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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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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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SPORTS NUGGETS: T’Wolves color rush is a bold look

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By Eric Nelson
December 20, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the North Star State…

 

•Bold North: The Minnesota Timberwolves unveiled their splashy new aurora green uniforms last week against the Phoenix Suns. The T’Wolves called the game Statement Saturday and the cutting edge threads generated a positive response – especially with millennials…

•Squint Zone: It was so bright inside Target Center that the T’Wolves should have given out sun glasses along with the souvenier t-shirts they gave away to the 18,109 fans who showed up…

•Color Rush: This glow in the dark look has its roots in the Pacific Northwest. The NCAA’s Oregon Ducks and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks started the trend and it’s beginning to catch on in other parts of the nation…

•Season’s Greetings: Don’t look for Green Bay fans to be in the Christmas spirit when Minnesota LB Anthony Barr shows up at Lambeau Field Saturday night. Packer Nation is still foaming at the mouth after Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers earlier this season…

•Boos Fest: Barr can expect the same type of reception Brett Favre received when he returned to Green Bay in 2009 with Minnesota. Favre was clearly not welcome and was greeted by a chorus of boos when he trotted onto the tundra…

•NFL Honors: Congrats to Barr and Vikings DE Everson Griffen – who were chosen to the Pro Bowl for the third straight season. CB Xavier Rhodes was selected for the second time and WR Adam Thielen will be making his first appearance…

•Safety Snub: Hard to believe that Minnesota S Harrison Smith did not make the NFC Pro Bowl team…

•Say What?: Last Sunday was theater of the absurd in the NFL. Did the LA Rams really pound Seattle 42-7 at CenturyLink? Did Referee Tony Corrente really take away a game winning touchdown catch from Pittsburgh TE Jesse James with 2 seconds left in the game against New England? Did referee Gene Steratore really slide an index card between a football and the chain during a crucial measurement and then give Dallas a first down against Oakland..?

•Immaculate Deception: The touchdown reversal at Heinz Field is the most controversial play in Pittsburgh since the Immaculate Reception in 1972. Of course, that one had a much better outcome for Steeler fans…

•Frustrated Fan Base: Derek Jeter’s honeymoon in South Florida lasted as long as a hiccup. After slashing Miami’s payroll by $265 million and trading star players such as Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon, the new Marlins owner is taking heat. Miami fans have seen this kind of fire sale many times before…

•New Beginning: Minnesota United open’s the MLS season on Saturday, March 3 at San Jose and the Loons first home match is Saturday, March 17 against Chicago. Minn U will play home games at TCF Bank Stadium for one more year until Allianz Field is finished…

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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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SPORTS NUGGETS: Coaching pals put their friendship on hold in this week’s Cincinnati-Minnesota game

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By Eric Nelson
December 14, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of the Pillsbury Doughboy…

 

•NFL Reunion: The friendship between Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer is on hold this week when Cincinnati plays Minnesota in Minneapolis. From 2009-2013 Zimmer was the Bengals DC under Lewis and was the architect of some outstanding Bengal defenses. Zimmer parlayed that success into his current job as the Vikings HC…

•All Business: Don’t look for Lewis and Zimmer to exchange holiday gifts or reminisce about their past in the Queen City on Sunday. They are focused on winning. Cincinnati (5-8) is on a downward spiral and desperate for some success, while Minnesota (10-3) is trying to wrap up the NFC North and garner a high playoff seed. When you are on opposite sidelines coaching different teams, friendship is not the top priority…

•Blizzard Bowl: There is nothing better than an NFL game in a snowstorm. Last week’s Indianapolis-Buffalo duel was four-wheel drive football at its best and made for great theater. New Era Field looked like a giant snow globe as the Colts and Bills plowed their way through the powder. Buffalo won 13-7 in a winter wonderland-like setting…

•NFLements: Today’s NFL has become homogeneous and sanitized because of domes and retractable roof facilities that are usually closed. Indoor football is studio football. Thankfully, there are some open air venues – such as Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Green Bay, Kansas City, New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington – where the weather can be frightful. Weather games garner high ratings and are curiosity events – especially for fans in places like Palm Springs or West Palm Beach…

•Collision Course: It’s a clash of superpowers this week in Pennsylvania as New England (10-3) plays Pittsburgh (11-2) at Heinz Field. Despite a 27-20 loss in Miami on Monday night, New England has the AFC’s second best record, while Pittsburgh has won eight straight games. The winner will likely be the top seed in the AFC playoffs…

•Shield Spin: Hey Roger Goodell! Just because you signed a lucrative 5-year contract extension to continue being the NFL’s commissioner/dictator doesn’t mean you can insult our intelligence. Claiming that Colin Kaepernick is not being blackballed is comical…

•Persona Non Grata: With quarterbacks going down like bowling pins on a weekly basis, it is baffling that Kaepernick is still unemployed. Philadelphia just lost Carson Wentz for the season and signing Kaepernick makes sense. Just like it did in Green Bay, Houston and other cities. But, it hasn’t happened. Kap has been airbrushed out of the sport…

•Overdue: Congrats to Jack Morris on being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. For Morris this is delayed gratification because he should have been inducted into the HOF a lot sooner…

•Family Affair: Minnesota United has signed midfielder Harrison Heath, who is the son of HC Adrian Heath. Heath played in one match for Atlanta United in 2017…

•Grow Up: All the haters who went rip city on skier Lindsey Vonn need to get a clue. So what if Vonn is not a fan of President Donald Trump – she is entitled to her opinion. Last time I checked this is the USA and freedom of speech is a guaranteed right…

•Dixie Delight: The Golden State Warriors were thrilled to see Doug Jones win the Alabama senate seat against Roy Moore. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, HC Steve Kerr tweeted “Roll Tide!” and “War Eagle!” — the popular chants heard at Alabama and Auburn games, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” was played at a recent Warriors’ practice…

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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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Gameday Gold Radio – December 22, 2017 – s.1

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.

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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?

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Gameday Gold Radio – December 15, 2017 – s.1

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?

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Gameday Gold Radio – November 23, 2017 – s.1

During this Thanksgiving weekend, we’ll bring some facets of life to the forefront: family, food, shopping, and sports.  Eric and Larry have you covered when it comes to the athletics part.  They broadcast from the Downtown Minneapolis studio, ready to serve a feast of Twin Cities sports to you.  The Vikings make Turkey Day a happy one.  We get a recap of their win in Detroit on Thursday.  Gopher football looks to snap out of their late-season swoon and score a big upset, a rivalry trophy, and a bowl bid in one afternoon.  Gopher basketball gets off to an impressive start.  And the Timberwolves and Wild try to stay alfoat early in the season.
Vikings Give Thanks for a Win in Detroit
Segment 1: The Vikings get their turkey and a win to boot.  The guys look into that victory in Detroit.  And will this current seven-game winning streak lead to future history?  A proclamation from one of our hosts could make it interesting.
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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?