Posts

audio logo

GDG rundown for the weekend of Jan. 12th-14th

Print this entry

@GamedayGold

 

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.

 

Print this entry

Thomas U. Tuttle

Vikings Playoffs: New Orleans Saints Loom

Print this entry

by Thomas U. Tuttle

 

The Minnesota Vikings play a Big One Sunday, against the New Orleans Saints, a formidable opponent that just won a Big One last week over Can Newton’s Carolina Panthers. It’s playoff football time, and every contest is potentially one and done, now or never, etc…

The Saints are led by Drew Brees, and the old Purdue Boilermaker (class of 2000, winner of Super Bowl XLIV) seems better than ever, leading a confident, improved team that believes it’s ready to avenge an early season 29-19 loss in Minneapolis.

Remember Sam Bradford setting the completion percentage record a year ago, breaking the mark held by Drew Brees? Brees broke that one again this year to reclaim the top spot in the category.

New Orleans is supremely confident after the workmanlike victory over the Panthers, and why not? They are firing on all cylinders with a developed running game featuring Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, both of whom have good hands and know how to carry the ball after the catch.

The Saints beat the Panthers for the third time last weekend, a feat said to be difficult to accomplish in one season. The Vikings need to win a second consecutive battle with New Orleans, a manageable proposition if that vaunted, league-leading Purple defense comes out firing and pressures Brees from the get-go.

I’m not the only person who wonders how the tough and tenacious 5 – 10 QB almost always gets the ball off despite a ferocious rush by large defenders, averaging 6-4 in height, closing in with their arms extended.

Much taller men in his position seem to take more of a beating and have more balls batted down than he does, and Brees tends to consistently put the ball on the spot while moving.

It’s not usually one play, or one moment that decides a football game, or so they say. For many in the coaching profession such a cliche is a mantra, designed to deflect criticism, or scrutiny, or something…

Nah, don’t believe it. Just last week Georgia, leading by two touchdowns, was going in for a score to put the National Championship game away against Alabama. Alas, the young Bulldog QB Jake Fromm bounced a pass off the helmet of a Georgia offensive lineman into Alabama’s hands – a huge interception in the red zone!

The next sound you heard in Atlanta was the groan of despair. They knew what was coming soon… defeat, and another Alabama national title. It was just a matter of time.

I’ve been blessed to have seen many sporting events, of a wide variety. From Olympic Games to World Series to Super Bowls. Okay, maybe not as many SB’s as my running mate Eric Nelson (25 SB’s) and certainly not as many as Mr Super Bowl (over 35 and counting, including one with his son participating) Larry Fitzgerald, Sr.

But one game stands out as the toughest defeat of all time. The 1999 overtime loss to Atlanta, in the 1998-99 NFC Championship game. You remember that one, the game where the Vikings snatched defeat from the jaws of victory? Man, that was brutal.

Many people forget that Atlanta and QB Chris Chandler came out of the gate fast on that cold January day, scoring a touchdown on their first possession in a mere five plays. But then Randall Cunningham and Randy Moss, along with Robert Smith and the gang, turned up the heat on the Falcons and were trying to put the game away at the end of the first half.

Trying too hard, it turned out, with an interception just before halftime leading to an unexpected touchdown for Atlanta that seemed to shift momentum in favor of Chris Chandler and his crew.

Still, when Gary Anderson came on to kick a 38-yard field goal and put the Vikes up by 10 points with two minutes and change left in the game, the door on the Dirty Birds season would officially close. Anderson had not missed a field goal all season. The first man in NFL history to accomplish such a feat, and this was a mere chip shot for the veteran.

The snap looked good, the kicking motion smooth, the ball rotated nicely and…wide left…WIDE LEFT? It couldn’t be! The Purple faithful in the Metrodome let out a sound that I can remember hearing in the press box to this day.

A soft, lingering gasp – with a touch of forboding. AAHHHhhhhhhh…….with a little OOOHHhhhhhh….

