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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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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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Final GDG rundown of 2017 (Dec. 29th-31st)

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As we approach the beginning of a new year, it’s important to takes stock in the close-knit nature of the “fam”.  Eric and Larry are miles apart this week (Eric’s in Downtown Minneapolis, while Larry’s in Phoenix), but the “fam” feeling is always present.  The GDG fam gets together, as Tom Tuttle joins the program to chat about the life of Dick Enberg and the newest class of Gopher football recruits.  And Larry gets in touch with more fam.  Arizona Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. brings his love and knowledge of the game to the program.  Sit back and enjoy the “fam” reunion as we roll out of 2017 and into the New Year.

Vikings Hoping To Give Postseason Cold Shoulders

Segment 1: It’s downright frigid in the Upper Midwest.  But could the Vikings be red hot at the right time of the season?  The guys look into the Purple’s regular season finale against Chicago.  How important is home field advantage for the team during the playoffs?  And which postseason-bound teams are our hosts watching?

 

Tom Tuttle Remembers a Legend at the Mic

Segment 2: No matter the sport, you knew it was a big event if Dick Enberg was on the call.  GDG CFO Tom Tuttle joins the program to honor the late broadcasting legend.  After that, are the Timberwolves finally starting to show the promise that all the preseason hype brought about?

 

Gopher Boat Gets Revved Up?  Tom Tuttle Talks the Recruiting Trail

Segment 3: Did P.J. Fleck hit a home run with his early-season recruiting class?  Tom Tuttle offers his impressions of the Gopher coach’s effort.  Um…how did Vikings safety Harrison Smith not make the Pro Bowl?

 

Talkin’ to the Fitz: Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. Appears on the Program

Segment 4: The family is finally together!  Larry, Sr. is out in the Desert Southwest to see his son.  So, why not have both legends on the show at the same time.  Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. makes a special appearance to talk with his father and Eric about his approach to playing football and leading an honorable life off the field.

 

Football’s Life Lessons from Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.

Segment 5: Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. takes a little more time to cover a few topics regarding the sport which will soon sport his bust in its Hall of Fame.  What playoff team is best equipped to make a Super Bowl run?  Is the NFL starting on a downturn regarding fan interest?  Does he let his kids play the game?  And how many countries has he traveled to?

 

A Frozen Anniversary & Pink May Be Their Color

Segment 6: It’s pretty appropriate that this cold snap comes along on the 50th anniversary of the most famous cold-weather NFL game ever.  Eric and Larry, Sr. reminisce on the Ice Bowl.  Then, not everything will be happy-go-lucky come New Years’ Day.  The guys discuss coaches that get the axe on the Monday after the regular season.

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Glen Taylor owes us an explanation!

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By Larry Fitzgerald
December 27, 2017
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Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, Minnesota’s own, is the most (no-secret-here) popular owner in town. He owns the Star Tribune newspaper also. Since he has owned the Timberwolves, however, it’s been hit and miss. What have you done lately?

Thirteen years in a row the team has missed the playoffs while his investment in the team has grown by leaps and bounds. Taylor has been chairman of the NBA Board of Governors. He has even been fined by David Stearn for his role in the fraud case of Joe Smith many years ago.

He hired Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders in 1995, many years ago, and the Timberwolves were actually relevant for a while. They even made the playoffs seven or eight years in a row. They drafted this high school kid from Chicago, Kevin Garnett, who turned out to be one of the NBA’s greatest stars. In fact, he is the only Timberwolves player who was selected the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

The guy played for 20 years. The Timberwolves even traded him to Boston, and he led the Celtics to an NBA championship and to the NBA finals twice. Five years ago Taylor hired Saunders again, this time as part owner and head coach. Saunders had a master plan to help Taylor save his struggling franchise. Saunders made a deal that included bringing Garnett, the franchise’s greatest player, back to Minnesota.

Garnett was with the Brooklyn Nets at the time. He agreed to return to Minnesota to play even though it was clearly at the end of incredible career and with the intent to eventually transition into the front office as part owner.

As we all know, Saunders died three years ago of Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. Saunders’ sudden passing really hurt the franchise; Minnesota had lost its leader. Taylor hired Sam Mitchell as interim head coach, but after one year fired him. Moving away from Garnett and all that Saunders had put in place, Taylor hired Tom Thibodeau as president and head coach.

