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SPORTS NUGGETS: It’s time for the Minnesota Twins to jump into the free agent pool

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By Eric Nelson
October 11, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the North Star State…..

•Time to Commit: This is a critical off-season for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins arrow is pointing up and they have a young core of talent with building block players such as Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Jose Berrios. However, the Twins are not yet a polished product. They need another starting pitcher (preferably an ace) and have to improve their bullpen. Now is the time for owner Jim Pohlad to go all in and do whatever is necessary to make the team better..

•Upgrades Available: Historically the Twins do not chase marquis free agents. It is not in their DNA and there is no guarantee that forking out huge dough for someone will translate into post-season success. But, it is an avenue teams can use to get better, and it’s time the Twins travel down that road. Jake Arrieta (Chicago Cubs) and Yu Darvish (LA Dodgers) are the pitching plums on this year’s free agent market. Both will want multi-year deals for approximately $20-25 million per season. Both also can instantly become an ace in a rotation and sell tickets. It’s time for Minnesota to take the free agent plunge and sign an Arrieta or Darvish – the potential rewards outweigh the possible risk. Go for it Twins, the future is now…

•Closing Time: Another option is for Minnesota to pursue a lights out closer. The Twins could go after Wade Davis – who has been a key cog in the Cubs success. Davis’s price tag would not be as high as a Darvish or Arrieta, but he would bolster the Twins bullpen…

•Casualty List: With star players such as JJ Wattt, Odell Beckham Jr. and Travis Kelce all suffering major injuries this week, it’s another harsh reminder that pro football is a risky business. It’s also another reason why players should demand guaranteed salaries when negotiating the next collective bargaining agreement. Despite NFL efforts to make the game safer, players continue to go down like bowling pins…

•Hypocrisy: Too bad President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence aren’t as focused on getting guns off the streets as they are on NFL athletes who take a knee. According to CNN, it cost taxpayers 250k for Pence to fly Air Force Two from Las Vegas to Indianapolis then to Los Angeles on Sunday. In a staged stunt, Pence showed up for the San Francisco-Indianapolis game, then left early because some 49ers did not stand for the star spangled banner…

•Just Asking: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says any Dallas player who does not stand for the national anthem will be benched. The Cowboys next game is October 22 against San Francisco in Santa Clara, CA. If the entire team takes a knee, will Dallas forfeit the game..?

•Evergreen State Success: In this week’s AP college football top 25, Washington is ranked fifth and Washington State is eighth. According to the Seattle Times it’s just the third time the Huskies and Cougars have been in the top 10 simultaneously. This year’s Apple Cup game between Washington State and Washington is November 25 in Seattle, and could have playoff repercussions…

•Signature Win: Btw, that’s the same Washington State team that Minnesota knocked off in the 2016 Holiday Bowl. Despite that impressive outing, HC Tracy Claeys was kicked to the curb by the current Gopher regime who did not want him in Dinkytown…

•Soccer Honor: Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino is the MLS Player of the Week. Molino scored a goal and had an assist in Minn U’s 3-2 comeback win last week against Atlanta United in Georgia. Molino has seven goals and a career-high nine assists this season…

•Trending Up: This season’s WNBA playoffs drew an average of 9,596 spectators per game, the most since 2010 (10,822). The WNBA Finals between Los Angeles and Minnesota on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 was the third most-watched Finals ever, averaging 559,000 viewers for the five-game series…

•Knight Time: Former Indiana coaching legend Bob Knight was in St. Paul last weekend for a Nike coaching clinic at the University of St. Thomas. Tommies HC John Tauer, Iowa State’s Steve Prohm and ex-NBA coach Mike Fratello were also at the clinic…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: The Minnesota Vikings are getting plenty of northern exposure this month

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By Eric Nelson
October 4, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of Trix...

