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SPORTS NUGGETS: The Minnesota Twins are thriving on the road

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By Eric Nelson
May 24, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the North Star State...

•Travel-Tested: The Minnesota Twins apparently love packing their bags, hopping on jets and staying in hotels. After their 2-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night at Camden Yards, the Twins are 13-5 on the road, which is much better than their 11-13 home record. The Twins (24-18) continue to be an early season surprise as they lead Cleveland by one game in the AL Central…

•Mound Magic: Twins P Ervin Santana was outstanding against the Orioles, throwing a complete game, two-hit shutout. Santana (7-2) is tied with Houston’s Dallas Keuchel and the LA Dodgers Clayton Kershaw for the most wins in MLB. Santana’s 1.80 ERA is the lowest in the majors…

•Sano Show: On Monday Miguel Sano put on a power display at Camden in Minnesota’s 14-7 win. Sano had four hits (including a home run), scored three times and drove in three runs. Sano has 37 RBI which is tied for the AL lead with Seattle’s Nelson Cruz

•Sunday Saturation: There was sports gridlock in the Twin Cities on Sunday. Kansas City and Minnesota played a double dip at Target Field, Gary and St. Paul played two games at CHS Field and the LA Galaxy took on Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium. The Royals-Twins games drew an announced 27,852 fans, the Railcats and Saints played before 7,511, while LA and Minn U attracted a crowd of 19,107. Not bad considering temps were in the mid-40’s and there was rain or mist coming down part of the day…

•Just Asking: What will happen first, the Golden State Warriors losing in the playoffs or Keuchel losing a game? The Warriors are 12-0 in the NBA’s postseason while Keuchel (currently on the 10 day DL) is 7-0…

•Ho Hum: The Minnesota Lynx (4-0) are off to another fast start. The Lynx squeaked by the Connecticut Sun 80-78 on Tuesday night in St. Paul. Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds for the Lynx who have spoiled their fan base with consistent success…

•Hockey-Tonk: Music City is Hockey City now that Nashville has advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. The Predators are the 14th sun belt team to play for the Cup and suddenly have become a trendy team in Tennessee…

•Fun is Good: Kudos to the NFL for easing up on player celebration penalties. The stuffy and buttoned up league that frowned on dancing and frolicking, is now going to let players be more expressive. Goal post dunks, snow angels and choreographed end zone dances will be en vogue again thanks to rule changes approved at the NFL spring meetings in Chicago…

•Coliseum Upgrades: According to the LA Times, the historic LA Coliseum is going to get a $270 million renovation. USC – the venue’s primary tenant – has raised $225 million for the project which will be finished in 2019. The Coliseum makeover includes new seats, wider aisles in some areas, a tower with luxury boxes and club seats on the stadium’s south side. Coliseum capacity will shrink from 94,000 to 77,000. The LAC is also the temporary home for the LA Rams…

Los Angeles Coliseum

Los Angeles Coliseum

•Name Game: The Times also reports that Coliseum naming rights have been sold to United Airlines. That means the 94-year old facility will have a new name for the first time ever…

•Prep Palace: According to the Houston Chronicle, Legacy Stadium in Katy, TX opens this fall. The tab is $72.1 million – making it the most expensive high school football venue in Texas history. Legacy’s capacity will be 12,000…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: The Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins have flipped the script

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By Eric Nelson
May 17, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Minneapple....

•Turnaround Teams: Two of MLB’s early season surprises began a three-game series Tuesday night as Colorado knocked off Minnesota 7-3 in an interleague matchup in Minneapolis. After disappointing seasons in 2016, the Rockies (25-15, 1st place NL West) and Twins (19-16, 1st place AL Central) have flipped the script. Not many baseball pundits saw this coming because Colorado was 75-87 last season and Minnesota was 59-103…

•Rock Stars: Colorado’s top players are 1B Mark Reynolds (.317 batting average, 12 HR and 33 RBI), P Antonio Senzatela (6-1, 3.31 ERA) and P Greg Holland (17 saves). They are key cogs on a Rockies team that has baseball fans in the Mountain Time Zone excited about something besides the Denver Broncos..

