Brandon Warne of Access Twins joins Zeke on the KDLM Sports Wrap today to talk about the Twins 3-1 loss to the Texas Rangers last night, the team's up-and-down offense, injury news, and whether or not we could see a mid-season extension with Byron Buxton.
Other topics today include the Kirill Kaprizov fight (and goals) in an OT loss to Las Vegas, Anthony Edwards scores 42 in a close loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, how extra-inning losses are skewing the Twins run differential numbers.
The Minnesota Wild won in miraculous fashion last night. Down 5-4 with 1:32 left, Kirill Kaprizov scored the equalizer then Jonas Brodin scored the game-winner 26 seconds later as the Wild stunned the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Minnesota and Las Vegas will meet for the final time (during the regular season...) tomorrow night.
The Twins bullpen was shaky last night, but was able to hold on for a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers last night. Kenta Maeda had his best start of the season, throwing eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings of work. Jorge Polanco knocked in two runs, including the insurance needed with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Twins are 11-16 and have won three of their last four games. They are still in fourth place in the AL Central by 5 games.
In the second half of the Sports Wrap, new head coach of the Detroit Lakes Laker football team Reed Hefta joins Zeke to talk about his new role with the football program, the importance of surrounding yourself with knowledgeable people, the impact he expects his team to have off the field and his thoughts on the 8AAAA realignment.
It was an up-and-down weekend for Minnesota sports. The Timberwolves coughed up a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in an OT loss to New Orleans that snapped their four-game winning streak. The Wild and Blues went down to the wire in all three games of the mini-series, losing the first two before Kevin Fiala hit the game-winner on Sunday night. The Twins won two of three over first-place Kansas City and now welcome last-place Texas to Target Field for four games, and the Vikings are getting high marks for the 2021 NFL Draft.
In the second half of the Wrap, Keith Brake of Bison 1660 joins Zeke one final time this FCS season to talk Bison football and the comeback effort that fell just short against Sam Houston State, what the quarterback position will look like in the fall, and talks about the three NDSU players drafted in the first 115 picks of the NFL Draft and what we can expect from Trey Lance, Dillon Radunz and Jabril Cox in 2021.
The Laker Baseball team swept their two-game doubleheader with Park Rapids last night 8-7 and 12-2. Things didn't go as well for the Twins in Cleveland as Alex Colome, despite being put in a different bullpen role, struggles again.
Things went VERY well for the Timberwolves. They're on their first three-game of the season after beating the Rockets in Houston for the first time in nearly 10 years. Cal Soderquist of the Timberwolves Radio Network joined Zeke on the Wrap to talk about the team's success in Utah, the winning streak, and preview tomorrow night's game against Andrew Wiggins and the Golden State Warriors.
It's a two-guest Tuesday on the Sports Wrap today! In the first half of the show, Zeke talks to Big Ten Women's Golf Champion Kate Smith about her medalist finish at the Big Ten Championship at TPC River's Bend over the weekend, her round at Augusta, and why her teammates missed their flight back to Lincoln.
In the second half of the Wrap, Kevin Falness with the Minnesota Wild Radio Network calls in to talk about the Wild clinching a playoff spot, what they need to do in the final 10 games, the impact of the Ryan Hartman extension, and whether Kirill Kaprizov's rookie season is on the same level of Randy Moss rookie season with the Vikings in 1998.
Former Laker Kate Smith is a Big Ten Champion! Smith captured medalist honors at the Big Ten Championship in Ohio after finishing the event with a score of 207. With her bogey-free final round, Smith tied the record for the lowest winning 54-hole score in the history of the Big Ten Championships. Kate will join the Sports Wrap tomorrow right around 9:35.
In other Minnesota sports news, the Twins have now dropped 11 of their past 13 games as they get ready for a three-game road series in Cleveland tonight. You can catch that game at 5:10 on KDLM tonight.
The Wild have clinched their eighth playoff appearance in the last nine seasons after a 6-3 win over San Jose on Saturday night. Calder Cup-hopeful Kirill Kaprizov has now scored a goal in five straight games to give him 22 on the season. The Wild have won seven straight games and will put that winning streak on the line against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. The Wild play the Blues three times this week.
The Utah Jazz is 26-4 at home this season...and 0-2 against the Wolves at Vivant Arena in Salt Lake City. A day before clinching the first playoff spot in the West, the Wolves came from behind to beat Utah 101-96. The Wolves are in Utah again tonight with a tip-off at 7:00.
The NDSU Bison are back in the FCS Quarterfinals for the 11th straight year after a 42-20 win over Eastern Washington. Keith Brake from Bison 1660 joins Zeke on the Wrap to talk about the come-from-behind win, the explosive freshman running back duo of Dominic Gonnella and Jalen Bussey, and previews this Sunday's game against Sam Houston.
It'll be a busy night of High School sports teams punching tickets to state. By this time tomorrow, the Boys Hockey state championship will be set. Boys and Girls basketball section championships are also happening tomorrow and Friday with a number of local teams (Fergus Falls, Perham, Mahnomen-Waubun, Pelican Rapids) ready to compete for a section championship.
Detroit Lakes boys hockey coach Ben Noah joins Zeke on the Wrap today to recap their 2020-21 season that ended early due to a COVID outbreak in the locker room. They chat about the positives of the season, highlight the graduating seniors, and talk about the off-season program and what next year's squad will look like.
In the second half of the Wrap, the play-by-play voice of the Gophers Mike Grimm sits down with newly-hired Men's basketball coach Ben Johnson.
The Detroit Lakes Wrestling team begins their quest to defend their Section 8AA title tonight in Pine River. The #3-seeded Lakers will wrestle #6 Alexandria at 5:00 (complete coverage on 102.3 KRCQ). If they beat the Cardinals, they would wrestle the winner of #2 Pine River-Backus-Pequot Lakes and #7 Fergus Falls. The other half of the bracket (#1 Thief River Falls vs #8 Sauk Center-Melrose and #4 Perham and #5 DGF) wrestle in Thief River Falls tonight. Head coach of the Lakers Rob Ullyott stopped by the studio this morning to preview the tournament and the last couple weeks of the regular season.
In the second half of the Wrap, our friend John Millea of the MSHSL calls in to talk spring sports restrictions and key dates, the impact late winter tournaments will have on the March 29th start date, and whether or not he'll ever be allowed into the gym in Sauk Centre ever again...
It's a double-guest Monday on the Sports Wrap! First, Zeke is joined by Alexis Pearson of the Bardown Beauties Podcast to talk Minnesota Wild hockey, the disappointing loss to Arizona on Sunday, and how they can bounce back against Vegas at the X tonight.
In the second half of the Wrap, Keith Brake from Bison 1660 calls in to talk about the Bison Football team getting back in the win column with a 25-0 win over Missouri State, Luke Weber winning a Big 12 Wrestling Championship, and the Men's and Women's Basketball teams advancing to tonight's Summit League Tournament semi-finals.
How about Lakers Girls Basketball right now! After last night's come-from-behind win against Section 8AAA rival Bemidji, the Lakers have won five straight games and have all but locked up the #2 seed in the Section 8AAA playoffs (They beat projected #1 seed Alexandria on February 16th...).
