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Wild Better Get Going…

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By Scott Taylor

January 26, 2018
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After the Minnesota Wild were whipped 6-3 in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t hide his frustration.

Boudreau was clearly disappointed in his team and during his televised post-game news conference, he made no excuses for a game in which his Wild fell behind 6-0 and scored three late goals to make the score look closer than it was.

In fact, the Wild was outshot 39-23 by the defending Stanley Cup champions and at no time was actually in the game.

Boudreau knew it, too.

“We got killed,” the coach said bluntly. “We got outplayed in every facet of the game. When you score three goals late it makes it look a little bit better. They stopped playing a little and we got some breaks and scored three goals, but when they turned it on, we had no answer for them.”

With Thursday night’s loss, the Wild fell to 26-18-5 this season. Minnesota has 33 games remaining on the schedule and, obviously, they still have a chance to make the playoffs. They are currently 10th in the West, but have the same number of points as eighth-place Colorado, although the Avs have one game in hand.

But that was hardly the point for Boudreau on Thursday night. This Minnesota team that plays so well at Xcel Energy Center (17-4-4) is not very good on the road and Boudreau is worried about it.

He’s also worried about the fact his team was horrendous on Thursday night in one of the toughest NHL buildings in which to play. 

“It was obvious that we didn’t bring our work boots,” said Boudreau with a glare. “I was hoping to get out of the (first) period 1-0 and was happy to get out of the period 2-0 quite frankly. But it didn’t manifest into anything because they got four and then six.”

So what was the problem? And what did he tell his team between periods?

“You gotta have some pride in this game,” he said. “No matter what.

“That’s the same thing I said in between periods. We might not win this game, but you gotta get back to the way you’re supposed to play. The basics. They (Pittsburgh) were having odd-man rushes of four-on-two, three-on-two almost every shift. When you get into those bad habits it’s really difficult to get out of them and we haven’t had those bad habits in a while. But I said to them, ‘Just play with pride. It’s 6-0 now, but just start doing things right and it might work out that it makes it better for the next game.’”

Someone in the scrum asked the coach about “bad bounces.” It was cringe worthy question, but to Boudreau’s credit, he answered forthrightly and without taking offense.

“Good bounces come to teams that outwork other teams,” he said calmly. “In reality it’s all about work. If you really outwork the other team you’ll get good bounces. If you don’t work, it’s “Oh, crap we got bad bounces.’ Then it’s ‘Woe is me. We got bad bounces,’ We got ‘em because we weren’t outworking them.”

With 33 games to play, the Wild play 16 games at home and 17 on the road. The Wild is 9-14-1 on the road, one of the worst road records in the NHL. Especially among teams that still have a shot at the playoffs. Boudreau knows that the remainder of the season is no walk in the park.

“Considering we got more road games than home games we better turn it around quickly,” he said. “We better find the reason it’s not happening or we’ll be on the outside looking in. We’re one of the best teams at home and we’re one of the worst teams on the road. We want to keep the home thing what it is, but we’ve gotta get the road thing turned around. We’ve got some tough road buildings to go to and we can’t afford to play like this.”

The Wild were awful on Thursday. As Boudreau pointed out, there are no excuses for that type of play.

The All-Star break starts today. The Wild don’t play again until next Tuesday night when they face the Blue Jackets in Columbus. It’s another road game. Another important road game.

The Wild will have four days to think about how stinky they were heading into the break. Bruce Boudreau hopes that loss to Pittsburgh will register. If it doesn’t, the final 10 weeks of hockey in St. Paul won’t be a lot of fun.

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Wild Still in the Hunt to Start 2018

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By Scott Taylor

Photos by James Carey Lauder

January 3, 2018
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Don’t worry, be happy. That should probably be the motto of the Minnesota Wild as they head into the 2018 portion of the 2017-18 National Hockey League schedule.

On Tuesday night, the Wild got two goals from Eric Staal and two more from Matt Cullen, three assists from Jared Spurgeon and 25 saves from Devan Dubnyk as they whipped the visiting Florida Panthers 5-1.

It left the Wild with a record of 21-16-3, eight points behind first-place Winnipeg in the Central Division and one point behind the Anaheim Ducks for the final Wild Card spot in the West.

It’s not a terrible place to be with 42 games remaining. It’s not great, by any stretch, but the Wild are certainly in the hunt.

