On the radio today

I will be hosting “Sports Talk” from 1-2 p.m. today on 970-AM WDAY radio.

Joining me in studio is Forum reporter Ryan Clark.

We’ll be joined by University of North Dakota football coach Chris Mussman, whose team lost its season opener 45-0 last night to Idaho.

Clark and I will also discuss the Twins-White Sox race in the AL Central. I’m working on a guest that I hope can help with that, but I haven’t gotten confirmation yet. I’ll update the post when I do.

UPDATE 11:07 a.m.: That guest is confirmed. It’s Chicago White Sox beat writer Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. He’s in Boston for the start of tonight’s White Sox at Red Sox series, which means the return of Manny Ramirez to Fenway Park. We’ll talk Manny for the first segment.

We will take your calls at 293-9000 or (800) 279-9329 or send us an e-mail at talk@wday.com

The Wild and so much more on Sports Talk

Ben Karkela and I will be on "Sports Talk" from 1-2 p.m. today on 970-AM WDAY.

Today, we’ll be talking to Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher. We’ll ask him about the reasoning behind his offseason push for Moorhead’s own Matt Cullen, the chances of signing Mike Modano and a bunch of other stuff.

We’ll also talk to UND hockey beat writer Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald about the big – well, he’s only 5-foot-6, but he’s really, really good – recruit that the Sioux landed.

And Karkela and I will break down the Timberwolves’ trade of Al Jefferson, plus we’ll take a look at the top five keys to the Twins’ second half.

To take part in the show, call 293-9000 or (800) 279-9329 or e-mail talk@wday.com

On the radio today

We’ve got a big show slated for "Sports Talk" today from 1-2 p.m. on WDAY 970-AM.

Joining me in studio – making his radio debut – is my Forum colleague Andrew Gottenborg. He’ll be filling in for the departed Kerry Collins for the next couple of weeks. Gottenborg is just like Collins, except there’s less risk of him cursing on the air. I’m sure he’ll be a big hit.

Today, we’ll be talking to Fargo auto racer Donny Schatz about tonight’s Tony Stewart Night at Red River Valley Speedway and about his season on the World of Outlaws circuit.

Then, we’ll discuss the USA’s thrilling World Cup victory this morning in the final minutes to push the U.S. into the knockout round. If you didn’t care about the World Cup, will you start to care now?

And last but not least, we have UND athletic director Brian Faison. He’ll talk about The Summit League’s decision to evaluate his university and we’ll get his reaction to the conference choosing to explore adding football.

To take part in the show, call 293-9000 or (800) 279-9329 or e-mail talk@wday.com

Out on Black Friday? Catch me on the radio.

Black Friday might be the worst day of the year, as far as I’m concerned. You couldn’t pay me to get up at the crack of dawn to go to a store today. So when a colleague asked me to take his place today on "Sports Talk" from 1-2 p.m. on 970-AM WDAY, how could I resist?

In studio today – along with myself – will be sports writers Eric Peterson and Heath Hotzler. Our guest today will be UND men’s hockey writer Brad Schlossman from the Grand Forks Herald. He’ll discuss the Subway Holiday Classic tournament that runs today and tomorrow and features a field of four teams, three of which are ranked among the top six in the country.

We’ll also be discussing the real reason for the Minnesota Vikings’ success this season. And we’ll be providing our own Turkey of the Year candidates, kind of a spinoff of Patrick Reusse‘s annual column in the Star Tribune.

So tune in, and feel free to call as well. (701) 293-9000. That’s 1-2 p.m. today on 970-AM.

Worst college football weekend in area’s history?

Tough weekend if you’re a college football fan here in the Red River Valley. I posed the question tonight to my colleagues if this was the worst weekend of college football in this area’s history.

Let’s look at the carnage:

  • North Dakota State loses to South Dakota State for the third consecutive season. That hasn’t happened in over 45 years. And with the loss, the Jackrabbits retain the rivalry’s trophy, the Dakota Marker.
  • Minnesota State Moorhead was handed a 45-point loss by No. 7-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato, which pushed its record to 8-0 this season. The Dragons had just 98 total yards in the road loss.
  • Concordia dropped its Homecoming game, losing to Augsburg 27-20 in overtime. The Cobbers were down 20-3 at one point before rattling off 17 straight points in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
  • And finally, the University of North Dakota lost to Sioux Falls 28-13. Sioux Falls – an NAIA school – had not only never played a Division I school. The Cougars have never even played a Division II school before. Yes, I know, Sioux Falls is the defending national NAIA champs, and yes, I’m aware that the Sioux are transitioning from Division II. But the fact of the matter is, a Division I school lost to an NAIA school.

Can anybody remember a worse weekend of college football in this area? I’d love to hear any memories in the comments if anyone can. Toss in the fact that the Gophers got shut out by Penn State, and it was pretty much all gloom and doom today.

And what do people think of their teams? The Dragons remain the only one of the three Fargo-Moorhead schools to win a conference game, having beaten Minnesota-Crookston in Northern Sun action earlier this season.

At least fans around here have the Minnesota Vikings to look forward to.