Other Sports Wrap Recap topics include the return of Stephen Weatherly to the Vikings locker room to add some defensive line depth, Kevin Garnett is no longer in the running to purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves from Glen Taylor, and reports say Gerson Rosas has his eyes set on Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon as a potential trade target before the March 25th deadline.
In the second half, Zeke is joined by Giles Ferrell of Zone Coverage and 10K Rinks to discuss the Wild's upcoming two-game series with Arizona, process what this team looks like with Alex Stalock now in Edmonton, and some potential pros and cons with the Zach Parise healthy scratch against Vegas on Wednesday night.
Nobody loses like Minnesota. The Twins bullpen got shelled by Boston 14-6, the Wolves lost their ninth straight game and got blown out 135-102 by Charlotte, Zach Parise was a healthy scratch in a 5-1 Wild loss to Las Vegas, and the Gophers fell to 0-10 on the road this season with their sixth straight loss.
The Lakers girls basketball team hasn't lost in a while though. They're riding a four-game winning streak and haven't lost since February 9th. Head coach Rachel Johnson joined Zeke on the Wrap today to talk about the recent COVID pause, Tuesday's win against DGF, and previews tonight's Section 8AAA matchup with the Bemidji Lumberjacks.
Busy night in Laker sports last night. The Girls Basketball returned to the floor for the first time since February 18th after their COVID pause and kept their winning streak intact, beating Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 43-36. Lakers have a huge matchup tomorrow night at home against Bemidji. That game will be on KDLM at 7:30.
Ella Hess tallied a hat trick last night as the Laker Girls Hockey team beat Prarie Center 7-0. The win gets the Lakers above .500 at 7-6. The Lakers have three regular-season games left: Friday @ Morris, then home games against Crookston and Thief River Falls next week.
The Laker Boys hockey team also won last night as they celebrated Senior Night at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena, beating Park Rapids Area 6-3. The Boys have won two of their last three to get back to an even 7-7 record. They have four games left: Crookston and Alexandria on the road, then Wadena-Deer Creek and Crookston at home.
The Boys Basketball team overcame a 13-point deficit to steal one from East Grand Forks in overtime last night. Christian Solberg tied the game with 1.9 seconds left, then DL outscored EGF in overtime 8-5 to win 74-71. Zack Oistad finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Elias Gloege finished with 11 points off the bench, including clutch free throws in overtime to help DL secure their first win since their COVID pause. The boys travel to DGF to face the Rebels tomorrow night, then have an afternoon game on Saturday against Section opponent Little Falls.
OTHER LAKER SPORTS SCORES:
Gymnastics: Detroit Lakes 135.65, Moorhead 124.45. Jerzie Horner All Around 36.675.
Swim and Dive: Bemidji 113, Detroit Lakes 46
In other big news, Kyle Rudolph was released by the Vikings yesterday. Rudolph ranks 10th in franchise history in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns...including the franchise record for most touchdowns by a tight end. Rudolph was drafted by the Vikings in 2011 and now hits free agency for the first time.
Busy day in sports today: the Twins play the Red Sox at noon, Gopher Men's Basketball has their final road game tonight and are still looking for their first win away from Williams Arena, the Wolves play their final game before the All-Star break at home against Charlotte, and the Wild can tie the Vegas Golden Knights atop the Honda West standings with a regulation win in Las Vegas tonight.
Also, Cal Soderquist from the Timberwolves Radio Network joins the Wrap today to talk about the first two weeks of Chris Finch, preview tonight's game against Charlotte, address some recent Ricky Rubio comments, and break down the first half of the season.
The Wild's winning streak ended in OT in Las Vegas last night, 5-4. The Wild are back in action tomorrow night in Vegas for another game against the Golden Knights. Alex Stalock was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers yesterday. The NCAA Women's Final Four is coming to Minneapolis in 2022. Zeke talks about the latest Richard Pitino rumors and asks why we can't keep our best HS basketball players here to play their college ball.
In the second half of the Wrap, Gophers play-by-play voice Mike Grimm joins Zeke to talk about the remaining games for the Men's and Women's basketball tournament, whether or not the Gophers can still sneak into the tournament, and preview the Big Ten Hockey Tournament coming up next week.
A lot of sports action over the weekend with the Twins, Gophers, Wild, Timberwolves, and Bison all in action. The Twins won their spring training opener 7-6 over the Boston Red Sox. The Twins are back in action this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays.
If there were fans at the X on Saturday night, it would have become an outdoor stadium. The roof would have literally blown off the place after Matt Dumba's overtime winner as time expired to beat the Kings 4-3 in OT and extend their winning streak to five games. Wild are also back in action tonight in Las Vegas.
Things didn't go so well for the Wolves and Gophers. The Wolves dropped their seventh and eighth straight games over the weekend: a 128-112 loss to Washington on Saturday and a 118-99 loss to Phoenix on Sunday. The Wolves have a couple of days off before taking on Charlotte on Wednesday (the Hornets beat 120-114 on February 12th).
The Gophers are reeling. After losing to a Northwestern squad that hadn't won a game in two months, the Gophers followed that up by losing to a team that hadn't won a Big Ten game at home in over a year, falling to Nebraska 78-74. Gophers are now 0-9 on the road, 6-12 in Big Ten play and 13-12 overall. They have one more chance to win a road game. They're in Happy Valley to take on Penn State on Wednesday evening.
The Bison's 39-game winning streak is over. The Bison lost for the first time since early November 2017, losing to Southern Illinois 38-14. Zeke takes to Keith Brake from Bison 1660 in the second half of the Sports Wrap to talk Bison Football and preview the start of the Summit League Tournaments for Bison Men's and Women's Basketball.
The Wolves made a surprise move last night, firing head coach Ryan Saunders after a 103-99 loss in New York. They're hiring Chris Finch away from the Toronto Raptors mid-season...which never happens.
Also, Keith Brake from Bison 1660 joins Zeke on the Wrap to talk about the return of Bison Football and their 25-7 win over Youngstown State on Sunday.
John Millea with the MSHSL joins Zeke on the Wrap today to talk about the plan for Winter State Tournaments, and some things he's been watching this season including a milestone win for the head coach of the Parkers Prairie Girls Basketball Team.
Also, the Wild return to the ice for the first time in nearly two weeks tonight in Los Angeles, the Wolves host LeBron and the Lakers and the Twins sign another depth pitcher.
Mike Grimm of the Gopher Radio Network and MNN Sports joined Zeke on the Wrap today to talk some Minnesota Gopher Men's hoops after an up-and-down week that saw a home win over #24 Purdue and a road loss to Maryland to drop the team to 0-7 on the road. Mike preview the Big Ten Tournament (which will be held in Indianapolis beginning on Wednesday, March 10th) and talks about what the Gophers need to during their last five (or six if the Nebraksa cancellation gets rescheduled...) games to solidify their NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament chances.
