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GDG rundown for the weekend of August 18th-20th

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It’s getting toward crunch time in the MLB.  It’s getting toward game time in the NFL.  But no matter what time it is, our guys are always at the ready to bring the heat.  Eric is back in the Downtown Minneapolis studio, while Larry gives his take from the Twin Cities’ suburbs this week.  It’s a packed week, with the NFL Preseason going into its second week, the anticipation of P.J. Fleck’s Gopher debut, the Wild re-signing a local product, and the Wolves’ increased exposure.  GDG’s Tom Tuttle joins in the fun as he tries to figure out if the Twins pulled the plug a little early on their postseason chances.

“Fake” Football Equals Real Big Money

Segment 1: The NFL continues to roll through its preseason…and continues to rake in the money.  Eric and Larry begin this week by looking at the process of how this month of the league’s calendar works.  This includes the money that fans are willing to spend.

 

Watching Out for the Injury Bug

Segment 2: As the Vikings take their last portions of Camp back into the Cities, which injuries are the guys concerned about?  They focus in on whether Latavius Murray will be ready to go for the season opener.

 

Hoping To Be Fleck-Tastic

Segment 3: The Gopher football team is ready to start the P.J. Fleck era.  Are the fellas geeked to see how this edition of the team will look?  Then, the L.A. Dodgers are flat out steamrolling the rest of baseball.  We hear about an inspiring comeback story on the mound.  And there are other stories about athletics looking beyond the court.

 

Pigskin…In & Out of Reality

Segment 4: Wait a minute…Rice and Stanford are opening their NCAA football seasons WHERE?!?  Where are Wisconsin and Notre Dame going to battle on the football field in upcoming seasons?  Plus, are either of our hosts big into fantasy football?

 

Yea or Nay: GDG’s Tom Tuttle on the Twins’ Playoff Chances

Segment 5: Can the Twins stay alive in the AL postseason chase?  Did they pull the plug too early on this season?  GDG’s Tom Tuttle joins the program to give his thoughts on whether the “Wait for Next Year” strategy really works.

 

Twin Cities’ Winter Teams Make Some News

Segment 6: A native Minnesotan is coming home.  We hear about the Wild signing former center Matt Cullen.  After that, if you’re away from the Upper Midwest and want to see the 2017-2018 Timberwolves, you’ll have plenty of chances.  Our hosts peek at the Wolves’ increased presence in the national spotlight.

 

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Aug. 11th – 13th

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Time’s ticking to take care of those Summer vacations.  So, the road show continues for one of our hosts.  Larry is back in the Twin Cities, while Eric has traveled east on I-94 to the city known as Chicago.  The guys really dig into the Second City, from the ChiSox to how things roll on different sides of the metro.  The Vikings get their preseason underway.  What should we expect from this version of the Purple?  And how important of a role has Mankato played in the franchise’s history.  Is the World Series matchup a foregone conclusion?  The Lynx will have to get familiar with another homecourt come playoff time.  And Larry catches up with the 3M Champion (Paul Goydos), the President’s Cup captain (Steve Stricker), and a stud Viking defender (Eric Kendricks).

No Winning Time for the White Sox 

Segment 1: With Eric rolling into Chicago to take in a White Sox game , the guys look at the disappointment on the South Side of the Second City.  Plus, can the Twins pull it together enough to stay in the postseason chase?

 

Which Side of the Windy City?

Segment 2: Our hosts take another look at the city of Chicago.  What makes the difference between the North Side and the South Side?  After that, Larry recaps the Champions Tour making their annual stop in the Twin Cities.  And who’s the favorite to win this weekend’s PGA Championship?

 

It’s Back to Football for the Purple

Segment 3: The Vikings have found their way to the Preseason.  What can we expect once the regular season starts?  The fellas give their thoughts on where the team can improve.  Then, a former Purple signal caller made an impression during the second game of the NFL Preseason.

 

A Title-Series Collision Course?

Segment 4: The Dodgers and Astros are running away with the best records in their respective leagues.  But will they meet in the World Series?  Eric and Larry discuss any other contenders that could derail the potential showdown.  They also look into the participation decline in golf after yet another Minneapolis city course announces it will (at least partially) close.

