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SPORTS NUGGETS: The X Games is X-treme fun

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By Eric Nelson
July 18, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Sota sauna..

•Xtreme Fun: I had a chance to see the X Games on Sunday in Minneapolis and was impressed by the product. There was a cool vibe inside US Bank Stadium and the athletes on skateboards, BMX bikes and motocross cycles put on a spectacular show…

•Airborne: The final event of the X Games was punctuated by Colby Raha, who took gold in the Moto X quarter pipe. Raha can elevate better than Michael Jordan and thrilled the crowd with gravity-defying stunts. Three times Raha raced his 250 pound motorcycle up a steep ramp and soared into the air reaching heights equivalent to the upper deck of USBS…

US Bank Stadium interior - July 2017

US Bank Stadium plays host to the X Games – July 2017

•Sealed Up: The only caveat to the entire experience was being stuck inside a dome on a gorgeous July day. Temps outside were in the mid-80’s, but inside the Glass House it was air conditioned and sterile. The pivoting doors on the west side of USBS were even closed – which absolutely made no sense. Opening the doors would have at least brought in some natural air to part of the venue…

•The Sequel: If you didn’t go to the X games, or couldn’t get enough of the event, there is good news. The 2018 X Games are also in Minneapolis…

•Flashback: The Minnesota Twins will salute their 1987 World Series title team this weekend when they host the Detroit Tigers. Many of the ’87 Twins alumni are scheduled to appear…

•Major Legal: NY Yankees star Aaron Judge is a perfect fit for MLB’s all-time legal name team. Others include David Justice, Vance Law and Matt Lawton

•Power Ball: We all know about Judge’s prolific power at the plate (he leads MLB with 30 home runs), but the guy has a bazooka too. Judge threw out Minnesota’s Brian Dozier at home plate in Monday’s game with a one-hop strike from right field…

•Vanishing Breed: New Twins P Bartolo Colon is the last active MLB player to play with the Montreal Expos. Colon – who is in his 20th season – pitched for the Expos in 2002…

•Goodbye ‘Kato: The Vikings long-time marriage with Minnesota State is coming to an end. Next season the Purple will move training camp to the brand new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan, MN. That means this will be the 52nd and final year for Vikings camp in Mankato…

•No Surprise: The decision to leave Mankato is hardly shocking. Once the Vikings began building their state-of-the-art facility in Eagan, their days of camping in Kato were numbered…

•Soccer-Centric: Blaine, MN is the center of the soccer universe this week as the annual USA Cup is being played at the National Sports Center. The tournament began in 1985 with 69 teams but has ballooned to a global event. This year there are 1,168 clubs from 15 nations, 5 Canadian provinces and 15 US states…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Northern exposure is great, but the Minnesota Gophers need to go north in the Big Ten West

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By Eric Nelson
July 12, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of Post-It Notes…..

•Northern Exposure: U of M football coach PJ Fleck is trying to change things up at TCF Bank Stadium. Fleck wants the Gophers to switch from the southern sideline to the northern sideline. That’s great, but I will be more impressed if Minnesota starts going north in the Big Ten West standings…

•Doubling Up: All this sideline chatter conjures up memories of Milwaukee’s County Stadium and Met Stadium in Bloomington, MN. Green Bay occasionally played in Milwaukee and the Met was Minnesota’s original home. The bench areas for both teams at those venues were on the same side of the field…

•Name Change: Now that the U of M hockey team will be playing at 3M Arena it is time to clear up some rumors. The Gophers don’t have to use Scotch tape on their hockey sticks and HC Don Lucia does not have to draw up plays on Post-It Notes…

•Maiden Voyage: The state of Florida is used to hosting major sporting events. There have been 10 Super Bowls in Miami, four in Tampa and one in Jacksonville. There have been countless NCAA bowl games, PGA Tour stops and the annual Daytona 500. However, Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Miami was the first mid-summer classic ever played in Florida. Hard to believe considering that Florida has two MLB teams – Miami and Tampa Bay – and that 15 teams flock there every year for spring training…

•Good Show: Even though it’s just an exhibition, the MLB All-Star game still has juice. Compared to the NBA, NFL and NHL, MLB’s star show is actually worth watching…

•Candy Man: Now that Aaron Judge is the next NY Yankee superstar, does that mean he will get a candy bar named after him like Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson..?