•Northern Exposure: The Minnesota Vikings are smack dab in the middle of a three-game October run against NFC North opponents. It began last week with a 14-7 loss to Detroit, continues Monday night in Chicago, and finishes up October 15 in Minneapolis against Green Bay. This is a crucial stretch for the Purple, who can ill afford to go 1-2 or 0-3 against their division rivals…

•Diggs Route: Vikings’ WR Stefan Diggs has become an explosive player who gains yards in chunks and has a knack for making tough catches in traffic. This season Diggs has 22 receptions, an NFL-best 391 yards receiving and four touchdowns…

•Saluting Ahmad: Ahmad Rashad was inducted into the ring of honor at halftime of the Lions-Vikings game, something that was long overdue. Rashad was an impact wideout with Minnesota from 1976-81 and was a key cog in the Purple’s offense…

•Fantastic Finish: Rashad played in one Super Bowl and four Pro Bowls for Minnesota. His pinnacle moment came in December 1980 against Cleveland in Bloomington, MN. Rashad caught a last second desperation heave from quarterback Tommy Kramer as the Vikings stunned the Browns 28-23 to win the NFC Central Division title. The play is now known as “The Miracle at the Met…”

•Philly West: According to the LA Times, there were so many Eagles fans at Sunday’s Philadelphia-LA Chargers game in Carson, CA, that Philly players had to quiet the crowd when QB Carson Wentz was calling signals. A total of 25,374 showed up to the StubHub Center and most wore green jerseys…

•Tough Transition: The Chargers should cut their losses, hop on I-5 south and return to San Diego where they belong. Not only is LA ignoring the Chargers, but they are off to an 0-4 start – which does nothing to garner attention or interest in sports-saturated So Cal. The Chargers have also been on the short side of three squeaker games – losing by three to Denver, two to Miami and two to Philadelphia…

•KC Masterpiece: Rookie RB Kareem Hunt might be Kansas City’s most exciting player since Dante Hall – who was known as the “The Human Joystick.” Hunt leads the NFL with 502 yards rushing, has 157 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Hunt is a major reason why KC is a perfect 4-0…

•Waffle Kings: Hard to believe the Minnesota Twins have not given manager Paul Molitor a contract extension yet. What are Derek Falvey and Thad Levine waiting for? Molly took the Twins to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Enough said. Bring him back and give him a raise…

•Playoff Bonanza: Even though the Twins got bounced from the wild card game by the NY Yankees on Tuesday night, this is a great week to be a Minnesota sports fan. It’s not often when two Twin Cities teams are in the post-season at the exact same time. From Twins-Yankees to Sparks-Lynx, there were plenty of high stakes games to focus on…

•Sayonara Soccer: Minnesota United’s final regular season home match is Saturday against Sporting KC at TCF Bank Stadium. Minn U won 3-2 against Atlanta United on Tuesday and has 35 points this season. The Loons finish up on the road against Los Angeles on October 15 and San Jose on October 22…

•Crowd Count: Minn U is averaging 20,380 fans per match this year – 10th best in MLS. Atlanta United is the top-draw in the league with a per match average of 46,956, followed by Seattle (43,298) and Toronto (27,634)…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: The Minnesota Twins have a trio of outfield talent

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By Eric Nelson
September 1, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Minneapple...

•Talented Threesome: There are many reasons why the Minnesota Twins are making a splash this season and three of them are in the outfield. LF Eddie Rosario (25 years old), CF Byron Buxton(23) and RF Max Kepler (24) are young, athletic and have plenty of upside. They can hit, catch, throw and run…

•Gap Coverage: Minnesota pitchers clearly benefit from having this trio roam the outfield. Rosario, Buxton and Kepler cover lots of ground. They routinely run down potential extra base hits in the gaps, or race in to catch would be bloop singles…

•Flashbacks: The Twins have not had an outfield this good since the “Soul Patrol” of Shannon Stewart, Torii Hunter and Jaque Jones, who played together from 2003-2005…

•Playoffs?: Apparently Twins Territory is not aware that their team has a legitimate chance of making MLB’s post-season. Target Field attendance for Tuesday’s Chicago White Sox-Minnesota game was just 20,530. On Wednesday the crowd was 21,172. Thursday’s match up drew 21,288…..