Also, Karl-Anthony Towns became the Wolves' all-time leader in three-pointers made in a 116-112 win against Toronto last night, Jack LaFontaine did something for the Gopher Men's Hockey team that has never been done before, the Wild return to the ice tomorrow in Los Angeles, and the Twins open Spring Training this week.
Zeke checks in on Kevin Falness of the Minnesota Wild Radio Network to see what he's been up to during the Wild's COVID pause. They chat about the silver lining to the Wild shutting things down and swap Mikko Koivu stories.
In the second half, Brandon Warne of Access Twins breaks down the Twins roster seven days ahead of Spring Training, previews the bullpen, talks outfield depth and some moves within the division made by teams not from Chicago.
Big news yesterday from the MSHSL concerning state competition at the high school level: it's going to happen. Zeke breaks down the dates and locations for winter state sports: skiing, dance, gymnastics, swim and dive, wrestling, basketball, and hockey.
Speaking of wrestling: two more matches, two more wins for DL Wrestling last night on KDLM, beating OTC and Frazee. Charlie had a chance to talk to Wrestling coach Rob Ullyott after his #11 Detroit Lakes Lakers beat Frazee 43-18 at the Ralph Anderson Gymnasium last night.
The Twins have made another move, trading outfielder Lamonte Wade Jr to San Francisco for reliever Shaun Anderson. Anderson has a NASTY slider...nasty in a good way.
The Gophers became the latest team to blow a fourth-quarter, losing to Rutgers last night to fall to 0-6 on the road. This Gopher team has beaten #7 Ohio State, #8 Iowa, and #4 Michigan (Michigan's only loss...) but is still only 4-7 in the Big Ten.
In the second half of the Wrap, Zeke talks with Jace Frederick of the Pioneer Press about the Minnesota Timberwolves' latest fourth-quarter collapse, when we could see Juancho and KAT back on the floor, offensive play-calling and what to expect in back-to-back games in Oklahoma City this weekend.
What a wild 24 hours. The Timberwolves had a win probability of 97% in the fourth quarter last night but still finds a way to lose, the Wild are done until at least next Tuesday after six players contract COVID, White Sox fans are nervous after the Twins sign Colome as their closer last night.
Plus, Zeke went to DLHS Boys Hockey praccy last night to chat with coach Tanner Lane about the progression of the team through the first month of the shortened season, recapping the 4-2 start, and looking ahead to The Stick Game at Fergus Falls on the 12th of February.
LOTS of Lakers wins last night: Girls Hockey and Boys Basketball each won their fourth straight game. Boys hockey put up a 10 spot on Breckenridge/Wahpeton, Girls Basketball handed Pequot Lakes their first loss of the season, and Lakers Gymnastics got their first win of the season against Park Rapids.
In the second half of the Wrap, Cal Soderquist with the Timberwolves Radio Network calls in to talk about five games in seven days for the short-handed Wolves, a timetable for KAT's return from COVID protocols, and previewing tonight's game in San Antonio.
As long as Kirk Cousins is the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, there are going to be trade rumors about him. The latest (and repetitive) one is him being dealt to the San Francisco 49ers to reunite with Kyle Shannahan, who coached him in Washington. After seeing the return Detroit got for Matthew Stafford, should the Vikings explore trading Kirk Cousins? And would Jimmy Garrapolo be a better fit for this team?
Also, the Wolves can't contain Jarrett Allen and Collin Sexton in a 100-98 loss to the Cavs, and the Lynx sign three-time All Star Kayla McBride.
In the second half of the Wrap, Zeke chats with fellow Minnesota misery author Dan Whenesota. Dan's book, "History of Heartbreak" also dives into the worst moments in Minnesota sports. The chat about writing their books, and some of the more recent letdowns that the two would add to new additions of their books.
Mike Grimm from the Gopher Radio Network calls in to recap a busy weekend for U of M sports, including another sweep for the Men's Hockey team and a 4-0 start for the Volleyball team. Zeke and Mike also talk about Gopher Men's Basketball and where this team stands for the March tournament after losing to Purdue over the weekend.
Plus, the short-handed Wild stun Colorado in OT, and the Wolves hang on to beat Cleveland in the first of back-to-back games with the Cavs.
There were a WHOLE lot of Lakers wins last night: Wrestling defeated Fosston 67-12 (but dropped their match to TRF 39-34), Laker Girls hockey beat East Grand Forks 1-0, Laker Boys hockey beat Wadena-Deer Creek 3-2, and Laker Boys Basketball held on to beat Crosby-Ironton 71-70. Boys Basketball coach Markus Okeson joined Zeke on the Wrap this morning to re-cap the win over the Rangers and this three-game winning streak his team is on.
Also, the Wild win a physical game with a hot offensive start (?!?) against the Kings last night that saw five goals from five different players last night, and what the fallout of the Kevin Fiala hit could be. Also, WNBA free agency doesn't officially begin until Monday but it looks like the Lynx are going to add two All-Stars to their roster in 2021.
We're geared up for Lakers Wrestling on KDLM tonight!
Zeke stopped by practice last night to chat with seniors Blaine Henderson, Brody Ullyott, and Mike Friendshuh to see how their season is going with six meets under their belt. In the second half of the Wrap, Zeke is joined in studio by head coach Rob Ullyott to talk about the first couple weeks of the season and preview tonight's matchups against Bagley-Fosston and a rematch of last year's Section 8AA championship with Thief River Falls. Coverage with David Kinderman comes your way at 5:00 tonight. The Lakers also wrestle at home on Saturday against UNC and Greenbush at 1:00.
Also, the Wolves lose to Golden State (again) and PJ Fleck isn't jumping ship to Tennessee and the SEC or the Houston Texans.
LAKER TEAMS IN ACTION TONIGHT:
Cross Country Skiing vs Moorhead @ Maplelag
Boys Basketball @ Crosby-Ironton
Girls Hockey @ East Grand Forks
Boys Hockey @ Wadena-Deer Creek
Boys Swimming vs Park Rapids
Zeke goes through last night's High School Scoreboard as the Lakers Boys Basketball beats Park Rapids 80-67 as Zack Oistad puts up 37 points on KDLM last night. The Twins have signed a four-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop Andrelton Simmons to bolster their infield, and for the first time since 1960, nobody was voted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
In the second half of the Wrap, Cal Soderquist with the Timberwolves Radio Network joins Zeke to talk Wolves basketball...specifically the play of Naz Reid, Jarred Vanderbilt and Anthony Edwards and the way they've stepped up with KAT and D-Lo out. Plus, Cal previews tonight's rematch against Andrew Wiggins and the Golden State Warriors and what needs to be different tonight versus Monday night.
Head Coach of the Lakers Boys Hockey Team Ben Noah joined the Wrap this morning to talk about the last three games for his squad. The Lakes are 2-1 this season and play at home tonight against Red Lake Falls.
Head Coach of the Lakers Boys Hockey Team Ben Noah joined the Wrap this morning to talk about the last three games for his squad. The Lakes are 2-1 this season and play at home tonight against Red Lake Falls.