•Standing Tall: Right now the only thing in NYC larger than Judge is the 104 story One World Trade Center…

•Ivy Costs: According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are selling approximately 2,016 pieces of ivy that fell from the Wrigley Field outfield wall after the 2016 World Series championship season. The tab is $200 per leaf, plus $15 shipping and handling…

•One and Done: Based on the way the Cubs are playing in 2017, pedaling ivy won’t be an option next year. Chicago is 43-45 and 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central…

•Soccer Signing: Minnesota United has inked 22-year old midfielder Sam Nicholson to a contract. Nicholson played the last four years with Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership League…

•Cool Look: The more I see the Minnesota Timberwolves new logo, the more I like it. The “Aurora green” north star mixed with the “lake blue” basketball is a creative concept…

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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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SPORTS NUGGETS: Cold and snow make for one cool MLS opener in Minnesota

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By Eric Nelson
March 15, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS -Sports Nuggets from the snowy Twin Cities…

Minnesota Loons MLS soccer team at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis

Minnesota Loons take the field

•Flakes and Loons: Minnesota United’s first-ever MLS game in the Twin Cities was a dud on the scoreboard. Atlanta United FC thumped Minn U 6-1 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. But in every other way the match was epic. The snowy day produced great visuals in the venue and on ESPN2. Snow and soccer are a rare combination, but thanks to the Minnesota elements, this historic match was a unique snapshot in time for Minnesota sports fans…

•Crowd Count: The attendance was an impressive 35,403 – the largest soccer turnout in the Land of Lakes since 1984 when the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota Strikers played before 52,621 at the Metrodome. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the temperature was 20 degrees, tying the 2013 MLS Cup in Kansas City for coldest game in league history…

MLS fans in the snow at the Loons home opener

Minnesota United fans at the home opener

•Slow Start: Minn U (0-2) has clearly struggled this season. In games against Portland and Atlanta the Loons have been outscored 11-2. Meanwhile, Atlanta – also an MLS expansion team – won its first-ever match. The snowy pitch did not deter F Josef Martinez who scored three goals for AUFC…

•Quality Opponent: It’s a good news, bad news scenario for the Minnesota basketball team. The good news is that the Gophers (24-9) are a 5th seed in the south region. The bad news is they face a solid opponent in 12th seed Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders are 30-4 and have won back-to-back CUSA titles. They are led by F Jacorey Williams (17.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game), F Reggie Upshaw (14.5 ppg and 6.8 rpg) and G Giddy Potts (15.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg)…

•Quick Trip: The game tips off at 3 pm CT Thursday at Bradley Center in Milwaukee. It’s only 337 miles from Minneapolis to Milwaukee on I-94, so Gopher Nation should be well represented in Wisconsin…

•Purple Defections: The NFL is a revolving door league as players are always coming and going. Minnesota lost a couple of former top draft choices to free agency as WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Oakland) and OT Matt Kalil (Carolina) signed with other teams. Kalil was the fourth choice in the 2012 NFL draft and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. However, that was his pinnacle moment for the Vikings. In four other seasons, Kalil’s productivity dropped off because of injuries and sub-par play. Patterson, meanwhile, was a first round selection in 2013 and played in two Pro Bowls. He was very good on kickoff returns and punt coverage, but below average at wideout…

•Publicity Hounds: Give the NFL credit – the Shield has a knack for staying in the news cycle year-round. March used to be dominated by NCAA hoops, the NBA, NHL and MLB spring training. But, thanks to free agency, the NFL garners plenty of attention, stealing headlines from those other sports…

•Tasty Golf: Twin Cities restaurant mogul Wayne Kostroski has come up with another creative way to aid those in need. Kostroski – who started taste of the NFL during Super Bowl week – is staging the first-ever Taste of the Master Chefs in April. Kostroski has lured some of the top chefs on the globe to Augusta, GA for the Masters golf tournament. It’s a charity event, with all of the proceeds going to the Salvation Army of Augusta. Tickets cost $150. For more info go to www.tasteofthemasterchefs.com

•Fab Four: The NCHC’s fourth annual Frozen Faceoff starts Friday at Target Center. Western Michigan plays 2nd ranked UM-Duluth at 4 pm followed by North Dakota and top-ranked Denver at 7:30 pm. The defending champion Fighting Hawks won the Frozen Four last season and their appearance means plenty of No Dak fans will invade the Twin Cities…

•Pioneer Spirit: Denver (28-6-4) has won 13 games in a row and is paced by D Will Butcher, who is one of 10 players up for the Hobey Baker Award…

•Puck Stopper: Bemidji State G Michael Bitzer is also a Hobey Baker finalist. Bitzer is the WCHA player of the year and led the Beavers to their first-ever conference title and MacNaughton Cup. Bitzer had a sparkling goals against average of 1.40, a WCHA record…

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Start the Madness

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by Thomas U. Tuttle

It’s that time of year again for basketball fans, tourney time, those giddy days of intense college hoops known as March Madness – which leads, for a select few teams, to April gladness (or sadness). Yes, the semifinals take place on April Fools Day (the 1st) with the finals on the 3rd, all in Phoenix Arizona.

