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Minnesota Sports Chat talks Minnesota sports all year long! Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild, Twins, Lynx, Gophers, United, St. Paul Saints and more... They are all covered with a variety of guests and informed opinions, important to Minnesota Sports fans.


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Minnesota Sports Chat talks Minnesota sports all year long! Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild, Twins, Lynx, Gophers, United, St. Paul Saints and more... They are all covered with a variety of guests and informed opinions, important to Minnesota Sports fans.






Kirk Cousins holds HAMMER in Minnesota Vikings contract negotiations

Ross Brendel is joined by Darren “Doogie” Wolfson from KSTP Channel 5 in the Twin Cities and SKOR North. The boys touch on the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Finals candidacy, potential roster turnover with the Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins, P.J. Fleck’s flirtation with the UCLA football job and more. Doogie also gets hit up with 5 Phil’er Questions. Minnesota Sports Chat is presented by Beans Coffee Company. Use the promocode “SPORTSCHAT” at checkout to save some cash on the best coffee around!


Somebody you like won’t be back with Minnesota Vikings!

Change is inevitable they say… Especially in the NFL. Kirk Cousins, Danielle Hunter, Justin Jefferson… One, two, or all three may not be back with the Minnesota Vikings in 2024. What should their priorities be? Minnesota United begins their season on Saturday. Jon Harrison from the pre and post-match show on 1500 ESPN (Purple Insider and Bring Me The News too) joins the pod to preview the MLS season for the Loons!


Will Minnesota Vikings Draft Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy?

One man is responsible for the J.J. McCarthy steam to the Minnesota Vikings and has name is Thor Nystrom from Fantasy Pros and Betting Pros. 😊 Thor joins Ross for a deep dive on J.J. and all the Quarterback’s in the upcoming NFL Draft. Gopher football coach, P.J. Fleck’s name surfaced for the UCLA job. How did he not end up there? PLUS, Thor takes a stab at 5 Phil’er Questions.


Is Kirk Cousins done with Minnesota Vikings?

Judd Zulgad from Purple Daily and SKOR North joined Ross to talk Kirk Cousins and his future in Minnesota. What do we know now that we didn’t know at seasons end? Do we even know what the Vikings are thinking? PLUS, Judd and Ross dive away from Minnesota sports to discuss one of their passions… Law & Order, and the departure of Sam Waterston, a.k.a. Jack McCoy.


“Wild” Kirk Cousins SPECULATION with Jessi Pierce from the Bardown Beauties podcast

Jessi Pierce from the Bardown Beauties podcast and SKOR North joined Ross Brendel to talk Minnesota Wild disappointment, Brock Purdy excitement, and some “wild” Kirk Cousins contract speculation…


Are Minnesota Vikings the WORST team in NFC North?

Ross Brendel and A.J. Fredrickson from SKOR North discuss the Minnesota Vikings lot in life as big offseason decisions loom. What are they going to do at QB? Is it possible the Vikings are now bottom dwellers? Also, what is happening in St. Paul with Minnesota United and the Minnesota Wild? Plus A.J. takes a stab at 5 Phil’er Questions!


Do dollars and cents add up to a Kirk Cousins and Minnesota Vikings continued marriage?

The Minnesota Vikings have a BIG offseason ahead, and it all starts with Kirk Cousins future in purple. What about Danielle Hunter and Harrison Smith? Ross Brendel and Daniel House from Gophers Guru discuss all of that. Plus, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are winning on the court and the football squad has a new defensive coordinator.


Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild playoff prospects

Minnesota hockey royalty Alex Micheletti joined Ross Brendel to talk some puck! Why are the Minnesota Wild always better after they fire a coach? Can they make the playoffs? Can the Gophers make it to the Frozen 4 in St. Paul? And yet again, the Minnesota Vikings are stuck in “terminal mediocrity”. Minnesota Sports Chat is proudly presented by Beans Coffee Company. Use the promocode “sportchat” at coffebybeans.com to save at checkout!


Minnesota Golden Gophers are GREAT in bowl games under P.J. Fleck!

By all accounts the Gophers are coming off their best recruiting class in the P.J. Fleck era at the University of Minnesota! In today’s day and age of NIL and the transfer portal, what does that really mean? Join Ross Brendel and Daniel House from Gophers Guru as they break down the latest Gophers football recruiting class. PLUS, the boys continue their Quick Lane Bowl preparation for Bowling Green. Can P.J. Fleck stay undefeated in bowl games at Minnesota?