Taylor has never spoken about Garnett or why he was no longer around. Garnett never officially retired either as a Timberwolves player and never received the respect he deserved for what he did here as a player both times. Garnett said recently he wants to own the Timberwolves and did not want to be a partner with Taylor. That would indicate some issues or agreements that were not fulfilled.

I think Taylor owes us an explanation. He should consider opening up about how Saunders’ death changed the direction of the franchise. What was Garnett promised when he returned with Saunders? Garnett’s jersey has not been retired. He has never been recognized by this organization or Taylor for all he has done for all those years.

Why is that? I know it’s business, but both sides are not talking.

The Timberwolves are the only franchise with no players who have ever been recognized for contributing to the growth of the franchise — no ring of honor, no retired jerseys. Taylor needs to invite Garnett back and work through the issues and set the record straight on what happened after Saunders died. What ended Garnett’s return as a Timberwolves player so abruptly, and what had he agreed to with the team?

I know Garnett has made $300 million or more over his remarkable career, but we need to hear from Taylor what went down and why Garnett feels jilted. Taylor, you at least owe us all that.

 

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 lead-up weekend to Christmas (Dec. 22nd-24th)

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As we approach the Christmas holiday, many are spending time with family and stirring up all kinds of conversation.  Our GDG family doesn’t need a holiday to keep the chatter going…it’s a 52-week habit.  Eric and Larry are back in the Minneapolis studio this week, wishing you Christmas cheer and dishing out some sports frivolity.  There’s a lot of discussion about the Vikings winning the NFC North.  There’s some explanation of the status of Kevin Garnett’s relationship with the Timberwolves.  There’s a bit of the NFL playoff picture.  And there are a whole lot of guests.  We’ll hear from Adam Thielen, Eric Kendricks, Jerick McKinnon, Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, and the Honorable Alan Page.

Wolves and KG Not Seeing Eye to Eye?

Segment 1: It’s a festive mood in the studio as Eric and Larry talk a bit about their Christmas traditions.  But not all things are so sweet this time of year.  Will Kevin Garnett get his jersey retired at Target Center?  The guys discuss the future Hall of Fame member and his relationship with the Timberwolves franchise.

 

Vikings Wary of Packer Vengeance

Segment 2: The Vikings are NFC North champions.  However, their regular season work isn’t done yet.  Our hosts dig into Saturday night’s tussle in Green Bay.  Do the Packers have anything to play for other than pride?  Will the big injury from the first Border Battle matchup play a role?  And will the Purple keep an eye on the NFC South?

 

A Wacky Week Across the NFL

Segment 3: There were some wild moments during Week 15 of the NFL season.  Who thought that an index card could decide a football game…without a play being drawn up on it?!?  Did another catch controversy cost the Steelers a shot at a Super Bowl berth?  Plus, one NFL owner is selling his team after serious allegations come to light.

 

Renowned World Traveler Tom Tuttle Describes His Latest Journey

Segment 4: Tom Tuttle isn’t just Gameday Gold’s CFO.  The Soup Man is also a traveler of the world.  This week, he joins the show to tell us about his trip to the Dominican Republic.  He explains the island’s big influence on the American game of baseball.

 

The Locker Room is the Place To Be

Segment 5: So many interviews, so little time…so we give you a cornucopia of them in one handful.  From the Vikings’ locker room, Adam Thielen, Eric Kendricks, and Jerick McKinnon talk about the feeling of being NFC North champs.  Then, from the Wolves’ locker room, Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford take stock of where the team is at about one-third of the way through the season.

 

The Honorable Alan Page Gets Us Ready for the Big Event

Segment 6: As we close in of the event known as Super Bowl LII, you might be looking for something to pass the time prior to the big game.  Why not let an NFL Hall of Fame member and former MN Supreme Court Justice help you out?  The Honorable Alan Page tells us about a special exhibit he’s putting together, as well as his recollections of playing in that same event.

 

 

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Vikings clinch NFC North!

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By Larry Fitzgerald
December 20, 2017
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First things first: Win your Division, win as many games as you can, stay focused on what you can control and let everything else take care of itself.

Sunday the Vikings played at U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time since November 19 and routed the Cincinnati Bengals 34-7. Quarterback Case Keenum was flawless, 20-23 for 236 yards and two touchdowns, while the Vikings defense declawed the Bengals, holding them to just 178 yards offense.

Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray carries the football behind the line of scrimmage...