 

Larry Gets His Miles and Grabs Some Sound

Segment 5: Larry continued his busy week when he returned from the NFL’s Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, OH.  His first stop was Blaine, where he caught up with the winner of last weekend’s 3M Championship (Paul Goydos) and this year’s U.S. President’s Cup captain (Steve Stricker).  Next, Larry strolled into Mankato and chatted with Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks before the team said its final goodbyes to the city.

 

The Roaming Lynx & A Fond Farewall

Segment 6: The Lynx are undoubtedly the WNBA’s best.  Is that fueled by a sense of revenge?  The guys discuss that, as well as the changing homecourts for this season’s team.  And it’s farewell to Mankato for the Vikings.  Our hosts reflect on the impact Training Camp had on the community.

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Aug. 4th-6th

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Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities.  That’s the case for not one, but both of our hosts this week.  Larry rubs shoulders with NFL royalty as he covers the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH.  Meanwhile, Eric heads to the Pacific Northwest for a change of scenery.  And GDG’s Tom Tuttle brings a Minnesota flavor to the program.  There’s a lot of talk about the NFL, Vikings Training Camp, the Twins slow fade, and some personnel changes on the PGA Tour.

 

Only A Matter of Time

Segment 1: The NFL Preseason is underway.  Our guys look into some of the headlines as the pigskins start to fly.  Will Colin Kaepernick find a job?  What should we expect from the Vikings?

 

America the Beautiful

Segment 2: The guys are both on the road this week, and they use this segment to soak in their surroundings.  We get a sense of how fanatical the state of Ohio and the city of Seattle are for their sports franchises.

 

Driven for Success…and Change

Segment 3: It’s a key time of the year in the world of golf.  It’s also a bit of a turbulent time for two of the game’s biggest stars.  Has Phil Mickelson’s image been tarnished through someone else’s conviction of guilt?  And why is Rory McIlroy making news off the course this week?

 

The Stars of “The Star”

Segment 4: One of the NFL’s glamour teams had a showcase on Thursday.  However, what can we expect from the Dallas Cowboys this season?  Eric and Larry dig deep into the resurgence of “America’s Team”, including how owner Jerry Jones got himself into the Hall of Fame.

 

Purple Preseason Pride

Segment 5: We’ve heard quite a bit about pro football nationally, but what about in our own backyard?  Eric and Larry take some time to focus in on the Vikings.  Are they still hopeful that Teddy Bridgewater can return?

 

GDG’s Tom Tuttle Talks Twins

Segment 6: The Twins eventually became sellers as the Trade Deadline came and went.  And the disappointment in the air couldn’t be summed up any better than by GDG’s Tom Tuttle.  He joins the program to look into whether the team took the right path for this season and beyond.

 

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GDG rundown for the weekend of July 28th-30th

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With everything going on in the world of sports, here comes the NFL.  Eric and Larry are ready for the added weight, as they bring us all of the headlines from the Downtown Minneapolis studio.  There’s a ton to cover this week, including the rumors of Kyrie Irving as a Wolves player, the Twins’ slide down the standings, the Dodgers’ NL dominance, the Vikings starting up Training Camp, and more.  We get more insight on the Purple’s last trip to Mankato when legendary Viking Chuck Foreman joins the program.

Are the Wolves Becoming a “Destination” Team?

Segment 1: So, why would All-Star and NBA champion Kyrie Irving have Minnesota on his short list on teams to be traded to?  Eric and Larry have their thoughts on whether the Cavs’ point guard might actually move to the Twin Cities.

 

Purple Pride Spends One More Year in Mankato

Segment 2: NFL football is getting back on the field, with Training Camps opening up all over the country.  The guys look in on the Vikings as they rev it up in Mankato.  Which Purple defender got a bigger paycheck going into camp?  And what are the keys that could help the team return to the postseason?

 

Twins Run Into a Freight Train in L.A.

Segment 3: The Twins have held up through the season, but the floor is sliding out from under them.  The fellas recap the Twins getting swept in Los Angeles.  How impressive are the MLB-best Dodgers?  We hear about every aspect of the organization (from the team to the atmosphere).

