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StribSports Daily Delivery

Keep informed about sports news and trends in Minnesota, and laugh along the way, with Michael Rand and other Star Tribune writers and special guests each weekday morning.

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November 29, 2023 41 mins
Introduction: Host Michael Rand takes note of the QB disparity during P.J. Fleck's tenure with the Gophers. Minnesota under Fleck is 33-14 when Tanner Morgan starts at quarterback, and just 16-20 when anyone else starts. With that as a backdrop to news that starter Athan Kaliakmanis has entered the transfer portal, where do Fleck's Gophers go from here? Plus Rand gets into the Wild's win under new coach John Hynes and the Wolves' t...
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Introduction: In a hideous 12-10 Vikings loss to the Bears, the flaws of both quarterback Joshua Dobbs and head coach Kevin O'Connell were on display. Dobbs can be flustered into mistakes, which led to four interceptions and other turnover-worthy plays. O'Connell did him no favors with the game plan and did the Vikings no favors -- again -- with his questionable in-game management. 13:00: Randy Johnson joins host Michael Rand to ta...
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Star Tribune Wild beat writer Sarah McLellan joins host Michael Rand to break down Monday's big news that the Wild fired coach Dean Evason and replaced him with former Nashville head coach John Hynes. Early-season struggles turned into a seven-game losing streak, quickly escalating a hot seat for Evason after successful recent regular seasons. Will the Wild's top players start to produce after the coaching change? And will the magn...
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Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse joins host Michael Rand for a look back at the long holiday weekend of sports, which included the continued demise of two teams that figured prominently in Reusse's Turkey of the Year column on Thanksgiving. The Wild, who took home the grand prize this year for 20 years of mediocrity, have lost seven consecutive games. Changes have to be coming soon, but it's hard to see a path forward given th...
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On Thanksgiving against Dallas 25 years ago -- yes, it's been that long -- Randy Moss unleashed a performance for the ages. He had just three catches, but all of them were for 50-plus yards and all were touchdowns. Where were you when it happened? 9:00: The Gophers football team has had a disappointing season and the program faces a lot of headwinds in the future. But the Gophers still have a chance to do something they haven't don...
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Introduction: A recent posting by occasional podcast guest Jon Marthaler about the status of Minnesota pro sports teams got host Michael Rand thinking about how much can change in just a month of sports. 6:00: Rand is joined by Star Tribune writer and editor Jeff Day for a discussion of the Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns. They carry a 10-3 record into a big game Wednesday against the 76ers. Just how good can these Wolves be? H...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand offers a brief examination of Joe Mauer's Hall of Fame candidacy now that the former Twins great is officially on the ballot. Was his run of excellence long enough and unique enough to get him in sooner rather than later, or will his late career and lack of postseason heroics weigh him down? 5:00: The Wolves are rolling, and maybe it has something to do with their comfort? 10:00: Andrew Krammer joins...
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Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse joins host Michael Rand for a look back at the weekend in sports, which included an end to the Vikings' five-game losing streak thanks to a 21-20 loss at Denver. The Vikings outplayed the Broncos in almost every way, leaving Reusse wondering -- aside from turnovers, of course -- how the heck this one wasn't a win. Reusse and Rand also got into the Wolves' narrow win over the Pelicans, Tom Thibo...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand watched the closing minutes, appalled like many other viewers, of the Gophers men's basketball team's 70-68 loss to Missouri on Thursday. Poor execution, costly mental mistakes and questionable coaching decisions were all part of the swirl that saw Minnesota cough up a 20-point second-half lead. 9:00: Star Tribune Wild beat writer Sarah McLellan joined Rand from Sweden, where the Wild are preparing t...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand notes that the Wolves carried a lot of national love into the second game of a back-to-back against Phoenix on Wednesday. And a blowout loss to the Suns, 133-115, is not cause for alarm. This is what happens even to good teams that are tired from the fallout after an emotional win over the Warriors that cost Draymond Green a five-game suspension. 8:00: Star Tribune Twins writer Phil Miller joins Rand...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand goes deep on the Wolves' 104-101 win over the Warriors on Tuesday. It was Minnesota's seventh win in a row, and yet another game this year that they might not have won in previous seasons. It started with a fracas, as the increasingly desperate Warriors lost both Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to ejection. From there, the Wolves had several big and calm moments needed to topple a fading Golden Stat...
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Introduction: What a strange and ultimately disappointing season its been for the Gophers football team and their head coach P.J. Fleck, with scrutiny mounting along with poor performances. Imagine if Minnesota goes 6-6 with wins over Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin but the year still feels hollow. 7:00: Andrew Krammer joins host Michael Rand to review the film of Sunday's Vikings victory. Head coach Kevin O'Connell can do new things ...
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Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse joins host Michael Rand for a look back at the weekend in sports. The four biggest teams currently playing could not have had a weekend of more significant opposites. Reusse gives plenty of praise to the Vikings and quarterback Joshua Dobbs. Minnesota won its fifth consecutive game -- all five without Justin Jefferson and now two without Kirk Cousins -- to improve to 6-4. The Wolves are the onl...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand takes a look at Joshua Dobbs, the Vikings' starting quarterback on Sunday. As a fourth-round pick in 2017, Dobbs came into the NFL with a label already: likely backup quarterback, if he survived in the league at all. Those labels determine opportunities and the situations quarterbacks ultimately end up in. Is Dobbs' ceiling higher than his path would suggest? 12:00: Gophers football beat writer Randy...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand rattles off some really impressive numbers about the Timberwolves, including the fact that they have started the season with five consecutive home victories -- all of which the team has announced as Target Center sellouts. TV numbers are also way up this year compared to last year. Plus Rand notes the strong start for the Gophers women's basketball team and the Wild's blue line shakeup from two Wedne...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand notes one of the most complete Wild performances of the season in a 4-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday. Two big plays by Pat Maroon and solid goaltending by the easily forgotten Marc-Andre Fleury were the keys to the Wild re-establishing their identity. 9:00: Star Tribune writer Kent Youngblood joins Rand ahead of Wednesday's season opener for the Gophers women's basketball team, the first game un...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand takes note of the Wolves' third straight win, and second over a previously undefeated team. Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels made huge plays down the stretch of a 114-109 overtime victory Monday over Boston. Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out and was largely a hindrance. Is this a crossroads, good and bad, for the team? Plus a Bally Sports North update. 12:00: Andrew Krammer joins Rand to break down Jo...
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Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse joins host Michael Rand for a look back at two games that were very similar -- but which elicited extremely different emotions if you are a Minnesota football fan. The Vikings pulled out a win for the ages on Sunday, rallying behind quarterback Joshua Dobbs. The veteran arrived midweek after a trade and was only in the game because of various injuries to Kirk Cousins, Jaren Hall and Nick Mullen...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand looks at the bigger picture for the Wild after their latest defeat, a 5-3 setback against New Jersey on Thursday. The sobering news is that it's not just one thing dooming the Wild so far this season. Actually, it's almost everything. Is the 10-game sample enough to conclude that the rest of the season will be a struggle? 10:00: Timberwolves write Chris Hine joins Rand and offers some calming perspec...
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Introduction: Host Michael Rand lauds the Timberwolves for their win over the Nuggets but laments that he (and others) weren't able to watch it because of continuing problems with the Bally Sports Plus app. That led directly into listener questions about the future of sports on TV, Dick Bremer and local superstars. 14:00: Star Tribune Gophers men's basketball writer Marcus Fuller joins Rand ahead of Ben Johnson's third season as he...
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