•Ballpark Bargain: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland A’s are selling monthly ballpark passes in June for $19.99. Detroit, Houston, Minnesota and Milwaukee have sold similar packages for much higher prices…

•Play Ball: The St. Paul Saints open their regular season Thursday night when they host the Gary SouthShore Railcats at CHS Field. Popular Saints P Mark Hamburger is back with the team. Hamburger had 12 wins in 2016, which was tied for first in the American Association…

•NCAA Snub: Someone please explain how the top-ranked Minnesota Gopher softball team can’t get a number one seed in the NCAA tournament? The Gophers (54-3, 25-game winning streak) should be opening the tournament in Dinkytown – instead of Tuscaloosa, AL where they play Louisiana Tech (37-22) on Friday. This omission is purely comical…

•NFL Snub: It’s as clear as the Montana sky that Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed. There are currently 111 quarterbacks in the NFL and Kaepernick is not one of them. The 29-year old Kaepernick – who started five seasons in San Francisco, had playoff success and took the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII – can’t get a job. Meanwhile, Trevoyne Boykin, Case Keenum, Kevin HoganBryce Petty, Jake Rudock and other guys with far less accomplishments are in the league. There is clearly something fishy about this…

Colin Kaepernick

•NFL Politics: Of course, the roots of this exclusion go back to 2016 when Kaepernick took a stand by taking a knee during the star spangled banner. It was Kaepernick’s personal protest against police mistreatment of African-Americans. Kaepernick became a lightning rod, despite having no record and doing nothing illegal. All he did was exercise his constitutional right to free speech. Now Kaepernick is toxic and the league looks incredibly hypocritical because there are plenty of guys with rap sheets who are playing…

•Seattle-Bound: According to the Seattle Times, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll is exploring the possibility of bringing in Kaepernick or Robert Griffin III to back up Russell Wilson. If Kaepernick does get another chance it will probably be with someone like Carroll, who lets his players express emotion and opinion as long as they produce…

•Saluting Sylvia: Congrats to Minnesota Lynx star Sylvia Fowles, who will have her number 34 jersey retired by LSU this season. Fowles was an All-America player for the Tigers and is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Seimone Augustus – who also plays for the Lynx and went to LSU – already has her number 33 jersey retired by the Tigers…

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx Slvia Fowles (34)

•Rare air: Fowles will become the 12th LSU athlete or coach to have his/her jersey retired, which includes Pete Maravich and Shaquille O’Neal

•Splitsville: ESPN is breaking up Mike and Mike. Beginning in 2018 Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will have new roles with the network. I say boo to this. Mike and Mike have been a solid tandem since 1998. They mix information with entertainment (infotainment) and it works. They are critical without being personal and they don’t have egos so big they need zip codes like other folks in the broadcasting business. If it isn’t broke why fix it? ESPN whiffed on this one…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: It’s a pinnacle moment for Minn U against Sporting KC

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By Eric Nelson
May 10, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Land of Loons...

•Signature Win: It took Minnesota United just 10 games to produce a pinnacle moment in their inaugural MLS season. Minn U blanked Sporting KC 2-0 at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, getting goals from Abu Danladi and Christian Ramirez, and a shutout from GK Bobby Shuttleworth. SKC (18 points) is an MLS powerhouse and is tied for first in the Western Conference with FC Dallas. The much-improved Loons (11 points) have two wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in their last four games…

•Oh Canada: On Saturday Minn U battles another top-tier club as the Loons play Toronto FC in Canada. Toronto is on top of the Eastern Conference and has an MLS-high 19 points…

•Shock-Off: It was a stunning finish in Minneapolis Friday night. Joe Mauer hit his first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Boston giving the Twins a 4-3 win. The game-winning tater produced some rare emotion from Mauer, who pumped his fist into the air as he circled the bases. It was one of the most unlikely endings I have ever seen at Target Field…

•Hick Ups: NY Yankees CF Aaron Hicks is off to a sizzling start. Hicks is batting .338 with six home runs and 16 RBI, and making the Twins look silly for giving up on him…

•Well-Written: USA today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale recently wrote an outstanding article on the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the impact the violent uprising had on the city, the nation and sports in the wake of the Rodney King verdict.