 

Several Stories From the Local Headlines

Segment 4: MN United’s new stadium won’t be ready for a while, but it’s name will be waiting.  We hear about the sponsor’s name that will be shown on the building.  Will the PGA Tour get an annual stop in the Twin Cities?  A legendary area coach and Basketball Hall of Fame member passes  away.  And the Lynx continue to run through their WNBA schedule.

 

Former Viking Chuck Foreman Talks Mankato Memories and Team Expectations

Segment 5: As we near the beginning of the NFL Preseason, the Vikings are about to close a chapter in their storied history.  A key member of that history, running back Chuck Foreman, joins the program to discuss the charm of Training Camp in Mankato and his thoughts on the 2017 product.

 

A Bizarre End for the Champion Golfer of the Year

Segment 6: Did anyone see what happened late on Sunday in the Open Championship?  Our hosts relive the incredible finish to the third PGA major of the year.  After that, is coaching diversity lacking across parts of the Big Ten (including here in Minnesota)?

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Minnesota is no longer the North Pole of the NBA

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By Eric Nelson
July 25, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS -Sports Nuggets from Timberwolves Nation...

•Trade Demand: Kyrie Irving has had enough of Cleveland. The superstar PG is tired of being solar eclipsed by LeBron James and wants to leave the King’s galaxy. Irving’s goal is to force a trade to one of four teams – Miami, Minnesota, New York or San Antonio…

•Hot Spot: By simply listing the Timberwolves as one of his fab four, Irving gives the franchise legitimacy. Apparently Minnesota is no longer the North Pole of the NBA…

•Butler Bounce: Of course, the T-Wolves can thank Jimmy Butler for this perception change. Once Minnesota acquired Butler from Chicago, the Wolves got instant street cred…

•Young Talent: In the last seven days the Minnesota Twins have gone up against two of the most prolific rookies in recent MLB history. Last week the Twins faced Aaron Judge and the NY Yankees in a three-game series in Minneapolis. This week it’s phenom Cody Bellinger as the Twins and LA Dodgers play three in So Cal…

•Dodger Dinger: On Monday night the Twins found out just how good Bellinger is. Bellinger slugged a three-run home run in the 9th inning to give LA a 6-4 win. Bellinger has 28 taters and 67 RBI this season..

•Fun is Good: The St. Paul Saints continue to be one of the best sports bargains in the Twin Cities. Scenic CHS Field is a gem, the ball club is highly successful (34-27 and 1 game behind Winnipeg in the AA North) and the goofy, in-game shtick is comical. The Saints hallmark is baseball mixed with entertainment and they pull that off that better than anyone…

•Lowertown Boom: This is year three for the Saints at CHS. They are part of the reason why Lowertown St. Paul is now a hip spot. There are cool parks and trendy restaurants near CHS and a good vibe in the area…

•Oh Maya: Not many athletes have a trophy case with more hardware than Minnesota Lynx G Maya Moore. On Saturday Moore collected another trophy after being named MVP of the WNBA All-Star game in Seattle. Moore scored 23 points to lead the West to a 130-121 win over the East. It’s the second straight season Moore has been ASG MVP…

•Vanishing Act: There are plenty of things to focus on as the Minnesota Vikings begin training camp this week in Mankato. One focal point is second year WR Laquon Treadwell – who had just one catch last season. Treadwell was persona non grata as a rookie and the Vikings need to get much more from their 2016 first round draft choice…

•Done Deal: Even though this is just the start of training camp for all 32 NFL teams, one thing is certain – New England will win the AFC East. The Patriots have won eight straight East titles and 14 since 2001…

•Name Game: Golden Valley, MN-based Allianz Insurance Company has acquired naming rights for Minnesota United’s future stadium in St. Paul. Allianz Field becomes the 1st Allianz-sponsored stadium in North America and 8th in eight countries on four continents. The soccer specific venue opens in 2019 and will cost $200 million. Capacity is 19,400…

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GDG rundown for the weekend of July 21st-23rd

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We’re hitting the peak of Summer, meaning all kinds of sports discussion is out there to be had.  Eric and Larry grab hold of some of it and deliver it to us from the Downtown Minneapolis studio.  The Twins are remembering a glorious past, while trying to make something of the future.  GDG’s Tom Tuttle talks with the guys from the Thursday night event honoring the 1987 World Series Champs.  Everyone also has their take on the current version of the team.  The Vikings will close a chapter in their history over the next few weeks.  Plus, the guys dig into the Lynx, the Wolves, the red-hot L.A. Dodgers, and many other items around the world of sports.