But at some point, the Wild have to turn a win like Tuesday’s into a streak. One win here or there won’t be the answer to the big playoff question. If the Wild intend to be playing in late April, the time has come to string a few wins together.

To be fair, the Wild are now 10-1-1 in their last 12 home games and that’s quite impressive. Considering that the Wild play six of their next eight at home including a match up against the struggling Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, the Wild could get right back into the Central Division hunt during the next two weeks. With Zach Parise back in the lineup and Dubnyk playing with more confidence, the Wild are in a good position to make some noise.

Eric Staal certainly isn’t concerned. On Tuesday, the 33-year-old veteran scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season against the Panthers and with 35 points is on the first page of scoring leaders in the NHL (32nd).

Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal gathers his momentum to go toward the puck

Eric Staal leads the Wild in the scoring.

“It’s been fun since the moment I signed here,” said Staal on Tuesday night. “It’s a really good group of guys. We’re also a confident group right now. We just have to keep this confidence going as long as we can.”

And really, that’s what it’s about at this stage. The NHL’s December dog days (deep freeze if you prefer) are now over, and hockey old-timers will tell you that now is the time when good teams start to get their game faces on. The playoff run becomes urgent. Half the season is over, and now the contenders must show that they aren’t pretenders.

That means Dubnyk has to play like he did against Florida on Tuesday for most of the rest of the season. The defensive group has to carry on the way Suter, (often-healthy-scratch) Olofsson, Dumba, Brodin, Prosser and Spurgeon did against the Panthers. Up front, Parise is back, Staal is the team’s leading scorer and Jason Zucker is a star. No question the Wild need to get more out of Nino Neiderreiter (when he’s healthy), Mikko Koivu, and Charlie Coyle down the stretch, but then again, now is the time for all hands to be on deck every single night.

This is a different Wild club than the one that made the playoffs last year – for the fifth straight year – but it’s still a team that has shown, thus far, that it can compete with teams like Winnipeg, Nashville, St. Louis and the upstart Vegas Golden Knights. With Parise back, the Wild looked as good as they have all season on Tuesday night.

“I thought Zach was good for his first game,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau after Tuesday’s win. “He did all the right things and played within himself and could have had a couple, too. That’s the way we were last year when Zach was in the lineup. He was good and we were pretty good.”

It’s not the best Wild team ever, but if it can build on its confidence with Parise back, who knows what could happen? After all, love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Wild are certainly still in the hunt.

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The Wild Aren’t Perfect but Still in the Hunt

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December 10, 2017
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Jason Zucker has remained red-hot,Devan Dubnyk is doing just enough and the Minnesota Wild defense is playing just well-enough to hold off the opposition.

The Minnesota Wild don’t look like anything close to a Stanley Cup contender, but coming off a 3-2 overtime win against the Ducks in Anaheim, the Wild are in the hunt in the West.

And that’s big news because two weeks ago, they were heading in the other direction.

On Friday night, the Wild beat the Ducks on an OT goal by defenseman Matthew Dumba at the 3:43 mark of overtime as the Wild played a pretty nice road game.

Minnesota Wild Defenseman Matthew Dumba

Matt Dumba is becoming “Mr. Overtime” for the Wild…

For Dumba, it was a bit of déjà vu. Last Saturday, in a 2-1 OT win over the St. Louis Blues, Dumba did the same thing. He’s becoming Mr. Overtime, and his goal-scoring skill – or luck, doesn’t matter – couldn’t have come at a better time.

There is little doubt this Wild team is struggling. At 14-11-3, the Wild slipped out of Friday’s action with 31 points, good enough for 10th in the West. It left them two points behind the first Wild Card qualifier (16-12-1 Dallas) and two behind the No. 2 qualifier (14-11-4 Vancouver).

But it’s only early December and the Wild are still in the hunt. It’s kind of silly to be talking playoff positions with 50-plus games remaining, but the Wild could be Edmonton, Arizona or Colorado and already wondering what they’ll have to do to get back in the race – if there is anything they actually can do.

The Wild aren’t great, but they’re fine. And for December, that’s OK.

There was a time this season when 12-of-20 Wild players were not on the team at playoff time last spring. This team – for different reasons – allowed Jason Pominville, Erik Haula, Marco Scandella, Jordan Schroeder and Christian Folin to leave. That’s a lot to lose. Pominville had 13 goals and 47 points last season while Haula had 15 goals and has played well in Las Vegas. Zach Parise hasn’t been part of the club all season. They brought in Kyle Quincey, who was a bust. The aging 41-year-old Matt Cullen has been a bad fit. Daniel Winnik has two goals and nine points in 28 games. Tyler Ennis has five goals and eight points in 28 games and plays about eight minutes a night.