Atlanta took the ball and scorched a suspect Vikings secondary for a touchdown pass from Chandler to Terrance Mathis with just under a minute left, then stopped the take-a-knee Purple to close out regulation time.

They stuffed the vaunted but shaken Vikings offense again in overtime, and marched to solid field position for the game ending, Morten Anderson field goal. 30 to 27, Dirty Birds on top.

Toughest. Loss. Ever.

Let’s hope this is the year a Minnesota Vikings team gives the hurt rather than receives it. And I’m not going to touch the four lost Super Bowls, because I’m not old enough to remember…right?

Print this entry

audio logo

First GDG rundown of 2018 (for the weekend of January 5th-7th)

Print this entry

@GamedayGold

 

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?

 

 

Print this entry

audio logo

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

Print this entry

@GamedayGold

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.

Print this entry

audio logo

GDG rundown for the lead-up weekend to Christmas (Dec. 22nd-24th)

Print this entry

@GamedayGold

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.

 

 

Print this entry

audio logo

GDG rundown for the weekend of Dec. 15th-17th

Print this entry

@GamedayGold

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.

 

Print this entry

audio logo

GDG rundown for the weekend of Dec. 8th-10th

Print this entry

@GamedayGold

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?

Vikings RB Latavius Murray carries the ball "off-tackle"

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?

 

Print this entry

audio logo

GDG rundown for the weekend of December 1st-3rd

Print this entry

@GamedayGold

After so many visits, is this goodbye? Eric and Larry head to the suburbs, broadcasting (for what could be the last time) from Minnesota Vikings Headquarters in Eden Prairie.  They have plenty to discuss on the Purple’s recent run to near the top of the NFC.  And we get added insight from Twin Cities broadcaster Darren “Doogie” Wolfson.  Plus, no rest for the weary as the Timberwolves, the Wild, and Gopher men’s basketball continue on.  There’s also no bowl for Gopher football.

Vikes Keep Racking Up Wins

Segment 1: The Vikings are one of the best teams in the NFL.  The guys focus on Case Keenum’s stellar play during the Purple’s seven-game winning streak.  Can the team stay red hot as they make their first of two trips to face NFC South opponents (Atlanta this Sunday).

 

High Marks for Viking Offense

Segment 2: The Vikings are now in good shape to jockey for position in the NFC playoff pecking order.  How important would it be for them to get a first-round bye in the postseason?  Then, speaking of emerging presences on the offense, we hear more more about WR Adam Thielen and RB Latavius Murray.

 

Gophers Miss the Boat on a Bowl

Segment 3: While the Vikings are basically set up for the postseason, Gopher football won’t get an extra showcase game this year.  Eric and Larry discuss the whimpering end to P.J. Fleck’s first season in Minneapolis.  After that, which teams will end up filling out the College Football Playoff bracket?

 

Area Winter Sports Roll On

Segment 4: Football isn’t the only game taking up time on the Twin Cities’ sports calendar.  The fellas look into the good start for the Timberwolves, the great start for Gopher men’s basketball, and the sputtering start for the Wild.

 

When Media Collides: Darren “Doogie” Wolfson Talks Vikings

Segment 5: Who says competing media don’t get along with each other?  Twin Cities sports broadcaster Darren “Doogie” Wolfson joins the program to take a look at the Vikings season-to-date.  Is this team in the mix to get to Super Bowl LII?  Why is Case Keenum still the week-to-week starter?  What happened to turn the offensive line around?

 

A Lot O’ Dollars & Tiger Roars Back

Segment 6: There’s a lot to get to in the last portion of the show.  The NFL puts some major money towards some charitable causes.  How can we get paid for not working (a la some college football coaching buyouts)?  Tiger Woods returns to the golf course to compete in his own event.  Plus, Maya Moore get a big accolade from a national staple.

 

Print this entry

audio logo

GDG rundown for Thanksgiving Weekend 2017 (Nov. 24-26)

Print this entry

@GamedayGold

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.