•Bidding Time: The Twins are doing their part to aid Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas. The Twins are holding a relief auction that runs through September 2. Items to bid on include, autographed cleats from Buxton, Kepler, Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano

•Giving Back: Minnesota United is also doing good things in the charity department. The Loons are hosting a back-to-school drive on September 9 before their match with the Philadelphia Union at TCF Bank Stadium. Supplies collected will be donated to St. Paul Public Schools – the district where Minn U’s future home, Allianz Field is being built. Fans who donate receive a buy-one-get-one ticket offer that can be used at the box office on the day of the Philadelphia match, or for either of the team’s last two games on September 23 against FC Dallas, or on October 7 against Sporting Kansas City…

•Raw Deal: There is plenty of hype surrounding new U of M football coach PJ Fleck – who could turn out to be a good hire. Of course, wins and losses will be the judge of that. That said, I believe Tracy Claeys did not get a fair shake from the Gophers and actually did a good job as HC…

•Claeys Data: For the record Claeys was 2-0 in bowl games and his Gophers were 9-4 last season. Minnesota’s Holiday Bowl win against Washington State in December was a signature win. Fleck is stepping into a good situation in Dinkytown. The cupboard is not bare and Claeys deserves credit for that…

•Fab Five: My top five NFL venues are … 1. Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. 2. Lambeau Field, Green Bay. 3. CenturyLink Field, Seattle. 4. LA Coliseum. 5. Hard Rock Stadium, Miami…

•Shield Cathedrals: Arrowhead has incredible tailgating, cool architecture and fabulous gameday energy. Lambeau oozes history and is an NFL mecca. CenturyLink has a unique look, fantastic views of the Seattle skyline and is home base to Seahawk fans who shatter the sound barrier on a weekly basis. The Coliseum is an LA landmark that has plenty of tradition. Hard Rock’s new canopy protects fans from Miami monsoons and shields them from scorching South Florida heat, yet exposes the players to the elements…

•Stadium Criteria: Deciding on the top five stadiums was a challenge. There are plenty of fabulous facilities on the NFL map such as Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati), FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland), Heinz Field (Pittsburgh) and Levi’s Stadium (San Francisco). The only easy decisions were eliminating domes or retractable roof facilities. Blocking out the elements creates an artificial and sterile setting. Weather games usually garner huge television ratings because NFL Nation loves watching duels in the rain, ice and snow…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Washington state is an outdoor playground

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By Eric Nelson
August 9, 2017
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SEATTLE – Sports Nuggets from the Evergreen State...

•Washington wonders: When it comes to outside options Washington state is a hot spot. I found that out recently on a trip to the Pacific Northwest where I was able to see and do some very cool stuff. The combination of mountains, ocean and a cosmo setting make the Seattle metro area an outdoor playground…

•Bainbridge biking: After arriving at SeaTac International Airport, I took the Link (light rail) to downtown Seattle. From there I hopped on a ferry and floated across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island where I rented a bike and began exploring…

Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

Seattle Great Wheel

•Pedal power: Bainbridge is just a 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle – but is light years away from the hassle factor of the Emerald City. I biked Bainbridge for almost 4 1/2 hours and it was not easy. The combination of elevation gains, scorching 90 degree heat and smoky skies from British Columbia wildfires made for a strenuous ride. Fortunately I found a couple of remote beaches and cooled off in the Sound…

•Postcard-like: From the ferry, there are spectacular views of the Emerald City as the skyline, Space Needle and Seattle Wheel are visible…

•Remarkable Ranier: Another trip highlight was going to Mt. Ranier National Park. Located 73 miles southeast of Tacoma, MRNP is a spectacular site. Rising 14,410 feet above sea level, the mountain is the highest peak in the Cascade Range and is an active volcano…

•Photogenic: Mt. Ranier is a photographers fantasy. There are Kodak moments every where you look. My friend Dave Treloar and I hiked a small part of the Wonderland Trail – a 93 mile loop that circles the mountain through forests and subalpine meadows. After a grueling 45 minute up-hill incline through a picturesque forest, we finally reached a ridge where the breeze was cooling and the sight of snow-capped Mt. Ranier was stunning…

Mt. Ranier's snow-capped peak

Scenic Mt. Ranier – Washington, USA

•Icy peak: Despite the heat, Mt. Ranier still has plenty of snow. There are also 25 glaciers on the mountain which is a true Washington jewel…

•Mountain climb: According to the park newspaper, approximately 10,000 people try to climb Mt. Ranier every year – but only half get to the summit…

•Twins connection I: Because Mt. Ranier is close to the Seattle-Tacoma metro area, we were able to see the Memphis Redbirds play the Tacoma Raniers in Triple-A action a couple hours after we got off the mountain. At the game I discovered that Tom Kelly – who managed the Minnesota Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991 – is in the Tacoma baseball Hall of Fame thanks to minor league success he had in that city…

•Twins connection II: Former Twins IF Denny Hocking is Tacoma’s third base coach…

•Love affair: Another takeaway from the visit is that the Seattle Seahawks continue to be incredibly popular in the Pacific Northwest. The Seahawks logo is visible all over the region and Seattle’s fan base – known as the 12’s – even have their own banners and flags…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Minnesota United fans bring passion to the pitch

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By Eric Nelson
August 2, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS -Sports Nuggets from the Land of Loons...