A Winning Attitude…From Development to Execution

Segment 1: It’s the heat of Summer, but nothing seems to be hotter than the headlines in the NBA.  The guys look ahead to what the Wolves can expect from the new-look roster and digs this Fall.  Could there be a connection between hosting a Super Bowl and potentially hosting a World Series months later?  And the Lynx continue to pile up the wins.

 

A Legacy Showing Some Dominance

Segment 2: It’s the heat of Summer, but nothing appears to be hotter than the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Eric and Larry discuss the rolling train that is the best team in MLB.  And the rest of the NL West’s contenders aren’t too shabby.  After that, can the Twins continue to stay in the division race?

 

Vikings Gear Up For Last Go ‘Round in Mankato

Segment 3: It’s the heat of Summer, which means Training Camp talk couldn’t be hotter (OK, I’ll stop now.)  It’s almost here, and it’ll be a bittersweet one for the Vikings.  Our hosts discuss the impact of the team’s last camp in Mankato.  They also explain how things have changed over the years.

 

X Makes Minneapolis the Spot

Segment 4: The Twin Cities went extreme last weekend with the X Games in town.  We hear more about the event’s inaugural run in the local market.  Next, the guys get back to Training Camp.  What goes through the minds of the players during this time of the year?

US Bank Stadium interior - July 2017

US Bank Stadium hosts the X Games – July 2017

 

GDG’s Tom Tuttle Looks Back on the 1987 Twins

Segment 5: This weekend, the Twins are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first championship team.  They held an event to reminisce, and our own Tom Tuttle was there amongst all the revelry.  He joins the show to describe the event and give his thoughts on that special 1987 squad.

 

Controversial Questions Spanning the Sports Landscape

Segment 6: Is trouble surrounding Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott?  Is an afro keeping Colin Kaepernick from finding his way on an NFL roster?  What do the fellas think about all of the attention surrounding the O.J. Simpson parole hearing?  And will either of them drop everything to watch the upcoming Mayweather-McGregor fight?

 

 

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GDG rundown for the weekend of July 14th-16th (a.k.a. X-Games Weekend 2017)

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This week, we get a chance to breathe with much of the Sports buzz slowing to a whisper.  But there’s still stuff to talk about, and our hosts don’t take breaks.  Eric and Larry are back in the Downtown Minneapolis studio to chat about the MLB All-Star Game and baseball at the break.  And that’s not all they get to discuss.  There’s the cashflow of the NBA offseason, the best baseball stadiums around, and naming rights for a college hockey arena.  And they’re joined by GDG’s Scott Taylor, who gets to chat up some CFL, NHL, and the impacts of arbitration.

MLB Showcases Fun in the Sun

Segment 1: Major League Baseball celebrated the game this week, holding the 88th annual All-Star Game in Miami.  How did the American League’s victory square up this game’s history?  Then, Eric and Larry reminisce on the influence of Latin ballplayers, including former Twins legend and MLB Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

 

Baseball’s Best and the Game’s Popularity Struggles

Segment 2: At baseball’s break, the L.A. Dodgers and the Houston Astros are the talk of the sport.  Are these teams destined to meet in the World Series?  After that, is the lack of a clock hurting baseball in this modern age of gadgets and shorter attention spans?

 

The Best Views and the Stars Shine Bright

Segment 3: With our minds on baseball, why not look at the favorite ballparks around the nation.  The fellas discuss one list of the best in the U.S., then explain their feelings for certain venues.  And the annual ESPYs took place on Wednesday.  We hear about some of the winners from the most glamorous night in Sports.

 

GDG’s Scott Taylor Offers Some Maple Leaf Love

Segment 4: Football may not be going on in the States, but it has started north of the border.  GDG’s Scott Taylor checks in from this week’s matchup between the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  He talks with the guys about the popularity of the CFL and its comparison to the NHL.  Plus, can Canadian son Andrew Wiggins be on the verge of leading a great team?  And what might the impacts be of Mikael Granlund’s arbitration case?

