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GDG rundown for the weekend of Nov. 17th-19th

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It’s another week with major headlines across the sports world.  Who better to cover them all than Eric and Larry.  They’re back together in the Downtown Minneapolis studio for this week’s edition.  And it’s going to be quite the weekend in the Twin Cities.  The Vikings try to keep a playoff spot and a bye in their sights when the battle the Rams.  The Timberwolves try to keep the winning ways alive.  The Wild build an impressive streak against their opposition.  Gopher football has a chance to go bowling.  The Twins get some well-deserved accolades.  And that’s just the local stories.  To go along with everything, we’ll hear from the Playmaker himself, NFL Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin.

Horns-A-Plenty at the Bank

Segment 1: A showdown is set for Sunday in Downtown Minneapolis.  The guys look back on the history of the Vikings-Rams series.  We get a heads up on the revival of that series, with both teams sporting sparkling 7-2 records.  How big of a game is this for both squads?

 

Wolves Get Past a Big Obstacle

Segment 2: The Vikings aren’t the only ticket in town on Sunday.  The fellas preview a jammed-packed day, with the Timberwolves and both Gopher hoops teams taking part.  Speaking of the Wolves, we hear about the team’s successful push after snapping a Spurs-sized losing streak against San Antonio.

 

Zero is the Wild’s Favorite Number

Segment 3: Did Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor deserve to get benched for a rookie?  The Wild were on a shutout streak heading into Thursday.  Eric and Larry take a look at the main man responsible for it.  Then, Minneapolis roads and venues are getting ready for the Super Bowl.  We’re your place to hear “Traffic on the 52s”.

 

The Winds Shaking College Football

Segment 4: The Turnover Chain is the hottest item in college football.  Our hosts take a peek at the team that brought it to light…The U.  Miami’s win over Notre Dame put the Hurricanes in the national playoff picture.  Could Wisconsin get squeezed out of the CFP, even if they go undefeated.  Plus, the Gophers are trying to get bowl eligible at Northwestern.  What are their chances for success?

 

When You Need a Playmaker: GDG Chats with Michael Irvin

Segment 5: Always candid and always entertaining, we hear from Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.  He gives his thoughts on Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., the Vikings, and his former boss’ (Jerry Jones) threat to sue the NFL and his fellow owners.

 

An International Mishap & Honors that Confuse and Astound

Segment 6: What do President Trump, the Ball family, college basketball, and shoplifting have in common?  The guys discuss this near-miss of an international incident in China.  Colin Kaepernick gets an honor from a major magazine.  A couple of Twins (A.L. Manager of the Year Paul Molitor and Platinum Glove winner Byron Buxton) get some accolades for a season’s worth of work.

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Vikings win fifth straight

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By Larry Fitzgerald
November 15, 2017
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This is getting better every week. We are less than 100 days from Super Bowl Sunday and the opportunity of a lifetime to host the Super Bowl and actually play in it.

Quarterback Case Keenum threw for 304 yards and four touchdown passes in the Vikings’ 38-30 win Sunday over Washington. Receiver Adam Thielen had eight catches for 166 yards. Thielen is peaking and has 793 yards this year, including two games over 150 yards.

Just like that, the Vikings have reeled off five wins in a row. Remember, I must caution you, the cliché is “It’s not how you start but how you finish.” The Vikings had to play Sunday without Everson Griffen, NFC defensive player of the year, in the first half of the season with 10 sacks. He has a foot injury.

The Vikings have never won the big one — no championship banners since arriving in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1961. Four Super Bowl appearances became four painful reminders. That’s why, since I started covering this team in 1978, it’s been a goal of mine, not to mention a goal of you fans, to cover a Super Bowl from which the Vikings emerge as champions.

Philadelphia is 8-1; they are in the catbird seat with the best record in the NFL. Then comes New Orleans, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and the Vikings all at 7-2.

Now we have a long way to go with seven games left, but remember, the Vikings have not been in this position since 1998. They were 15-1 with Dennis Green, and in 2009 Brad Childress and the Vikings were 12-4. Both lost the NFC Championship games both years in overtime. OUCH!