•Soccer Fanatics: I spent part of last week’s DC United-Minnesota United match sitting near the Dark Clouds at TCF Bank Stadium. The Clouds are a vocal group of fans who sit in the east end of TCFBS. They are constantly chanting, cheering, waving flags and twirling towels. They bring passion to the pitch…

•Euro-Centric: The Clouds are involved from start to finish and other fans feed off their energy. They provide a European feel to MLS games in Minnesota. Occasionally they even light flares or set off smoke bombs…

•Slump Buster: Minn U snapped a five-game winless streak with a 4-0 win over DC United before 20,146 at TCFBS. Christian Ramirez put an end to the Loons 358 minute scoreless drought with a goal seven minutes into the first half. Ramirez has 11 goals this season, tied for fifth most in MLS. Minn U hosts Seattle this Saturday, capping off a five-game home stand. The Sounders are the reigning MLS champs…

•Pitch Palace: Construction of Minnesota’ United’s new soccer specific stadium is in high gear. Allianz Field will cost $200 million and be located in St. Paul next to I-94 and the light rail green line. The open air, natural grass facility will be the new signature of the Midway and should become a hot spot…

•Arena Comparisons: The Minnesota Timberwolves will have a much better Target Center to play in this season, thanks to an extensive renovation. The price tag is $150 million which sounds like a lot, but pales in comparison to the $564 million Seattle is pumping into the renovation of Key Arena, and the $500 million cost of the Milwaukee Bucks new venue which opens in 2018…

•Cool Look I: One renovated venue that looks spectacular is Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. After a $500 million upgrade, the futuristic, open-air facility is cutting edge with a canopy that protects fans from Miami monsoons and scorching South Florida heat…

•Cool Look II: The more I see Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, the more I like it. The stadium (capacity 33,422) looks like a mini-CenturyLink Field in Seattle. IGF is the home stadium of the CFL Blue Bombers…

•Quitting Time: Good to see that the Minnesota Twins have given up on the season with two months to play. Trading All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler to the Washington Nationals for Single A pitcher Tyler Watson sends the wrong message to your fan base and players in the clubhouse…

•Twins Trademark: Of course, trading proven talent for prospects is the Minnesota way. Yes, the Twins (51-54) are slumping and 6 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, and 4 out of the final wild card spot. But, that doesn’t mean it’s time to quit. Hard to blame Twins fans for being skeptical about the organization’s commitment to winning…

•Penny Wise-Dollar Foolish: Don’t the Twins realize that if they ever acquired someone like Yu Darvish or Sonny Gray, fans would sprint to Target Field to buy tickets..?

•Buyer’s Market: On the bright side, tickets for Twins games in August and September should be very cheap…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Minnesota is no longer the North Pole of the NBA

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By Eric Nelson
July 25, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS -Sports Nuggets from Timberwolves Nation...

•Trade Demand: Kyrie Irving has had enough of Cleveland. The superstar PG is tired of being solar eclipsed by LeBron James and wants to leave the King’s galaxy. Irving’s goal is to force a trade to one of four teams – Miami, Minnesota, New York or San Antonio…

•Hot Spot: By simply listing the Timberwolves as one of his fab four, Irving gives the franchise legitimacy. Apparently Minnesota is no longer the North Pole of the NBA…

•Butler Bounce: Of course, the T-Wolves can thank Jimmy Butler for this perception change. Once Minnesota acquired Butler from Chicago, the Wolves got instant street cred…

•Young Talent: In the last seven days the Minnesota Twins have gone up against two of the most prolific rookies in recent MLB history. Last week the Twins faced Aaron Judge and the NY Yankees in a three-game series in Minneapolis. This week it’s phenom Cody Bellinger as the Twins and LA Dodgers play three in So Cal…

•Dodger Dinger: On Monday night the Twins found out just how good Bellinger is. Bellinger slugged a three-run home run in the 9th inning to give LA a 6-4 win. Bellinger has 28 taters and 67 RBI this season..

