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GDG rundown for the weekend of June 23rd-25th

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This weekend is a dream come true for kids realizing the dream of becoming a professional athlete.  Some day, a couple of kids may become the next Eric and Larry.  For now, though, let’s enjoy them broadcasting from the Downtown Minneapolis studio.  They look into the present (Twins fall out of first) and future (Wolves draft includes trading for Jimmy Butler; NHL gets ready for their Vegas experiment) of sports.  They also get perspective on the MLB season from Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims.

Wolves Snap Up an All-Star on Draft Night

Segment 1: The Timberwolves made waves before they even got involved the NBA Draft.  The fellas look at the team’s draft-night trade for Chicago star Jimmy Butler.  Does this turn the young, dynamic duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins into Minnesota’s version of a “Big Three”?

 

Twins Take a Step Back

Segment 2: The AL Central has stayed tight, with the Twins now in a position they haven’t experienced since mid-May…chasing.  The guys look at another head-scratching homestand for the team.  Can they stay in the chase for the postseason…or the division?

 

Can’t Take the Heat?  Try a Little Ice.

Segment 3: We know it gets hot in the American Southwest, but even this week has been ridiculous.  Eric and Larry discuss the record-setting heat wave across (and beyond) the Desert.  Then, are the Vegas Golden Knights going to be good for the NHL?

 

More Draft Night Repercussions

Segment 4: Our hosts circle back to the Thursday night trade between the Timberwolves and the Bulls.  Did Chicago do better than people may think after getting Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn?  And have things turned upside-down for pro hoops in L.A.?

 

Seattle Sensation: Dave Sims Chats with GDG 

Segment 5: Dave Sims has one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting.  He was in town this week as the Mariners visited the Twins.  He sat down with Larry to talk about the effort to get more African-Americans into the sports. Plus, what’s it like seeing one of the best MLB teams in the Houston Astros?

 

Some of the Sports World’s Not-So-Stellar Moments 

Segment 6: The guys go through some controversial stories in this segment, including Yasiel Puig’s latest dustup and the potential pitfalls from drinking Kombucha tea.

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Eric Nelson

SPORTS NUGGETS: Thanks to AL parity the Minnesota Twins are in the playoff chase

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By Eric Nelson
June 21, 2017
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS -Sports Nuggets from the North Star State...

•MLB Geography: Baseball is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. Because of that the Minnesota Twins have a chance to remain in the AL playoff chase. Yes, the Twins are far from a polished product, and yes they have slipped into second place (trailing Cleveland by 1 1/2 games in the AL Central). But, the division is mediocre and there are two wild card spots available. Houston is the only dominant team in the league – every other club has flaws. Being part of the parity-laden AL is a good thing if you have post-season dreams. The Twins are one of just six teams in the league with an above .500 record…

•Small Progress: The Twins got a rare win at Target Field Monday night as they out slugged the Chicago White Sox 9-7. Kennys Vargas (483 feet) and Miguel Sano (425 feet) hit monster home runs in the game. Minnesota is 15-24 at home in 2017…

•Brew Crew: Milwaukee is a major surprise in MLB this season. The Brewers (38-35) lead the World Series champion Chicago Cubs by a half game in the NL Central. 1B Eric Thames – who was playing in South Korea last year – is one of Milwaukee’s top players. Thames has 20 home runs, second most in the NL…

•Power Points: Thames and NY Yankees slugger Aaron Judge are two of the better MLB stories in 2017. Judge is a legitimate triple crown threat who leads the AL in home runs (24), is second in RBI (54) and second in batting average (.333)…

•Duke Connection: Two of pro basketball’s most powerful individuals share a common bond. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders both went to Duke. Borders was in the Twin Cities last week and watched the Connecticut-Minnesota game at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday…
•Tray time: For the first time in eight years, there will be a three-point contest at the WNBA All-Star Game. The event takes place during halftime of the game on Saturday, July 22 at KeyArena in Seattle…

•Draft Month: If you like sports drafts then June is your month. The MLB Draft was last week and the NBA and NHL Drafts are this week. This is a dream come true for sports geeks and analytic freaks who love this kind of stuff…

•Jerry’s Journey: The remarkable career of NBA legend Jerry West has come full circle. West is back in Los Angeles, the city where he starred for the Lakers and became a front office genius with a knack for building title teams. However, West’s new employers are the Clippers, not the Lakers – which should make their intra-city rivalry even more intense. West had been with Golden State as an advisor in the Warriors front office…

•Parade Payday: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Golden State owners Peter Guber and Joe Lacob paid for the entire Warriors’ championship parade last week in Oakland. Normally a city covers some of the cost, but because Oakland has a huge budget deficit, Guber and Lacob picked up the tab, which was close to $4 million…

•Viva Las Vegas: After their parade in Oakland, the Warriors continued their celebration with a team trip to Las Vegas. The good news for Golden State fans is, unlike the Raiders, the Warriors visit to Vegas was temporary and they are returning to the Bay Area…

•Cool Refuge: Too bad the expansion Vegas Golden Knights aren’t playing NHL games this week. The temp in Las Vegas on Tuesday was a scorching 117 degrees and the forecast high for Wednesday is 115. T-Mobile Arena (the Knights new venue) has plenty of cool air and an ice rink – making it a perfect place to escape the heat…

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