Los Angeles is here Sunday, and they are rolling along also at 7-2. They are the highest scoring team in the NFL, averaging 32 points a game, and their points-a-game margin scoring and allowing is number one in the league at +134. So the Vikings can’t blink now, because they will be tested big-time Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. These Rams are rugged.

Four of the next six games are on the road, including three in a row… at Detroit on Thanksgiving, at Atlanta, and at Carolina.

Congratulations

Congrats to Bill Belichick, head coach of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. Sunday’s 41-16 win at Denver was his career win number 270, and he ties with Hall of Famer Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys for number three on the all-time NFL coaches win list.

And congrats to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady who, since serving his four-game suspension at the beginning of last season, has thrown 47 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.

Congrats as well to Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. He grabbed 10 passes for 113 yards in Thursday’s 22-16 loss to Seattle. Fitzgerald, 34, became the second-youngest ever and only the sixth player in NFL history with over 15,000 career yards.

Arizona Cardinal wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. breaks into action

Larry Fitzgerald Jr.

Fitzgerald has 15,066 career yards. Jerry Rice is number one with 22,825, Terrell Owens number two with15,934, Randy Moss number three with 15,292, Isaac Bruce number four with 15,208, and Tony Gonzalez number five with 15,127.

 

 

Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday-Friday at 12:17 pm and 4:17 pm, and at www.Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Nov. 10th-12th

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This show isn’t just nationally-known, it’s internationally-known.  This week, Eric is guiding the show in Minneapolis, while Larry is out in Phoenix.  They dive in on the juicy story of Jerry Jones’ lawsuit threat against the NFL.  The Vikings might have a QB controversy going into the second half of the season.  The Twins get some gold to show off in their trophy case, while the MLB celebrates the life of an ace pitcher gone too soon.  Will the Gophers find a way to get bowl eligible?  Did a loss to Golden State do more good than harm for the Wolves?  Then, GDG columnist Scott Taylor joins the program to look at the Wild’s poor start, soccer and baseball’s footprint in Canada, and more.

It’s Not All Good-ell for Jerry Jones
Segment 1: While Eric and Larry have some distance between them this week, one thing that pulls them together is the NFL.  The guys analyze Jerry Jones’ threat to sue the league if Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract gets extended.  Will the Dallas Cowboys owner get his way?

 

Who Will Go Under Center for the Vikes?
Segment 2: As the Vikings get into the second half of their season, there’s a large question looming.  Should Case Keenum keep his starting QB job, or should Teddy Bridgewater come back to the huddle right off of the PUP list?  And what does Tom Brady have to do with that decision?

 

Remembering an Ace & Going for Some Gold
Segment 3: The sports world is not all smiles this week.  Baseball is mourning the sudden and tragic passing of former Cy Young-winning pitcher Roy Halladay.  However, there are brighter stories from the diamond.  Our guys discuss the Gold Glove-winning attributes of Twins’ stars Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier.  Plus, will the Twins be proactive during this Hot Stove season?

 

Gophers Digging More Holes & Wolves Look to Rebound
Segment 4: The father might be the media darling, but the son isn’t far behind.  The fellas look at the rising profile of Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.  Then, can the Gopher football team turn things around when they face Nebraska?  And the Timberwolves’ winning streak couldn’t last forever.  But they’re still on solid ground early on.

 

GDG’s Scott Taylor Talks Canadian Sports & Wild Hockey
Segment 5: One of our hosts had plans to maintain, but one of our contributors steps right in for the latter portion of the show.  GDG’s Scott Taylor connects from Winnipeg and kicks off the segment by talking the impact of MLS on the north side of the border.  Is Montreal on the short track to get another MLB franchise?  And are the Wild placing doom over their playoff chances before Thanksgiving?

 

Remembering “Doc” Halladay with GDG’s Scott Taylor
Segment 6: If Roy Halladay meant a lot to baseball in the U.S., his impact meant even more to baseball in Canada.  Scott Taylor describes that as we look back at the career of the late ace pitcher of the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.

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Is it time for Teddy?