 

Little Roar Left for Lions
Segment 2: The fellas dig deeper into the Thanksgiving Day tilt between Minnesota and Detroit.  How big of a hole have the Lions dug for themselves in their playoff spot chase?  And how huge has wide receiver Adam Thielen become for the Purple?

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen backed by the Stars and Stripes at USBank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Vikings WR Adam Thielen

 

Murray is Present; Who Wants Beef for Thanksgiving?
Segment 3: Latavius Murray was brought to the Twin Cities to be a difference maker for the Vikings.  After ankle surgery and a slow start, the tailback is coming on.  Our hosts describe his emerging role in the offense.  Then, which Turkey Day beef is more juicy…Jerry Jones versus Roger Goodell, or Lavar Ball versus President Donald Trump?

 

Opposite Directions, but Equal Import for the Axe
Segment 4: This year’s Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe has a lot riding on it.  Wisconsin rolls into Minneapolis at 11-0 and in the running for a national semifinal spot.  Minnesota is still searching for that win to make them bowl eligible.  Eric and Larry discuss the importance of this game on both sidelines.  And did P.J. Fleck deserve a contract extension after a 5-6 start to his Gopher coaching career?

 

Gopher Hoops Racking Up the W’s
Segment 5: What do the guys look for in a Thanksgiving meal?  They bring up some favorites.  After that, Gopher basketball is making the preseason hype look good.  We hear about the successful start to the season, along with whether the One-and-Done rule needs to be tweaked across college hoops and the NBA.

 

Winter Pro Sports in MN Going Cold
Segment 6: The Timberwolves are struggling lately.  What’s going wrong in their recent losses (and a win or two)?  The guys give their explanations.  Plus, the Wild are trying to dig out of the early-season pit they made.  How’s that going?

Print this entry

audio logo

GDG rundown for the weekend of Nov. 17th-19th

Print this entry

@GamedayGold

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?

 

Wolves Get Past a Big Obstacle

Segment 2: The Vikings aren’t the only ticket in town on Sunday.  The fellas preview a jammed-packed day, with the Timberwolves and both Gopher hoops teams taking part.  Speaking of the Wolves, we hear about the team’s successful push after snapping a Spurs-sized losing streak against San Antonio.

 

Zero is the Wild’s Favorite Number

Segment 3: Did Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor deserve to get benched for a rookie?  The Wild were on a shutout streak heading into Thursday.  Eric and Larry take a look at the main man responsible for it.  Then, Minneapolis roads and venues are getting ready for the Super Bowl.  We’re your place to hear “Traffic on the 52s”.

 

The Winds Shaking College Football

Segment 4: The Turnover Chain is the hottest item in college football.  Our hosts take a peek at the team that brought it to light…The U.  Miami’s win over Notre Dame put the Hurricanes in the national playoff picture.  Could Wisconsin get squeezed out of the CFP, even if they go undefeated.  Plus, the Gophers are trying to get bowl eligible at Northwestern.  What are their chances for success?

 

When You Need a Playmaker: GDG Chats with Michael Irvin

Segment 5: Always candid and always entertaining, we hear from Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.  He gives his thoughts on Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., the Vikings, and his former boss’ (Jerry Jones) threat to sue the NFL and his fellow owners.

 

An International Mishap & Honors that Confuse and Astound

Segment 6: What do President Trump, the Ball family, college basketball, and shoplifting have in common?  The guys discuss this near-miss of an international incident in China.  Colin Kaepernick gets an honor from a major magazine.  A couple of Twins (A.L. Manager of the Year Paul Molitor and Platinum Glove winner Byron Buxton) get some accolades for a season’s worth of work.

Print this entry

Podcast

Gameday Gold logo

Gameday Gold Radio – January 5, 2018 – s.6

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?

Gameday Gold logo

Gameday Gold Radio – January 5, 2018 – s.1

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?

Gameday Gold logo

Gameday Gold Radio – December 29, 2017 – s.1

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?