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Land of 10,000 Hoops: Talking Lynx Postseason and Wolves Preseason

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Segment 4: The WNBA Finals are tied at one as it heads to Indianapolis for Friday’s pivotal Game 3.  Our hosts recap the first two games in this championship series between the Lynx and the Fever.  After that, the Timberwolves opened their preseason on Wednesday night.  Can anything be gleamed from 48 minutes of exhibition basketball?

Gameday Gold Part 4 / 10-9-15

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Minnesota’s road woes continue in Colorado

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By Eric Nelson
October 4, 2015
GAMEDAY GOLD

DENVER – Sports Nuggets from elevation 5280…

Missed opportunity: The Minnesota Vikings had a chance for a signature road win against the Denver Broncos Sunday. But the Purple could not pounce on the opportunity and lost 23-20 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It was another woulda, coulda, shoulda moment for the Vikings who are now 2-15-1 on the road since 2013. If Minnesota (2-2) is ever going become a playoff caliber team, the Vikings will need to find a way to win some games outside of the 612 area code…

Teddy-time: Making the loss even more frustrating for the Vikings was the fact that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater outplayed Peyton Manning. Bridgewater threw for 269 yards and one touchdown – despite being sacked seven times and playing under duress most of the game. The iconic Manning finished with 213 yards passing, one TD and two costly interceptions. But, when it counted, Manning was able to march the Broncos down the field late in the fourth quarter setting up a game-winning 39-yard field goal by Brandon McManus with 1:51 to go..

First impressions: The Vikings and Broncos both play rock solid defense, especially in the first quarter. Denver is the only NFL team that has not allowed a point in the opening quarter this season, while the Vikings have only given up three…

Blazing start: For the eighth time in franchise history the Broncos have started 4-0. In the other seven seasons Denver went to five Super Bowls, winning two. Fast starts are nothing new in Colorado…

Gopher connections: There are two former Minnesota Gophers in the Broncos Ring of Honor. WR Rick Upchurch played for Denver from 1975-84 and LB Karl Mecklenburg was a Bronco from 1983-94…

Saluting Bowlen: There is a statue of former Broncos owner Pat Bowlen on the west side of Mile High Stadium. Bowlen relinquished his position last year because he has Alzheimer’s disease. Bowlen was viewed as one of the NFL’s top owners and turned Denver into a top-notch organization…

Jam-packed: The crowd for the Vikings-Broncos game at Mile High was 77,029. That is the 352nd straight sellout for the Broncos – the longest consecutive streak in the NFL. A Broncos game is a huge event in the Mountain Time Zone. Denver’s fan base includes Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming…

Purple passion: Mile High Stadium is an ocean of orange on gameday. The place resembles a giant pumpkin. But, give Minnesota fans credit, there were lots of purple jerseys in the stands…

Weekend woes: The Vikings loss was the exclamation mark on a weekend of sports misery for Minnesota teams. Northwestern pummeled the U of M football team 27-0 on Saturday, the Twins lost three games to Kansas City and missed the AL playoffs, the Lynx lost game 1 of the WNBA Finals to Indiana and the Purple could not close the deal in Colorado…

Flawless: There are just six perfect teams left in the NFL. Besides Denver, Atlanta, Carolina, Cincinnati and Green Bay are all 4-0. New England is 3-0…

Flawed: On the flip side there is only one winless team. Detroit is 0-3 and plays tonight at Seattle. An 0-4 Lions start is a real possibility…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Minnesota’s charged-up performance leaves San Diego battered and beaten

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By Eric Nelson
September 28, 2015
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of Scotch Tape…

•Winning blueprint: The Minnesota Vikings should bottle up Sunday’s 31-14 battering of the San Diego Chargers and try to replicate it. That Viking victory is the perfect purple template for success. Minnesota’s ground and pound running game, move-the-chains passing attack and aggressive, physical defense is just what the Vikings need to be successful in the NFL…

•AP by the numbers: For the second straight week Adrian Peterson paced the Minnesota offense. AP ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns, including a 43-yard burst in the third quarter that gave the Vikings a 17-7 cushion…

•Shut-down D: The Minnesota defense played outstanding football most of the day. The Vikings Harassed Chargers QB Philip Rivers, sacking him four times. A pair of linebackers played huge roles in the defensive dominance. Rookie Eric Kendricks (UCLA) had nine tackles, and 10-year vet Chad Greenway (Iowa) caught a deflected interception and rumbled 91 yards for a pick six touchdown. Greenway was escorted by a purple convoy as he raced down the sidelines for the TD…