The Wild is not a particularly fast team. It is not a consistent team. Its leadership isn’t where it should be. It hasn’t received the goaltending it has in the past two years because the defensive unit isn’t as good as it should be. Head coach Bruce Boudreau is apparently losing sleep.

But despite all the problems, the Wild is a long way from out of the playoff conversation. Zucker scored his team-leading 14th of the season on Friday night, and in the last 16 games, he has 13 points. Zucker has 24 points in 28 games this season, and while he won’t replace Parise every night, he has stepped up and kept his team in the argument.

In 22 games this season, goaltender Devan Dubnyk is 12-8-0-2 with a 2.73 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk positions himself for an incoming shot on goal...

Dubnyk and the Wild “D” need confidence to succeed…

He’s not close to the goalie who saved the Wild in 2014-15 (1.78 GAA with a .936 save percentage), but he was good on Friday (stopping 26 of 28 shots) and while Alex Stalock is a decent backup, Dubnyk will be the guy who will make or break the defensive numbers on this club.

“To see everybody just stay with it when they get one and go to overtime and still get two points was good for us,” Dubnyk said on Friday. “That’s how we can start building good feelings.”

That’s one of the problems, of course. There are nights when this team just doesn’t have any confidence in itself, and putting together a consistent run won’t happen without confidence.

Still, Boudreau is convinced that his group can turn the season around. 

“We’ve still got a shot at winning the week, and our goal every week is to just win the week,” Boudreau said. “If you keep winning the weeks, then eventually you’re going to find yourself in the playoffs.

“Starting tomorrow (Sunday night in San Jose) we’ve got five games in eight nights. It’s going to be tough. We’re certainly going to need both of our goaltenders in this stretch. So at some point, Alex is going to play whether it’s Sunday or whether it’s against Calgary (Tuesday) or against whomever.

“We have a chance to make something good happen in the next eight nights. We going to need everybody playing well, and we’ll need good goaltending. But we have a chance to make something if we can win this coming week.”

The Minnesota Wild is not a Stanley Cup contender. But the club is also far from being eliminated. A good week against San Jose, Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton and Chicago will mean that the Wild could be a force by the New Year.

And who would have expected that?

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Wheeler Named NHL’s Weekly Best

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December 4, 2017
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WINNIPEG — Winnipeg Jets captain and native Minnesotan, Blake Wheeler, had himself quite a week. So did his team.

Wheeler’s stretch was so good, in fact, that on Monday, the 31-year-old winger from Plymouth, Minnesota, was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending December 3.

Wheeler had two goals and 10 points in four games last week, and he led the Jets to a 3-0-1 record. Winnipeg is now 17-6-4, first in the Central, first in the West and tied with Tampa for first overall.

Wheeler now leads the NHL in assists with 28 and is fourth in the league in scoring with 35 points.

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Blake Wheeler leads the first place Winnipeg Jets

Wheeler scored a goal and added a pair of assists in a 7-4 win against the Minnesota Wild on November 27. He didn’t score in a 3-2 OT loss in Colorado, but he had three assists in Winnipeg’s 7-4 win over Vegas on December 1. He then finished the week with a goal and three more assists in a slick 5-0 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

After the Sunday game, he paid tribute to his power-play linemates.

“Mark Scheifele and Patty Laine are two of the best right-shots in the world and they’re on the same power play,” said Wheeler, after being informed that he now led the NHL in assists. “Yeah, it (the league-lead in assists) showed on the board and guys started saying stuff. But that’s not what I’m trying to do, to be honest with you. I’m trying to play how we’re trying to play every single night. Play hard, play fast every single night. It’s December, we’re not slapping ourselves on the back. I think where we’re at right now is that we’re excited with where our team is at. It’s the best we’ve done since we’ve been back in Winnipeg and we’re excited about that.”

This is the second time in his career that Wheeler has been selected in the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week. He was the Second Star for the week ending Feb. 20, 2012. That was way back in his first full season with the Jets.

The last Winnipeg player to be named to the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week was Nikolaj Ehlers, who was First Star earlier this season for the week ending Oct. 16, 2017.

