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GDG rundown for the weekend of Jan. 12th-14th

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Football has taken center stage as we settle into the New Year.  Now, the Twin Cities gets to join in on the fun.  And, just in time for this…the band is back together!  Eric takes his seat in Minneapolis, and Larry makes his triumphant return as he checks in from Phoenix.  The NFL is very prominent in this week’s show, with the Vikings ready to take the field against the Saints.  Legendary Vikings tailback Chuck Foreman offers his thoughts for the matchup.  Plus, we do talk a little hockey when Scott Taylor drops in.

Welcome Back, Big Fitz
Segment 1: Larry is back after a week away from the program.  He talks about the reason for his absence with Eric and how it puts the games we enjoy others playing in perspective.

 

What First Comes Around
Segment 2: The Vikings are back to work, getting ready for their first foray into the current NFL playoffs.  The guys give their thoughts on the matchup with New Orleans.  Why could this be a different outcome than the Purple’s win in Week 1?

 

Flying High: Scott Taylor Talks Jets Hockey
Segment 3: The NHL season is rapidly approaching the All-Star Break.  GDG’s own Scott Taylor provides an update on one of the NHL’s hottest teams.  Have the Winnipeg Jets turned the corner?

 

Chuck Foreman Looks Into a Postseason Standoff
Segment 4: With the Vikings preparing for another postseason run, we get a preview of Sunday’s game with former Purple running back Chuck Foreman.  How did the offensive line improve?  How fun will the running back matchup be?  How will Case Keenum fare against Drew Brees?

 

Super Bowl Plans with Chuck Foreman
Segment 5: So, what’s Chuck Foreman going to do in the lead-up to the Super Bowl?  He lets us know.  Plus, what do the Vikings need to look out for when it comes to the Saints?

 

The Rest from the NFL Playoffs and the CFP Title Game
Segment 6: Our hosts have covered the Vikings-Saints showdown.  How do they see the rest of Divisional Playoff weekend?  And Alabama tops the college football world again.

 

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SPORTS NUGGETS: It’s Mission Minneapolis for the Minnesota Vikings

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By Eric Nelson
January 10, 2018
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the land of 10,000 frozen lakes…

•Super Bowl Envy: The Minnesota Vikings had plenty to smile about in 2017. The Vikings were 13-3, the second most successful regular season in franchise history. That’s quite an accomplishment and the Purple deserve plenty of accolades. But, let’s cut to the chase – the Vikings will be judged on how they perform in the post-season. Anything short of a coveted Super Bowl title isn’t good enough…

•Mission Minneapolis: The Vikings are overdue to win the Lombardi Trophy. Minnesota is the best team in NFL history to never win the Super Bowl. The Purple pedigree is impressive, but four Super Bowl losses, five straight NFC Championship Game setbacks and other dagger defeats have given the fan base an Eyor complex. The goal is simple for the Vikings – become the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl in their home venue and finally take a confetti shower…

•Climate Controlled: The forecast high for Minneapolis on Sunday is 11 degrees. If the New Orleans-Minnesota game were outside, the Saints would spend the entire week prepping and worrying about the North Pole-like weather. It would be the dominant story line in Louisiana. But, because the game is inside at US Bank Stadium, the frigid temps are a non-issue. What could be a huge weather advantage for the Vikings – especially against warm weather teams – is a non-factor because the organization chose to build another dome…

•NFLements: If this game were being played in the deep freeze there is no guarantee Minnesota would win. But the Vikings would clearly have an edge because they are acclimated to the cold. If someone polled New Orleans players and gave them the option of playing in a heated glass house or outside on frozen field turf, the vote would be a landslide. The guys from the balmy bayou would opt for playing inside USBS…

•Decibel Dome: To be fair, Minnesota is difficult to beat at USBS. The Vikings are 7-1 in their Purple playpen this season and they feed off an energetic and boisterous fan base. However, I believe frigid cold is a tougher obstacle for opponents than rock concert-like noise…

•Snake II: The game-winning touchdown toss from Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa to DeVonta Smith in the NCAA title game was the most impressive throw by a Crimson Tide southpaw since the days of Kenny Stabler

•Peachtree Pain: Sports fans in Georgia have had a rough 11 months. In Super Bowl LI, Atlanta’s 28-3 lead vanished as New England pulled of a colossal comeback to win 34-28 in overtime. On Monday night, Alabama erased a 20-7 Georgia lead in the NCAA college football championship and won 26-23 in OT…

•Six-Pack: Congrats to North Dakota State for winning another FCS crown. For the Bison it’s the joy of six as they have now won six titles in seven years. North Dakota State has the top football program in the Upper Midwest…