•Water woes: For the second straight week, Rivers played next to a major river and had no success. Last week San Diego lost to Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River 24-19. This week, Rivers and the Chargers got pummeled by the Purple just a few blocks away from the Mississippi River…

•Surf’s up: The weather at TCF Bank Stadium was definitely San Diego-like. The temp at kickoff was 75 degrees and heated up into the low 80’s by game’s end. The sun-drenched day probably made the Chargers feel right at home – the only thing missing was the Pacific Ocean, some palm trees and a friendly crowd…

•Perfect teams, There are just six NFL teams left with perfect 3-0 records. They are Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, Cincinnati, Denver and New England. Green Bay (2-0) has a chance to join that 3-0 cluster tonight as the Packers host Kansas City in MNF…

•Imperfect teams: There are just four NFL teams that are 0-3. They are Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans…

•Technicolor day: Saturday’s St. Thomas-St. John’s game drew 17,327 fans, a record crowd for an NCAA D3 football game. The 12th ranked Tommies (3-0) smashed the 8th rated Johnnies (3-1) 35-14. It was an ocean of purple and sea of red at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, MN as Tommie and Johnnie fans flocked to the venue…

•Land of Lynx: Congrats to Minnesota for advancing to the WNBA Finals for the fourth time in five years. Maya Moore erupted for 40 points in Sunday’s 72-71 series clinching win over Phoenix in the Western Conference Finals. Moore’s free throw with 1.5 seconds to go was the game-winning point, although the WNBA has said that a foul should not have been called. Minnesota will play Indiana or New York in the Finals…

•DC dust up: The Jonathon PapelbohnBryce Harper dugout brawl is garnering plenty of attention in Washington DC. Of course, at the US Capitol that kind of thing is no big deal – Democrats and Republicans have been fighting like that since the days of George Washington

•Season’s Greetings: Just a hunch, but I am guessing that Papelbohn and Harper won’t be exchanging Christmas cards…

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Larry and Eric Visit Target Town

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Segment 1: It was another busy night in the Twin Cities.  It was so busy that Eric and Larry had to split their duties for the night.  But they did join forces to produce this week’s program from Target Field in Minneapolis.  Larry lets us know how the Lynx took Game 1 from the Phoenix Mercury in their Western Conference Final matchup.  Where does this perennial WNBA title contender stand in the pantheon of Twin Cities sports history?

Gameday Gold Part 1 / 9-25-15

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Rebounding Nicely: Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson Talks WNBA Playoffs

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Segment 4: The attention turns back to Thursday’s Game 1 of the WNBA Western Conference Finals.  After the game, Larry caught up with Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson to chat about their 67-60 victory.  After that, the guys look ahead to Sunday’s Game 2 in Phoenix.  And speaking of Phoenix, Larry’s son had a big day last weekend in Chicago.

Gameday Gold Part 4 / 9-25-15

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Minnesota Lynx vs Phoenix Mercury

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September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx  leads the crowd verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx leads the crowd verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx  Slvia Fowles (34) goes to the hoop verses Phoenix Mercury (42) Brittney Griner at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx Slvia Fowles (34) goes to the hoop verses Phoenix Mercury (42) Brittney Griner at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (13)  Lindsey Whalen peaks toward the basket verses Phoenix Mercury  at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (13) Lindsey Whalen peaks toward the basket verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (51)  Anna Cruz goes to the lane verses Phoenix Mercury  at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (51) Anna Cruz goes to the lane verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (33) Seimone Augustus with the three pointer verses Phoenix Mercury  at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (33) Seimone Augustus with the three pointer verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (13)  Lindsey Whalen drives the lane verses Phoenix Mercury  at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (13) Lindsey Whalen drives the lane verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx celebrate Maya Moore verses Phoenix Mercury  at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx celebrate Maya Moore verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx  Slvia Fowles (34) goes  against Phoenix Mercury (42) Brittney Griner at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx Slvia Fowles (34) goes against Phoenix Mercury (42) Brittney Griner at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx  head coach Cheryl Reeve yells out orders verses the Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve yells out orders verses the Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx  head coach Cheryl Reeve calls for a rotation on offense verses the Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve calls for a rotation on offense verses the Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (51)  Anna Cruz scrambles on the floor for the ball verses Phoenix Mercury  at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (51) Anna Cruz scrambles on the floor for the ball verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (51)  Anna Cruz scrambles on the floor for the ball verses Phoenix Mercury  at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (51) Anna Cruz scrambles on the floor for the ball verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (33) Seimone Augustus celebrates at end of game verses Phoenix Mercury  at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx (33) Seimone Augustus celebrates at end of game verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

 

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx celebrates after 67-60 win verses Phoenix Mercury  at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

September 24, 2015: Minnesota Lynx celebrates after 67-60 win verses Phoenix Mercury at Target Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota.

