The sports news you should know for July 21, 2022

[MUSIC PLAYING] CATHY WURZER: The twins are off, but that doesn’t mean there’s no shortage of sports news. The 3M Open Golf Tournament is underway at Blaine’s TPC. Minnesota United beat Everton of the English Premier League last night in an exhibition match.

The Minnesota Aurora women’s soccer team is gearing up for a championship game this weekend. With more on these facts and other sports stories, Wally and Eric are here. Wally Langfellow and Eric Nelson. Wally is the founder of Minnesota Score magazine and host of the sports show 10,000 Takes which is heard on radio stations across the state and seen on Twin Cities TV.

Eric Nelson is the co-host of 10,000 Takes and the Vikings reporter for CBS radio’s Eye on the NFL. Hi guys, how are you?

WALLY LANGFELLOW: Well, Kathy, how are you?

CATHY WURZER: I’m fine. Thanks. Eric?


CATHY WURZER: Are you here too?

ERIC NELSON: Good afternoon, Kathy.

CATHY WURZER: Good afternoon.

ERIC NELSON: It’s good to be here.

CATHY WURZER: I’m assuming you guys are on Blaine. It’s okay?

WALLY LANGFELLOW: Well, I’m here. I know Eric is on his way. And obviously, as you mentioned a few moments ago, he’s on the go. The open 3M is underway. Currently, the leader is Scott Piercy. He is six years old together with Sung-jae Im. Both at six under par.

The defending champion, Cameron Champ, is playing right now, in fact, along with another former champion, Michael Thompson. So two of the three previous champions in this tournament will tee off and play in the same group.

Good crowd available so far and of course obviously the skies are blue and no rain in sight. So that’s a good weather fact that I’m sure people here are happy with Cathy because, when we were here last year, Eric and I were here last year doing radio work, they took us out to cover areas because they were coming storms. And they had all kinds of problems. So hopefully, the rain stops.

CATHY WURZER: So Eric, isn’t this a big deal?

ERIC NELSON: Yeah, it’s a big deal, especially in Minnesota, which pushed for years to be part of the PGA tour. This is stop number 43 on the tour. The season starts in late 2021 and obviously goes into 2022. So if you look at the bag, the opening payout for 3M, which is the fourth edition, is $7.5 million. And the winner will pocket $1.35 million. So it’s like winning the golf lottery. And it seems like a lot, and it is. But that’s really 18% of the total payout, and that’s the PGA standard.

So if you can win a couple of tournaments in a year, you’re in pretty good shape. Now, as far as what this does for Blaine, the North Metro and the Twin Cities, it’s expected to generate an economic impact of $50 million. There could be as many as 150,000 golf fans flocking to the course.

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It really started earlier in the week with things like a pro-am, like Wally said, the real competition starts today. On Sunday they will crown a champion. So if the weather holds up, and it should, there will be a lot of people at TPC.

And another thing, Blaine is a bit of a sports mecca in a way because you have the World Cup of soccer, the biggest youth tournament in the world. And that just happened a couple of weeks ago. Then Blaine will take your money and smile when they do.

CATHY WURZER: Hey, Wally, before we get to other topics here, since the Twin Cities are now in a drought, what does the course look like?

WALLY LANGFELLOW: Well, it’s dry, obviously, and it’s going to play fast. That is sure. But from what we saw, I walked the field yesterday, it looked good. They do a great job here.

One other thing I wanted to point out that we didn’t mention, there are several guys missing from this tournament this year–

CATHY WURZER: That’s right.

WALLY LANGFELLOW: –who have played here in the past. They’re playing in that Saudi 54 tournament, the LIV, if you will, including big names like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, who played here last year, Brooks Koepka. These are all the guys that have played in this tournament in its four year history. And none of them are here because the Saudis pay them a lot of money to play in that tournament 54.

CATHY WURZER: All right, let’s move on to the twins. Like I mentioned, they’re free until what, Saturday?

WALLY LANGFELLOW: Right, yeah, it’s a weird schedule for them. They have several days off to come, including Friday. Most of Major League Baseball gets back into gear after the All-Star break on Friday. But the twins are free until Saturday. They travel to Detroit. Detroit is wallowing in misery again this year. Eric made them win the division, I think. But they have been terrible again. So don’t take your money to Vegas with anything he says. That is sure.

But as far as the twins are concerned, they’re trying to keep both Cleveland and the White Sox at bay. Cleveland two games behind. Chicago three games behind the Twins. And the question now is, as we move into the end of July and the first part of August, when the trade deadline approaches, will the twins make a move? Will they try– look, they have Carlos Correa that they spent $35 million on this year. That’s his salary, one year.

So if you’re going to spend that kind of money on a guy, you’d think you’d go out there and try to supplement a playoff run. And they’re going to have to do it by the first week of August. The flip side of that is that maybe they trade it in and get some assets that they can use in the future. But I don’t think they’re going to do that. I think they’re going to add a piece or two. I think they’re going to– they need to add pitching is what they need. Certainly a starter, and definitely a relief pitcher.

