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Gophers Defeat Spartans in Regular Season Home Opener

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By Paul Cicmil
October 14, 2012

Minneapolis – Minnesota started fast and scored three first period goals en route to a 5-1 victory over future Big 10 Conference opponent Michigan State in men’s college hockey.

In Friday night’s regular season kick-off at Mariucci Arena, the Golden Gophers offensive attack was paced by two point nights from junior forwards Nick Bjugstad (1G, 1A) and Zach Budish (2A) and freshman defenseman Mike Reilly (2A). Pitching in with one goal apiece were defenseman Ben Marshall and forwards Erik Haula, Travis Boyd — on a third period power play — and Christian Isackson.

Michigan State’s lone goal scorer was sophomore wing Tanner Sorenson, whose even-strength tally at 15:59 of the third period averted the shutout.

Junior goaltender Mike Shibrowski played well in his first career regular season start for the host Gophers, giving up only the late third period goal and making 25 saves to get the win. In a losing cause, Spartans’ goalie Will Yanakeff finished with 37 saves.

Marshall opened the scoring for Minnesota, at 4:27 of period one, on a slapshot from just inside the far blueline, off a rink wide pass from Budish. Then a little over 2 minutes later, at 6:40, Florida Panthers’ draftee Bjugstad scored his first of the season, on a low wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle, care of freshman defenseman Reilly’s first career assist.

The play initiated in the neutral zone, with Reilly exiting the penalty box after serving 2 minutes for Interference, and resulted in a 2-on-1 break, which Bjugstad converted. In Bjugstad’s words, “…it was a good pass by him, and I just kinda put it on net. I didn’t have much time. That guy was on me. Luckily, he (Reilly) was coming out of the box, and it was a good little break for all of us.”

Isackson capped the initial stanza with his first career goal at 13:38. The Gophers entered the Spartans’ zone with numbers, and Bjugstad, cruising down the right side, found his sophomore linemate trailing the play in the high slot. Isackson beat netminder Yanakeff with a wrister from 15 feet, and it was 3-0 in favor of the hosts.

In his post-game comments, Minnesota Head Coach Don Lucia said Isackson “…shows that he belongs, to play with that group, which gives us some more balance throughout our lineup.”

Late in the second period, junior center and 2011-12 points leader Erik Haula upped Minnesota’s lead to 4-0 with a workmanlike effort at the 17:46 mark. Haula freed the puck off the end boards in traffic and then drove to the front of the net. Yanakeff stopped Haula’s first forehand attempt, but not the second, from the top of the goal crease, 5 feet out. Right winger/team captain Budish and defenseman Reilly earned assists on the play, completing their respective multiple point contributions on this evening.

Rounding out the scoring for the Gophers was Boyd’s man advantage goal, off a scramble in front of Yanakeff, at 11:30 of the final period. Both of the sophomore center’s linemates — Seth Ambroz and Nate Condon — picked up assists, meaning that each player on Minnesota’s top three lines contributed at least one point in Friday’s home opener.

Quick Hits
— On Friday night, Minnesota outshot Michigan State to the tune of 42-26

— Face-off wins were 32-30 in favor of Michigan State

— Minnesota was 1-2 on the power play; MSU was 0-3

— Per MN Head Coach Don Lucia, freshman Adam Wilcox (#32) will start in goal on
Saturday night for the Gophers.

— Start time for Saturday night’s game is 8 p.m. (Central).

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Titanic Win Has Vikings Looking Good

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By Eric Nelson
October 7, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of Purple power…