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By Larry Fitzgerald
November 7, 2017
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Let me start a quarterback controversy. After all, does it really matter what I think anyway?

Sam Bradford is hurt. His left knee apparently has bothered him to the point that you feel like a fool asking questions of Mike Zimmer about his knee.

Since playing like the best quarterback in the NFL Monday night on opening weekend vs. the New Orleans Saints (29-19 Vikings), Bradford has been a mystery, throwing for 346 yards, three TDs, and completing 27-32. He’s started one game since that Monday night, played the first half against the Chicago Bears on October 9, again on Monday night, and did not play well. He looked stiff but helped the Vikings lead 3-2 at half.

Backup QB Case Keenum has guided this offense since taking over as Bradford’s replacement. The Vikings are 6-2, the second-best record in the NFL. They just had a week off with no game after traveling to London and beating the Cleveland Browns 36-16.

Teddy Bridgewater last played in January 2015 in the playoffs, lost to Seattle, and after nearly14 months came off the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list this week. The Vikings have until November 8 to use a roster spot and activate Bridgewater.

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater looks to be back on the Vikings active roster this week…

It’s not an easy decision for Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman, because the team is winning with Keenum and he’s playing so well. Team chemistry and all that goes with it is why the quarterback position is the hardest position to play in the NFL.

However, I don’t trust Bradford at this point. He was brought in to replace Bridgewater last year when he went down and has played well, but this year his knee injury tells me you can’t assume he will be back healthy playing this season.

On the other hand, Bridgewater is your guy. He’s healthy again. He can do all that needs to be done. He can throw, his mobility is good, he’s fresh, and he believes he can play now.

I love what Keenum is doing, and he should just keep playing. But if you believe Bridgewater is the best player for this team, I would play him now, because he gives the Vikings the best chance to continue what he started in 2015.

Sunday the Vikings travel to Washington. They beat Seattle 17-14. Blair Walsh — remember him? He missed three field goals in that loss.

The schedule is rugged with high-scoring 6-2 physical Los Angeles and playoff-tested teams like Carolina, Atlanta, Green Bay and Detroit ahead. I would roll the dice now. If Bridgewater is ready physically, he should play. I believe he is and should get his job back.

Stay tuned. We’ll soon see.

 

 

Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday-Friday at 12:17 pm and 4:17 pm, and at www.Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Nov. 3rd-5th

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In the middle of all the football, a wild World Series broke out.  Always willing to cover the absurd world of sports, Eric and Larry are in the Downtown Minneapolis studio, ready to bring you this week’s program.  The Timberwolves are also in the news, riding a four-game winning streak into the weekend.  But is everything rainbows and gumdrops for the young Wolves?  The Vikings are riding high into their bye week.  Where do they stand midway through the season?  The Gophers look to grab a trophy against Michigan.  A young NFL star puts a spotlight on the rash of brutal injuries in the sports.  And, of course, we have to hear reaction to the World Series.  That’s provided by GDG’s own Tom Tuttle and USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale.

 

The Wolves Respond to a Bad Stretch
Segment 1: The Timberwolves appear to be finding their way after a staggering against Indiana and Detroit.  But are there downsides to this winning streak?  Eric and Larry look into the good and the bad of the recent stretch.  And when was the last time the a Wolves team started off this well.

 

NFL Injuries Keep Piling Up
Segment 2: The NFL has reached the midpoint of the season, with an all too familiar headline hitting the news on Thursday.  The fellas discuss Texans rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson going down for the season by tearing his ACL…from practice.  What impact does this, and other key injuries, have on the NFL?

 

College Football Chatter: Rivalries & Playoff Dreams
Segment 3: The Gophers couldn’t get one of their treasured trophies last week at Iowa.  They have another chance this Saturday when they go to Michigan.  Can P.J. Fleck “coach ’em up” for a big game at the Big House?  Then, the first College Football Playoff Poll is out.  Our guys break down the positioning for the Playoff.