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

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

Not the Wild’s Best Hopes to Start

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

 

Vikings Go Back to See the Queen

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

 

Wolves Whimpering Start

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

 

World Series Bringing the Drama

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

 

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

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

 

Gophers Try to Take Floyd Back

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

 

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Blaine’s Hendricks Signs One-Year Deal with Jets

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September 1, 2017
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A National Hockey League team located about seven hours by car north of the Twin Cities has decided that Minnesota hockey players make the best leaders.

In fact the three players considered to be the “leaders” of the Winnipeg Jets are Minnesotans – captain Blake Wheeler from Plymouth, defensive star Dustin Byfuglien from Roseau and now, highly-regarded penalty killer Matt Hendricks from Blaine.

This week, the Jets agreed to terms with the 36-year-old veteran Hendricks on a one-year deal worth $700,000.

Hendricks Tweeted: “Very happy to be joining the @NHL Jets organization. Can’t wait to meet the guys and get the season off to a good start!”

Hendricks spent the last four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. Last year, he had four goals and seven points in 42 games and for the second straight season he led the Oilers in the faceoff circle, winning 132-of-232 draws (56.9 per cent).

photo courtesy: Edmonton Oilers

Hendricks, a left-handed shooting centerman, has also been a staple on the Oilers penalty kill. In fact, he is among the Top 25 NHL forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice during the last five seasons.

He has played 521 career NHL games with Colorado, Washington, Nashville, and Edmonton and has totaled 49 goals and 100 points with 664 penalty minutes and a career faceoff percentage of 53.9 per cent.

Hendricks, who is 6-foot, 205 pounds, was drafted by the Predators in the fifth round (131st overall) in the 2000 NHL Draft. He’s the son of an American Marine and a Swedish mother. He and his wife Kimberly have five-year-old twins, son Gunnar and daughter Lennon.

He represented the United States at the World Championships in 2015.

He has been called, “a great team player,” and “an outstanding leader.” In Winnipeg, that would describe all three Minnesota players.

 

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GDG rundown for the weekend of July 14th-16th (a.k.a. X-Games Weekend 2017)

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This week, we get a chance to breathe with much of the Sports buzz slowing to a whisper.  But there’s still stuff to talk about, and our hosts don’t take breaks.  Eric and Larry are back in the Downtown Minneapolis studio to chat about the MLB All-Star Game and baseball at the break.  And that’s not all they get to discuss.  There’s the cashflow of the NBA offseason, the best baseball stadiums around, and naming rights for a college hockey arena.  And they’re joined by GDG’s Scott Taylor, who gets to chat up some CFL, NHL, and the impacts of arbitration.

MLB Showcases Fun in the Sun

Segment 1: Major League Baseball celebrated the game this week, holding the 88th annual All-Star Game in Miami.  How did the American League’s victory square up this game’s history?  Then, Eric and Larry reminisce on the influence of Latin ballplayers, including former Twins legend and MLB Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

 

Baseball’s Best and the Game’s Popularity Struggles

Segment 2: At baseball’s break, the L.A. Dodgers and the Houston Astros are the talk of the sport.  Are these teams destined to meet in the World Series?  After that, is the lack of a clock hurting baseball in this modern age of gadgets and shorter attention spans?

 

The Best Views and the Stars Shine Bright

Segment 3: With our minds on baseball, why not look at the favorite ballparks around the nation.  The fellas discuss one list of the best in the U.S., then explain their feelings for certain venues.  And the annual ESPYs took place on Wednesday.  We hear about some of the winners from the most glamorous night in Sports.

 

GDG’s Scott Taylor Offers Some Maple Leaf Love

Segment 4: Football may not be going on in the States, but it has started north of the border.  GDG’s Scott Taylor checks in from this week’s matchup between the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  He talks with the guys about the popularity of the CFL and its comparison to the NHL.  Plus, can Canadian son Andrew Wiggins be on the verge of leading a great team?  And what might the impacts be of Mikael Granlund’s arbitration case?

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Toronto Argonauts

Winnipeg vs Toronto Argonauts during CFL action in Winnipeg on Thursday, July,13,2017. (Photo Credit Jeff Miller)

 

When Business and Sports Collide

Segment 5: Eric and Larry piggyback off of the arbitration discussion that Scott Taylor brought up.  What happens when egos this big clash over dollars?  Then, could Carmelo Anthony help Houston create another “superteam”?