  • Break up the Purple. The Minnesota Vikings have morphed into one of the NFL’s most successful teams and are playing with sky-high confidence. On Sunday at Mall of America Field, the Tennessee Titans became another Viking victim, as Minnesota won 30 to 7…
  • The recipe for Viking victory was a heavy dose of Percy Harvin, and lights out defense.
  • Harvin – who is playing MVP-caliber football – ran for a touchdown and also caught a td. Harvin had eight receptions for 108 yards on the day, as Minnesota upped its record to 4-1, remaining tied for first place in the NFC North with Chicago. “He’s amazing..” Vikings wide receiver Devin Aromashodu said of Harvin. “He’s doing everything they ask of a running back, a receiver, kick returns. I mean he’s just playing some phenomenal football right now…”
  • The Minnesota defense is also shining this season. The Vikings have given up only 33 points in their last three games and stuffed the Tennessee running game – limiting the Titans to just 52 yards. RB Chris Johnson was invisible, gaining a meager 24 yards on 15 carries. “Guys are having fun” said Minnesota CB Antoine Winfield. “We don’t lack confidence and we know we can go out there and play…”
  • The Vikings played so well that coach Leslie Frazier even cracked a smile. Frazier is Bud Grant-like in his low-key sideline demeanor…
  • Minnesota rookie safety Harrison Smith will remember the game for all the wrong reasons. Smith was ejected in the second quarter after shoving a referee. Smith – who grew up in Knoxville – certainly had plenty of family and friends watching in Tennessee…
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was at the Titans-Vikings game and actually sat in the Metrodome stands. Hopefully Goodell did not venture into the dome’s cramped and gridlocked councourse because he would have gotten lost…
  • Good thing Goodell was at the Metrodome instead of the Superdome. New Orleans fans are still foaming at the mouth about the suspensions he doled out for bounty-gate. Goodell is about as welcome in the Crescent City as a hurricane…
  • Next up for the Vikings is a game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. against the Redskins. Washington ((2-3) is coming off a tough 24-17 loss to Atlanta. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was knocked out of the game early in the third quarter with a mild concussion…
  • One of the top NFL broadcast teams is Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf. The CBS tandem is all football and little ego…
  • False advertising: Carolina center Ryan Kalil took out a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer before the season started, guaranteeing the Panthers would win Super Bowl XLVII. However, Kalil’s bold prediction isn’t looking good. Carolina is 1-4 after a 16-12 loss to Seattle this week…
  • Kalil is the brother of Vikings OT Matt Kalil.
  • There is no joy in Titletown after Green Bay coughed up an 18-point halftime lead in a 30-27 loss at Indianapolis Sunday. The Packers (2-3) do not even remotely resemble last year’s team that blew through the regular season and finished 15-1. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, it was the fourth-largest blown lead in Packers history…
  • Kansas City fans reached a new low in their loss to Baltimore. When Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a head injury in the fourth quarter and left the game, the Arrowhead crowd cheered. Come on KC, you are much better than that. No athlete should have to put up with that garbage…
  • There will be no bowl game for Ohio State this season because of NCAA sanctions, but it is clear new coach Urban Meyer has already put his stamp on the Buckeyes. Ohio State (6-0) is ranked number eight in the nation after a 63-38 pummeling of Nebraska on Saturday night. Quarterback Braxton Miller ran for 185 yards and one td, and also threw for 127 yards and a score…
  • Wake up the echoes. Notre Dame crushed Miami 41-3 in the Shamrock Series at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The seventh ranked Irish are a perfect 5-0 this season and rekindling memories of the Lou Holtz days…
  • Michigan QB Denard Robinson ran for almost an acre in the Wolverines 44-13 win against Purdue. Robinson gained 235 yards, and also threw a touchdown pass in the game…

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Gophers Hockey Team Kicks off their Last WCHA Season Ranked in Top 2 Nationally

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By Paul Cicmil
October 5, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – On Wednesday afternoon, October 3rd, the 91st season of men’s hockey at the University of Minnesota officially kicked off with the team’s annual media luncheon and preseason press conference at the Mariucci Arena Club Room.

The Golden Gophers are coming off a surprisingly successful 2011-12 season that began with the team being picked to finish in the middle of their league and ended within one game of playing for the national championship. After compiling a 28-14-1 record, winning the MacNaughton Cup as the WCHA’s regular season champion and the NCAA West Regional en route to the team’s 20th Frozen Four appearance, Minnesota isn’t being overlooked this season, topping the early rankings in one poll—tied for first with defending national champ Boston College—and ranked second in the other.

For a squad that returns six of its top sevens scorers AND all six of its starting defenseman, the biggest concern will be goaltending. Graduated and gone is Kent Patterson, who capably minded the nets in every game less one period and 44 seconds last season. In his place, largely untested junior Mike Shibrowski and freshman Adam Wilcox will be responsible for backstopping the Gophers this season. Of secondary concern for the Gopher coaching staff is how to incorporate a number of talented incoming freshmen on a team with a considerable amount of depth, especially at defense. Expect to see New York Rangers first-round draftee Brady Skjei (6-2/197) from Lakeville, Minnesota, and Mike Reilly (6-0/174), who played high school hockey in the Twin Cities (Academy of Holy Angels) and junior hockey in Canada (Penticton Vees), vying for playing time on the back line.