 

A Wild World Series: Reaction from GDG’s Tom Tuttle
Segment 4: So. what did you think of that World Series?  Tom Tuttle has plenty to say about the 2017 Fall Classic.  Gameday’s CFO joins the program to talk about a wild to-and-‘fro between Houston and Los Angeles.

 

A Wild World Series Redux: Reaction from USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale
Segment 5: Even if you didn’t think that the 2017 World Series was a classic, you’d have to admit that it was entertaining.  USA Today baseball writer Bob Nightengale followed every moment of it and dives into the details.  Did the actual ball have something to do with the home run explosion?  Are Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa the next big duo of MLB?  Did analytics do the Dodgers in?

 

Clear Sailing to the Bye for the Vikes
Segment 6: The Vikings are looking good, sporting a 6-2 record as they go into their bye week.  Could more news be coming out of the break?  The guys take stock of where the Purple stand midway through their season.  Plus, they ponder of whether Teddy Bridgewater could be ready to return to the field.

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NFL protest should hit home!

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By Larry Fitzgerald
October 31, 2017
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The last year and a half, the NFL and the players who have chosen to protest have angered millions across the United States who have ignored the purpose and cause for the players’ issues on social injustice. Players are looked at as pawns by fans and some media who say, “Just play the damn game. You make millions for a living. How dare you protest against my flag? Get your butts out there and get my fantasy numbers so I can win my league.”

It all started with ex-San Francisco 49ers’ Collin Kaepernick, the 30-year-old now-unemployed quarterback who has been unable to sign in 2017 with any of the 32 NFL teams. Has he been blackballed? Are the 32 owners colluding against him?

They clearly want no part of his right to protest when it affects their bottom line. Anger from fans and sponsors may not be right, but it’s understandable. It’s the price of doing business. When you decide to take a stand, be prepared for the consequences.

The NFL owners and players are at least talking now. However, the owners can’t change all of society by themselves, like making the police stop shooting innocent young Black men or racial profiling or hiring practices in America.

Kaepernick has hired an attorney and is pursuing a lawsuit against the NFL. When Black people protest it angers the majority of people, mostly Whites because, they insert their own personal bias into the situation.

A case in point is the playing of the national anthem and the displaying of the American flag. So many people talk about disrespecting the flag and the national anthem. Sports teams have long used revenue from the armed forces to buy and promote nationalism (before kickoff or tip off) and the pride of America the beautiful. Have you noticed it’s only at sporting events that bring in big revenue for the teams — NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA?

What the players do does not bother me at all. I don’t take it personally like so many who talk about their dad, brother, sister, uncle, husband and how they all served this country in the military.

They forget that Black people serve this country also and have sacrificed to protect our liberties. It’s a joke to say that taking a knee or standing with your arms folded during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday, Monday and Thursday is disrespectful.

No player has stopped the anthem from being played or tried to damage the flag from sailing or flowing. Those who argue against the players and their protest won’t talk about racism or discrimination or murder or about police brutality and shootings, because they don’t care. It’s a non-issue, they say — get over it. The police were doing their jobs.

We have gotten over it, but we will never forget it, the millions of innocent people hung and killed in this country, the beatings, bombings, Whites-only bathrooms and water fountains. If we did not fight nonviolently by protesting, marching for voters’ rights, and to go to school to be viewed as equal under God in this nation, we would still be living under Jim Crow segregation.

President Donald Trump lit a fire under the players with his divisiveness. “Fire the sons of bi***es, he told the NFL owners. Dallas owner Jerry Jones says any of his players kneeling during the playing of the anthem will not play that day.

On October 18 Houston owner Bob McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” in a meeting with other owners related to player protest and the national anthem. His statement has again sparked the flames; the level is high with his team. Almost his entire team kneeled on Sunday in Seattle, unified arm in arm in protest.

Because McNair is an owner and the players are represented by the NFL Players Association, this is an EEOC issue also. McNair may be forced to resign — it’s happened before. This issue is not going away.

People like Trump and McNair, being who they are and showing their horns, are making the issues clearer by the day for all to see. What we are seeing is that we have major problems in America.

 

 

Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday-Friday at 12:17 pm and 4:17 pm, and at www.Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.