•Job Hopping: The Vikings have hired Tina Holmes as Chief of Staff and Strategic Advisor. Holmes has spent the last four years in a similar role at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota…

•Eight Ball: It’s looking more and more like the NBA Finals will be the sequel to the sequel. Cleveland and Golden State have already logged a pair of four-game playoff sweeps and are both 8-0 this post-season. The Cavs and Warriors are on an apparent collision course to meet in the Finals for a third straight season…

•Tip-Off Time: The Minnesota Lynx open their WNBA season Sunday night at 6 pm against the Chicago Sky. The game is at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, which is the Lynx temporary home this year while Target Center is being renovated…

•Juggernaut: Congrats to the U of M softball team. The 3rd ranked Gophers (51-3) won their first Big Ten title since 1991 and have a 22 game winning streak. Top seed Minnesota plays Northwestern or Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday in Ann Arbor, MI…

•Giving Back I: Minnesota Vikings LB Eric Kendricks will present a $20,000 check to The Sheridan Story on Friday at Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley. The Sheridan Story runs weekend food programs at more than 140 schools across the Twin Cities. The funds were raised in Kendricks’ “Sacks for Kids” campaign last season, which asked fans to pledge money for each Vikings sack…

•Giving Back II: The annual Taste of the Vikings charity event is Wednesday June 14 from 6:30-10 pm at US Bank Stadium. Second Harvest Heartland and Land O’Lakes are the main sponsors, which raises awareness and funds to combat childhood hunger. Minnesota players, coaches and alumni will be participating…

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Hope Springs Eternal…

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by Thomas U. Tuttle

A Couple of Thoughts

Adrian Peterson took his last hand-off for the Minnesota Vikings last year, and it’s a sad goodbye that is being played out in the press and behind the scenes. AP is owed serious money ($18 million for 2017) that the Vikings are not going to pay and the story should reach a conclusion in the next week, or two weeks at the latest.

There’s a major cap-hit upcoming that the Vikings are unwilling to take, and that’s going to prompt this near-immediate action. One may recall that Peterson made his big money in 2014 despite being suspended for the severe paddling of his 4-year old son, an event whose repercussions cast the Purple in a bad light; and was perhaps made more grievous when AP’s response was that the league (and to a lesser extent, the team) was coming down on him unfairly.

Minnesota General Manager Rick Spielman spent much of his recent exclusive press conference saying things like “Adrian will always be a Viking” when he wasn’t talking about the plethora of quality running backs available in this years draft. Folks, that is what you call the handwriting on the wall of Peterson’s career in the Twin Towns, a tenure that was spectacular, if now sagging to the finish line.

The powerful running back doesn’t believe he’s done yet, and the great competitor in him is determined to finish his NFL run on a higher note. No doubt he would like to compete for a Super Bowl championship in the twilight of his grand career. New York’s football Giants could be a landing spot for Peterson (at less money), as they have created salary cap space with a couple of high-profile player releases. The Giants came close in 2016 and a healthy AP could seriously assist Eli Manning’s pocket survivability.

He’s going to be 32 the next time he “suits up and shows up” on the Gridiron. A lot of hits have been rained upon Peterson’s phenomenal physique (maybe the most athletic and pound-for-pound powerful build this journalist has ever seen in any locker room). But time waits for no man, and it won’t wait for AP. The big business of the National Football League spares no one. It will be interesting to see where Peterson plays this fall. One thing is certain – it won’t be in Minneapolis.

 

ON THE BASEBALL FRONT, the Minnesota Twins are into the exhibition season down in Fort Myers and looking for improvement just about everywhere – which should be the case regarding a team that lost 103 games. With the notable exception of Brian Dozier (who hit 42 home runs, played excellent defense, and may be the best second baseman in the game) this is a team that needs to get better ASAP in every department.

The good news is that I believe they will show solid growth this year, and will provide Twin Cities baseball fans with some exciting baseball along with an additional 15-20 wins. When you are at rock-bottom, the only direction one can look is up. And so it is with Minnesota and its cast of underachievers, a number of whom should be ready to break out.