At Wednesday’s event, Head Coach Don Lucia was accompanied by team captain Zach Budish (Jr.), assistant captains Seth Helgeson (Sr.) and Nick Bjugstad (Jr.) and defenseman Nate Schmidt (Jr.). Here are some of the highlights of the Q&A session that followed the luncheon:

On the depth of the defensive corps (Lucia):

“That should be a real strength to our team. We feel we have nine back there that can play. Certainly, among the seven returning that didn’t have action in our games and our two incoming freshman have looked very good so far as well. The good thing is, last year, I think we missed two man games with an injury, and we know that probably won’t happen this year. So, we have good depth back there. We’re going to have to make some very difficult decisions game-in and game-out who’s going to play.”

On dealing with the inexperience of the team’s goalies and their adjustment period (Lucia):

“I think just getting used to different buildings, different atmosphere, better players, a faster game. I think that all comes into play. The one thing for goaltending, it’s still about stopping a puck. Whether you’re going from high school to junior, or junior to college, or college to the next level, it still gets down to, for them, it’s getting comfortable, and making that save. We did a really nice job last year of limiting shots against, and hopefully, we can do that again this year, to ease their transition. Last year, one of the keys was the play of Kent (Patterson) that first third of the season, allowed our team to settle in, with the confidence that he made some huge saves early in the season to get us off to the start that we had. This year, maybe it’s going to more of our job to make sure we ease the transition of our goaltenders into college hockey by how we play in front of them.”

Has a decision been made on playing time for the goalies? (Lucia):

“None right now. That’ll settle itself out. Whether we split for a period of time, somebody emerges…they’ll work that out themselves. At least going in, we don’t have any set…We’re going to rotate ‘x’ amount of games. Or, we think this guy’s going to be the starter, or this guy will be the backup. We don’t have anything like that. We’ll let them play. We’ve had limited dealing with our practices so far. But, again, until you start playing games, you really don’t know.”

More on handling the depth at defense (Lucia):

“Well, we have options. We can play 11 (forwards) and seven (defenseman), if we choose. There’s been a thought about maybe redshirting somebody. That’s an option. Then we’re going to have to really think about our exhibition game on Saturday night, because if we play somebody, then that counts a year of eligibility. That’s something we’ve talked about. We want to make sure our top 18 players are dressing. And if that says we’re going to move a defenseman up to forward for a period of time, we may do that. We may experiment with that. We don’t know…we haven’t put the thought process of, you know, who that would be, and whether we would do that or not. But again, if we feel that we have a defenseman that would be the odd man out, that can help us up front, then I would think that player would rather be playing up front than not playing at all, if he can help us there. And I think that the guys understand that, with the situation we’re in. A couple years ago, we didn’t necessarily anticipate that Mike Reilly would be coming in this year. But the way he’s progressed, we had to bring him in. He’s certainly ready to be a college hockey player. He’s shown that. Last year, he showed that at the World Junior Camp, this summer, and certainly, what we’ve seen from him so far this year.”

Can this team score more than last year’s team? (Lucia):

“We need more than Kyle (Rau) and (Zach) Budish and (Nick) Bjugstad and (Erik) Haula to be scoring on a nightly basis. That’s why (Sam) Warning becomes critical. That’s why Christian Isackson becomes critical. I think Travis Boyd being a part of that World Junior Camp this summer, you can see, this summer, that he had improved tremendously as a player. He was one of the youngest players in college hockey last year, so, he had a great finish to our team, and our year last year. Now, he needs to make a jump offensively. Seth Ambroz needs to make a jump offensively. Sam Warning does. I think Tom Serratore can contribute more offense.”

Comments on playing in an outdoor game vs. Wisconsin in February (Lucia):

“I’m personally excited about it. I’ve been coaching a long time, and it’s on my bucket list to experience as a coach. When Zach (Budish) went down to represent our program at Soldier Field, he was kind of pumped for it. It’s a great venue, certainly, at Soldier Field, and hopefully, we’ll have a number of fans that want to go down and attend that on a Sunday afternoon. So, I’m excited about it. I think, obviously, there’s a lot of talk…I think the day’s going to happen when we have one here. You know, whether it’s at TCF (Bank Stadium), whether it’s at Target Field…That’s up to the higher ups.”