The usual suspects are at the fore, as expected. Duke looks tough, although inconsistent at times and with a wildcard star (Grayson Allen) who tends to act out crazily on the court (check out the videos of his purposely tripping players during regular season contests). Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina and Gonzaga are the top seeds in each region, with all but Gonzaga (in my opinion) a threat to win the tourney.

Much has been made of the fact that no dominant teams have emerged this year as heavy favorites to make a title run. Defending champion Villanova (who won a title-game thriller last year) comes in at 31-3, but similar to Gonzaga, doesn’t get tested on a week to week basis like several of the other contenders. North Carolina looks good to me, but two of their losses are to Duke and they looked bad in those defeats.

The Big Ten is represented well, with seven teams at the party but most of those unlikely to dance for long – I don’t envision a scenario where a team from the Ten makes it to Phoenix, unless Michigan continues to astound as it did to close the season. Or if Wisconsin’s underrated and eighth-seeded senior squad gets hot right now and uses a perceived lack of respect to get rolling.

Minnesota is a good club this year, but will miss Akeem Springs (injured against Michigan State and out for the duration) and has a tough opener against giant-killer Middle Tennessee State. They knocked out a two-seed last year (MSU) and bring back a number of starters from that squad. A Gopher win probably brings them Butler, always solid and a victor over #1 seed Villanova earlier in the season. The sweet-sixteen is doable, but getting there is going to require strong, consistent play for it to happen.

My alma mater Northwestern has made the tournament for the first time, which you have been made aware of by throngs of NU media alums. Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brent Musberger, Michael Wilbon, Christine Brennan, Etc…Etc… There has been a lot of attention paid to the Wildcats accomplishment – too much, and I can’t fault anyone for being exhausted by the Cat mania. Hey, I’m an alum and I’m tired of all the blather regarding this squad. Yes, I’m proud they knocked off Maryland and didn’t back into their first NCAA tourney, but the hammering by Wisconsin in the semi’s of the Big Ten tournament was discouraging – and a big reality check. The Cats play Vanderbilt and should be one and done.

Minnesota goes off at 100-1 odds in Las Vegas to win the tourney, while Northwestern lists at 300-1. Hey, are you kidding me? While the Gophers could somehow pull off a surprise or two, and Northwestern could conceivably win a game, I’d make the odds something like 1000 to one for the Goph’s and maybe 10,000 to one for the Cats. It ain’t happening and for anyone who thinks it will, I’ll take your money.

A few years ago, when Minnesota made their run to the semifinals under Clem Haskins and (unfairly) had to forfeit the season, I put $20 on Arizona’s Wildcats to win the whole thing – back in November. When I showed up in Nevada to watch the final four, I put a few more dollars on AZ to win it all. They did, and I was paid well both ways. What fun, and I owe eternal gratitude to my buddy “Hondo” in Tucson who saw that train coming.

This year, Arizona is back, and they are good. I’m going to stick with them to take me back to the promised land. I like UCLA, too, but not quite as much. My thinking is that the number-one seeds are not going to win it this year – not like last year, when they all showed up strong. The exception is North Carolina, who might be ready for this despite the disappointing Duke defeats. Those bad losses could be a motivator for the Tar Heels.

And Duke Blue Devil head-case Grayson Allen can really play – if he stays under control and provides the leadership his team thrives on, Duke could pull off something special.
But count me among the Wildcat backers – just not Northwestern’s breed of basketball Cat. The Arizona Wildcats to win it at home in Phoenix.

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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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SPORTS NUGGETS: The Adrian Peterson-Minnesota Viking divorce was inevitable

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By Eric Nelson

February 28, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of the Pillsbury Doughboy…

• Business Decision: The Minnesota Vikings divorce from Adrian Peterson was as predictable as a Kim Kardashian break up. Everyone saw it coming and no one is surprised it happened. This was purely business for the Purple. No way the Vikings were going to fork out $18 million to a RB who will be 32 on March 21…

•AP’s Legacy: The decision means that Minnesota has cut ties with one of the greatest players in team history. In 10 years AP ran for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns. His pinnacle season was 2012 when he gained 2,097 yards, had 12 TD’s and was NFL MVP. Making those numbers even more impressive is that AP suffered a major knee injury late in the 2011 season…

•Potential Landing Spots: AP is now an NFL free agent and will be pursued by multiple teams. Houston, the NY Giants and Tampa Bay could court him. But don’t discount, Dallas, Green Bay, Seattle or even Minnesota…

•NFL Nightmare: The worst-case scenario for Viking fans would be AP playing for the Packers. How devastating would it be for the Purple Nation to watch him go to Green Bay and lead the Packers to Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis..?

