#76 Minnesota Golden Gophers College Football 77 in 77

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In 2011, the Minnesota Golden Gophers played a very powerhouse USC team very tight, and utterly destroyed an Illini team that had completely quit on Ron Zook when they met in Minneapolis. Those were the highlights of a bad 3-9 season.

The lowlights? a loss to dreadful North Dakota State which kicked off a horrendous four game losing streak that saw the Gophers outscored 31-144. New regimes take time, so maybe year two will be better? Well, the Minnesota state legislature approved the sale of beer on game days for 2012, so at least they’ll have that.

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College Football 77 in 77: #77 Minnesota Golden Gophers

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At the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, I made a joke about how much I wanted to punch the University of Minnesota mascot, Goldy in the head. I’d love to watch his trademark head swivel around, except in this case put into motion by the force of a right-handed uppercut.
Three days before the 2011 BTT, a fan did just that. So when I saw Goldy Gopher again in Indy, I gave him a hug and told him “I feel your pain.” Because both the college football and the college basketball program have been dealt swift punches to the head this past year.

No more reason to inflict additional pain- they have plenty enough in Dinkytown already. Before being fired, Tim Brewster wrecked the program. And the hoops team saw their promising season crushed into bits by the season ending injury to point guard Al Nolen.

Will things get better on the East Bank of the Mighty Mississippi this school year?

By Paul M. Banks

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Northwestern Wildcats Moving on to Play #1 Ohio State

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As he has so many times this season, Northwestern Wildcats senior point guard Michael “Juice” Thompson carried his team on his back, leading his team to a victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a Big Ten Tournament game they absolutely had to have in order to preserve any chance of a NCAA Tournament berth; and probably really needed to salvage a NIT berth.

Thompson led the way with 35 points, a new career high and a single game Big Ten Tournament record.

By Paul M. Banks

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Minnesota Goldy the Gopher Mascot Punched in the Face!

Minnesota Gophers mascot

As the Minnesota Golden Gophers tip off their opening game in the Big Ten Tournament in a matter of few minutes, it’s good to know they will have the services of their mascot, Goldy.

He is present courtside in Indianapolis, and retains the ability to perform his trademark gesture, the ability to rotate his head. And this is important because his head just suffered a blow from an irate fan.

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