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GDG rundown for the weekend of July 28th-30th

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With everything going on in the world of sports, here comes the NFL.  Eric and Larry are ready for the added weight, as they bring us all of the headlines from the Downtown Minneapolis studio.  There’s a ton to cover this week, including the rumors of Kyrie Irving as a Wolves player, the Twins’ slide down the standings, the Dodgers’ NL dominance, the Vikings starting up Training Camp, and more.  We get more insight on the Purple’s last trip to Mankato when legendary Viking Chuck Foreman joins the program.

Are the Wolves Becoming a “Destination” Team?

Segment 1: So, why would All-Star and NBA champion Kyrie Irving have Minnesota on his short list on teams to be traded to?  Eric and Larry have their thoughts on whether the Cavs’ point guard might actually move to the Twin Cities.

 

Purple Pride Spends One More Year in Mankato

Segment 2: NFL football is getting back on the field, with Training Camps opening up all over the country.  The guys look in on the Vikings as they rev it up in Mankato.  Which Purple defender got a bigger paycheck going into camp?  And what are the keys that could help the team return to the postseason?

 

Twins Run Into a Freight Train in L.A.

Segment 3: The Twins have held up through the season, but the floor is sliding out from under them.  The fellas recap the Twins getting swept in Los Angeles.  How impressive are the MLB-best Dodgers?  We hear about every aspect of the organization (from the team to the atmosphere).

 

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.

 

Former Viking Chuck Foreman Talks Mankato Memories and Team Expectations

Segment 5: As we near the beginning of the NFL Preseason, the Vikings are about to close a chapter in their storied history.  A key member of that history, running back Chuck Foreman, joins the program to discuss the charm of Training Camp in Mankato and his thoughts on the 2017 product.

 

A Bizarre End for the Champion Golfer of the Year

Segment 6: Did anyone see what happened late on Sunday in the Open Championship?  Our hosts relive the incredible finish to the third PGA major of the year.  After that, is coaching diversity lacking across parts of the Big Ten (including here in Minnesota)?

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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.

 

Target Field - Minneapolis, MN

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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Larry Fitzgerald, Sr.

The Ryder Cup is back on US soil

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By Larry Fitzgerald
October 5, 2016
GAMEDAY GOLD

The USA finished the task and secured the 41st Ryder Cup at historic Hazeltine National convincingly 17-11 over Europe. For 20 years the United States has bitten the bullet, losing eight of 10, six of the last seven, and three in row.

Ryder Cups calls for special measures. Indeed! U.S. captain Davis Love III, a task force, and team sports psychologist Bob Rotella together were part of the two- year plan, and they all worked carefully with each player and their unique personalities and egos. Apparently it worked.

It also helped to play well and have as vice-captains Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods, Tom Lehman and Steve Stricker. Bam! USA! USA! It also took the largest and most voice-tress crowds in Ryder Cup history, over 50,000 fans each day, some of whom crossed the line of sportsmanship and international goodwill.

The 2016 USA Ryder Cup Team raises the trophy

Pure Gold!

European players were subjected to much harsh, dirty American heckling and over-the-barrier taunting. The PGA of America on Sunday, in an unprecedented measure, issued a public zero-tolerance warning for vulgar or profane language directed at players.

Great entertainment and over-consumption of alcohol by some led to over-the-top behavior. On Saturday morning, foursome fans started singing the national anthem in a frenzy during the Patrick Reed-Jordan Spieth match with Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello. Spieth and Reed had their hands over their hearts and a four-hole lead at the time. The irritated Europeans Garcia-Rafa and Bello responded and rallied to square the match.

The hungry, talented Americans started fast on Friday morning, going 4-0 in the four matches. In 12 previous Ryder Cups when the U.S. team led 4-0 after the morning matches, the U.S. had gone on to win the Cup. The last time it happened the late Arnold Palmer was team captain in 1975.

Make that 13-0 now even though the Europeans rallied in the morning and afternoon Saturday matches to tie at 6½ to 6½. The U.S. team led 9½ to 6½ going into Sunday, the 12 singles matches needing just five points to capture the Ryder Cup.

Reed was the United States star; he electrified the crowds; he is 6-1-2 in his career in the Ryder Cup. He led the Americans, going 3-1-1 this week, securing 3½ points and beating Fed-Ex Cup Champion Rory McIlroy Sunday in a great match. They traded punches over 18 holes throwing birdies at each other.

But it was the last U.S. player selected to the team, Davis Love’s captain’s pick Ryan Moore, who rallied to clinch the Ryder Cup, beating Lee Westwood of Europe. “To be able to contribute that last point, it was huge,” said Moore. “It was tough. I thank Davis Love so much for giving me the opportunity. I wanted to be here to do what I could do. I love match play, the environment. I felt like I could help get them some points.”

It was truly a team effort. Every player on the 12-man team contributed at least one point to secure the victory. Veteran Phil Mickelson, who sparked change, played well in his 11th Ryder Cup. Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka were both 3-0. Sunday’s victory was the largest margin of victory for a U.S. team since 1981, when a Dave Marr-captained American team won 18½ to 9½ in England.

“I’m just proud of these guys,” U.S. captain Davis Love III said. “They had a lot of pressure on them for the last two years. I’ve never seen a team come together like a family like this.”

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 Ryder Cup weekend: Sept. 30th – Oct. 2nd

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It just feels more prestigious around the Twin Cities this week.  That’s what happens when one of the biggest events on the sports calendar makes a stop here in the Upper Midwest.  Eric and Larry may be in the Downtown Minneapolis studio to broadcast this week’s program, but their discussion mainly focuses on the suburb of Chaska, which is hosting the 41st Ryder Cup through Sunday.  The chatter centers heavily on the buzz surrounding Hazeltine.  From the event’s financial impact, to the differences between Team USA and Team Europe, to Tiger Woods’ quiet presence, our hosts cover it all.  They also look back on the life of “The King”, Arnold Palmer.  And baseball is gearing up for its big Playoff run.  USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale looks at the end of the regular season, including the shocking and sudden death of Jose Fernandez.