Also, Andrew Wiggins and the Warriors beat the Wolves 130-108 last night, the MLB has said there will be no DH for the National League this year and that cuts Nelson Cruz' demand in half, and there are three players on the NCAA Point Guard of the Year list with ties to Minnesota.
Kevin Falness of the Minnesota Wild Radio Network joins Zeke to talk Wild hockey, his take on the first six games of the season, the goaltender situation and how long Cam Talbot could be out, the impact if the Ian Cole trade, and looking ahead to a tough stretch of the schedule: four straight games against Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche.
It was a weekend full of wins for Minnesota sports! The Timberwolves snapped their four-game losing streak (without KAT and D-Lo) in a 120-110 win over New Orleans, the Wild split their weekend series with the San Jose Sharks, the Gopher Men's Hockey team scored 20 goals in two games against Arizona State, and the Green Bay Packers lost the NFC Championship game for the fourth time in seven years.
Zeke also talks about the PJ Fleck rumors swirling around the state that he may leave the U for Tennessee and the SEC, and why one of his top recruits de-committing over the weekend doesn't help the situation. (It REALLY won't help if Avante Dickerson signs with Tennessee on February 3rd...)
In the second half of the Wrap, Kevin Falness of the Minnesota Wild Radio Network joins Zeke to talk Wild hockey, his take on the first six games of the season, the goaltender situation and how long Cam Talbot could be out, the impact if the Ian Cole trade, and looking ahead to a tough stretch of the schedule: four straight games against Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche.
Head coach of the Lakers Girls basketball team Rachel Johnson joins the program to talk about her first week as a head coach, a couple of players who have stepped up early, and discusses last night's Mid-State conference loss to the Pequot Lakes Patriots.
Zeke runs down the High School Sports Scoreboard, which includes a four-goal performance by DLHS junior Spencer Bergman of the DL Boys Hockey team.
Other topics include the Vikings search for an offensive coordinator now that Gary Kubiak has officially retired, a 10-0 bounce-back win for the Gopher Men's Hockey team, and the 2020 (2021...) Olympics could officially be dead.
In the second half of the Wrap, head coach of the Lakers Girls basketball team Rachel Johnson joins the program to talk about her first week as a head coach, a couple of players who have stepped up early, and discusses last night's Mid-State conference loss to the Pequot Lakes Patriots.
Well, it was a rough one for the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. They led the Orlando Magic by 20 points but lost on a buzzer-beater 97-96 to lose for the 10th time in the last 11 games. Zeke talks about what went wrong and some potential fallout that could/should happen because of it.
A lot going in LakerLand tonight: Boys Swim and Dive at Thief River Falls, Boys Hockey at Prairie Center, and Girls Basketball at Pequot Lakes. Zeke stopped by practice last night to chat with captains Sarah Tangen and Maddy Bowers about the first week of competition, the team's emphasis on defense, and how Tangen can remain a leader despite being sidelined with an ankle injury. Lakers Boys basketball vs Aitkin has been postponed tonight.
In the second half of the Wrap, Zeke is joined by Brandon Warne of Access Twins a day after the Twins make their first off-season signing of the year in LHP J.A Happ. The two chat about other needs for the Twins, some young guys that will step up into starting roles this year, the White Sox' spending spree, and whether or not the Twins should bring back Marwin Gonzalez and if he would impact this team at all in 2021.
Busy show again today! First, Zeke runs through last night's High School Scoreboard, which includes wins for the Lakers Wrestling and Girls Basketball team.
John Millea of the MSHSL joins Zeke to talk about the first full week of High School Sports action since play resumed last week, some games he's been watching and what's coming up on John's Journal.
After that, Cal Soderquist from the Timberwolves Radio Network joins Zeke to talk about a crazy six days for the Timberwolves...positive COVID tests, canceled games, and more fourth-quarter collapses.
Double guests on today's KDLM Sports Wrap. First, Gopher play-by-play voice Mike Grimm joins to talk about the Men's Basketball team's upset of #7 Michigan on Saturday, Gopher alum making big plays in the NFL, and the legacy of Casey O'Brien.
In the second half, former Laker golfer Kate Smith joins the Wrap to talk about her senior season at Nebraska and being invited to compete in the 2021 Augusta National Women's Am later this spring.
The Gopher Men's Basketball team wins another game against a Top 10 opponent by downing previously-undefeated Michigan on Saturday, but Zeke says they still need to improve on a couple of key things. Plus, NFL Conference Championships games are set as the Saints lose another playoff game at home to a team they probably should have been able to beat and it's oh, so satisfying.
Head coach of the Laker Girls hockey team Scott Piepkorn joined Zeke on the Wrap today to talk about the upcoming season and whether or not the girls were jealous they had to wait until Tuesday to start their season.
Plus, the Boys hockey team overcomes slow start to beat Kittson on Thursday, Laker Wrestling proves they are #3 in the state, and this Kirill Kaprizov kid might be okay for the Minnesota Wild...
Lakers Basketball coaches Rachel Johnson (GBB) and Markus Okeson (BBB) join Zeke on the Wrap to preview their teams and seasons. The girls open their season at home against Crosby-Ironton, while the boys are on the road in Perham to take on the Yellowjackets.
Cal Soderquist of the Timberwolves Radio Network joins Zeke on the Sports Wrap every Wednesday to talk Wolves basketball. Today, they talk about building off the defensive performance against Sunday's win against the Spurs, the great play of the Wolves backcourt, KAT and JO's return from injury and previews tonight's game against Tyus Jones and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Plus, the Wild extend Marcus Foligno, the Seattle Seahawks release an OC the Vikings should look into, and NBC San Francisco is making some pretty outrageous claims about the Wiggins/Russell trade ten games into the season.
Head coach of the Lakers Dance team Britton Ramsey joins Zeke on the Sports Wrap today. Also, Gopher Men's and Women's hockey are both ranked #1., Nick Saban won his seventh National Championship last night, Dalvin Cook isn't happy he isn't on the All-Pro team.
Lakers Wrestling Coach Rob Ullyott joins Zeke in the studio this morning to preview the Lakers wrestling season. Plus, the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills each won their first playoff games since 1995 over the weekend, Derek Henry was held to 40 yards in Tennessee's loss, Gopher Men's hockey dropped their first game of the season over the weekend, and the Wolves ended their seven-game losing steak on Sunday night.
First-year head coach of the Lakers gymnastics team Leesa Lindgaard joins Zeke on the Sports Wrap this morning to talk about the Laker gymnasts. Plus Everson Griffin campaigns on Twitter for a Vikings reunion, and the Wolves lose their fifth straight game and Rubio shows his leadership in the loss.
Lakers Boys Hockey Coach Ben Noah joins the Wrap today to talk about last season and the high expectation of DL Hockey this season.
Plus #10 Michigan's defense is too much for the Gophers last night. And the Wolves look to snap a five-game losing streak in Portland tonight.
Cal Soderquist of the Timberwolves Radi Network joins the Wrap to talk about the Wolves recent struggles, the health of Karl-Anthony Towns, and some chemistry issues in the Wolves backcourt.
Plus, Jared Allen makes the cut of 15 Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Marwan Maalouf is out as Vikings Special Teams Coordinator.