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Toronto Argonauts

Winnipeg vs Toronto Argonauts during CFL action in Winnipeg on Thursday, July,13,2017. (Photo Credit Jeff Miller)

 

When Business and Sports Collide

Segment 5: Eric and Larry piggyback off of the arbitration discussion that Scott Taylor brought up.  What happens when egos this big clash over dollars?  Then, could Carmelo Anthony help Houston create another “superteam”?

 

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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GDG rundown for the weekend of July 7th-9th

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The baseball season is reaching its intermission.  Before that, Eric and Larry get out to the ballpark to take in a game.  They broadcast this week’s program from Target Field, just moments after the weekend series opener between the Twins and Orioles.  The guys dive headfirst into the Twinkies and their ability to hang around the top of the division.  They also get an outside perspective from Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer.  Along with talk about the Great American Pasttime, we’ll also hear some chatter on the Timberwolves’ offseason, a trip to a PGA Tour course, and a “get-back” win for the Lynx.

One Last Lunge Into the Break

Segment 1: The Twins will complete their final homestand before the All-Star Break, and they’ll still be in the hunt for a postseason spot.  But what does the first-half parity mean across MLB?  Plus, the fellas look back at the Midsummer Classic that changed everything.

 

Target Field - Minneapolis, MN

Major League Baseball in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

A Welcome Sight at Target Field

Segment 2: A local legend made it back to the Twin Cities this week.  Eric and Larry discuss Rod Carew’s return to Target Field for the first time since receiving a heart transplant.  After that, Larry tells us about the vacation he took to West Virginia’s famed Greenbrier Resort (home to this week’s PGA Greenbrier Classic).

 

Central Surprises…Good & Bad

Segment 3: The Twins aren’t the only Upper Midwest team turning heads this season.  Our hosts peek toward the shores of Lake Michigan, where the Milwaukee Brewers are the surprise leaders in the NL Central.  But the question in that division…what’s happened to the defending champion Cubs?

 

NBA Wheeling and Dealing in Full Effect

Segment 4: After the guys give their thoughts on Miami hosting the All-Star Game, they turn to the NBA.  Have the Timberwolves acquitted themselves well with the additions they’ve made to the roster (Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson)?  And they’re not the only team making moves in the Association.

 

Coming Up Aces: GDG Chats with Hall of Fame Pitcher Jim Palmer

Segment 5: The Baltimore Orioles are making their lone trip to Minneapolis this weekend.  It didn’t start very well as they lost the series opener on Thursday.  But why have the O’s struggled after a hot start?  The guys find out when they chat with color analyst and MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer.  What are his impressions of the surprising Twins?

 

A WNBA Showdown in St. Paul

Segment 6: The Lynx made a statement, and got a touch of revenge, by beating defending WNBA champ Los Angeles on Thursday.  Will this bode well for the rest of the regular season…and beyond?

 

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GDG rundown for the weekend of June 30th – July 2nd

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The Timberwolves did some big-time shopping last week, ending up with one heck of a deal.  And what better place to find whatever you need than the Mall of America?  That’s where Eric and Larry were for Jimmy Butler’s introductory press conference.  They break down the impact that the trade could have on the roster.  Tom Thibodeau helps us understand the inner workings of the deal, while columnist Joe Cowley explains reaction surrounding Butler’s former team, the Chicago Bulls.  And former Viking Leo Lewis gives us a look at the effect of high school sports on a community.

Let’s Go to the Mall

Segment 1: The Mall of America was the center of hoops hope on Thursday, with the Timberwolves officially introducing Jimmy Butler to their roster.  The guys took in the event and pontificated on whether fandom hope can turn into playoff appearances.

Jimmy Butler at Mall of America June 29, 2017

Timberwolves welcome Jimmy Butler at Mall of America

The Next Move for the Wolves

Segment 2: So, now that the Wolves have their big-name veteran on the roster, what’s next?  The fellas discuss what the rest of the offseason may hold.  And how did the Wild fare over their draft weekend?

Leo Lewis Takes His Love of Athletics to the Classroom

Segment 3: Former Viking Leo Lewis is now bringing his leadership prowess to the next generation.  The current A.D. at Minneapolis North H.S. discusses his efforts to put an emphasis on community, education, and athletics.

Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times Describes the Other Side

Segment 4: We know how the Twin Cities is receiving the Jimmy Butler trade.  But what about Chicago?  Sun-Times columnist Joe Cowley looks at whether the Bulls made a smart decision and whether they have a defined direction.

A Victorious Reunion?  Tom Thibodeau Breaks Down the Butler Trade

Segment 5: If you want to know the how, what, and why of the Draft night trade for Jimmy Butler, why not talk with one of the men behind it.  We hear those answers from Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau.  Plus, where does this leave the team in the pecking order of the chaotic Western Conference?

Keeping Up, Kicking Into Gear, and Kombucha Tea

Segment 6: The Twins are trying to stick around in the AL Central race.  Eric and Larry get a sense of where the team is as they wrap up a long road trip.  The first Vegas NHL roster is coming into focus.  Then, more controversy is following new Vikings WR Michael Floyd.

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Lynx Notes

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Minnesota 87, San Antonio 78

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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The Lynx move to 11-1 on the season and keep their lead over second place Los Angeles at two games atop the WNBA standings after tonight’s 87-78 victory over the San Antonio Stars. Tonight was the 15th home win in a row against the Stars, which represents a new franchise record against any opponent.

After tonight’s win the quartet of Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen are now 122-30 overall when playing together. They have now passed Tamecka Dixon, Lisa Leslie, Mwadi Mabika and DeLisha Milton-Jones (Los Angeles, 1999-2004) for most wins as a foursome in league history.

Photo: MN Lynx PR

Sylvia Fowles finished with a game-high-tying 22 points and 10 rebounds, including 17 points and six rebounds in the second half. Tonight was Fowles’ 115th career double-double and seventh of the season. It was also her second 20/10 effort in a row and sixth time this year (46th career).

For the fourth straight game Maya Moore finished with 20+ points on her way to 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting and four rebounds. Moore went 4-of-4 from the free throw line to extend her streak to 17 straight made free throws dating back to June 9 at Washington.

Rebekkah Brunson grabbed 10 rebounds tonight, her third 10+ rebound game of the season. Brunson is now two rebounds away from passing Tina Thompson (3070) for third all-time on the WNBA’s rebounding list.

In a season-high 20:50 minutes off the bench, Natasha Howard led all Lynx reserves for the second straight game with eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, four rebounds and a game-high three blocked shots.

Led by Brunson and Fowles’ combined 20 rebounds, the Lynx outrebounded San Antonio 36-28. Minnesota has now had the rebounding advantage in three out the last four games.

Minnesota finished 9-of-18 (50.0%) from three-point territory. Moore led the Lynx by scoring 12 of her 22 points from deep. Tonight represented the second time Minnesota finished 50% or better from three (58.3% vs. Connecticut on May 23).

The Lynx head on the road Friday night to take on the Phoenix Mercury Friday night at 9:00 p.m. CT at Talking Stick Arena. The game will be televised on Fox Sports North Plus and can be heard on BOB 106 FM.

 

 

Postgame Quotes:

Sunday, June 25

Minnesota Lynx vs. San Antonio Stars

Minnesota Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve

On the game. . .

“Despite what the game preview said, in terms of what people think should happen in a game like that where you have a team with the best record against a team with the worst record, we were fully aware of how well San Antonio was playing. We watched a ton of video, so we we’re not surprised at the things that they got done. I think we have an understanding of the parity of this league. I asked them to name one bad player on San Antonio’s team and they were hard pressed to name one bad player. There’s a couple of players on there that are some of the best players in the league. It’s a team that’s trying to figure things out and they are playing well. It’s not going to be long until they start winning games.”

On Sylvia Fowles’ performance. . .
“She had some big offensive rebounds and she put a lot pressure (in the post). We were going through Syl, we were going to run this thing through Syl. She had great reads on kick outs. I thought she took a lot of contact, made some free throws and it was vital. I just told her that I was proud that she fought through that.”