Latavius Murray

For the second time in three years the Vikings have clinched the NFC North title and improved to 11-3. With two games remaining, they are very much in the hunt for a first-round bye. Running back Latavius Murray ran 20 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. Jerick McKinnon had seven receptions for 114 yards, and linebacker Eric Kendricks returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown.

Marvin Lewis, the longtime (14 years) head coach at Cincinnati, matched up Sunday against Mike Zimmer in an old-fashioned teacher vs. pupil matchup. Zimmer was defensive coordinator with Lewis from 2008 to 2013 in Cincinnati before getting the job as head coach here with the Vikings.

Zimmer told his football team in July they were capable of winning the Super Bowl. No team has ever before hosted the Super Bowl and played in it as well, but it could happen. Right now the Vikings are in position, along with a few other teams like New England, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, to realistically make that happen.

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The Vikings know how good they are…

This team has done a great job all year of staying on point and being healthy mentally, supporting one another, and more importantly staying in the moment. With two games left, one at Green Bay and at home against Chicago, the Vikings know how good they are.

This team has great balance offensively and defensively and now they just need to stay the course. The Philadelphia Eagles are 12-2 and can clinch the home field advantage with a win this week. The Vikings are still in great position to get a first-round bye because of wins over both Los Angeles and New Orleans.

 

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 Dec. 15th-17th

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The Winter sports teams in the Twin Cities are in full swing, which means that there’s plenty for Eric and Larry to chat about as they take a short sprint up the road.  They broadcast this week’s episode from the Target Center in Minneapolis.  Of course, they’ll look at the Wolves during this lengthy homestand.  That includes a conversation with Fox Sports North analyst Jim Peterson about the team’s early trajectory.  The Vikings are still looking to grab that NFC North title.  The Wild seem to be skating on smoother ice these days.  Plus, a former Twins hurler gets ready to be immortalized in bronze.

Wolves Crown the Kings on Thursday

Segment 1: The Timberwolves hosted Sacramento on Thursday and turned out to be quite rude to their guests. The guys dig deep into the Wolves’ win over the Kings.  And could the man team fans always refer to as “The Franchise” actually end up buying the franchise?

 

Vikings Rearin’ to Celebrate

Segment 2: The Vikings couldn’t wrap up the NFC North title last week, but they’ll get another chance to do so this week when they host Cincinnati.  Is this the last run for Mike Zimmer’s former boss, Marvin Lewis, in the Queen City?  What do the Vikes need to do to get over last week’s loss at Carolina?

 

Sports Figures Caught Up in Allegations

Segment 3: More sexual harassment allegations rocked the entertainment industry this week, and some of that focus was in the world of sports.  Our hosts explain why the NFL Network and ESPN are in the headlines.  Later, does the return of Aaron Rodgers mean realistic playoff hopes for the Packers?

 

L.A. Football’s Sunny Outlook & Jack’s Hall Call

Segment 4: Is the latest “NFL in L.A.” experiment starting to find its footing?  The guys describe how the Rams and Chargers are playing winning football in SoCal.  Plus, Jack Morris finally gets his nod for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Three-Man Weave: FSN Analyst Jim Peterson Talks Hoops with GDG

Segment 5: The conversation turns back to the Timberwolves as FSN broadcaster Jim Peterson joins the hosts for a few questions?  How has the team (and the league) accepted the present wave of technological input?  Should there be concern over minutes for the starters?  And why have the Wolves struggled against the Eastern Conference?

 

Wild Starting to Find Some Wins

Segment 6: The Wild were also in action on Thursday.  They extended their winning streak to four games with a shutout win over Toronto.  Has the team finally found their groove?  Then, we hear the latest thoughts on Lavar Ball, along with potential concerns over the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.

 

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Panthers humble Vikings!

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By Larry Fitzgerald
December 13, 2017
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Nobody said it would be easy. Remember, only the 1972 Miami Dolphins finished 17-0.

You would think the world came to an end in the state of Minnesota after Carolina beat the Vikings Sunday 31-24, ending their eight-game winning streak and five-game road win streak.

The Panthers scored a season-high 31 points and ran for 216 yards in winning at home in Charlotte. Yes, the stakes are high when you’re trying to become the first team in NFL history to host and play in a home Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

The Panthers sacked Vikings quarterback Case Keenum six times; the Vikings had not allowed more than two sacks all season. The Vikings committed two costly turnovers and dropped several passes. They also missed several tackles on defense, missed a field goal, and had a touchdown reversed by an official.

Minnesota Vikings offensive line protects QB Case Keenum

The Vikings O-Line is a key to their success….