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GDG rundown for the weekend of Oct. 27th-29th

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The Upper Midwest is getting its first real taste of Winter this weekend, and athletics seems to be leading the way.  With the Winter sports seasons up and running, our hosts get into the spirit.  Eric and Larry travel to St. Paul as they broadcast this week’s episode from the Xcel Energy Center.  Despite Thursday’s win over the Islanders, our guys peer into the Wild’s slow start.  They also describe what’s wrong with the early season of the Timberwolves.  The Vikings make a return trip to England with first-place thoughts.  The World Series got off to a roaring start in L.A.  Gopher football tries to bring one special pig home from Iowa City.  And if you want guests, boy, do we got ’em.  We’ll hear from several Vikings players, as well as CBS broadcast legend Greg Gumbel.

Not the Wild’s Best Hopes to Start

Segment 1: After a preseason of positive buildup, the Wild aren’t off to the best of starts.  The guys review the first few games of the season and look into how the team can turn things around on the long homestand.

 

Vikings Go Back to See the Queen

Segment 2: The Vikings are headed back to London as they look to continue their hold on the NFC North lead.  What’s going well for the squad as they head across the Atlantic?  The fellas also dig into this week’s opponent, the Cleveland Browns.  When will that franchise ever “get right”?

 

Wolves Whimpering Start

Segment 3: Just like the Wild, the Timberwolves had a lot of hype coming into the season.  And just like their NHL counterparts, the early results haven’t been good.  Eric and Larry discuss what they believe is giving the team fits in the first couple of weeks in the current campaign.

 

World Series Bringing the Drama

Segment 4: If the first two games were any indication, we could be viewing a true Fall Classic.  The guys dive into the opening stanza of the World Series before the scene shifts from Los Angeles to Houston.  Did the Astros find a hole in the Dodgers’ bullpen?  Can L.A. squeeze out a win or two on the Gulf Coast?

 

A Host of Sound from the Vikings Locker Room & CBS Broadcaster Greg Gumbel

Segment 5: If you were searching for game sound, stop right here.  In this segment, our hosts chat with Vikings DE Everson Griffen, TE Kyle Rudolph, and CBs Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman.  Oh, and for good measure, we’ll hear from legendary CBS broadcaster Greg Gumbel.

 

Gophers Try to Take Floyd Back

Segment 6: Gopher football enters its first true Trophy Game of the P.J. Fleck era.  The fellas recap last week’s victory over Illinois before turning their attention on Iowa and Floyd of Rosedale.  Plus, they look a little broader at which teams are still in the national championship picture.

 

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World Series: Houston vs. Los Angeles!

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By Larry Fitzgerald
October 24, 2017
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It’s the Fall Classic with a rare match-up in the World Series. Houston vs. Los Angeles sound like two National League teams, but we are reminded that Major League Baseball (MLB) years ago moved the Astros to the American League to balance the Divisions.

As recently as 2005, the Astros were in the World Series as members of the National League. Chicago’s other team, the White Sox, swept Houston 4-0 to win the first World Series for the city of Chicago in 95 years.

We are all aware that last year the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in seven games over Cleveland, the Cubs’ first World Series win in 108 years. The run-away Los Angeles Dodgers eliminated the Cubs in five games in the National League Championship and have reached their first World Series since 1988.

The Dodgers were 104-58 in the regular season, the best record in MLB. The Astros were also outstanding, winning 101 games, the third-best record in baseball. Cleveland led the American League in wins with 102-60 record. This is the first time since 1970 the World Series has two 100-or-more-win teams in the World Series.

Both of these teams are loaded. The Dodgers are 7-1 in the playoffs. Houston just beat the New York Yankees in game seven of the American League Championship to reach the World Series. They scored 896 runs during the regular season and allowed 700; their plus/minus was +196.

The Dodgers shut you down with pitching. They allowed the fewest runs in MLB in 2017— just 580. The Dodgers are managed by Dave Roberts. He is really good.

I have always favored the American League game of baseball with the designated hitter. The Dodgers obviously play the National League game with the pitcher hitting. Los Angeles has the home-field advantage by virtue of winning more games.

Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish lead the Dodgers. Houston traded for pitcher Justin Verlander from Detroit, and since then he’s been dominating 9-0. Get ready for what should be a great World Series.

I saw the Astros and Dodgers both play the Twins. Houston, I believe, is just a little bit better.

 

 

Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday-Friday at 12:17 pm and 4:17 pm, and at www.Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.

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GDG rundown for the weekend Oct. 20th-22nd

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Wherever you turn, there’s something to find on the “Sports Dial”.  Eric and Larry are back in the Downtown Minneapolis studio to tear through all that meat on the sports bone.  The Timberwolves start their new campaign.  The Vikings get a leg (or a collarbone) up on the Packers.  The MLB is closing in on its annual World Series matchup.  The Gophers look to finally get out of their Big Ten funk.  Plus, there’s plenty more NFL to discuss when two current Vikings (Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes) and a former one (Adrian Peterson) join the program.

Wolves Can’t Get an Opening Win
Segment 1: The doors have opened to the 2017-2018 NBA season.  The guys take a couple of minutes to look into the Wolves’ opener in San Antonio.  Was is a good thing that they lost to a pedigree franchise, or is it bad that they lost to a depleted pedigree franchise?

 

Big Hearts and One Huge Shot
Segment 2: The guys get a little philanthropic during this segment of the show.  One local youth football team will get the chance to see a rather important game in February.  Then, was Anthony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers clean or a cheap shot?

 

AP’s Successful Desert Debut
Segment 3: Adrian Peterson wasn’t lost in the desert last Sunday.  Our hosts dive into the former Viking’s big showing in his first game as an Arizona Cardinal.  After that, we get a brief preview of the Purple Showdown between Minnesota and Baltimore.

 

One Backup QB’s Chance & Another QB Gets Back Up
Segment 4: There’s been a lot of QB talk this week across the Upper Midwest.  Teddy Bridgewater isn’t ready to get back to regular season action, but he has returned to the practice field.  Can the Packers survive, and maybe thrive, with Brett Hundley under center?  And has the NFC North flipped due to the Rodgers’ injury?

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on his way to the ground...

Anthony Barr takes Aaron Rodgers  down…and out…

 

NFL Sound Galore with Adrian Peterson, Trae Waynes, and Xavier Rhodes
Segment 5: It was another big Sunday across the NFL.  It was so big that we needed to get reactions from two locker rooms.  Eric tracked down Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes, while Larry got some time with the aforementioned new running back of the Cardinals, Adrian Peterson.

 

No Dodging L.A.; Gophers Try to Rebound
Segment 6: As of Thursday night, half of the World Series was set.  The fellas discuss the Dodgers getting back to the Fall Classic for the first time in 29 years.  Plus, the shine coming from TCF Bank Stadium has faded.  What can the Gopher football team do to get out of their three-game losing streak?

 

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Vikings moving on up, Beat Packers 23-10

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By Larry Fitzgerald
October 19, 2017
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My oh my, can the Vikings play defense, as shown by victories over QBs Drew Brees, Jameis Winston, Mitchell Trubisky, Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley. Only one team has scored 20 or more points against them, and that’s Pittsburgh.

So far, injuries and protests have highlighted the 2017 NFL season, and we have a long way to go. It was cut bait time Sunday for the Vikings in an NFC North showdown against the Green Bay Packers.

After their first round of Division tussles head to head with Detroit, Chicago and Green Bay, the Vikings have climbed into a first-place tie. Sunday’s important 23-10 win draws them even with Green Bay, the team to beat. Ten games remain with more questions than answers about starting quarterback Sam Bradford’s left knee and the possible return of Teddy Bridgewater to practice this week and to the active roster.

Backup QB Case Keenum has played well and led the Vikings to three wins in four games. Jerick McKinnon has replaced injured Dalvin Cook while Latavius Murray struggles. The Packers’ loss of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a shoulder injury Sunday after being hit by Anthony Barr could change the Division order. Injuries, unfortunately, are part of football this season; the NFL has lost several big stars.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on his way to the ground...

