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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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GDG rundown for the weekend of Dec. 9th-11th

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The temperatures may be sliding as December rolls along, but the action in the sports world is hotter than ever.  Eric and Larry are in Minneapolis for this week’s show, and they get us up-to-date on all of the happenings.  The Vikings have a crucial road trip this weekend.  Gopher football is making plans for the SoCal vacation.  The college football postseason is set, with awards being doled out as well.  Plus, we’ll head inside the Arizona Cardinals’ locker room with Patrick Peterson.  And a couple of San Antonio notables (Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich) chat with us after the Spurs’ trip to the Target Center.

Vikings Look For a Late-Season Push

Segment 1: Just as the Winter cold is finally settling in across the Upper Midwest, the Vikings get a reprieve.  The guys discuss the importance of the Purple’s trip to Jacksonville.  Can they stay in the postseason race?  And what effect might this have on Adrian Peterson’s ability to come back from injury?

 

Gophers Ready to Take a Holiday

Segment 2: The fellas start the segment by keeping the discussion in Florida.  They look into the newest iteration of the Miami Dolphins’ football home.  Then, another Twin Cities team will be thinking about fun & sun this month.  We hear about the Gophers’ upcoming trip to play in the Holiday Bowl.

 

College Football’s Super Semifinals are Set

Segment 3: Our hosts continue the college football talk during this segment.  The national semifinals are set.  Do the guys like what they see from the CFP committee?  Plus, the Heisman Trophy will be awarded this weekend?  Will the ceremony be a Lamar Jackson coronation?

 

Defending His Turf: Arizona Cardinals’ CB Patrick Peterson Talks with GDG

Segment 4: Are the Arizona Cardinals still in the hunt for a playoff berth?  All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson tells us why their win over Washington was a crucial first step.  And the accolades continue to pile up for one Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.

 

Spinning & Winning Spurs: GDG Chats with Kawhi Leonard & Gregg Popovich

Segment 5: The NBA’s model franchise made its way into town to face the Timberwolves.  Eric and Larry caught up with San Antonio Spurs star guard Kawhi Leonard and head coach Gregg Popovich after Tuesday night’s game in Minneapolis.

 

More Talk on the Week’s Sports Headlines

Segment 6: What will come of the dust-up caused by the proposal that MN United has to host exhibition matches at U.S. Bank Stadium?  How will the Wild keep their recent points streak going?  How hot is the MLB Hot Stove right now?  The fellas answer all of those questions and more to close out the show.

 

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SPORTS NUGGETS: It’s a Golden finish for Detroit against Minnesota

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By Eric Nelson
November 7, 2016
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Glass House…

 

•Purple Pain: The Minnesota Vikings are the shakiest first place team in the NFL. Their 5-0 start has vanished, replaced by a three-game losing streak that has exposed their most glaring flaws. The most recent loss was a 22-16 dagger defeat in overtime against the Detroit Lions before 66,807 fans at US Bank Stadium. It was a Golden finish for the Lions as QB Matthew Stafford threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate in OT. Tate caught 11 passes for 79 yards and punctuated his walk-off winner with a somersault across the goal line…

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate eludes the Vikings tacklers

Golden’s day

•No Norv: One guy who did not see the carnage in person was former Vikings OC Norv Turner – who left the team last week. Daryl Johnston – who was part of the FOX broadcast team that called the Lions-Vikings game – was stunned when he found out Turner had quit. “I was,” Johnston said. “I had an opportunity to talk to Norv. It was a situation here in Minnesota where there was just a disconnect between he and Mike Zimmer and he felt the best thing for the team moving forward was for him to step away so they were allowed to move in the direction that they wanted to move in…”

•Cowboy Connection: Johnston knows Turner well from his days in Dallas when Turner was the Cowboys OC and they won three Super Bowls in the mid-1990’s. “I had a lot of respect for somebody doing that,” Johnston said. “There’s a lot of outside opinions that will say he left the team, and that’s not the case at all. It just gives Minnesota the best chance to win. He said it was the hardest decision he has ever made in his life. It will be interesting to see how Minnesota navigates it…”

•Divisional Logjam: Detroit’s win in Minnesota has created gridlock in the NFC North. The scrum includes the Vikings (5-3), Lions (5-4) and Packers (4-4), as they battle for first place. Like Minnesota, Green Bay is in free fall mode. The Packers lost to Indianapolis 31-26 on Sunday at Lambeau and now embark on a three-game road trip that takes them to Tennessee, Washington and Philadelphia…

•Laquon Sighting: Minnesota WR Laquon Treadwell is no longer missing in action. The Vikings top draft choice from Ole Miss actually caught one pass for 15 yards against Detroit. It will be a bonus for the Vikings if they can get contributions from Treadwell in the second half of the season…

Vikings rookie wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is in the game

Vikings rookie wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is in the game…

•Walsh’s Woes: Vikings K Blair Walsh continues to be inconsistent. Walsh missed an extra point and had a field goal attempt blocked in the loss to the Lions. In a game where every point counted, that adds up. Walsh is 13 of 16 on extra points and 12 of 16 on field goals this season…