I’m talking about the speedy Bryan Buxton finally playing up to his billing, like he did in September of last year (he hit 13 homers between AAA and the Bigs). What a catalyst he could be at the top of the line-up, setting the stage for Dozier, Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer et. al. Bux needs to cut down on his strikeouts and show more general discipline at the plate – which he should, with skipper Paul Molitor working with him daily this spring.

The Twins have brought a bunch of old-timers down to camp, including Torii Hunter, Mike Cuddyer, Dave Winfield (for several days, he resonated big-time with Buxton) and a few others. Jack Morris will be around for the pitchers, along with Bert Blyleven. After last year, its all hands on deck for 2017! Molly is encouraging these guys to communicate and contribute as they see fit, within his guidelines.

I say, great! Let’s get Sano rolling and playing a solid third-base with about 30 homers and 30 doubles…the man has good-buddy David Ortiz written all over him! Max Kepler is the best-hitting German in the world – and he can play Major League Baseball. Kennys Vargas will finally emerge, and Jorge Polanco will turn into a major league shortstop, and  Jason Castro will be the answer at catcher…

Hey, spring training is for dreamers! But the Twins do have some talent to work with. Ervin Santana needs a little more luck than last year to win a cool 20 games, and Kyle Gibson is ready to shed his youth and man-up on the mound. Phil Hughes should be on a short-leash but could succeed, and let’s see Jose Berrios finally live up to his potential.

I’m in Florida soon, and will report back after watching a few ballgames. As of this writing, the boys have dropped their first two spring training outings. Mauer and Dozier haven’t played yet and spring games don’t count any more than wedding cake at a divorce. Yet, believe me, Molitor is watching things like a hawk. That HOF’er and World Series MVP takes 103 losses personally, and it’s not going to happen ever again.

In fact, just like 2015 when Las Vegas had the Twins to win 70 games, plus or minus, and they won 83 – LV has Minnesota at 70 again, which would mean they would lose 90+ games. Head to the bank! Those suggested betting numbers are not going to happen, and my money is headed out west on Minny. They will be a .500 club at least. Without my upcoming visit to Florida in hand, I nonetheless see improvement at every defensive and offensive spot, as well as the mound.

Yeah, call me a dreamer… but I’m not the only one. Bottom line; I just don’t believe they are very far from being a decent-to-good MLB team. An updated report in a couple of weeks.

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Despite low attendance, Adam Silver believes the Minnesota Timberwolves are trending up

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By Eric Nelson

February 1, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from Timberwolves nation…

•Crowd Counts: Despite winning seven of their last 10, crowds are not exactly flocking to Target Center to see the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 26 home dates the Wolves average just 13,871 fans per game – which ranks 29th out of the NBA’s 30 teams. Only Denver (13,575) draws fewer fans per game…

•Silver Lining: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was in Minneapolis last week watching the Indiana-Minnesota game. Despite the Wolves attendance woes, Silver is not concerned about Minneapolis as a basketball market. “No, not at all,” Silver said. “They’re doing all the right things to continue to attach themselves to the community. Part of it is building the team and building the arena as well. They are doing everything that is necessary, so I have not a bit of concern…”

•Wow Factor: It was Silver’s first trip to Target Center since the arena’s three-phase, $150 million renovation began. Silver raved about the new circular video board that is in the venue. “It really changes the experience for the fans,” Silver said. “These high-definition, big screen video boards are unique to our league…”

•Trending Up: Silver calls Minnesota a “first class organization” and says all the “arrows are pointing in the right direction.” He believes the Wolves have the right pieces in place to have sustained success…”

•C-Town-Bound: Minnesota logged another win Monday night, defeating Orlando 111-105 in overtime at Target Center. Next up for the Timberwolves (19-29) is a Wednesday evening game at Cleveland. The NBA champion Cavaliers (32-15) are on top of the Eastern Conference and have a 21-5 home record…

•In the House: Twins 2B Brian Dozier and CF Byron Buxton were at Saturday night’s Brooklyn-Minnesota game at Target Center. Dozier and Buxton were in Minneapolis for Twinsfest…

•Girl Power: Wednesday is National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and to celebrate the Minnesota Lynx are taking 20 female athletes from St. Paul Humboldt High School to the Science Museum of Minnesota Sportsology Exhibit. Lynx stars Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen will participate in the festivities…