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ERIC NELSON: Well, the good news this week, if you’re a Twins fan, is that at that all-star game on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and I know a lot of people apparently didn’t see it. It got some record low ratings, just 7.51 million viewers on Fox. But that’s still a couple of eyeballs.

So if you tuned in, you saw Luis Urias, one of the twins’ star managers, get a single in the game. He played a lot of innings. And what about Byron Buxton? You had to be happy for Byron because of all the injuries he battled and he had to overcome in his hapless 10-year career.

Then, in his first All-Star game, he connected. He homered over 420 feet into the left-field pavilion at Dodger Stadium, giving the American League a 3-2 lead. They end up winning the game, their ninth straight All-Star win.

So for Byron Buxton, a little personal coming out party on a national stage. And hopefully he’ll be able to play the rest of this regular season and, if they make the playoffs, the postseason as well. But I think Byron’s star was shining out of a galaxy of stars in SoCal.

CATHY WURZER: I was among those who weren’t looking. Okay, let’s talk about… I’m sorry.

WALLY LANGFELLOW: There is a shock.

CATHY WURZER: I know. Since July, mid-July already, let’s talk about the NFL. Viking training camp begins.

WALLY LANGFELLOW: Oh, I know. It’s just… and I love the NFL during the regular season. But it’s all the other things. It’s the stuff from mid-February to September 1 that I could… personally, I could ignore. But training camp opens July 30 at the TCO Performance Center.

This will be the 62nd training camp in team history for the Minnesota Vikings. Of course, this is all in Eagan now, not in Mankato anymore, as you know. But what’s new this year, of course, is the new head coach in Kevin O’Connell, new general manager, a lot of new names on the team this year.

We’ll see how it unfolds. But they’ll be up and running before you know it, and we’ll be talking football with you almost every week between now and mid-February.

CATHY WURZER: Great. Eric?

ERIC NELSON: Well, well, one thing I do know, Cathy, Kevin O’Connell, the Vikings’ new head coach, and their general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, they don’t listen to Wally because the other day at our 10,000 Take a radio show, you pushed hard for Minnesota to bring Kyle Rudolph back home, right?

No, it’s not going to happen. Kyle Rudolph, who spent 10 seasons with the Vikings, one with the New York Giants, played in two Pro Bowls, 49 career touchdown receptions, will join TB12 in Tampa Bay. That would be Tom Brady. So Kyle Rudolph has a new home, and Gronk, Rob Gronkowski, has retired. So the Buccaneers feel he will fit in well with their other tight end, Cameron Brate.

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But congratulations to Kyle Rudolph because the only thing missing from his resume is a Super Bowl ring. And no offense to the Purple Nation, but I think you probably have a better chance with Tom Brady than you do with Kirk Cousins.

CATHY WURZER: Even I know that.

ERIC NELSON: Just a hunch.

CATHY WURZER: Just a hunch. Hey, before you go, let’s talk about Minnesota United. Wally, that was an interesting exhibition game last night.

WALLY LANGFELLOW: Yes, they played Everton. They play in the English Premier League. He beat them 4-0. They had a 2-0 lead at the break, and then 0 and a goal. In other words, Everton threw it into their own net for one of the second-half goals, and Minnesota beat Adrian Heath’s old team 4-0.

Now, Adrian Heath, the head coach at Minn-U, he played in, I mean, it was the late ’70s to early ’80s, for Everton. So they bring them here to Minneapolis. Although I have to tell you. I have spoken with some people within the organization. And the timing of this was not really good.

I think the players would have preferred not to have this on the schedule at the moment, and it’s a bit strange. They do it in the MISL. They will play these weird matches against teams from everywhere. And this one, of course, from England. But they want it, and I guess that’s what’s important right now.

CATHY WURZER: And Eric, it looks like the Loons are on a five-game unbeaten streak.

ERIC NELSON: They are. They are as hot as the weather right now. They are as high as number four in the MLS West. They have 31 points. And they will travel to Houston. Do you think that is hot here? Try to play soccer in Houston, Texas in mid to late July. That is an outdoor sauna. They don’t play inside, folks. It’s out

So bring a lot of Speed ​​Stick, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. They will be soaked. But it’s a team on paper, they should beat Houston is the 11th seed. So another big one for Minnesota United.

CATHY WURZER: You guys are great. Enjoy golf, by the way. Thanks Wally and Eric.



CATHY WURZER: Be careful. Wally Langfellow is the founder of Minnesota Score magazine and the host of the sports show 10,000 Takes which is heard on radio stations across the state. Eric Nelson is the co-host of 10,000 Takes and the Vikings reporter for CBS radio’s Eye on the NFL. They are our athletes.