Detroit Lakes Athletic Director Rob Nielsen joins the Wrap to talk about the return of high school sports practices, changes to formats, and scheduling games.
Plus, Gary Kubiak is leaning towards retirement and could open the door for Mike Zimmer's sixth offensive coordinator in eight seasons, and ESPN reminds us to fact check and not believe everything we see on social media...
Mike Grimm joins the Wrap today to talk about the Gopher's run of beating Top-25 teams and whether they can sustain it. Plus an update on Gopher Hockey and the 2021 Football Schedule. Plus, the 8-8 Chicago Bears have made the playoffs and head to New Orleans to break the Saints' hearts again (we think...) and the Wolves drop their fourth straight game with a loss to Denver last night.
Kevin Falness with the Minnesota Wild Radio Network joins Zeke on the Wrap today to preview the upcoming season including old faces in new places, the goaltender situation, the correct way to pronounce Kirill Kaprizov, the West Division, who gets the 'C' and Wild talk!
Plus, high school sports can resume on January 14th with masks, the #21 Golden Gophers smash #17 Michigan State at home, and Zeke thinks the Twins should take a page out of the Padres book.
Matthew Coller from Purple Insider calls into the Wrap to talk about the Vikings loss in New Orleans last Friday and what (if anything) is left to watch for in the season finale against Detroit on Sunday.
The Gophers had a historic win against #4 Iowa on Friday night led by a red-hot Brandon Johnson and 8 three-pointers to upset the Hawkeyes in OT.
Plus, the Wolves lost the first time this season, KAT has a dislocated wrist, and Blake Snell gets traded to the Padres.
Cal Soderquist from the Minnesota Timberwolves Radio Network joins Zeke on the Wrap as the Wolves prepare to open the 2020-21 regular season against Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons tonight.
Also, K-Train from RotoWire.com joins the Wrap one final time this Fantasy Football season to discuss championship game pick-ups and (of course) Northwestern University athletics.
Matthew Coller of Purple Insider joins Zeke to breakdown the Vikings 33-27 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 15 and what that means for their playoff chances. Plus, PJ Fleck and the Gophers decline Bowl invitations, meaning the Gopher Football season is over. And the NHL screwed over Minnesota (and St. Louis...) with the latest realignment for the 2021 season.
Joe Johnson from VikingsTerritory.com joins the Wrap on Fridays to talk Minnesota Vikings football. This week, Zeke and Joe talk about the Vikings' playoff chances after the loss to Tampa Bay last weekend and dive into Randy's comments about how he thinks Jerry Rice is the THIRD best wide out in NFL history.
K-Train from RotoWire.com joins the SportsWrap to get listeners ready for the Fantasy Football playoffs.
Plus, the Gophers sign 19 football athletes on Signing Day. The Bison get 24, including PHS star Finn Diggins. Also, Zeke goes over the best choice to take the 'C' for the Wild now that Mikko Koivu has signed with Columbus.
Cal Soderquist returns to KDLM for the first time since the March shutdown to talk Timberwolves basketball, new faces, and what the Wolves need to improve on before starting the 2020-21 season against Detroit next week.
Plus, Mo Ibrahim has done something no other Gophers running back has ever done, and the Men's basketball team gets schlacked in Illinois before opening up a brutal six-game stretch.
Zeke goes through the list of best available free agent kickers in the NFL (yes, Blair Walsh is on the list...) to see if any of them would be a better option than Dan Bailey for the final three games of the NFL season.
Also, the Gophers have played their final game at TCF Bank Stadium, the Timberwolves look lost two games into the pre-season, and Lamar Jackson leads the Ravens to a win over the Browns...after he poops.
Mike Grimm, the play-by-play voice of the Gophers, joins Zeke to talk about a gritty win against Nebraska, the game against Wisconsin this weekend, and a tough stretch for Gopher Men's Hoop over the next 9 games.
Plus, Zeke takes a look at free-agent kickers to see if there is a better option than Dan Bailey, who missed three field goals and an extra point in a 23-14 loss to Tampa Bay yesterday.
Also, the Wolves took the court for the first time in 277 days last Friday night in a preseason loss to Memphis.
Joe Johnson of VikingsTerritory.com joins Zeke on Fridays to talk Minnesota Vikings football...today they discuss if Justin Jefferson is worthy of Randy Moss comparisons yet as well as dive into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Plus, Liam Robbins has his best game as a Gopher with 27 points in a win over UMKC last night. And where should pro athletes rank on the Covid-19 vaccine priority list?
K-Train from RotoWire.com joins the Wrap to talk Fantasy Football playoffs and waiver-wire targets. The Saint Paul Saints are officially the AAA Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and Cory Provus is a candidate to fill the open Chicago Cubs play-by-play position.
Eddie Rosario gave a heart-felt goodbye to Twins Territory yesterday, the media wants to crown the White Sox AL Central Champs on December 9th because they traded for Lance Lynn, and PJ Fleck wants the Gophers to play the Badgers next weekend.
With their heart-breaking loss in the MLS Western Conference Finals last night, Minnesota United is officially a Minnesota sports team. Plus, Gopher AD Mark Coyle refuses an interview with 60 minutes after cutting Men's Gymnastics, Tennis and Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. Plus, Dolphins Hall of Famer Larry Csonka celebrates with his annual cigar after the final undefeated NFL team is knocked into the loss column.
The Vikings win a thriller (?) over one-win Jacksonville to improve to 6-6 and now sit in a Wild Card playoff spot heading into this weekend's game in Tampa. Plus, Zeke goes through the first-half schedule for the Timberwolves and has a couple of interesting matchups circled on his calendar. Also, Gopher Men's Hockey and Men's Basketball stay unbeaten on the season.
Joe Johnson of VikingsTerritory.com joins Zeke every Friday to talk Minnesota Vikings football...and they both have a weird feeling about Sunday's game against 1-10 Jacksonville. Plus, Zeke recaps the MSHSL Board of Director's meeting yesterday concerning potential start dates for High School Winter Sports. And the Gophers Men's Hockey team pushes their winning streak to five straight games after some great goaltending from Jack LaFontaine.
Also check out your NFL Network Minute and Golden Gopher Daily Update with Mike Grimm!
Marcus Carr hits the game-winner against Loyola-Marymount to get the Gophers to 3-0, the NFL is again pandering to Pittsburgh, and Zeke looks at the NFL Hall of Fame Semi-Finalists and gives his five choices of who should be inducted into Canton this summer.
Voice of the Golden Gophers Mike Grimm joins the SportsWrap today to talk about Covid numbers in the football program, the 2-0 Men's Basketball team, and recapping the career of Rashod Bateman as he concentrates on the NFL Draft.
Plus, the Vikings get reeeeeeeeeeeeeally lucky in a win against Carolina, and Zeke challenges any Vikings fan to prove they love this team more than Adam Thielen.
Joe Johnson writes for VikingsTerritory.com and joins the Sports Wrap every Friday at 9:45 to talk Minnesota Vikings football.
Plus, the Lions would be in first place in the NFC East right now, and why is the NFL moving the Pittsburgh/Baltimore game but didn't move the Green Bay/San Francisco game?
