Archive for the 'Gopher Football' Category

Not the A Team, Not Even the B Team

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Last night the crew that ESPN sent to cover the Minnesota – Purdue game was not their A Team. Early in the second half, the Gophers moved swiftly down the field to score, relying largely on the running of diminutive running back Duane Bennett. Not very much later, the Gophers are again near the Purdue [...]

Unforced Error – Open Field Fumble

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Last night, just before half time in the Gophers game, Purdue was looking to extend their substantial lead by attempting a field goal. Fortunately for the Gophers, not only did they block the field goal, but defensive back Jamal Harris picked the ball up on the fly and began running down the field. There was [...]

Minnesota History

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Today we received in the mail the Fall 2006 edition of MINNESOTA HISTORY, The Quarterly Journal of the Minnesota Historical Society. A major article focuses on Lorena Hickok, who blazed new paths when she covered Gophers football in the 1920′s. One of the captions caught me eye: “Some 3,000 fans flocked to the U of [...]

Bad Kick

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

This afternoon I was watching the playoff game between the Steelers and the Colts. At the end of the game, the Colts tried a fairly long field goal to tie the game. The kick was really bad – it went wide right. That is, it went really wide right, easily the worst miss I had [...]

Down to the Third String Back

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

During pre-game warm ups for yesterday’s football game against Michigan State, the Gophers learned that star running back Laurence Maroney’s ankle sprain would keep him out of the game. Back up Gary Russell was knocked out of the game in the second quarter, but not before notching his eighth multiple touchdown game of the season. [...]

Suitable Replacement

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

The last two seasons the University of Minnesota alternated a pair of running backs – Marion Barber III and Lawrence Maroney. Each of those seasons, each runner gained over 1000 yards rushing, the first time that had happened in NCAA history. This year, with Barber having elected to move to the NFL, Maroney has become [...]

Maroney in Opener

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Tonight the Gophers opened their football season against Tulsa. Going around the dial, I caught a bit of the game and saw that Gopher star running back Lawrence Maroney had 159 yards and 2 touchdowns. One might ask what is so special about those numbers, given the talent level of Maroney. What made the numbers [...]

2 x 1000 x 2

Sunday, November 14th, 2004

Last year the University of Minnesota football team had 2 runners gain over 1000 yards – Marion Barber III and Lawrence Maroney. This was a feat that has been accomplished several dozen times in college football history. This year those same two runners again each gained more than 1000 yards, marking the first time that [...]

Gophers Bounce Back

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

Last week the Gopher football team got blown out by Michigan State, giving up 51 points. This weekend they shutout Illinois, 45-0. Team was expected to be able to handle Illinois, but I think no one was expecting them to bounce back that well. On Friday night, the Gopher hockey team was in Grand Forks [...]