•Change of Fortune:The Minnesota Gopher basketball team was historically bad last season. The Gophers finished 8-23 overall and 2-16 in the Big Ten. HC Richard Pitino appeared to be in over his skis and his future in Minnesota was foggy at best. But, something remarkable has happened in Dinkytown. The Gophers (22-7, 10-6) have won seven straight games and have morphed into a top tier Big Ten team. Believe it or not, Minnesota is almost assured of going to the NCAA Tournament – which didn’t seem possible when season started…

•Trending Up: Pitino will likely win the Big Ten coach of the year award, which is remarkable considering that he was on a scorching hot seat when the season started and there was speculation about his job status. Now Gopher fans are hoping Pitino isn’t lured away to another program because of his recent success…

•Instant Impact: Freshman Amir Coffey is already one of the top Gopher players. Coffey is averaging 12.2 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game…

•Crowning Wins: It was a Minnesota sweep Monday night against teams named the Kings. The Wild won over the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in overtime at the Xcel Energy Center, while the Timberwolves knocked off the Sacramento Kings 102-88 in Northern California…

•Fantastic Finish: Mikael Granlund scored the game winning goal just 12 seconds into OT, when he knifed through two LA defenders and put the puck past Kings G Jonathan Quick. Granlund leads the Wild with 20 goals and 56 points this season…

•Global Game: The once all white, mostly Canadian NHL is much more diverse these days. According to the LA Times, there are 16 blacks and players from 20 different countries in the league this season…

•Playoff Chase: Despite being 12 games south of .500 the Timberwolves (24-36) are just 2 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference. Minnesota has not been in the postseason since 2004 when the Wolves lost to the LA Lakers in the conference finals…

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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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Gameday Gold Radio – July 14, 2017 – s.6

The Name’s the Thing

Segment 6: There’s something new about the Gopher hockey team.  Our hosts talk about the new name and sponsorship of Mariucci Arena.  Sticking with the U of M, can P.J. Fleck find an advantage over at TCF Bank Stadium?  Plus, we hear about the Mayweather-McGregor hype tour and the U.S. Women’s Open crossing paths with President Trump.

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Gameday Gold Radio – May 11, 2017 – s.6

A Segment Filled with Shoutouts

Segment 6: MN United appears to be gaining some positive traction after last weekend’s win over Sporting KC.  Then, it’s time to show a little love for the ladies.  The Gopher softball team is experiencing an historic season as they enter the Big Ten tournament.  And the Lynx begin their journey to redemption this weekend as the WNBA regular season gets underway.

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Gameday Gold Radio – April 20, 2017 – s.5

Greg Jennings Talks More Topics On & Off the Field

Segment 5: We hear a few more minutes from former Vikings WR Greg Jennings.  The Western Michigan star explains whether he thinks that former Broncos coach P.J. Fleck is the right man to lead the Gophers.  Plus, how is he handling life after football?  And how did he handle the annual release of an NFL schedule?

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Gameday Gold Radio – February 17, 2017 – s.1

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?

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Gameday Gold Radio – January 27, 2017 – s.6

The Veteran Guard Returns; Are the Gophers Sinking?

Segment 6: Tiger Woods is back on the golf course this weekend.  How close is he from getting back to a resemblance of the old Tiger?  Around the world, Venus and Serena Williams have made another Grand Slam final.  How incredible is their feat at the Australian Open?  Is the NFL’s Pro Bowl relevant anywhere?  And has the shine dulled on the Gopher men’s basketball season?

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Gameday Gold Radio – January 6, 2017 – s.1

It’s a new year, with new events to thrill us and controversies to confound us.  Eric and Larry cover them all from the Downtown Minneapolis studio.  There’s no way that the guys couldn’t begin the show without discussing the firing of Gopher football coach Tracy Claeys.  Along with that, we hear about the NFL Playoffs, the Timberwolves’ topsy-turvy season, the Vikings’ roller coaster season, the Wild’s hot skating, and a national title up for grabs in Tampa.  Plus, GDG’s own Tom Tuttle stops by to give his take on a controversy brewing between two fellow Northwestern alums.

Turnover for Gopher Football

Segment 1: The biggest story locally was one of the biggest stories nationally this week.  After a brief look at the upcoming NFL postseason, the guys dive into the firing of Gopher football coach Tracy Claeys.  Was it warranted?  And are there deeper issues that stem from the hierarchy over at the U of M?

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Gameday Gold Radio – November 3, 2016 – s.2

Maroon & “Bowl”d for the Gophers

Segment 2: The Purple may have the headlines on the gridiron, but the Maroon and Gold have quietly qualified for a bowl game.  The fellas try to see if better things might come for the Gophers down the regular season stretch.  And the Big Ten has decided to play some Friday night football games (starting next season).  Is it a good idea?