•Bold Bash: The Minnesota Super Bowl host committee is throwing a party Thursday night in Houston. “Bold north down South” is the theme of the evening. Super Bowl LI is Sunday in Houston and Super Bowl LII will be played in Minneapolis in 2017…

•Super Stats: According to wallethub.com, 51.7 million cases of beer will be sold on Super Bowl Sunday and 1,300 planes will land at Houston area airports during Super week. Most of those (85 percent) will be corporate jets…

•Big-Game Brent: Another legendary sports broadcaster is retiring. ESPN’s Brent Musberger is leaving after a fabulous career in the booth, the studio and the sideline. Musberger was a multi-talented guy who brought energy and passion to the broadcasts, and is one of the all-time greats. Musberger’s staple was the way he used to open up the old NFL Today shows on CBS by saying, “You are looking live at a sold out Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN…”

•Fab Four: Musberger’s retirement comes just months after three other icons left the booth. In 2016 Vin Scully, Dick Enberg and Verne Lundquist called it quits too. The foursome leaves a huge void. The airwaves will never be the same…

 

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SPORTS NUGGETS: No signature wins and trophy game losses are Gopher football trademarks

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By Eric Nelson
November 29, 2016
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of Scotch Tape…

 

• Predictable Finish: No one who follows the Gophers closely should be surprised that Minnesota lost to Wisconsin 31-17 last week in Madison. No one should be shocked by a Minnesota meltdown in the second half, as the Gophers blew a 17-7 lead. No one should be stunned that the Badgers have won the Paul Bunyan Axe trophy for 13 straight seasons. The loss to Wisconsin was Minnesota football in microcosm.  The Gophers tease, but never please – which has been a U of M trademark for five plus decades…

• Signature Loss: Instead of getting a coveted signature win against the 5th ranked Badgers, the Gophers wound up with another dagger defeat. There are many repercussions from the loss – Minnesota would have cracked the Top 25 with a win, would have gone to a marquis bowl game and recruiting would have received a major boost. Instead, that all went down the drain in Madison as the Gophers proved once again that they can’t get over the hump…

• Tracy Time: It’s hard to get an accurate read on HC Tracy Claeys. In his first full season as Gopher coach, they finished 8-4 and will go bowling. The record is solid, but could have been better because Minnesota played a marshmallow-soft schedule. The Gophers had chances to win against Penn State, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin, but fell short in each game. Claeys received a contract extension on Monday – which was expected because the bar of expectation at the U of M is low. Winning trophy games is not required to keep your job in Dinkytown, so Claeys will return. Claeys is just the latest coach who can’t get Minnesota over the top. Maybe next season Claeys and the Gophers will win a game that truly counts…

• Bowl Projection: According to CBSsports.com, Minnesota will play Washington State at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on December 27…

• On a Roll: The NFL’s hottest team comes to the Twin Cities this week as Dallas (10-1) plays Minnesota (6-5) at US Bank Stadium on Thursday night. The Cowboys have won 10 straight games and are paced by rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott has thrown 18 touchdown passes and just two interceptions, and has a quarterback rating of 108.6. Elliott leads the NFL with 1,199 yards rushing and has scored 11 TD’s…

• Texas Beef: The Cowboys have a dominant offensive line that has allowed Prescott, Elliott and other offensive players to thrive. The great wall of Dallas is led by LT Tyron Smith, RG Zack Martin and C Travis Frederick. They are road graders in the run game and body guards in pass protection…

• Lone Star Love: There is a chance the Cowboys can win Super Bowl LI and not leave Texas. If the Cowboys are the NFC’s top seed, they will play every playoff game in Arlington, TX. If Dallas plays for the title, the Cowboys will  be in Houston – the site of Super Bowl LI…

• Twins Moves: The Minnesota Twins have hired Torii Hunter, LaTroy Hawkins and Michael Cuddyer  as Special Assistants to Baseball Operations. All three used to play for the Twins and will be a resource for players and coaches on the team. They will participate in spring training, instructional programs, and visit all minor league affiliates throughout the season…

• Smart Decision: Adding Hunter, Hawkins and Cuddyer is a bold stroke of genius. This threesome has plenty of baseball cred and their insight and knowledge of the game should be a boost to the Twins organization…

