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GDG rundown for the weekend of Aug. 25th-27th

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After a few weeks of split locales, our hosts are both back in some friendly confines.  Eric and Larry return to the Downtown Minneapolis studio as the sports world gets busy once again.  The Twins look to surge again as they try to stay in the MLB Wild Card (and maybe even the AL Central) race.  The Vikings get their starters ready for their preseason showcase.  College football gets going, while Colin Kaepernick continues to sit well off of the sidelines.  We hear the guys’ pick for the Mayweather-McGregor fight.  And the show dives deep into the soul of baseball when USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale talks about the history of the sport.

Twins Hope To Stay Wild

Segment 1: As we head toward September, these Twins have quite a bit to play for.  The guys tell us what they think the organization has done to turn things around.  Is the franchise finally content on keeping a talented center fielder?  Is this team winning despite the front office moves?

 

Will We See the Real Vikings This Weekend?

Segment 2: The Vikings try to regroup going into the most “realistic” game of the preseason.  What happened in Seattle?  By the way, what got into former Purple place kicker Blair Walsh?  Our hosts search for an identity that this squad may represent.

 

“Away” at College and Star-Spangled Banter

Segment 3: The college football season officially gets underway on Saturday.  Does the matchup set for Sydney, Australia (Rice-Stanford) go against what the NCAA stands for?  After that, what conversation did Colin Kaepernick spark when he protested against the National Anthem?

 

Circling the Diamond with USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale

Segment 4: The Dog Days of Summer are quickly turning into the MLB Pennant Chase stretch.  To get more in tune with the season, the guys welcome USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale back to the show to throw the topics around.  They start the conversation goes back into the Steroid Era, with the Cardinals getting set to honor Mark McGuire this weekend.  Plus, are the Dodgers a lock to win the NL Pennant?

 

Bob Nightengale Discusses the Diversity of Baseball

Segment 5: The discussion with Bob Nightgale continues, as we hear stories on and off the field.  The trio look back on the St. Paul Saints’ remembrance and celebration of the late Roy Campanella.  That leads into the chatter about whether the name of Boston’s famed Yawkey Way should be changed.  And could the American League take the World Series trophy back this season?

 

So Many Items to Cover…

Segment 6: It’s a chance for the hosts to unload on a number of topics, including whether Tracy Claeys was to blame for the Gopher football program troubles, which fighter will win the Mayweather-McGregor fight, the impact of Solar Eclipse fever, and the logic behind Andrew Wiggins firing his agent in the middle of a contract negotiation.

 

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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 May 5th-7th

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You know?  There hasn’t been a ton of baseball talk lately, let alone optimistic baseball talk.  Eric and Larry convene at the Downtown Minneapolis studio this week to fix that.  They go heavy into diamond chatter, including a major dose of the Twins.  And you don’t just hear from them.  Third baseman Miguel Sano and center fielder Byron Buxton have their say.  Plus, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale offers his perspective on the team, the division, and some ugly incidents in Boston this week.  Oh, and our hosts also get to the NBA Playoffs, the NFL Draft, and revenge on the mind of a former Vikings star.

Not All Twins are Riding High

Segment 1: The Twins wrapped up another successful series, despite losing to Oakland on Thursday.  The fellas look back on the wins that Monday and Tuesday brought.  Plus, how will Kyle Gibson respond after his demotion to Triple AAA ball in Rochester.

 

More Diamond Talk

Segment 2: We haven’t had our share of baseball talk this Spring, so it keeps going into this segment.  The guys take a page from yesteryear when they compare Byron Buxton with center fielders from the recent past.  They also chat about some legends in the MLB press box.

 

NBA Playoff Smorgasbord

Segment 3: The NBA has reached the second round of the postseason.  How good has this generation’s Isaiah Thomas been?  Eric and Larry give their take on Boston’s point guard.  Is LeBron James primed to lead another title run and top the record books?  Then, there’s no nightlife in Salt Lake City?  The Warriors believe so.

 

The Young Bucks: GDG Talks with Miguel Sano & Byron Buxton

Segment 4: We get back into Twins talk, this time on a first-hand basis.  Larry got to ask a few questions to young stars Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton.  After the interviews, our hosts assess the progress of this roster that features a youthful core and some cagey veterans.

 

Around the League: Bob Nightengale Broadens Our Horizons

Segment 5: So, what does USA Today’s Bob Nightengale think of the Twins?  We find out when he joins the program.  Plus, we get his thoughts on the rest of the AL Central contenders.  And he was front and center for the tense series between the Orioles and Red Sox.  He explains the frenzy surrounding what happened to O’s center fielder Adam Jones.

 

A.P.’s Get-Back and A Drafty Chat

Segment 6: Adrian Peterson is licking his chops for a chance to take on his former team.  But will that opener versus the Vikings be a successful one?  After that, the guys recap the Vikings’ scorecard and other tidbits from last weekend’s NFL Draft.

 

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Bob Nightengale Discusses the Diversity of Baseball

Segment 5: The discussion with Bob Nightengale continues, as we hear stories on and off the field.  The trio look back on the St. Paul Saints’ remembrance and celebration of the late Roy Campanella.  That leads into the chatter about whether the name of Boston’s famed Yawkey Way should be changed.  And could the American League take the World Series trophy back this season?

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Circling the Diamond with USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale

Segment 4: The Dog Days of Summer are quickly turning into the MLB Pennant Chase stretch.  To get more in tune with the season, the guys welcome USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale back to the show to throw the topics around.  They start the conversation goes back into the Steroid Era, with the Cardinals getting set to honor Mark McGuire this weekend.  Plus, are the Dodgers a lock to win the NL Pennant?

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Around the League: Bob Nightengale Broadens Our Horizons

Segment 5: So, what does USA Today’s Bob Nightengale think of the Twins?  We find out when he joins the program.  Plus, we get his thoughts on the rest of the AL Central contenders.  And he was front and center for the tense series between the Orioles and Red Sox.  He explains the frenzy surrounding what happened to O’s center fielder Adam Jones.