On Maya Moore’s game. . .
“She had the opportunity to knock down a couple of big threes and that’s what MVP candidate players should do for you. It has been well-documented that Maya had struggled early, but now she’s really found her groove. Understanding that it’s actually gotten a little bit easier for her. She hasn’t had people leave her in years and now, somebody has to leave. Maya is overall playing better. If you look at eyes, and I’m big on facial expressions, I think what you are seeing from Maya now is way different than what we were seeing in the beginning. I think she was struggling and now she is focused and doing the little things.”

Lynx Center Sylvia Fowles:

On the comeback win. . .
“A lot of our fans just see us win, win, win, but they don’t understand how hard it is. Night’s like this makes you appreciate your teammates even more. Everybody stepped up to the plate and took on the challenge. I’m happy and I’m just trying to push forward and get ready for the next game.”

On getting a big ‘and-one’ late in the game. . .
“I think (Seimone Augustus) was in a rhythm, Maya (Moore) stepped up big for us, Renee (Montgomery) came in and gave us big minutes, Natasha (Howard) came in and played big, so you definitely felt the switch going our way. We just wanted to keep the momentum going our way.”

Lynx Forward Maya Moore:

On her now scoring 20-plus points in four straight games. . .
“This is normal for me, which is now normal. My normal is not normal. I’m doing what I’ve always tried to do. I still feel like there’s another level that I’m working towards, getting to just personally in my own feel out there on the court. We’re playing great team basketball.”

On the comeback in the fourth quarter…
“It wasn’t about strategy, it was about effort and digging down deep and finding the focus at the same time for an extended period of time to put the team away. We would have liked to see that fourth quarter energy throughout the 40 minutes, for whatever reason it wasn’t there. . . Eventually something’s going to give if you keep the energy high and that’s what we saw tonight.”

San Antonio Stars Head Coach Vickie Johnson

On the Lynx challenging Stars’ leads…
“I think Sylvia Fowles, Brunson, Seimone, Maya Moore and Lindsay – that’s in their position. You know, I have a very young team but we fought. You know, Maya Moore made a big time shot. If it wasn’t Maya Moore it was Sylvia Fowles made a couple of layups. If it wasn’t her it was Seimone knocking down a big time shot. They’re vets, USA National Team… They’re used to pressure and if they would have had their bench players in I think those shots probably wouldn’t have been knocked down.”

On keeping players motivated…
“It’s about building a solid foundation for us. We’re a young team; players are 22, 22, 22, 23… Mac just turned 25; easy playing big-time minutes, this is just her second year. She went from ACL, to Phoenix playing six minutes, and now we’re asking her to play 25 minutes against some of the best players in the world. I think it’s about the process, going through the process but doing it right, every possession.”

On goals moving forward…
“We got a little time off. The most important thing now is to go home, get some rest and work Tuesday, Wednesday and get ready for the game on Friday. Just build chemistry because that’s the main thing, that’s the only way we can be successful as a team. For me, the most important thing to lead this team is basketball IQ. Wherever they go, if they go overseas next year they’ll be a better player than when they come back we will be ready to go.”

San Antonio Stars Guard, Kayla McBride

On scoring double digits in 10 out of the last 12 games…
“I have really great teammates who give me the ball where I like to get it, just trying to be aggressive. We’re still working on trying to be a great team both ends of the floor and I try to be consistent in that and that’s my job on this team.”

On the focus to win the next game…
“Just closing out games. I think especially on the road. We’re playing the best team in the league and we were winning pretty much 34 minutes of the game, but it’s those last six minutes where we really had to come together and that’s something we’re still figuring out.”

San Antonio Stars Guard, Moriah Jefferson

On beating her 10-point scoring average per game…
“I was just trying to be aggressive in the pick-and-roll. I know if we set the screens high enough it will be hard for the post to help up on me. I was really just trying to attack to get my teammates open and if they were leaving me I would take the shot.”

On staying motivated on the court…
“We want to get a win and so many of our games have been like this – we fight until the end and we had this six-minute period where it was a missed turnover, missed layup, missed free throw, missed something; another turnover, a miss and a make and the next thing you know you’re down by 10 and there’s two minutes left. So mental focus at the end of the game and half of these games will go our way.”

On Minnesota scoring 32 in the fourth…
“Mental breakdown. We were so locked down on the defensive end and when we went on those runs our defense was starting off and they started hitting shots and we weren’t getting through and playing our schemes the right way. And then we made a few key mistakes and like I said, the next thing you know you look up and you’re down by 10.”