It happens — it’s the reality of winning and losing. Nobody wins them all. The Vikings are now 10-3 with three games remaining: Sunday at home against Cincinnati at 12 noon, at Green Bay December 24, and home against Chicago December 31.

The Vikings still have the second-best record in the NFL at 10-3, and if they can hold that position for three more weeks they will win the NFC North and host a divisional round playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings now have the same record as New England, the defending Super Bowl Champions.

It’s not easy trying to win your first-ever Super Bowl, so come down off that cliff. It’s not over. Grab your pom poms and get behind your team.

Remember, six teams qualify for the playoffs from each conference based on best record. The Eagles (11-2), Vikings (10-3), Saints (9-4) and Rams (9-4) all lead their respective divisions. Also with a chance at two wild-card spots are the Panthers (9-4), Seahawks (8-5), Falcons (8-5), Packers (7-6), Lions (7-6) and Cardinals (6-7).

 

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 Dec. 8th-10th

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The freeze has finally settled over the Upper Midwest.  But that hasn’t effected all the hot takes that the sports world provide.  Eric mans the Downtown Minneapolis studio this week, while Larry takes to the road.  They come together to praise the Vikings, who don’t just lead the NFC North…they lead the entire NFC.  What’s to come during this week’s road trip to Carolina?  Are we seeing a return to an NFL that some would deem too violent?  The College Football Playoff committee shut out a certain conference from its national semifinals.  Also, the Ball family stirs up more controversy, we find out where not working can get you paid, and a Heisman curse could be a thing.  And GDG’s own Tom Tuttle joins in to talk about concussions in football and the struggles of the Wild.

Sky-High Purple

Segment 1: Going into this weekend, the Vikings are on top of the NFC.  How did they get there?  Can they stay there?  Our hosts dive into the team’s latest victory as they shut down the prolific Atlanta offense.  After that, what lies ahead when the Purple travel to Charlotte on Sunday for the second half of their NFC South tour?

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Vikings OL Joe Berger clears some space for RB Latavius Murray

 

Crossing the Line of Violent Overload?

Segment 2: Any fan of football knows that the sport is violent, but did Monday’s game between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati take it to an absurd level?  The fellas react to this penalty-marred contest.  They also take some time to discuss Rob Gronkowski’s post-whistle hit that got him suspended.  And how important would a win be for the Vikings as they try and capture the NFC North crown?

 

Not Having a Ball & Good Money If You Can Get It

Segment 3: The Ball family offers up more headlines as middle son LiAngelo has left the UCLA basketball team.  The guys offer their take on Lavar’s latest move.  Then, forget about being a college football coach.  The money couldn’t be better for a fired college football coach.  We hear about some ridiculous numbers when it comes to coaching contract buyouts.

 

GDG’s Tom Tuttle Looks Into the Plight of Concussions in Football

Segment 4: With more hard hits taking the spotlight this past weekend, the talk of concussions and CTE continues to churn in NFL circles.  GDG’s CFO Tom Tuttle took to our website to chronicle this topic earlier in the week.  He takes to the airwaves for further discussion on the issue.  Will the sport of football change to address this issue?

 

Which Way Will the Wild Wobble?

Segment 5: Eric and Tom give a few more minutes to the issue of concussions, including a sad story involving former college/NFL running back and TV broadcaster host Mike Adamle.  Then, the Wild are still trying to find their footing during this NHL season.  What’s going wrong over at the X?  And former Wild winger Marian Gaborik is still plugging along in the league.

 

Big Ten Out, Big Money In, & Heisman Hangovers?

Segment 6: The College Football Playoff is set.  Do Eric and Larry think that the committee got it right by leaving the Big Ten out of the running?  Roger Goodell gets some major coin to stay on as NFL Commissioner.  And the Heisman Trophy will be handed out on Saturday night.  Is the winner of that prestigious award blessed or cursed when it comes to future NFL success?

 

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Vikings win eighth straight

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By Larry Fitzgerald
December 6, 2017
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Apparently the Vikings were just testing the waters in 2016. Starting 5-0 the first year of U.S. Bank Stadium, the team went through a lot. Losing both Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson to injury and Mike Zimmer having several eye surgeries; the team missed the playoffs.

After going 11-5 in 2015 and losing that heartbreaker 10-9 to Seattle in the playoffs, General Manager Rick Spielman stayed the course, throwing huge contracts at defensive stars. Pro Bowlers Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen and Xaxier Rhodes garnered over $100 million in guaranteed money.