What kind of a team captain/leader will he be? (Budish):

“I’m kind of a vocal guy, so I like to talk in the locker room and help out the freshmen, whether it’s in practice or pointing things out here and there. Just kind of helping them out to ease the transition.”

Given his past injuries, is there added satisfaction to being selected team captain? (Budish):

“Yeah. I mean, it’s a lot of determination and hard work, missing two seasons, my senior year of high school, my sophomore year here. I’ve been through a lot of adversity, and I think it’s made me a better person. It teaches you to not take things for granted. Just keep working hard, and everything will figure itself out.”

On deciding to play another year of college hockey, rather than going pro (Bjugstad):

“Obviously, it took me awhile. I didn’t decide until mid-summer. So, I just weighed my pros and cons. If I were to leave, there were some pros. If I were to stay, there were some pros. But, I just wanted to make sure I was both feet in wherever I went, and eventually, I decided to stay here. I think that was ultimately the right decision. I think I can develop as a player and a person, get an education, and play on, hopefully, a good team. The season ending the way it did kind of sat in the back of my head as well, so I’m hoping to accomplish a little more than we did last year.”

What he worked on over the summer to improve his game and did he improve (Bjugstad):

“We worked out every morning at 7:30. I’m a bigger guy, so I gotta work on my quick starts. I skated and made sure I was working on my quickness. It’s really hard for me to judge, I don’t know, I guess we’ll see…but I feel like I’m a little quicker. I’ve put on some weight, a little stronger, so I think that just goes along with maturing.”

On being a “marked man,” after having a break-out season statistically (Schmidt):

“It comes with the territory. Guys like (Nick) Bjugstad, and any player that had a good year last year, it obviously is going to be a focal point for people. But, at the same time, that respect, I guess, has got to be re-earned for this year. It’s got to be something that we can prove that we can go out there and do it again this year.”

On lessons learned, from last year’s NCAA tournament run (Schmidt):

“You can’t change your game, just because of where you’re at, in the Frozen Four. What we saw from Boston College, from the eventual champs, that they didn’t change from what we saw on video. They didn’t try to change any of their systems. I think that we were a little nervous, so we kind of got away from our game a little bit, at times, especially myself and our defensive staff. What had got us there that year, playing solid defensively, keeping guys in front of us, we gave up a lot of odd man rushes. So, the one thing that I can take away was just stick to our game. Stick to what got you there.”

On the last season of playing in the WCHA and the transition to the Big 10 (Schmidt):

“We still have our traditional rivals, that for this last year, it’s those last bragging rights for the WCHA. So, it’s something that we obviously think of. I mean, moving to the Big 10 is going to be a good move for us. But, at the same time, the WCHA for us right now is extremely important to our program. The games mean a little bit more, just because it’s the last year.”

Quick Facts

— This is Don Lucia’s 13th season as Minnesota’s head coach and his 20th year of coaching in the WCHA.

— The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is in its 61st year of operation and in its last year with the current alignment of 12 teams. Next season, the Golden Gophers will join the new Big 10 Conference.

— The Gophers open the season at home with an exhibition vs. the Lethbridge (Alberta) University Pronghorns on Saturday, October 6, at 7 p.m.

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Purple Progress is Impressive

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By Eric Nelson
September 30, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the rain-starved Upper Midwest…