 

The Name’s the Thing

Segment 6: There’s something new about the Gopher hockey team.  Our hosts talk about the new name and sponsorship of Mariucci Arena.  Sticking with the U of M, can P.J. Fleck find an advantage over at TCF Bank Stadium?  Plus, we hear about the Mayweather-McGregor hype tour and the U.S. Women’s Open crossing paths with President Trump.

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GDG rundown for the weekend of July 7th-9th

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The baseball season is reaching its intermission.  Before that, Eric and Larry get out to the ballpark to take in a game.  They broadcast this week’s program from Target Field, just moments after the weekend series opener between the Twins and Orioles.  The guys dive headfirst into the Twinkies and their ability to hang around the top of the division.  They also get an outside perspective from Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer.  Along with talk about the Great American Pasttime, we’ll also hear some chatter on the Timberwolves’ offseason, a trip to a PGA Tour course, and a “get-back” win for the Lynx.

One Last Lunge Into the Break

Segment 1: The Twins will complete their final homestand before the All-Star Break, and they’ll still be in the hunt for a postseason spot.  But what does the first-half parity mean across MLB?  Plus, the fellas look back at the Midsummer Classic that changed everything.

 

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Major League Baseball in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

A Welcome Sight at Target Field

Segment 2: A local legend made it back to the Twin Cities this week.  Eric and Larry discuss Rod Carew’s return to Target Field for the first time since receiving a heart transplant.  After that, Larry tells us about the vacation he took to West Virginia’s famed Greenbrier Resort (home to this week’s PGA Greenbrier Classic).

 

Central Surprises…Good & Bad

Segment 3: The Twins aren’t the only Upper Midwest team turning heads this season.  Our hosts peek toward the shores of Lake Michigan, where the Milwaukee Brewers are the surprise leaders in the NL Central.  But the question in that division…what’s happened to the defending champion Cubs?

 

NBA Wheeling and Dealing in Full Effect

Segment 4: After the guys give their thoughts on Miami hosting the All-Star Game, they turn to the NBA.  Have the Timberwolves acquitted themselves well with the additions they’ve made to the roster (Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson)?  And they’re not the only team making moves in the Association.

 

Coming Up Aces: GDG Chats with Hall of Fame Pitcher Jim Palmer

Segment 5: The Baltimore Orioles are making their lone trip to Minneapolis this weekend.  It didn’t start very well as they lost the series opener on Thursday.  But why have the O’s struggled after a hot start?  The guys find out when they chat with color analyst and MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer.  What are his impressions of the surprising Twins?

 

A WNBA Showdown in St. Paul

Segment 6: The Lynx made a statement, and got a touch of revenge, by beating defending WNBA champ Los Angeles on Thursday.  Will this bode well for the rest of the regular season…and beyond?

 

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GDG rundown for the weekend of June 30th – July 2nd

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The Timberwolves did some big-time shopping last week, ending up with one heck of a deal.  And what better place to find whatever you need than the Mall of America?  That’s where Eric and Larry were for Jimmy Butler’s introductory press conference.  They break down the impact that the trade could have on the roster.  Tom Thibodeau helps us understand the inner workings of the deal, while columnist Joe Cowley explains reaction surrounding Butler’s former team, the Chicago Bulls.  And former Viking Leo Lewis gives us a look at the effect of high school sports on a community.

Let’s Go to the Mall

Segment 1: The Mall of America was the center of hoops hope on Thursday, with the Timberwolves officially introducing Jimmy Butler to their roster.  The guys took in the event and pontificated on whether fandom hope can turn into playoff appearances.

Jimmy Butler at Mall of America June 29, 2017

Timberwolves welcome Jimmy Butler at Mall of America

The Next Move for the Wolves

Segment 2: So, now that the Wolves have their big-name veteran on the roster, what’s next?  The fellas discuss what the rest of the offseason may hold.  And how did the Wild fare over their draft weekend?

Leo Lewis Takes His Love of Athletics to the Classroom

Segment 3: Former Viking Leo Lewis is now bringing his leadership prowess to the next generation.  The current A.D. at Minneapolis North H.S. discusses his efforts to put an emphasis on community, education, and athletics.

Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times Describes the Other Side

Segment 4: We know how the Twin Cities is receiving the Jimmy Butler trade.  But what about Chicago?  Sun-Times columnist Joe Cowley looks at whether the Bulls made a smart decision and whether they have a defined direction.

