Football Outside? You Know You Love It!

I have to admit that it just seems right that the Minnesota Vikings will honor their 50th anniversary team with a setting more like the one most of the players in franchise history played in. Of course, that’s ignoring the fact that, to steal a line from the movie “Grumpy Old Men,” it will be “butt…
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Vikings Win, And Brewster Canned

Sunday’s slate of NFL games couldn’t have worked out better for the Minnesota Vikings. Then, after watching all three of the other NFC North teams lose during the noon games, the Vikings defeated the Dallas Cowboys in a battle of 1-3 teams that have fallen well short of expectations. But Sunday’s win puts the Vikings…
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Brewster Survives Another Day

Despite reports Friday that University of Minnesota football head coach Tim Brewster would be fired if the Gophers lost Saturday to Purdue – and they did lose Saturday – it appears Brewster remains employed by the university. Having said that, I’m not surprised at all that the Gophers would wait a day before making an…
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What Are The Gophers Supposed To Be About?

The University of Minnesota football team dropped to 0-4 at home this season, which hasn’t happened since 1983. But despite that, the last few years have provided a pretty similar story line. Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski is one of this country’s brilliant sports writers. Everyone knows I’m a big fan of his, and I consider…
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Strange Brew, And Some NFL Picks

I heard “Gopher Nation” referenced during the Big Ten Network’s broadcast of the Minnesota-South Dakota football game Saturday. Is there much left to “Gopher Nation”? And if so, how much more can those people take? The Gophers suffered another embarrassment against an area Football Championship Subdivision school, losing to the Coyotes 41-38 at TCF Bank…
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Weber Finds Himself Battling For Starting Job

With his fourth offensive coordinator since coming to the University of Minnesota, soon-to-be senior quarterback Adam Weber has always been kept busy picking up a new offense. But this time, Weber finds himself battling for a starting job. MarQueis Gray, who saw some time last season in option plays, is one of the other QBs…
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Weeding Through Signing Day Bytes

National Signing Day can be a headline writer’s worst nightmare. It’s the same story every year. Or is it? Of course, every year a head football coach applauds his class. But can anything be taken from that level of applause. Does "the best class ever" mean it is, and simply an "excellent" class is actually…
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Gophers In Need Of A Chef

When Bill Parcells left the New England Patriots because he felt he didn’t have enough input in personnel decisions, he uttered the phrase, "If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for the groceries." Well, that’s not a problem in college football. A head coach can find that…
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Meaningless Bowl Season Begins

With the New Mexico Bowl under way, the way-too-long college football bowl season begins. Tipping things off in Albuquerque are Wyoming and Fresno State, two teams that flat out don’t like each other. You can throw out the record books when these teams hook up. Sadly, college football’s bowl system is much like the NBA…
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Have The Gophers Hit Bottom Yet?

Quarterback Adam Weber seems to be regressing. The running game is non-existent. Jedd Fisch‘s play-calling couldn’t be less creative. But the question is, has the University of Minnesota football hit rock bottom yet? Gophers fans have to be concerned that this program maybe, just maybe, could be in worse shape next season. The announcers during…
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