Anthony Barr takes Rodgers down…and out…

Aaron Rodgers heads the list with J.J. Watt, Andrew Luck, Odell Beckum, Jr., Ryan Tannehill, Julian Edelman, Markus Golden, Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook. These are just a few of many marquee stars who are out because of injuries.

Sunday the 3-3 Baltimore Ravens are here to play the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh has won a Super Bowl and needs two wins to reach 100 in his career. If the Vikings win Sunday it would be three wins in a row, and the following week they travel to London to play winless 0-6 Cleveland.

 

Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday-Friday at 12:17 pm and 4:17 pm, and at www.Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.

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An International Mishap & Honors that Confuse and Astound

Segment 6: What do President Trump, the Ball family, college basketball, and shoplifting have in common?  The guys discuss this near-miss of an international incident in China.  Colin Kaepernick gets an honor from a major magazine.  A couple of Twins (A.L. Manager of the Year Paul Molitor and Platinum Glove winner Byron Buxton) get some accolades for a season’s worth of work.

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The Winds Shaking College Football

Segment 4: The Turnover Chain is the hottest item in college football.  Our hosts take a peek at the team that brought it to light…The U.  Miami’s win over Notre Dame put the Hurricanes in the national playoff picture.  Could Wisconsin get squeezed out of the CFP, even if they go undefeated.  Plus, the Gophers are trying to get bowl eligible at Northwestern.  What are their chances for success?

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Zero is the Wild’s Favorite Number

Segment 3: Did Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor deserve to get benched for a rookie?  The Wild were on a shutout streak heading into Thursday.  Eric and Larry take a look at the main man responsible for it.  Then, Minneapolis roads and venues are getting ready for the Super Bowl.  We’re your place to hear “Traffic on the 52s”.

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Gameday Gold Radio – November 17, 2017 – s.1

It’s another week with major headlines across the sports world.  Who better to cover them all than Eric and Larry.  They’re back together in the Downtown Minneapolis studio for this week’s edition.  And it’s going to be quite the weekend in the Twin Cities.  The Vikings try to keep a playoff spot and a bye in their sights when the battle the Rams.  The Timberwolves try to keep the winning ways alive.  The Wild build an impressive streak against their opposition.  Gopher football has a chance to go bowling.  The Twins get some well-deserved accolades.  And that’s just the local stories.  To go along with everything, we’ll hear from the Playmaker himself, NFL Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin.

Horns-A-Plenty at the Bank

Segment 1: A showdown is set for Sunday in Downtown Minneapolis.  The guys look back on the history of the Vikings-Rams series.  We get a heads up on the revival of that series, with both teams sporting sparkling 7-2 records.  How big of a game is this for both squads?

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Gameday Gold Radio – November 10, 2017 – s.5

GDG’s Scott Taylor Talks Canadian Sports & Wild Hockey
Segment 5: One of our hosts had plans to maintain, but one of our contributors steps right in for the latter portion of the show.  GDG’s Scott Taylor connects from Winnipeg and kicks off the segment by talking the impact of MLS on the north side of the border.  Is Montreal on the short track to get another MLB franchise?  And are the Wild placing doom over their playoff chances before Thanksgiving?
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Gameday Gold Radio – November 10, 2017 – s.4

Gophers Digging More Holes & Wolves Look to Rebound
Segment 4: The father might be the media darling, but the son isn’t far behind.  The fellas look at the rising profile of Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.  Then, can the Gopher football team turn things around when they face Nebraska?  And the Timberwolves’ winning streak couldn’t last forever.  But they’re still on solid ground early on.
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Gameday Gold Radio – November 10, 2017 – s.3

Remembering an Ace & Going for Some Gold
Segment 3: The sports world is not all smiles this week.  Baseball is mourning the sudden and tragic passing of former Cy Young-winning pitcher Roy Halladay.  However, there are brighter stories from the diamond.  Our guys discuss the Gold Glove-winning attributes of Twins’ stars Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier.  Plus, will the Twins be proactive during this Hot Stove season?