Goodnight Champs and Good Morning, Hazeltine

Segment 1: The guys start this week’s show off on a tangent.  The defending World Series champs won’t have a chance to defend their title.  How did the Kansas City Royals miss out on the MLB Playoffs?  Then, it’s on to the important things.  The Ryder Cup makes its stop at Chaska’s Hazeltine National Golf Club.  How big of an impact has the event already made, and what should we expect this weekend?

 

The King That Raised His Sport

Segment 2: The golf world’s mood shifted from celebratory anticipation to somber remembrance this week.  Eric and Larry give their respects to the late, great Arnold Palmer.  Then, the guys look ahead to the NEXT Ryder Cup.  Could the GDG crew be heading to Paris in 2018?

 

The Impact of the Loud Heckler and the Quiet Tiger

Segment 3: Could one American heckler have given the European Ryder Cup team another boost going into the competition?  The fellas use that to explain how this week’s visitors have continued to dominate this biennial event.  Plus, Tiger Woods isn’t playing in this Ryder Cup, but he is here for the event (as an American Vice-Captain).  How has he stayed in the background of all the media coverage?

 

A Mix of Emotions: Bob Nightengale On A Stunning Death and Some Surging Squads

Segment 4: It’s not all birdies and this week.  Major League Baseball wraps up it regular season this weekend.  However, it does so on a very somber note.  USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale joins the program to discuss the tragic death of Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez.  After that, which teams are the favorites in the upcoming postseason?

 

Bursting at the Seams: Bob Nightengale Gets Into More MLB Talk

Segment 5: A legend is leaving the mic after 67 years in the broadcast booth.  Bob Nightengale takes a couple of minutes to honor Vin Scully as he ends his announcing career.  What happened to San Francisco after the All-Star Break?  Plus, the Twins are trying to go in a different direction.  But is it the right one?

 

Football Takes a Back Seat…For One Week

Segment 6: There is still football going on.  (Who would’ve thought we’d say that?!?)  The guys look at both college and pro pigskin.  What impact did Monday’s Presidential Debate have on a more noted Monday night tradition?  How big is the Wisconsin-Michigan game on Saturday?  Can the Gophers start Big Ten play on a winning note?  And will the Vikings continue their victorious momentum against the Giants this coming Monday?

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Larry Fitzgerald, Sr.

The Ryder Cup rides into the Twin Cities

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By Larry Fitzgerald
September 29, 2016
GAMEDAY GOLD

This is not the Super Bowl, but it’s close. The 2016 Ryder Cup is the biennial contest between American and European teams in the 41st annual event. Davis Love III is the U.S. captain, while Darren Clarke is the European captain.

Clarke has played on five winning Ryder Cup teams and recorded a 10-7-3 record. Love has played on six Ryder Cup teams and has a 9-12-5 record. Love has been a captain before, in 2012; that year the U.S. team blew a four-point lead.

Five members of Team USA's Ryder Cup team seated behind a press table

Team USA meets the press

This is the first time that Minnesota has ever hosted the Ryder Cup, a golf competition between the best of the United States and Great Britain/Ireland, which began in 1927. These 24 golfers, 12 on each team, will go head-to-head in match play pairings over three days at Hazeltine National.

Hazeltine is a world-class golf club venue in Chaska, Minnesota and last hosted Major championships in 2002 and 2009 when the PGA championships were held there.

It’s about time for an American victory in this event. The matches were one-sided for much of the first part of the 20th century with the United States winning 22 of 25 matches between 1927 and 1983.

However, Europe has won eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups and three in a row heading to Hazeltine. It’s been tough — only one victory by the United States this century. This year’s American team is loaded with talent and is a perennial favorite, which lends itself to the most predictable upset in sports.

The issue has always been that the Ryder Cup seems to mean more to the European players than it does to the multi-millionaire Americans. With the sudden passing of golfing icon Arnold Palmer at age 87, we can’t know what impact his death will have on the USA team and their motivation to win the Cup on U.S. soil.

The U.S. team members are Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Brook Koepka, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, Matt Kuchar, and Ryan Moore fresh from his runner-up finish in the Tour Championship, the final captain’s pick.

The Ryder Cup will have a $135 million estimated economic impact in Minnesota. There will be an estimated 250,000 attendees coming in this week for the event. Nearly 80 percent of the visitors are national and international visitors coming from outside of Minnesota.

As many as 500 million households from 160 countries and territories around the globe are expected to tune in on NBC. Rory McIlroy just won the Tour Championship and the Fed-Ex Cup title, so he comes in as the hottest golfer in the world. The matches take place over three days, starting Friday, September 30 and ending Sunday, October 2.

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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Gameday Gold Radio – August 4, 2017 – s.1

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities.  That’s the case for not one, but both of our hosts this week.  Larry rubs shoulders with NFL royalty as he covers the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH.  Meanwhile, Eric heads to the Pacific Northwest for a change of scenery.  And GDG’s Tom Tuttle brings a Minnesota flavor to the program.  There’s a lot of talk about the NFL, Vikings Training Camp, the Twins slow fade, and some personnel changes on the PGA Tour.

Only A Matter of Time

Segment 1: The NFL Preseason is underway.  Our guys look into some of the headlines as the pigskins start to fly.  Will Colin Kaepernick find a job?  What should we expect from the Vikings?