Eric 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 No. 44, Chuck Foreman. He believes The Purple deserve a new stadium and should be back outside playing in the Minnesota elements.
Eric’s been a sportscaster since 1985 and has done TV, radio 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, reporting from 16 Super Bowls, and writing a book, “Slices of the NFL.” Vin Scully and Brent Musberger are Eric’s favorite sportscasters and his favorite athlete is Torii Hunter. He has a magnetic personality and treats everyone like royalty. The Minnesota Twins have yet to replace Torii.
Eric’s interests include playing flag football, watching the NFL and traveling. His ultimate thrill is making a great 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 has four children; Connor, Payton, Ben and Preston. His better half is Libby, who puts up with his, despite the fact he is a sports junkie. They love animals, especially their golden retriever, Kobe and cat Lucy.
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.
Super Bowl XLV nuggets from WCCO’s Eric Nelson who is at the ice-coated Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex.
Andrew Brunette’s NHL career really has been grand — that’s grand as in he’s played 1,000 games. The Minnesota Wild forward will become the 261st player to join the exclusive club Tuesday.
The Minnesota Swarm lacrosse team plays at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday night, taking on Washington. One reason there is optimism for the team in 2011 is one player: defenseman Joe Cinosky.
A galaxy of hockey stars will be shining at the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, among them Minnesota WIld defenseman Brent Burns.
Once again, the St. Thomas Tommies are unbeaten and sitting atop the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in men’s basketball.