  • The Minnesota Vikings have completed the first quadrant of their 16-game regular season. After Sunday’s 20-13 win at Detroit, the Vikings are 3-1, and on top of the NFC North. The Purple’s progress this year has been impressive…
  • Before the calendar was flipped to October, Minnesota had already equaled last season’s win total, and there has been no carry over from the 3-13 debacle of 2011. The Vikings win in downtown Motown snapped their 11-game NFC North losing streak, and qualifies them as one of the NFL’s surprise teams…
  • In this election year, the early returns are in and it is clear – getting a 105-yard kickoff return td from Percy Harvin and a 77-yard punt return td from Marcus Sherels – were key plays in the win…
  • Meanwhile the glow is off the Lions – a 2011 playoff team. Detroit slipped to 1-3 and is at the bottom of the NFC North…
  • There are just three perfect teams left in the NFL – Arizona, Atlanta and Houston. They are each 4-0. The Cardinals and Falcons won squeakers in week 4, while the Texans won convincingly…
  • In their four wins, the Texans have outscored the opposition 126-56. The Texans are as good as the Astros are bad…
  • Bounty-gate has exacted a huge toll on New Orleans. After a 28-27 loss at Green Bay, the Saints are 0-4. New Orleans hopes of playing in Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome are all but dashed…
  • San Francisco spent the past week practicing at Youngstown State in Ohio in between road games at Minnesota and the NY Jets. 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham grew up in nearby Warren, OH. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Manningham invited the Warren-Harding H.S. football team to the 49ers’ final practice at Youngstown State. Manningham played at Harding and bought cleats for every player on the team in August…
  • Btw, the 49ers crushed the Jets 34-0, making coach Jim Harbaugh’s decision to spend the week in Ohio a good one…
  • Ralph Wilson does not own the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots do. NE battered Buffalo 52-28, and is 22-2 against the Bills since Y2K. The Patriots erupted for 45 second half points in the win…
  • Philadelphia has a knack for winning squeakers. The Eagles knocked off the NY Giants 19-17, and their three wins have been by 1, 1 and 2 points. Philly has been outscored 83-66 this season, yet is on top of the NFC East…
  • Sports Nuggets favorite NFL Network reporter is Michelle Beisner. The former Denver Broncos cheerleader combines stunning good looks with a high NFL IQ. Beisner is the total package…
  • That loud thud you heard was the Gopher football team crashing back to Earth in Iowa City after getting thumped by the Hawkeyes 31-13. Minnesota was dominated by Iowa, and lost a rivalry game and the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy in the process…
  • Whoever designed those gaudy throwback uniforms for Wisconsin and Nebraska better not quit their day job. The new duds were a dud – especially the Cornhuskers red jerseys and pants. Nebraska players looked like giant ketchup bottles running around the Memorial Stadium floor…
  • However, it was the Badgers who were seeing red at game’s end. No. 20 Nebraska erased a 17 point Wisconsin lead to win 30-27 – the second greatest comeback in Huskers history…
  • Cartoon-like numbers were put up by No. 25 Baylor and 9th ranked West Virginia on Saturday in Morgantown. Quarterback Geno Smith threw for 656 yards and tied a Big 12 record with eight touchdown passes in the Mountaineers 70-63 win. Baylor and WV might not score that many points when they play basketball…
  • There was pre-season heat on Mack Brown and Texas because of two losing seasons in the Big 12. But the 10th ranked Longhorns are out of the gate at 4-0 and won their conference opener against Oklahoma State 41-36. Longhorns quarterback David Ash threw three td passes in the win…

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NCAA Football, Gophers, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska

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Segment 3 – In the third segment Eric and Larry focus on NCAA football, the 4-0 Minnesota Gophers, Syracuse, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Tom Osborne as well as the NHL lockout.

Gameday Gold Part 3/9-28-12

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Purple Power – Minnesota gets a signature win

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By Eric Nelson
September 23, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from a pumped up Purple Nation…

  • The NFL is a week-to-week league. What happened last week has no bearing on this week, yet that doesn’t stop most of us from jumping to conclusions on a weekly basis. This season everyone anointed San Francisco as a Super Bowl team after wins over Green Bay and Detroit. However, champions aren’t crowned in September and this week that was proven again…
  • Minnesota – fresh off a loss to lowly Indianapolis – bounced back with a seismic shocker, knocking off San Francisco 24-13 at Mall of America Field. For one week at least, the 49ers Super Bowl express has been derailed. “I think outside of the locker room, nobody thought we were going to win,” said Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams. “We were telling the guys all week, ‘let’s go out and be physical and we can beat these guys.’ For the most part it got done…”
  • Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder teamed up with TE Kyle Rudolph for a pair of touchdown passes. Ponder finished with 198 yards and no interceptions and also scrambled 23 yards for a TD in the second quarter. Rudolph’s second TD catch was Cris Carter-esque as he made a one-hand back-of-the-end zone grab in tight coverage. The fourth quarter score turned out to be a key play. “Once he touches it, he usually sucks it in,” Williams said of Rudolph. “He’s been a tremendous target for Christian…”
  • So let’s see: QB Alex Smith outplayed Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford in SF’s first two games, then was outplayed by Ponder in week 3. With Jay Cutler’s stock dropping, does that make Ponder the NFC North’s top quarterback..?
  • Ok, Jk. But, all kidding aside, Ponder easily played the best game of his young NFL career and it came against a 49er defense with plenty of swagger. Ponder has no interceptions this season and is showing growth…
  • Next week Christian gets thrown to the Lions, as Minnesota plays at Detroit…
  • For Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier it was a signature win. Remember SF was 13-3 last season and played in the NFC Championship Game. Minnesota was 3-13 and out of the playoff picture before the holidays…
  • Victory was out of reach for WR Randy Moss and the 49ers in Minnesota