K-Train from RotoWire.com joins the Wrap to talk a long weekend of fantasy football, some key free agent pickups and (of course) Northwestern Wildcat football!
Plus, the Gophers Men's Basketball team tips off their season against Green Bay tonight, and the Men's Hockey team moves to 4-0-0 with a shutout of Ohio State.
Matthew Coller from Purple Insider joins the Wrap to talk about the Vikings 31-28 loss to Dallas.
Plus, a recap of the final week of High School Football 2020, and the Wolves make some moves including trading for a defensive PF and resigning a couple of restricted free agents.
K-Train with RotoWire.com joins Zeke for his weekly appearance from Vermont to talk Fantasy Football.
Plus, the Wolves took Anthony Edwards #1 overall last night, four former MN prep stars were drafted and the Wolves brought Ricky Rubio home. Also a look at the revised high school playoff schedule for the final game of the year.
Joe Johnson of VikingsTerritory.com joins the Wrap to recap last night's Vikings win in Chicago on Monday Night Football.
Plus, NFL injury updates, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament could happen in a single city, Ricky Rubio is on the move.
Voice of the Gophers Mike Grimm joins Zeke this morning to talk about the Gophers' 35-7 loss to Iowa and looks ahead to this Friday's game against Purdue.
Plus, recapping a busy day in the NFL and looking ahead to MNF tonight as the Vikings take on the Bears in Chicago.
Joe Johnson of VikingsTerritory.com joins the Wrap to talk about the Vikings Monday Night Football matchup with the Chicago Bears.
Also, the Lakers sneak past Willmar for the #3 Seed in the 8AAAA Playoffs and will travel to Grand Rapids on Saturday the 21st (Grand Rapids won 89-0 on Thursday night...)
K-Train from RotoWire.com joins the Wrap to chat Fantasy Football, including who to look for in a weak waiver class.
Plus, Charlie chats with Lakers head football coach Josh Omang after last night's 14-12 victory in Pequot Lakes and potential Section 8AAAA playoff matchups, Masters odds heading into the tournament, and the Wolves are staying aggressive heading into the draft.
Jace Frederick of TwinCities.com joins Zeke to talk about the upcoming NBA league year, Wolves free agency and draft targets, and whether or not the NBA goes back into the Bubble on December 22nd.
Plus, Cam Newton lets Zeke's fantasy team down again, the AL and NL Rookie of the Years are announced, and White Sox manager Tony LaRussa is in trouble already.
Matthew Coller of PurpleInsider.com joins the Wrap to talk about the Vikings 34-20 win over Detroit.
Plus, recapping Week 9 in the NFL, Zeke talks about the Lakers 16-8 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Saturday as well as other local high school football scores, and the Gophers get off the schneid with a 41-14 blowout of Illinois.
K-Train from RotoWire.com joins the Wrap today to talk Fantasy Football ahead of Week 9 matchups (and Northwestern Wildcat football!). Remember, you can get a FREE 10-day trial of RotoWire by visiting RotoWire.com/WIN.
Zeke breaks down Thursday Night Football and asks why there are rarely any good matchups on Thursdays. And we should know soon whether the NBA will start the 2020-21 season on December 22nd or January 18th.
Voice of the Gophers Mike Grimm joins the Wrap to talk about the Meltdown in Maryland with the Gophers losing 45-44 in overtime. Plus, Dalvin Cook is good at football and reminds us that with a four-touchdown day in Green Bay.
Joe Johnson with Vikings Territory and the Three Deep Podcast joins Zeke on the Wrap to talk about the upcoming matchup with the Green Bay Packers and how they can survive without their top four corners.
Plus, the White Sox have made their new manager hire...and it's 76-year-old Tony LaRussa?
K-Train from RotoWire calls in before a busy Week 8 in the NFL to talk about fantasy lineups.
Plus, Zeke dives further into the LA Dodgers' Justin Turner problem, an update on Danielle Hunter, Cam Dantzler and Dalvin Cook injuries, and a preview of the HS volleyball schedule tonight in West Central Minnesota.
Jace Frederick of TwinCities.com joins the Wrap to chat Timberwolves basketball, the health status of KAT and Russell, and what to do with the #1 pick on November 18th.
Plus a rundown of last night's HS volleyball scores, the Cities are abuzz with Adam Thielen-to-Cleveland rumors, and analytics controversy in Game 6 of the World Series with Blake Snell pulled after six innings, and Justin Turner getting pulled due to COVID but still comes out to celebrate the Dodgers first World Series title since 1988.
John Millea of the MSHSL joins the Sports Wrap to talk about his adventures over the last couple of weeks including a heart-warming moment in Edina last Friday.
Plus, Zeke runs through the high school volleyball matchups tonight and recaps some key NFL injuries over the weekend including Odell Beckham Jr and Kenyon Drake. Also, your NFL Network Minute and Daily Gopher Update with Mike Grimm.
Matthew Coller of Purple Insider joins the Wrap to talk about the Ngakoue trade, the Hunter surgery, any more potential trades on the horizon, and if the Vikings have any regrets about letting Kevin Stefanski go to the Browns (they're 5-2...).
Also, Gopher Football falls out of the Top 25 ranking, Zeke recaps some exciting games from Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in High School football. Plus your NFL Network Minute and Gopher Daily Update with Mike Grimm.
It's been a busy 24-hours for the Minnesota Vikings: Yannik Ngakoue was traded, Danielle Hunter had neck surgery, Matt Blair passed away...John Johnson from Vikings Territory joins the Wrap to break it all down.
Plus, changes in HS Football due to weather, the Twins have a couple Gold Glove nominees (as do some former Twins), and Carson Wentz was the hero of a garbage Thursday Night Football game.
K-Train from Rotowire answers Week 7 Fantasy Football questions ahead of the Vikings bye week.
Plus, the Tampa Bay Rays even the World Series 1-1 with a 6-4 victory of the LA Dodgers. And why the Vikings would be crazy to trade Adam Thielen in what could be an impending Vikings fire sale.
Mike Grimm is the play-by-play voice of the Golden Gopher Football team and joins Zeke on the Sports Wrap to talk about the upcoming season, replacing some big-name starters on the defense and what the Gophers need to do to keep the Little Brown Jug in Minneapolis.
Plus, Mookie Betts and Cody Bellanger power the Dodgers to a Game One win in the World Series, and a recap of area high school volleyball scores from last night.
Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune joins the Wrap today to talk about the late great Sid Hartman.
Plus, Game One of the World Series between the Rays and Dodgers is tonight. And if you think things are bad with Kirk Cousins under center, they'll be worse with Sean Mannion. Plus area high school volleyball matchups...pending weather.
The Vikings are the laughing stock of the NFL after a 40-23 loss to previously-winless Atlanta. The Gophers are the fifth team ever to host back-to-back College Game Days, recapping three days worth of HS football including an upset in Perham Friday night.
Plus, Zeke remembers Sid Hartman, who passed away Sunday at the age of 100.