•High Stakes: Saturday night’s Gophers-Cornhuskers game in Lincoln is crucial for both teams. Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin are tied for first place in the Big Ten West division with 4-2 records. The Gophers (7-2) have won four straight and have a chance to go to a bowl game with some juice. But their next three games – against Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin – figure to be challenging…

•Sputtering Start: There was plenty of hype, hope and optimism surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves entering this season. Unfortunately, the Wolves (1-4) have gotten out of the blocks slowly and have blown huge leads in most of their losses. The Wolves fan base will continue to stay away from Target Center until this team proves it can win…

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns rises with the ball

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns up and over from ten feet…

•Three is not a charm: Minnesota has been horrible in the third quarter this season and needs to fix that problem asap. The Wolves play at Brooklyn on Tuesday and Orlando on Wednesday…

•Free Agent Plums: According to MLB.com, the top 5 free agents this off-season are – Justin Turner (LA Dodgers IF), Yoenis Cespedes (NY Mets OF), Edwin Encarnacion (Toronto DH/1B), Dexter Fowler (Chicago Cubs CF) and Josh Reddick (LA Dodgers OF)…

•Goal Oriented: Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez has won this season’s Golden Boot award that goes to the player who scores the most goals during the season. Ramirez had 18 goals for Minn U and a career total of 50. Ramirez has won the Golden Boot in two of his three years in the NASL…

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Oct. 7th-9th

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What a 96-hour stretch it was for the Twin Cities.  Millions of eyes gazed upon what this area had to offer as two marquee events took place in the metropolitan area.  This gave us the idea for a special edition of the program, where we take you through the events in chronological order and let those in the know tell the story.  It starts on Sunday morning, when ESPN senior golf writer Michael Collins shared his thoughts on the Ryder Cup and Hazeltine setting up as host.  After that, we turn to Sunday evening to hear from Ryan Moore, who played a key role in the Ryder Cup’s outcome.  Then, we move forward to Monday night, where we’ll hear reaction to the Vikings’ big win over the Giants from several key players.  Oh, and Eric & Larry get to chime in, too.

 

ESPN’s Michael Collins Dives Into History on the Golf Scene

Segment 1: The Ryder Cup finally made it to Twin Cities last weekend.  The crowds packed Hazeltine National Golf Club in hopes of seeing the world’s best battle for prideful and boastful rights.  ESPN’s Michael Collins was one of the many media members that came to witness the event.  During Sunday’ssingles matches, he chatted with Larry about covering these events, why Europe has dominated it in recent years, and the story of going from playing on the course to covering Jim Furyk’s historic 58.

 

Five members of Team USA's Ryder Cup team seated behind a press table

Team USA meets the press

 

 

Hazeltine, Tiger, & Legacy: More with ESPN’s Michael Collins

Segment 2: Oh, we’re not through grilling ESPN’s Michael Collins yet.  He sticks around to discuss how Hazeltine handled being a Ryder Cup host, his concerns over Tiger Woods getting back on tour, and what would happen if the U.S. were to lose to Europe at the end of Sunday’s play…

 

The 2016 USA Ryder Cup Team raises the trophy

Pure Gold!


 

The Man That Launched A Celebration

Segment 3: …but the Americans did ease to victory over the Europeans.  The man that brought it home was Ryan Moore, and we hear from the Ryder Cup rookie after he secured the trophy.  Then, the attention turned to U.S. Bank Stadium.  The Vikings took care of the New York Giants in front of a national MondayNight Football audience.  Tight end Kyle Rudolph looked back on the team’s path to 4-0, while looking ahead to some big news on a personal level.

 

 

Get on the Viking Bandwagon: Eric Kendricks & T.J. Cummings Talk with GDG

Segment 4: The talk turns all Purple, as Eric speaks to Vikings LB Eric Kendricks and OL T.J. Cummings after Monday night’s win over the Giants.

 

Sam Bradford setting to throw a touchdown

Sam Bradford gets set to throw a touchdown


 

All Purple, All the Time: GDG Chats with Linval Joseph & Jerick McKinnon

Segment 5: We stay “Viking Rich” in this segment of the show.  Hear from DL Linval Joseph and RB Jerick McKinnon as they explain what the team must do to keep their 4-0 momentum going.

 

 

Catching Up To the Present

Segment 6: Eric and Larry finally get to do some talking of their own about some of the other stories making headlines this week.  The Lynx return to the WNBA Finals as they seek that elusive distinction of being Back-to-Back Champions.  The Gopher football team welcomes in a struggling Iowa squad with Floyd of Rosedale up for grabs.  Plus, we get a brief MLB postseason preview now that the Wild Card games are in the books.

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More Talk on the Week’s Sports Headlines

Segment 6: What will come of the dust-up caused by the proposal that MN United has to host exhibition matches at U.S. Bank Stadium?  How will the Wild keep their recent points streak going?  How hot is the MLB Hot Stove right now?  The fellas answer all of those questions and more to close out the show.