    The win had to be be sweet for ex-49ers coach Mike Singletary, who is now a Vikings assistant…
  • The loss had to be sour for ex-Vikings wideout Randy Moss, who now plays for the 49ers. Moss caught three passes for 27 yards and received more cheers than boos in pre-game introductions…
  • Despite the 49ers pedigree, attendance at the Metrodome was just 57,288, far short of the 64,111 capacity…
  • Maybe this game should have been dubbed the venue bowl. Both the 49ers and Vikings are getting long-awaited new stadiums…
  • The city of Minneapolis debuted Railgating before the game. There were 13 food trucks parked next to the light rail tracks near the Metrodome giving fans a chance to eat a variety of different foods…
  • Atlanta had a productive few days. Last Monday night in Georgia, the Falcons defeated Denver in a game that actually finished on Tuesday morning. Then five days and three time zones later, Atlanta traveled to San Diego and showed no signs of grogginess in a convincing 27-3 over the Chargers. Matt Ryan threw three TD passes in the win and has eight this season…
  • Arizona is a perfect 3-0 after a 27-6 win over Philadelphia. Kevin Kolb threw two TD’s for the Cardinals – one to Minneapolis’s Larry Fitzgerald and the other to St. Paul’s Michael Floyd. When Floyd and Fitzgerald line up on the same side of the field it should be called, Twin Cites right or left…
  • The vibe was energetic at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday night as Minnesota knocked off Syracuse 17-10. The Gophers’ swarming defense caused four turnovers, including an interception by Aaron Hill. The Orange had a first and goal at the Minnesota 1 in the third quarter, but Hill’s third down pick punctuated an impressive goal line stand…
  • A capacity crowd of 50,805 kept the decibel levels high all game on a cool, crisp night in Minneapolis. It was the kind of win that might bring fans back to the Bank. With the Big Ten down this season, the Gophers could potentially move up the conference totem pole. It’s all about changing the culture of losing and coach Jerry Kill appears to be slowly doing that. However, it is a process – crawl, walk, run sprint. The Gophers finally might be past the crawling stage…
  • Believe it or not, the Gophers (4-0) are just two wins from becoming bowl eligible. Minnesota travels to Iowa (2-2) this week with a chance to win the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy for the third straight year…
  • Forget about the presidential debates, the most pressing debate these days is who is going to win the AL MVP and manager of the year honors?. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and LA Angels rookie Mike Trout are having monster seasons and it should be a close MVP vote. The voting should also be tight between Baltimore’s Buck Showalter, Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox, and Oakland’s Bob Melvin for top skipper…
  • If you looked into your crystal baseball in March and predicted that Cincinnati and Washington (92 wins each) would lead MLB in victories, then go straight to Las Vegas, or buy a Powerball ticket…

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9/21/12 – NFL/NCAA Football talk

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NFL talk continues about the Redskins, Mike Shanahan, RG3, the refs and then the 49ers, Vikings and Randy Moss before delving into NCAA football, John L. Smith and Arkansas, Stanford, USC and the Big 10 being a “bad conference.”
Gameday Gold Part 3/9-21-12

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8/31/12 – NCAA Football Outlook

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Eric Nelson and Scott Bertsch talk about NCAA football, the BCS, Alabama, Michigan and the dominant SEC.
Gameday Gold Part 2/8-31-12

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8/24/12 – Gus Johnson talks College Football

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The Gus Johnson interview continues focusing on Tyrann Mathieu leaving LSU and the Hawaii-USC game Gus will be broadcasting on FOX.

Gameday Gold Part 5/8-24-12

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8/24/12 – Heckles and Broadcaster Tim Brewster

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Gameday Gold continues its MLB discussion talking about Joe Girardi getting heckled by a Chicago White Sox fan and Bobby Valentine before also talking about former Gophers football coach turned broadcaster Tim Brewster.

Gameday Gold Part 2/8-24-12

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