Eric Nelson was born in Southern California and grew up playing sports in the smog and sun. He spent many days at the LA Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium and the Fabulous Forum. However, Eric cheered for the Minnesota Vikings – especially Chuck Foreman, Alan Page and Fran Tarkenton.
Eric has been a sportscaster since 1985 and has done radio, television and play by play. Eric has had broadcasting jobs in California, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.
Career highlights include, being a sports-talk host on WCCO, going to 23 Super Bowls, and writing a book titled, “Slices of the NFL.” Vin Scully and Brent Musberger are Eric’s favorite sportscasters. Torii Hunter, Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll are some of the sports figures he likes.
Eric’s enjoys playing flag football in the elements, watching the NFL in outdoor venues and going to games at CHS Field in St. Paul and Target Field in Minneapolis. Eric’s top MLB ballpark is Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. His ultimate thrill is making a fantastic catch in a flag football game in the snow!
Colorado is Eric’s favorite state, and Glacier National Park in Montana is his ultimate vacation spot. Miami is a city Eric definitely recommends and Palm Springs, CA is a perfect spring break destination.
Eric is single and has three kids, Payton, Ben and Preston, and a stepson Connor. His passions are animals, fitness, sports and travel.
I’ve said it since my first shift all those years ago, it’s an honor to work at WCCO Radio.
Dom Barber is a Minnesota kid trying to survive in the ultra-competitive NFL.
The Minnesota Wild have a new, youthful and confident head coach who isn’t afraid to share his playoff ambitions.
Some major pedal power is in the Twin Cities this weekend at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
The NFL lockout has curtailed many off-season events, but the Minnesota Vikings annual golf outing was not one of them.
The Gopher track team is a national contender with international talent.
The tornado that ripped through north Minneapolis has impacted many, including a fearless community leader who is also a state championship basketball coach.
Jim Petersen could be called a “hoopaholic.” As a TV broadcaster for the Minnesota Timberwolves and an assistant coach for the Lynx, Petersen’s arena is the arena, where each day is another chance to soak up as much basketball knowledge as possible.
Before Kirby Puckett, there was Harmon Killebrew, and when the Twins first arrived in Minnesota, he was the reason to go to the ballpark.
Luke Hughes is trying to plug a hole in the Minnesota Twins infield. When second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka went down with a leg injury, the Twins called up Hughes from Triple A.
The Tommies enter the playoffs having won 15 of their last 16 regular season games. It’s a stretch that included doubleheader sweeps of Concordia-Moorhead, St. Olaf, Macalester and St. Mary’s.
Gopher pitcher Sara Moulton logs countless hours in the weight room, and it has equated into softball success.
The University of Minnesota football team plays its spring game Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium and the team is hoping that its demanding practices will lead to more wins this season.
The Minnesota Gopher tennis team has plenty to brag about this season.
They are known as the “Heatles” and they’ve become NBA rock stars Miami’s threesome of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh garner attention where ever they go.
Despite the cool weather and the threat of snow, Target Field will be playable for both the Gophers, who play this weekend, and the Twins, whose home opener is scheduled for April 8.
The Minnesota Vikings stadium situation has reached a crisis stage. If a new venue is not approved by Minnesota politicians, the Vikes could take their business elsewhere.
The Minnesota Wild barely has a pulse and their playoff hopes are flickering. Barring a miracle on ice, the Wild will miss the post-season for the third straight year.
The Minnesota State Mavericks are swimming in uncharted waters. The Mavs have reached the elite eight for the first time in school history.
The Robbinsdale Robbins are proof that desire, heart and passion do count for something. The Robbins are castoff players cut by teams at Armstrong and Cooper High Schools. However, adversity has not stopped these kids from chasing their hoop dreams.
From afar mat-mania is controlled chaos — hundreds of kids trying to succeed in the wrestling world. Up close, however, one thing is clear: the Apple Valley Eagles are the best in Minnesota high school wrestling.
Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck has morphed into a multi-talented player. Besides doling out his patented punishing hits, Clutterbuck is now an offensive dynamo who’s the Wild’s leading goal scorer this season.
St. Paul’s Terry Cournoyea has more hops than Coors. Cournyea, whose moniker is T-Dub, is a human pogo stick who has become a dazzling dunker.
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost a lead and a game Friday night to Indiana Pacers — Saturday night, Philadelphia 76ers are in town. When a team is rebuilding, you grade them progress so here’s a progress report on their first pick Wesley Johnson.
Super Bowl XLV nuggets from the winter wonderland of the south!
Some Super Bowl XLV nuggets from the Bart Starr state.