• Temporary Digs: With Target Center undergoing a $150 million renovation, the Minnesota Lynx will play at the Xcel Energy Center next season. The Lynx tip off their 19th year in the WNBA on May 14 against Chicago in St. Paul. Minnesota will play 17 regular season games at “The X” – including nationally televised dates against New York on May 18, Los Angeles on July 6 and Atlanta on August 8…

• Building Block: Minnesota United has named Adrian Heath as coach for the 2017 Major League Soccer season. Heath was the HC of Orlando City and has over 20 years of managerial experience in the UK and US…

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Oct. 28th-30th

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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.

 

A First for This Season’s Vikings

Segment 2: The Vikings are human.  They couldn’t take advantage of the bye week, losing in Philadelphia last Sunday.  The fellas run through what went wrong for the Purple.  Is the growing list of injuries starting to take a toll on the team’s performance?

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata

Minnesota Vikings RB, Matt Asiata

 

A K.C. Feel & A Winning Vibe

Segment 3: The guys stoke the ego of their producer when they give some props to Kansas City sports.  Then, even though the Vikings couldn’t get to 6-0, how has this season’s start compared to some of the best years in the franchise’s history?

 

Ongoing Remodel: Ted Johnson Talks Target Center Renovations with GDG

Segment 4: The Timberwolves get to play their first regular season game under Target Center’s new scoreboard next week.  And the renovations continue in Downtown Minneapolis.  Ted Johnson, the organization’s Chief Strategy Officer, updates us on how the project is going to this point.

 

Signal-Calling Choices

Segment 5: Which quarterback would you rather have?  Eric and Larry make their choices from the trio of Sam Bradford of the Vikings, Carson Wentz of the Eagles, and Dak Prescott of the Cowboys.  And has Prescott made Tony Romo an afterthought in the Metroplex?

 

Title Droughts and TV Coverage

Segment 6: Oh, yeah.  There’s a World Series going on.  Our hosts look into the battle for a championship between two long-starved organizations.  How long has it been since the Chicago Cubs played in the Series?  Plus, what’s better viewing…FOX’s in-game broadcast or their FS1 studio crew?

 

 

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Oct. 21st-23rd

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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.

Young Minnesota Lynx fans holding signs

Pre-Game Excitement!

 

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.

 

Hungry Wolves and Dominant Vikings

Segment 2: The Timberwolves are now ready to take their place on the Target Center floor.  How much excitement is surrounding this young, talented roster?  Speaking of excitement, the Vikings return to action after their week off.  What should they expect in their journey to Philadelphia?

 

Running to Fly: GDG Speaks with David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals

Segment 3: The Arizona Cardinals may be turning their slow start around.  Running back David Johnson is a key reason.  He talks with us about his big performance on Monday Night Football and how the team has found a winning groove.  Then, is the NFL finally seeing a decrease in its viewership?

 

Back to Work: Vikings Justin Trattou and Zach Line Discuss Their Post-Bye Strategies

Segment 4: As the Purple prepare to start their post-bye schedule, we get a sense of how the team is getting ready for the Eagles.  That comes to us via defensive end Justin Trattou and fullback Zach Line.

 

Magic in the Air: Magic Johnson Talks Hoops with GDG

Segment 5: The Sparks celebrated their first WNBA title since 2002 on Thursday night.  In the middle of that celebration was Sparks owner Magic Johnson.  The NBA Hall of Fame member stopped by to chat with our crew about what this series meant to the league and why the NBA should watch out for the Timberwolves.

Magic Johnson and Brian Agler hold the LA Sparks 2016 WNBA Championship Trophy

Magic and Sparks head coach, Brian Agler, celebrate a WNBA Championship

 

Rip-Roaring Wild and the MLB All-Star Effect

Segment 6: The Wild are off to a winning start under new coach Bruce Boudreau.  Eric and Larry dig into the new-look squad.  With the additions of Boudreau and Tom Thibodeau, how good is the current conglomeration of Twin Cities pro coaches?  And we have one participant waiting for a World Series opponent.  Will the Cleveland Indians have the decided advantage, no matter whom they face?

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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.