Joseph has locked down the middle of the Vikings defense. Griffen leads the NFL in sacks and has been defensive player of the month. Rhode’s is a physical shut-down cornerback. To contain Atlanta’s Julio Jones to two catches and 24 yards, after he went for 253 yards and two TDs the week prior, is impressive.

This organization has scars from a history of close calls. Head Coach Mike Zimmer has made the tough decisions, shaking up his coaching staff while guiding the Vikings through all the misadventures.

In 2016, it was ‘no excuses.’ Then the 8-8 season. After the injuries, and Norv Turner’s abrupt exit mid-season, this team came back in 2017 refocused on getting back in the title chase.

After beating defending NFC Champion Atlanta 14-9 at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the Vikings, with four weeks remaining in the regular season, have the NFC’s ticket to Super Bowl LII in their grasp. With eight wins in a row, now the longest string of wins in the NFL, Minnesota is tied with Philadelphia (10-2) for the best record in the NFC.

Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum prepares to unload a pass downfield

Case Keenum enjoyed a career day against Atlanta….

Quarterback Case Keenum, the NFC offensive player of the month, was 20-25 for 227 yards and two touchdowns, out-dueling Matt Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP. The Vikings win streak is the longest since 1998 when Dennis Green led the team to 15-1 and eight straight wins. The last time a Vikings team was 10-2 was 2009 when Brad Childress was head coach. That team started 10-1, had Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, and eventually lost the NFC title game at New Orleans in overtime.

This Vikings team has won five straight road games for the first time since 1974. This week the Vikings travel to Carolina to play the 8-4 Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton in pursuit of their ninth straight win. To think this team has lost starters Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook and not blinked is remarkable. It speaks to leadership, mental toughness, and a unit committed to each other.

With so many teams winning consistently in 2017, there’s no time to look back: New England (10-2), Vikings (10-2), Pittsburgh (10-2), New Orleans (9-3), Los Angeles (9-3), Carolina (8-4) and Seattle (8-4). It’s December — winning is paramount. This is a true team… strong in all areas.

 

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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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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A Frozen Anniversary & Pink May Be Their Color

Segment 6: It’s pretty appropriate that this cold snap comes along on the 50th anniversary of the most famous cold-weather NFL game ever.  Eric and Larry, Sr. reminisce on the Ice Bowl.  Then, not everything will be happy-go-lucky come New Years’ Day.  The guys discuss coaches that get the axe on the Monday after the regular season.

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Football’s Life Lessons from Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.

Segment 5: Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. takes a little more time to cover a few topics regarding the sport which will soon sport his bust in its Hall of Fame.  What playoff team is best equipped to make a Super Bowl run?  Is the NFL starting on a downturn regarding fan interest?  Does he let his kids play the game?  And how many countries has he traveled to?

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Talkin’ to the Fitz: Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. Appears on the Program

Segment 4: The family is finally together!  Larry, Sr. is out in the Desert Southwest to see his son.  So, why not have both legends on the show at the same time.  Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. makes a special appearance to talk with his father and Eric about his approach to playing football and leading an honorable life off the field.

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As we approach the beginning of a new year, it’s important to takes stock in the close-knit nature of the “fam”.  Eric and Larry are miles apart this week (Eric’s in Downtown Minneapolis, while Larry’s in Phoenix), but the “fam” feeling is always present.  The GDG fam gets together, as Tom Tuttle joins the program to chat about the life of Dick Enberg and the newest class of Gopher football recruits.  And Larry gets in touch with more fam.  Arizona Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. brings his love and knowledge of the game to the program.  Sit back and enjoy the “fam” reunion as we roll out of 2017 and into the New Year.

Vikings Hoping To Give Postseason Cold Shoulders

Segment 1: It’s downright frigid in the Upper Midwest.  But could the Vikings be red hot at the right time of the season?  The guys look into the Purple’s regular season finale against Chicago.  How important is home field advantage for the team during the playoffs?  And which postseason-bound teams are our hosts watching?

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The Honorable Alan Page Gets Us Ready for the Big Event

Segment 6: As we close in of the event known as Super Bowl LII, you might be looking for something to pass the time prior to the big game.  Why not let an NFL Hall of Fame member and former MN Supreme Court Justice help you out?  The Honorable Alan Page tells us about a special exhibit he’s putting together, as well as his recollections of playing in that same event.