•Fun is Good: The St. Paul Saints continue to be one of the best sports bargains in the Twin Cities. Scenic CHS Field is a gem, the ball club is highly successful (34-27 and 1 game behind Winnipeg in the AA North) and the goofy, in-game shtick is comical. The Saints hallmark is baseball mixed with entertainment and they pull that off that better than anyone…

•Lowertown Boom: This is year three for the Saints at CHS. They are part of the reason why Lowertown St. Paul is now a hip spot. There are cool parks and trendy restaurants near CHS and a good vibe in the area…

•Oh Maya: Not many athletes have a trophy case with more hardware than Minnesota Lynx G Maya Moore. On Saturday Moore collected another trophy after being named MVP of the WNBA All-Star game in Seattle. Moore scored 23 points to lead the West to a 130-121 win over the East. It’s the second straight season Moore has been ASG MVP…

•Vanishing Act: There are plenty of things to focus on as the Minnesota Vikings begin training camp this week in Mankato. One focal point is second year WR Laquon Treadwell – who had just one catch last season. Treadwell was persona non grata as a rookie and the Vikings need to get much more from their 2016 first round draft choice…

•Done Deal: Even though this is just the start of training camp for all 32 NFL teams, one thing is certain – New England will win the AFC East. The Patriots have won eight straight East titles and 14 since 2001…

•Name Game: Golden Valley, MN-based Allianz Insurance Company has acquired naming rights for Minnesota United’s future stadium in St. Paul. Allianz Field becomes the 1st Allianz-sponsored stadium in North America and 8th in eight countries on four continents. The soccer specific venue opens in 2019 and will cost $200 million. Capacity is 19,400…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: The X Games is X-treme fun

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By Eric Nelson
July 18, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Sota sauna..

•Xtreme Fun: I had a chance to see the X Games on Sunday in Minneapolis and was impressed by the product. There was a cool vibe inside US Bank Stadium and the athletes on skateboards, BMX bikes and motocross cycles put on a spectacular show…

•Airborne: The final event of the X Games was punctuated by Colby Raha, who took gold in the Moto X quarter pipe. Raha can elevate better than Michael Jordan and thrilled the crowd with gravity-defying stunts. Three times Raha raced his 250 pound motorcycle up a steep ramp and soared into the air reaching heights equivalent to the upper deck of USBS…

US Bank Stadium interior - July 2017

US Bank Stadium plays host to the X Games – July 2017

•Sealed Up: The only caveat to the entire experience was being stuck inside a dome on a gorgeous July day. Temps outside were in the mid-80’s, but inside the Glass House it was air conditioned and sterile. The pivoting doors on the west side of USBS were even closed – which absolutely made no sense. Opening the doors would have at least brought in some natural air to part of the venue…

•The Sequel: If you didn’t go to the X games, or couldn’t get enough of the event, there is good news. The 2018 X Games are also in Minneapolis…

•Flashback: The Minnesota Twins will salute their 1987 World Series title team this weekend when they host the Detroit Tigers. Many of the ’87 Twins alumni are scheduled to appear…

•Major Legal: NY Yankees star Aaron Judge is a perfect fit for MLB’s all-time legal name team. Others include David Justice, Vance Law and Matt Lawton

•Power Ball: We all know about Judge’s prolific power at the plate (he leads MLB with 30 home runs), but the guy has a bazooka too. Judge threw out Minnesota’s Brian Dozier at home plate in Monday’s game with a one-hop strike from right field…

•Vanishing Breed: New Twins P Bartolo Colon is the last active MLB player to play with the Montreal Expos. Colon – who is in his 20th season – pitched for the Expos in 2002…

•Goodbye ‘Kato: The Vikings long-time marriage with Minnesota State is coming to an end. Next season the Purple will move training camp to the brand new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan, MN. That means this will be the 52nd and final year for Vikings camp in Mankato…

•No Surprise: The decision to leave Mankato is hardly shocking. Once the Vikings began building their state-of-the-art facility in Eagan, their days of camping in Kato were numbered…

•Soccer-Centric: Blaine, MN is the center of the soccer universe this week as the annual USA Cup is being played at the National Sports Center. The tournament began in 1985 with 69 teams but has ballooned to a global event. This year there are 1,168 clubs from 15 nations, 5 Canadian provinces and 15 US states…

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SPORTS NUGGETS: Northern exposure is great, but the Minnesota Gophers need to go north in the Big Ten West

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By Eric Nelson
July 12, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of Post-It Notes…..