Minnesota Timberwolves are NBA Finals good!

Forget about the Minnesota Timberwolves of the past. These Pups are DIFFERENT and thanks in large part to Karl-Anthony Towns. Ross Brendel and Manny Hill discuss the Wolves HOT start and why it’s happening. The two also discuss the 7-7 Minnesota Vikings and their still very real path to the NFL playoffs!


Every College Football Bowl Game Previewed!

The college football bowl season is now just days away! Here’s what you need to know about EVERY bowl game including the college football playoff with deep insight from college football fanatic and the founder of Gophers Guru, Daniel House. Ross Brendel provides his thoughts and the two make their predictions for every bowl game. Thanks to AJ Fredrickson from SKOR North for lending his voice talents to this edition of Minnesota Sports Chat!


Minnesota Vikings lose UGLY and the Gophers are bowling…

The Minnesota Vikings are now 6-6 after a brutal and ugly loss to the Chicago Bears. What’s next for the purple? Manny Hill weighs in. The Gophers finished the year 5-7 but are still headed to a bowl game… Ross Brendel explains why the Gophers should not apologize for the bid. PLUS, what is it like playing American football in Europe? We get an insider’s perspective with Matt Laur who spent last year playing in Neubrandenburg, Germany.


Can Gophers BEAT Wisconsin Badgers AGAIN?

Ross Brendel and Daniel House from Gophers Guru preview the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers matchup this Saturday at Huntington Bank Stadium. Can the Gophers end their skid? Does a win over the Badger salvage the season at all? What are the odds the Gophers get run off the field? The boys also discuss the Vikings loss to the Broncos and offer their Thanksgiving hot takes.


Minnesota Gophers at fork in the road?

After another TOUGH loss it looks like the Gophers football team and program will need to do a lot of self-reflection in the upcoming offseason. Just what exactly went wrong at Purdue last weekend? Plus, a look ahead to Ohio State… Ross Brendel and Daniel House also kick the tires on the Josh Dobbs led Minnesota Vikings.


Minnesota Golden Gophers NEED to execute!

Another Saturday at the bank and another BRUTAL gut punch for Gopher football fans! What went wrong and how can the Gophers avoid the same mistakes this upcoming weekend at Purdue? Join Ross and Daniel House from GophersGuru as they review and preview some Gophers football.


St. Thomas has OWNED the D1 transition!

Whether it’s hockey, basketball or football, St. Thomas continues to impress across the board in their transition from D3 to D1 athletics. Corbu Stathes is the voice of St. Thomas football and men’s basketball. He joined Ross to discuss the transition, his time with the Minnesota Golden Gophers and some other fun shenanigans, including, 5 Phil’er Questions!


Can Minnesota Golden Gophers FINALLY beat Bret Bielema?

The Gophers are 0-9 against Bret Bielema as a head coach. Will that change this Saturday? How about the play of Daniel Jackson?! Daniel House from Gophers Guru believes he’s one of the best Wide Receivers in the Big Ten. And just who will be the last team standing in the Big Ten West? Join host Ross Brendel on this latest edition of Minnesota Sports Chat!


Kirk Cousins BACK with Vikings in 2024?

Does Kirk Cousins achilles injury make it more likely he’s back with the Minnesota Vikings in 2024? Can the team rally around Josh Dobbs or Jaren Hall? Plus, why do the Minnesota Timberwolves always blow BIG leads, and can the Minnesota Golden Gophers win the Big Ten West? KSTP Channel 5’s and SKOR North's Darren “Doogie” Wolfson joins Ross and Minnesota Sports Chat to discuss!


Minnesota Golden Gophers bring home the bacon!

Suddenly, somehow, and some way, the Gophers are back in the mix for the Big Ten West title after stunning Iowa in Iowa City! What’s next for the maroon and gold as they prepare for Michigan State? How do the Gophers use the Iowa victory to gain momentum heading towards November? Daniel House from Gophers Guru joined Ross to break it all down!


Will Minnesota Timberwolves make a splash this season?

This seasons Minnesota Timberwolves team looks a lot like last years squad with the edition of some solid depth and bench moves. Can that be the difference this upcoming season? OR is it all on the big 5? Mitchell Hansen covers the Wolves for Canis Hoopus and the HITTING THE HARDWOOD podcast, he joined Ross to preview the season.