Joe Johnson of VikingsTerritory.com joins the show to talk about the SNF loss against Seattle, offensive line woes and Falcons COVID situation.
Also, Lakers Football wins in East Grand Forks 21-7, Lakers Girls Soccer season ends in Alexandria, Houston Astros force Game 6, Atlanta Braves are one win away from first World Series since 1999.
Joe Johnson with VikingsTerritory.com joins the Sports Wrap every Friday to chat Vikings with Zeke! This week's topics include Justin Jefferson becoming the best rookie WR in the NFL, injury report for Sunday night against Seattle, and the dreaded Prime Time Kirk Cousins questions.
In the second half, Zeke talks with Detroit Lakes head football coach Josh Omang on the COVID changes in practices and prepping for Thief River Falls to open the season.
Tom Reid of the Minnesota Wild Radio Network calls in to talk about Marco Rossi, Day Two of the NHL Draft and some of the big trades Bill Guerin has made over the past few weeks.
Plus, Trey Lance is leaving NDSU for the NFL Draft and will not play this spring and the Minnesota Vikings give an update on fan attendance numbers.
Matthew Coller of Purple Insider joins the Sports Wrap to talk about the Vikings 31-23 win over the Houston Texas, the Harrison Smith ejection, the great play of Cook/Thielen/Jefferson and previews Vikings @ Seattle next Sunday night.
Plus, recapping this weekend's NFL scores and Jimmy Butler and the Heat make it a series with a 115-104 Game 3 win over the Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Joe Johnson of VikingsTerritory.com joins the program to talk about Justin Jefferson's monster game against Tennessee and what to expect from the 0-3 Houston Texans this weekend. Plus, Zeke can't believe how bad the MSHSL screwed up the fall postseasons for high school athletes, and its time to retire the Twins' Bomba Squad moniker in 2021.
K-Train from RotoWire joins the Wrap today to talk Week 4 Fantasy Football matchups, the Twins are eliminated from the playoffs with their 18th straight playoff loss, LeBron and the Lakers lead Jimmy B and the Heat 1-0 in the NBA Finals, and the MSHSL is meeting today about Winter Sports.
Plus: Gopher Daily Update with Mike Grimm, NFL Today Minute, and an update on Nelson Cruz's future with the team in today's Twins Minute.
Keith Brake from The Brakedown on Bison 1660 calls into the Sports Wrap to preview NDSU Bison football ahead of their game against Central Arkansas this Saturday. The Twins have lost their 17th-straight playoff game and we can't blame the Yankees this time.
Brandon Warne with Access Twins joins the Wrap to preview the AL Wild Card Series with the Houston Astros and gives injury updates to a couple key Twins players.
Plus, an update on NFL injury news from the weekend, and Tampa Bay takes down Dallas for the Stanley Cup.
Joe Johnson with VikingsTerritory.com joins the Sports Wrap to talk Minnesota Vikings football and who isn't too injured to play this weekend against Tennessee. Lakers volleyball and football schedules have been released and teams start play on October 8th and 9th.
K-Train from Rotowire.com joins the program to talk about last week's injuries and who could still be on your waiver wire to replace some of the bigger names that will miss some time.
Plus, the Twins are back in first place with three games to go!
Also, your Twins Minute, Gopher Daily Update, NFL 101 and NFL Network Now.
John Millea (@mshslJohn) joins the Sports Wrap to talk about the MSHSL's decision to re-institute the fall football and volleyball seasons in early October. Plus, are NFL injuries up from no pre-season or are we just noticing because some of the league's best players are getting hurt?
Also, your Twins Minute, Gopher Daily Update and and report from NFL Network Today.
Joe Johnson of VikingsTerritory.com and PurplePTSD.com joins the program to talk about everything that went wrong against the Packers and what needs to change to have success against Indianapolis this week.
Plus your Twins Minute, Golden Gopher Daily Update and NFL Network Today update.
Matthew Coller of PurpleInsider.com joins the Sports Wrap to re-cap the Vikings 28-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in what was a historically bad day for Kirk Cousins. Zeke's son took a Cragun's Resort golf cart for a joyride. If the playoff started right now, the Twins would face the Yankees and what happened in 2004 has nothing to do with 2020. The Minnesota Lynx have their playoff game postponed due to a potential COVID outbreak with the Seattle Storm.
Plus, your updates from NFL Network, your Minnesota Twins minute, and the Golden Gopher Daily Update.
It's addition and subtraction for the Twins. Donaldson is back in the lineup, but Arriaz and Kepler leave in last night's 8-1 win over Chicago. Bert Blyleven makes his final FSN broadcast appearance last night and Zeke shares some of his favorite run-ins with Bert.
Plus, K-Train from Rotowire talks Fantasy Football RBs and TEs, as well as gives a Vikings DEF update with the Ngakoue addition.
Matthew Coller of Purple Insider joins the Wrap to talk about the impact of the Yannick Ngakoue trade and who it affects the most. The Twins literally drop the ball against the White Sox and Zeke is disappointed that they didn't put all their chips on the table at the trade deadline.
The Vikings get a huge addition to their defensive line by trading for Yannick Ngakoue, the Twins need to be aggressive at today's Trade Deadline, and Jon Rahm's 65-foot birdie in extra holes isn't enough to win back the #1 ranking.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers Cross Country Teams have their first meets of the 2020 season this afternoon...Boys Coach Bill Kvebak joins the Wrap to talk Lakers CC. Also, K-Train from RotoWire.com talks Fantasy Football QBs, WRs, and who to avoid in your drafts this season.
Remember, you can get a FREE 10-day trial of RotoWire at rotowire.com/win!
The Brewers bats wake up against Rich Hill, the Wolves have a 14% chance of getting the top pick in the draft and Dalvin Cook is going to make $1.3 million this season.
Zeke also talks about the suspensions of broadcasters John Focke and Thom Brennaman for their recent racial and homophobic slurs.
Kenta Maeda was untouchable last night but the bullpen issues continue, the MSHSL says no bathrooms at cross country meets this year, TWO aces at Lakeview Golf Course yesterday and baseball's unwritten rules need to go away.
Matthew Coller of Purple Insider joins the Wrap to answer some training camp questions about defensive starters, wide receiver depth and some changes surrounding Training Camp 2020. And remember to check out Matthew's work at PurpleInsider.com and to subscribe to the Purple Insider podcast!
Uffda. What a weekend.
The Wild are eliminated from the playoffs in Game 4 against the Canucks in a game where they led three times, the Twins are swept by the lowly Royals, a week after announcing the conference football schedules the Big Ten might cancel things, and former Gophers women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings is fired from Texas Tech amidst abuse allegations.
The Twins take 3 of 4 from Cleveland, the Wild win their opening playoff game, the numbers say Max Kepler is better than Aaron Judge, Justin Thomas is the favorite at the PGA Championship this weekend.
The Twins have released their 30-man roster for tonight's season opener, Dustin Johnson drops out of the 3M Open, the Lynx begin their season this weekend, and why Mike Zimmer's contract extension is the best move the Vikings have made this offseason.
