast: GDG Talks with Michael Floyd and Chris Hogan

Segment 3: The focus turns to the New England receiving corps this segment.  First, we hear from Twin Cities native Michael Floyd about his role on the team and how another local helped guide his path into the league.  Then, emerging talent Chris Hogan explains he has taken full advantage of being in the Patriots’ organization.