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The LA Invasion and Some NFL Nuggets

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Segment 3: Playoff (and playoff-like) electricity will be in the air Friday at Target Center (WNBA Conference Semis between the Minnesota Lynx and the L.A. Sparks) and Target Field (Twins-Angels).  After that, it’s back to the NFL for a Week 1 review.  The guys look at the Cardinals’ impressive win, whether Buffalo is for real, and the Seahawks’ difficult challenge.

Gameday Gold Part 3 / 9-18-15

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The Minnesota Lynx Begin the Playoffs and the Minnesota Wild Begin Training Camp

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Segment 6: Eric and Larry continue their hodgepodge of Twin Cities sports headlines as they give a more in-depth peek into the Lynx-Sparks playoff series, preview what we’ll see from the Wild in Training Camp, and discuss the importance of the Twins keeping the Angels one step behind this weekend.

Gameday Gold Part 6 / 9-18-15

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SPORTS NUGGETS: It’s only week 2, but Detroit and Minnesota are desperate for a win

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By Eric Nelson
September 17, 2015
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the sports capital of the USA…

•Crucial match up: It’s only week 2, but there is already a sense of urgency for Sunday’s Detroit-Minnesota game at TCF Bank Stadium. The Lions and Vikings are both 0-1 after unsuccessful trips to California, and neither team can afford to start 0-2. In week 1 Detroit lost 33-28 at San Diego after blowing a 21-3 second quarter lead and Minnesota sputtered in a 20-3 defeat at San Francisco. The loser of this one is in early trouble…

•Vanishing act: Look for Lions WR Calvin Johnson and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to be more involved in their respective offenses this week. Johnson caught just two passes for 39 yards against the Chargers and AP carried only 10 times for 31 yards against the 49ers…

•Patriot games: Sunday’s New England-Buffalo game at The Ralph is being viewed by some as a key early season matchup. It definitely is for the Bills who, have been battered by the Patriots for a couple of decades. Since 2000 New England is 26-4 against Buffalo. Bills HC Rex Ryan should tone down his bold and bravado act about bringing down the Patriots until the Bills actually prove they can do that. Don’t poke a bear with a stick…

•Flawless football: The Patriots and Bills play in the AFC East which is the NFL’s only perfect division. Buffalo, Miami, New England and the NY Jets all won their opening games last week…

•Not convinced: Apparently Twins Territory is unaware of their team being in the AL wild card race. Crowds have been low for the current home stand. The three games against Detroit attracted 17,833, 22,963 and 22,509. The turnout for game 1 of the LA Angels series at Target Field was a miniscule 18,697. Hard to fathom because the weather was good and the Angels have Mike Trout and Albert Pujols – two superstars worth watching…

•Historic HR: Twins RF Torii Hunter hit a moon beam into the second deck in left field Thursday night against the Angels. Hunter has 20 taters this season and now has 212 in his Minnesota career, moving him past Bob Allison into fifth place on the Twins all-time list…

•Triple trouble: Twins LF Eddie Rosario continues to triple his pleasure. Rosario tripled against the Angels and has 13 this season – the most by an MLB rookie since St. Louis’ Ray Lankford had 15 in 1991. Rosario is often eclipsed by fellow Twins rookies Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, but his impact has been huge…

•Joe’s streak: Meanwhile Joe Mauer singled in the first inning against LA, the 37th straight game he has reached base, which is a career best…

•Tickets from Tyus: Classy move by Timberwolves rookie Tyus Jones, who is giving away 500 comp tickets for game 1 of the Los Angeles Sparks-Minnesota Lynx WNBA playoff series in Minneapolis. The LA-Minnesota game is Friday night at Target Center at exactly the same time another LA team – the Angels – are playing Minnesota at Target Field, which is just one block away…

•WNBA powerhouse: Minnesota (22-12) had the second best record in the WNBA and has won 127 games the past five seasons. The Lynx are gunning for their third title in five years…

•Corn pucks: The Minnesota Wild are getting a corny salute. A 15th anniversary edition of the Wild logo has been carved into the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze in Brooklyn Park. The Minnesota logo will be the centerpiece of the corn maze which opens on Saturday at 10 am…

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The Different Sides of Tradition

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Segment 6: The eyes of the world are focused on St. Andrews for this weekend’s British Open. What were the early headlines after Thursday’s first round? DeAndre Jordan and Mark Cuban might not be laughing over a cold one in the near future. And the WNBA selects their All-Stars for next weekend’s festivities.

Gameday Gold Part 6/7-16-15

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