•Cavs Crushing: Minnesota’s 127-99 battering of Cleveland on Monday night in Minneapolis is one of the most convincing and impressive T’Wolves efforts in many seasons. The Cavs – who have won three straight NBA Eastern Conference titles – looked slow and confused. It was a statement win for Minnesota…

•Just a Hunch: I am guessing that LaVar Ball and Luke Walton won’t be exchanging Valentines’s gifts…

•Soccer Promotion: Minnesota United F Christian Ramirez has been called up to the US National team and will participate in their annual January camp in Carson, CA, which includes a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina at StubHub Center on Sunday, January 28. Ramirez scored 14 goals for Minn U in 2017…

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

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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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SPORTS NUGGETS: Minnesota’s dominant D has similar qualities to Denver’s Super Bowl 50 team

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By Eric Nelson
January 4, 2018
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the frigid north….

•Dominant D: The Minnesota Vikings defense is starting to resemble the Denver Broncos of two years ago. Like the Broncos, the Purple have ultra-talented players such as Anthony Barr, Everson Griffen, Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes. Winning the coveted Lombardi Trophy would elevate the Vikings defense to elite status – just like the Broncos were when they won Super Bowl 50 behind Von Miller, Demarcus Ware and Aqib Talib

•Orange Crush: The Broncos Super Bowl run was made possible because their defense played out of this galaxy. In the playoffs Denver shut down Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and New England’s Tom Brady, and then bottled up Carolina’s Cam Newton on the super stage in Santa Clara. Minnesota has a chance to duplicate Denver’s success if the Viking defense continues to excel…

•200 Club: Minnesota WR Stefon Diggs had 6 catches for 65 yards and 1 touchdown last week against Chicago. Diggs now has 200 career catches and has reached that mark faster than any Viking in team history (40 games)…

•Randy Ratio: Former Vikings WR Randy Moss is one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Moss was a super freak who had game changing abilities. He deserves a hall call…

•Scoreboard Salute: Jack Morris – who was recently voted into the Baseball HOF – received cheers after he was shown on the US Bank Stadium video board during the Bears-Vikings game…

•Drought-Busters: Buffalo is in the NFL postseason for the first time since 1999. The LA Rams are playoff-bound for the first time since 2004. Edmonton’s 11-year NHL playoff drought came to an end last spring. Is Minnesota’s NBA dry spell ready to end too? The Timberwolves have not been in the playoffs since 2004, but with a 24-15 record this season, there is a good chance they join the Bills, Rams and Oilers as a playoff team…

•Sub-Mariners: According to the Seattle Times, the Mariners now have the longest run of futility. Seattle has not qualified for the playoffs since 2001, when the Mariners won an MLB record 116 regular season games…

•Buffalo Stampede: With Buffalo in the playoffs, there is now a chance the Bills will play a Super Bowl in Minneapolis for a second time. Buffalo lost Super Bowl XXVI to Washington 37-24 at the Metrodome…

•Coincidental Losers: Cleveland is now the second team in NFL history to finish 0-16. The only other 0-16 team in league history was Detroit in 2008. According to the LA Times, the Browns and Lions both went 4-0 in the pre-season, only to lose every game that counted. This is more proof that exhibition games really are meaningless…

•Sony Shines: Just a hunch but I am guessing that Sony Michel won’t have to pay for any meals in Athens. Michel ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns in Georgia’s 54-48 double OT win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. Michel’s sprinter speed was simply too much for the Sooners…

•Badger Ball: That was an impressive win for number 6 Wisconsin against 10th ranked Miami in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night. Sophomore QB Alex Hornibrook threw for 258 yards and four touchdown passes in the Badgers convincing 34-24 win. Wisconsin finished the season 13-1 and remains one of the nation’s top programs…

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Gameday Gold Radio – January 12, 2018 – s.1

Football has taken center stage as we settle into the New Year.  Now, the Twin Cities gets to join in on the fun.  And, just in time for this…the band is back together!  Eric takes his seat in Minneapolis, and Larry makes his triumphant return as he checks in from Phoenix.  The NFL is very prominent in this week’s show, with the Vikings ready to take the field against the Saints.  Legendary Vikings tailback Chuck Foreman offers his thoughts for the matchup.  Plus, we do talk a little hockey when Scott Taylor drops in.

Welcome Back, Big Fitz
Segment 1: Larry is back after a week away from the program.  He talks about the reason for his absence with Eric and how it puts the games we enjoy others playing in perspective.

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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?