A Victorious Reunion?  Tom Thibodeau Breaks Down the Butler Trade

Segment 5: If you want to know the how, what, and why of the Draft night trade for Jimmy Butler, why not talk with one of the men behind it.  We hear those answers from Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau.  Plus, where does this leave the team in the pecking order of the chaotic Western Conference?

Keeping Up, Kicking Into Gear, and Kombucha Tea

Segment 6: The Twins are trying to stick around in the AL Central race.  Eric and Larry get a sense of where the team is as they wrap up a long road trip.  The first Vegas NHL roster is coming into focus.  Then, more controversy is following new Vikings WR Michael Floyd.

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GDG rundown for the weekend of June 23rd-25th

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This weekend is a dream come true for kids realizing the dream of becoming a professional athlete.  Some day, a couple of kids may become the next Eric and Larry.  For now, though, let’s enjoy them broadcasting from the Downtown Minneapolis studio.  They look into the present (Twins fall out of first) and future (Wolves draft includes trading for Jimmy Butler; NHL gets ready for their Vegas experiment) of sports.  They also get perspective on the MLB season from Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims.

Wolves Snap Up an All-Star on Draft Night

Segment 1: The Timberwolves made waves before they even got involved the NBA Draft.  The fellas look at the team’s draft-night trade for Chicago star Jimmy Butler.  Does this turn the young, dynamic duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins into Minnesota’s version of a “Big Three”?

 

Twins Take a Step Back

Segment 2: The AL Central has stayed tight, with the Twins now in a position they haven’t experienced since mid-May…chasing.  The guys look at another head-scratching homestand for the team.  Can they stay in the chase for the postseason…or the division?

 

Can’t Take the Heat?  Try a Little Ice.

Segment 3: We know it gets hot in the American Southwest, but even this week has been ridiculous.  Eric and Larry discuss the record-setting heat wave across (and beyond) the Desert.  Then, are the Vegas Golden Knights going to be good for the NHL?

 

More Draft Night Repercussions

Segment 4: Our hosts circle back to the Thursday night trade between the Timberwolves and the Bulls.  Did Chicago do better than people may think after getting Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn?  And have things turned upside-down for pro hoops in L.A.?

 

Seattle Sensation: Dave Sims Chats with GDG 

Segment 5: Dave Sims has one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting.  He was in town this week as the Mariners visited the Twins.  He sat down with Larry to talk about the effort to get more African-Americans into the sports. Plus, what’s it like seeing one of the best MLB teams in the Houston Astros?

 

Some of the Sports World’s Not-So-Stellar Moments 

Segment 6: The guys go through some controversial stories in this segment, including Yasiel Puig’s latest dustup and the potential pitfalls from drinking Kombucha tea.

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Gameday Gold Radio – February 15, 2018 – s.4

Space Needle Hockey?  GDG’s Scott Taylor Talks Expansion
Segment 4: The NBA is in its All-Star Break, so the NHL gets to show its stuff over the weekend.  And the league could be on the cusp of growing.  Our resident hockey expert, Scott Taylor, joins the program to answer whether Seattle is primed to become the league’s 32nd franchise.  If that happens, can that organization be as good as quickly as Vegas?
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Gameday Gold Radio – December 8, 2017 – s.5

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.

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Gameday Gold Radio – November 3, 2017 – s.1

In the middle of all the football, a wild World Series broke out.  Always willing to cover the absurd world of sports, Eric and Larry are in the Downtown Minneapolis studio, ready to bring you this week’s program.  The Timberwolves are also in the news, riding a four-game winning streak into the weekend.  But is everything rainbows and gumdrops for the young Wolves?  The Vikings are riding high into their bye week.  Where do they stand midway through the season?  The Gophers look to grab a trophy against Michigan.  A young NFL star puts a spotlight on the rash of brutal injuries in the sports.  And, of course, we have to hear reaction to the World Series.  That’s provided by GDG’s own Tom Tuttle and USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale.
The Wolves Respond to a Bad Stretch
Segment 1: The Timberwolves appear to be finding their way after a staggering against Indiana and Detroit.  But are there downsides to this winning streak?  Eric and Larry look into the good and the bad of the recent stretch.  And when was the last time the a Wolves team started off this well.
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Gameday Gold Radio – October 26, 2017 – s.1

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

Not the Wild’s Best Hopes to Start

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