First GDG rundown of 2018 (for the weekend of January 5th-7th)

by Gameday Gold Staff | January 5, 2018 8:38 am



Well, even our hosts could use a break after a long season of delivering sports take.  Larry is taking a well-deserved vacation, leaving Tom Tuttle the opportunity to join Eric for this week’s episode.  It’s still a “split set” atmosphere, with Eric holding down the Minneapolis studio while Tom is checking out the somewhat chilly beaches of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.  Our duo covers a lot of teams across the Twin Cities, including the relaxing Vikings, the productive Wild, the shaky Timberwolves, and the surging Gopher men’s basketball team.  A Southern showdown will settle college football’s best.  And what would be the best Super Bowl matchup for the Twin Cities’ pocketbooks?  Speaking of the Vikes, we hear from several of them (Trae Waynes, C.J. Ham, Danielle Hunter, and Harrison Smith) as they sit back and await their playoff opponent.

A Week to Heal the Purple(‘s) Bruises

Segment 1: The NFL postseason gets underway this weekend.  The Vikings won’t be playing, but not because they’re eliminated.  The Purple have a week off, awaiting their opponent for the Divisional round.  Which team do Eric and Tom believe could give the Vikes the most trouble?


The Wild Climb Back Into Things

Segment 2: The Wild are starting to skate better consistently.  Can they continue to keep themselves in the Western Conference playoff hunt?  And what teams are shaping up to be the toughest competition come April?


Southeastern Superior, Again, in College Pigskin

Segment 3: It’s down to two in the college football season.  An all-SEC matchup between Georgia and Alabama will decide the national championship.  Is this good or bad for the sport?  Then, the Big Ten fared quite well during their bowl season.


Wolves Find Fleeting Success

Segment 4: The Timberwolves are up and down lately, but they’re still leading the Northwest Division.  Eric and Tom look into the recent contests for the team, along with Jimmy Butler’s impact.  After that, the Gopher men’s hoops team gets back into Big Ten play.


Several Vikings Players Put Regular Season to Rest

Segment 5: The Vikings’ overall effort gave them this weekend off.  Eric talked with CB Trae Waynes, DE Danielle Hunter, FB C.J. Ham, and S Harrison Smith after last Sunday’s win over Chicago.


What Could Heighten the Minneapolis Super Bowl Experience?

Segment 6: This week’s hosts look at the Super Bowl from an off-field angle.  Would the Vikings create the best economic boom for the area if they played the game in their own stadium?  And is there a built-in disadvantage for the Twin Cities when it comes to visitors braving the February cold?



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