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Gameday Gold Radio – July 28, 2017 – s.4

Several Stories From the Local Headlines

Segment 4: MN United’s new stadium won’t be ready for a while, but it’s name will be waiting.  We hear about the sponsor’s name that will be shown on the building.  Will the PGA Tour get an annual stop in the Twin Cities?  A legendary area coach and Basketball Hall of Fame member passes  away.  And the Lynx continue to run through their WNBA schedule.

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Gameday Gold Radio – July 21, 2017 – s.1

We’re hitting the peak of Summer, meaning all kinds of sports discussion is out there to be had.  Eric and Larry grab hold of some of it and deliver it to us from the Downtown Minneapolis studio.  The Twins are remembering a glorious past, while trying to make something of the future.  GDG’s Tom Tuttle talks with the guys from the Thursday night event honoring the 1987 World Series Champs.  Everyone also has their take on the current version of the team.  The Vikings will close a chapter in their history over the next few weeks.  Plus, the guys dig into the Lynx, the Wolves, the red-hot L.A. Dodgers, and many other items around the world of sports.

A Winning Attitude…From Development to Execution

Segment 1: It’s the heat of Summer, but nothing seems to be hotter than the headlines in the NBA.  The guys look ahead to what the Wolves can expect from the new-look roster and digs this Fall.  Could there be a connection between hosting a Super Bowl and potentially hosting a World Series months later?  And the Lynx continue to pile up the wins.

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Gameday Gold Radio – June 2, 2017 – s.6

The Twins and Lynx Hit the Pacific Coast

Segment 6: Larry isn’t the only local entity out West this weekend.  The Twins are also in California, taking on the Angels.  Can they get the bad taste out of their mouths due to a sweep by the Houston?  Eric and Larry discuss how impressed they were by the team with MLB’s best record.  After that, the fellas look at the undefeated start for the Lynx.  Are they in a similar position, roster-wise, to the NBA’s Warriors?

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Gameday Gold Radio – May 25, 2017 – s.2

New Digs, Same Successful Lynx

Segment 2: The Minnesota Lynx may have changed home venues this season, but the winning continues.  Eric and Larry dig into the start of the team’s campaign.  How has the environment changed with them playing at Xcel Energy Center?  And what are the guys’ thoughts on Charlotte receiving another chance to host the NBA All-Star Game?

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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 – October 28, 2016 – s.1

It’s a time for some new beginnings around the Twin Cities.  Some are exciting (Timberwolves start their season).  Some are unsettling (Vikings lose for the first time this season).  Some are still developing (Target Center renovations).  In this week’s program, broadcast from the Downtown Minneapolis studio, Eric and Larry cover it all, including an update on those renovations from the Wolves’ Chief Strategy Officer, Ted Johnson.  Plus, the guys pick their QB and discuss the World Series.

Spanning the Sports Landscape

Segment 1: The guys set up the show by looking back on the WNBA’ handling of the controversial end to Game 5 of the Finals, looking into the start of the NBA season, looking at the state of the state of Ohio, and more.

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Gameday Gold Radio – October 21, 2016 – s.1

The Target Center hosted a championship event on Thursday, and our guys were there to cover it.  Eric and Larry broadcast this week’s show from the Downtown Minneapolis arena, where the Lynx suffered a devastating last-second defeat to lose the WNBA title to the L.A. Sparks.  The fellas break down the contest and get reaction from Sparks owner Magic Johnson.  Our hosts also get into some football.  The Vikings come off of their by on Sunday.  Justin Trattou and Zach Line explain what they’ll be in for when they take on the Eagles.  And the Cardinals appear to be back on a winning track.  Running back David Johnson tells us why that’s the case.  Plus, the Wild and Wolves are feeling the buzz as they start their seasons.

Lynx Title Run Comes Up One Point Short

Segment 1: The Minnesota Lynx’ stellar season ended in heartbreak on Thursday night, with the team falling on a last-second shot in the winner-take-all Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.  Eric and Larry saw the thrilling contest, and they provide a recap of how the L.A. Sparks captured their 3rd WNBA title.