•Northern Exposure: U of M football coach PJ Fleck is trying to change things up at TCF Bank Stadium. Fleck wants the Gophers to switch from the southern sideline to the northern sideline. That’s great, but I will be more impressed if Minnesota starts going north in the Big Ten West standings…

•Doubling Up: All this sideline chatter conjures up memories of Milwaukee’s County Stadium and Met Stadium in Bloomington, MN. Green Bay occasionally played in Milwaukee and the Met was Minnesota’s original home. The bench areas for both teams at those venues were on the same side of the field…

•Name Change: Now that the U of M hockey team will be playing at 3M Arena it is time to clear up some rumors. The Gophers don’t have to use Scotch tape on their hockey sticks and HC Don Lucia does not have to draw up plays on Post-It Notes…

•Maiden Voyage: The state of Florida is used to hosting major sporting events. There have been 10 Super Bowls in Miami, four in Tampa and one in Jacksonville. There have been countless NCAA bowl games, PGA Tour stops and the annual Daytona 500. However, Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Miami was the first mid-summer classic ever played in Florida. Hard to believe considering that Florida has two MLB teams – Miami and Tampa Bay – and that 15 teams flock there every year for spring training…

•Good Show: Even though it’s just an exhibition, the MLB All-Star game still has juice. Compared to the NBA, NFL and NHL, MLB’s star show is actually worth watching…

•Candy Man: Now that Aaron Judge is the next NY Yankee superstar, does that mean he will get a candy bar named after him like Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson..?

•Standing Tall: Right now the only thing in NYC larger than Judge is the 104 story One World Trade Center…

•Ivy Costs: According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are selling approximately 2,016 pieces of ivy that fell from the Wrigley Field outfield wall after the 2016 World Series championship season. The tab is $200 per leaf, plus $15 shipping and handling…

•One and Done: Based on the way the Cubs are playing in 2017, pedaling ivy won’t be an option next year. Chicago is 43-45 and 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central…

•Soccer Signing: Minnesota United has inked 22-year old midfielder Sam Nicholson to a contract. Nicholson played the last four years with Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership League…

•Cool Look: The more I see the Minnesota Timberwolves new logo, the more I like it. The “Aurora green” north star mixed with the “lake blue” basketball is a creative concept…

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Gameday Gold Radio – July 28, 2017 – s.4

Several Stories From the Local Headlines

Segment 4: MN United’s new stadium won’t be ready for a while, but it’s name will be waiting.  We hear about the sponsor’s name that will be shown on the building.  Will the PGA Tour get an annual stop in the Twin Cities?  A legendary area coach and Basketball Hall of Fame member passes  away.  And the Lynx continue to run through their WNBA schedule.

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Gameday Gold Radio – March 10, 2017 – s.1

For as many options as we have available on the Twin Cities sports scene, this might be as varied a sports weekend as we’ve seen in the area for quite a while.  Eric and Larry take a moment to set the table from the Downtown Minneapolis studio.  A new league makes its Twin Cities debut as MN United play their first MLS game on home turf.  The Vikings look to make a splash in a new NFL year.  The Timberwolves are in the hunt for a Playoff spot, but didn’t get to play a game this week due to unusual conditions (Trailblazers TV broadcaster Lamar Hurd explained the situation).  And the Gopher look to continue their success in the postseason (Richard Pitino and Nate Mason talk about how they can achieve that).

Welcome to the Pitch

Segment 1: There’s a lot going on, sports-wise, in the Twin Cities.  However, there’s only one weekend event that requires a first.  Eric and Larry discuss the MLS home debut for MN United.  What should we expect from their Sunday tilt with fellow MLS expansion franchise Atlanta FC?

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Gameday Gold Radio – December 9, 2016 – s.6

More Talk on the Week’s Sports Headlines

Segment 6: What will come of the dust-up caused by the proposal that MN United has to host exhibition matches at U.S. Bank Stadium?  How will the Wild keep their recent points streak going?  How hot is the MLB Hot Stove right now?  The fellas answer all of those questions and more to close out the show.