Vergas Looney Daze is August 7-9, with the Wiener Dog Races at 9 am on August 8th. Digger Anderson joins the Wrap to talk wieners and some slight changes coming to the 2020 races. Plus, Kevin Garnett is doing a legendary backpedal as he tries to buy the Timberwolves from Glen Taylor.
Matthew Coller of Purple Insider joins the Wrap to talk about the impact COVID is going to have on preseason games and roster sizes, where we're at with the Dalvin Cook contract, and who Wolves fans should be rooting for to buy the Wolves: Kevin Garnett or the Wilf family.
Also, BASEBALL IS BACK TONIGHT!
The Broadcast Schedule on KDLMradio.com has been updated for a Wild scrimmage on the 29th, as well as the playoff times for Vancouver, Byron Buxton says he's ready for Chicago on Friday, how long will it take Miguel Sano to get caught up after his two-week quarantine, the PGA stars are rolling into Minnesota for the 3M Open include #1 ranked golfer Jon Rahm, and how does Derrick Henry's new contract affect Dalvin Cook's negotiation process?
NFL Players, including Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr, want to know what the NFL is planning to do to keep them safe this season, the Twins start on Friday, the Wild's final scrimmage is Thursday before heading to Edmonton, and former Gopher Erik Von Rooyen is competing in the 3M Open in Blaine this weekend
The 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI has been pushed to 2021 and the 2028 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine is now 2029. Byron Buxton is 100% healed from that torn labrum, US Bank is the best stadium in football, and what are the odds that HS superstar Chet Holmgren will stay home and play for the Gophers?
Jay Paul calls Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms games on Power 96 in Albert Lea. We talk about the Blossoms getting into the Elite Eight in the MSHSL Nickname Challenge and what it was like to haul two State Basketball runs due to COVID. Everybody (except the Twins) had a great Day Two of the MLB Draft, and PJ Fleck's team excels in the classroom.
The MLB Draft was CRAZY last night! Max Meyer goes third overall to Miami, the Twins get their guy in 1B Aaron Sabato and other draft notables. It sounds like around 50 NBA players are hesitant to play next month, and if we were to replace the Christopher Columbus statue at the state capitol, what Minnesota sports figure would be the best fit?
The Twins have options with the 27th pick tonight and Zeke still thinks they should take a pitcher, the MSHSL Nickname Challenge has returned from a brief hiatis with the Otters, Nuggets and Spuds all in action this week, and Alex Stalock is a Bill Masterton Finalist but Zeke and Joel are putting their money on St. Louis' representative.
Dalvin Cook wants upwards of $13 million a season. Should Rick Speilman pay his top offensive player? Also, Kaapo Kähkönen could start in net for the Wild in the playoffs, and who the Twins could draft with the 27th overall pick tonight.
MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm had a great conversation with Gophers WR Rashod Bateman about the Minneapolis protests. Plus, the Wolves off-season has began: Zeke looks players the Wolves have to resign, a couple moves they could make and where their lottery chances are. And lets face the facts: Paul Pierce didn't need a wheelchair in Game One of the 2008 NBA Finals...
Cory Hepola of WCCO Radio joins the SportsWrap to talk about the Minneapolis protests and where we go from here. Zeke also touches on the Drew Brees comments, what the Vikings are doing for systemic change and why the MLB is shooting themselves in the foot with their MLBPA battle.
A month ago, Trevor Plouffe was a laughing stock after he said there was a proposal for July 1st baseball...until he was right. And now he's got another huge prediction about the World Series. Plus, the Michael Jordan 'Shrug Game' against Portland, and an MLB round table hosted by The Athletic about race, baseball and America with Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins.
The MLBPA has countered MLB's proposal to begin the 2020 season and the NHL should be paying attention, a couple sour OTD memories for St. Louis Cardinals fans, and the release of Madden 21 gets pushed back amidst the George Floyd protests.
Matthew Coller of Purple Insider joins the Sports Wrap to dive into the Vikings schedule, plus remembering May 8, 1984 when a stocky center fielder made his major league debut for the Minnesota Twins, and Tiger/Peyton vs Phil/Tom is happening on May 24th!
Mario Puig from Rotowire.com joins the Wrap to talk NFL Draft including Day Three picks for the Vikings and why the Packers drafted as QB/RB with their first two picks. Five Gophers, one Bison and a Johnny go in the Draft. The fake Twins are red-hot, and Zeke golfs The Vintage at Staples, starts with a birdie then it was all downhill from there.
K-Train from Rotowire.com calls in from Vermont to give an update on fantasy football amidst NFL free agency and why Steph Diggs going to his Buffalo Bills isn't the best thing for his fantasy numbers, Kirby Puckett's family is selling his 1991 World Series jersey, and that time the cops visited Joel's apartment during the Tyson/Douglas fight.
Kelley Earnhardt Miller joins the SportsWrap to talk about her new book, the immediate future of NASCAR and growing up with Dale Earnhardt as a father. Plus, highlights from Timberwolves GM Gerson Rosas' virtual media day and a check in on the Baseball Reference sim of the 2020 baseball season.
Arif Hasan of the Athletic joins the Wrap to talk NFL free agency and scenarios for the Vikings at picks 22 and 25. Joel and his son watched the 2007 Gophers vs UND Frozen Five match-up and was surprised at how many future NHL players were on those teams.
Grandma's Marathon legend Dick Beardsley joins the Sports Wrap to talk about the cancellation of the 2020 marathon in Duluth, some fun racing memories and how the fish have been biting. Plus, how the NFL will sound once they put a playoff game on Nickelodeon this winter and the lineup for the NBA 2K Player tournament is here (and it's kind of underwhelming).
Cory Hepola from 830 WCCO joins the Wrap to talk COVID-19, doing live radio from home, Perham basketball and Sid Hartman's birthday. Plus and interview with Mike Grimm and Craig Anderson about the mental aspect surrounding students and potentially losing their spring seasons. And the latest in NFL Free Agency: the Vikings retain their kicker, Todd Gurley is available, and the Eagles bolster their secondary with a trade with the Lions.
John Gaskins from KWSN Sioux Falls joins the Wrap to talk COVID-19 impact across the midwest, Northwestern Eagles assistant baseball coach joins us from spring training to talk about the impact the cancellations and uncertainty is having on college athletes, and the latest cancellation updates from the region.
When Adam Thielen blows up at his quarterback on the sidelines, we turn our heads. When Stefon Diggs deletes some Instagram pictures, we lose our minds. Why is that?
Plus: what we know about the Karl-Anthony Towns injury, Nelson Cruz's hand and why we should expect Dalvin Cook to hold out this summer.
Cal Soderquist, executive producer of the Minnesota Timberwolves Radio Network, joins the Wrap today to talk about the Wiggins and Deing trades, the impact of the new core of Wolves, previewing Wolves vs Hornets tonight and what the All-Star Break holds for the players not going to Chicago.
Head coach of the Detroit Lakes Lakers Bantam B team Cody Einerson joins the program to talk about his team's third first-pace tournament this season, the tough teams at the weekend tourney in Greenway, the Bantam A's third place finish and a fun surprise at their hotel.