Friday, December 19, 2008
My Gopher Gal Christmas Wish List
(and the probability I might actually get it):
Gopher Mittens (75%) – I really want these and my hubby knows it, but they are like $20 and that seems like a lot of money to pay for mittens, especially considering my track record for losing them.
Gopher Hoodie (65%) – gold, black or grey- there are a lot of styles I like.
Yellow Gophers T-Shirt (40%) – with all these gold out events, I need another gold shirt, but my hubby thinks the two I already have is enough.
Gopher Stocking Cap (40%) – in black or maroon. I like the look of my long locks coming out the bottom of stocking caps in this frigid weather, I usually wear a Wild one, but a Gopher one would be nice.
Gopher Football Jersey (35%) – I already have a hockey jersey, now a football one would be nice – especially to wear at the new TCF Bank Stadium next year!
Insight Bowl Tickets (0%) – this is just a dream.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The pioneer press did an article on him last Saturday – it makes me love him even more. Check out their slideshow pictures before they take them down – Jordan Schroeder is a looker!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I am totally addicted to Gopher hockey right now. They don’t play again until January 2nd, I hope I don’t start shaking from withdrawal.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I have thinking about the Gopher Football team all week. I just can’t get them out of my head. I want to travel down to Arizona so bad to see the Insight Bowl, it’s not even funny. There is no way financially I can do that right now, but I can’t stop thinking about it.
The Gophers started the first of 15 practices yesterday to get ready for the big game. They will practice through the 21st and then break until they arrive in Tempe.
The entire Gopher football team will fly down to Phoenix Christmas night, do you suppose I could tag along in Adam Webers suitcase? I promise I won’t be too much trouble. Perhaps I could carry his water bottle or sweaty towel or socks – anything! I am feeling desperate. Remember, I am one of those fans that volunteered to put pom poms on thousands of seats in my free time!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
In fact, Gopher Gal is wishing for a plane ticket to Phoenix right now! The Minnesota snow and the cold are already driving me crazy. I can’t stop day dreaming about flying to Arizona for New Years Eve and partying all day and all night with other Gopher fans in the warm Arizona sun.
I hope the Gopher Football team shows off their talent a little better than they did at the end of the regular season. The way I see it; this is the chance to end the season the right way, with a win!
INSIGHT BOWL DETAILS
Wednesday December 31st at 5pm (Central TV Time – 4pm if you are actually going to AZ)
Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona
Minnesota Gophers vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Gophers bowl bound...what a joke. How does a team with a loosing conference record (3-5)in a weak conference qualify for a bowl? Not to mention that the 7 wins were against teams with loosing or .500 records. OK, Montana State had a winning record. Are UofM fans so hard up for a bowl game that they'll consider a win over a 1AA team a significant accomplishment? Give me a break!
Wow, Anonymous – I am getting some negative energy from your comment. Yes, the conference record was a definite downer, but the fact that this team was 1-11 (0-8 conference) just one year ago makes the fact that we can even attend a Bowl Game a significant accomplishment. Yeah, there is work to be done, but at least we are moving in the right direction. I would concur that this UofM fan is pretty hard up (in more ways than one), but I am not going to pass on celebrating the little victories.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I will keep you posted on the official Gopher Bowl announcement, Gopher fans!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The Gopher football team got totally stomped on and I mean totally stomped on by the Iowa Hawkeyes. I was so hopeful, but the hopes quickly faded as the Hawkeyes scored 14 points in just 46 seconds in the second quarter –ouch.
The saddest headline: Gophers drop Metrodome Finale 55-ZIP.
The Golden Gophers football team did finish the regular-season 7-5 and 3-5 in the Big Ten. If there are any bright spots, it’s that the record is wayyyy better than last years 1-11 and Adam Weber continued to develop as a leader on the Gophers team.
The other “ugh” – even the Gopher hockey team let me down last weekend! They lost 4-ZIP on Saturday to the Denver Pioneers. The Gopher hockey team is still ranked number one so I haven’t jumped off the ledge yet – LOL!
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
Friday, November 21, 2008
1. It’s the LAST Gopher Football game at the Metrodome Minneapolis EVER
2. It’s the LAST regular season game for the seniors (I will miss Willie VanDeSteeg – it’s not every day you have someone with 3 capital letters in their last name)
3. Floyd of Rosedale is on the line (I love pork)
4. Bowl Game Chances
5. It’s Iowa, Idiots Out Walking Around, we have to beat them just to save face
There are still Gopher football tickets available. I may try and sneak over – I bet the scalpers on the street will be fetching a pretty penny, though. It’s a 6pm start, I bet I could order tickets on-line Saturday afternoon if I can work the game into my schedule.
Have a great weekend Gopher Fans!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
YES, I went to the Gopher mens hockey game on Sunday afternoon with my man and we had a great (GREAT) time. The Gophers beat Michigan Tech 3-0. It was a stellar game and I am so glad I went and didn’t waste my time staying home to watch the Vikings game (pathetic I heard – my sister was texting me updates throughout the hockey game).
Gopher super star goalie Alex Kangas got his first career shut-out and I was there to witness it. He worked really hard for it, too. Michigan Tech was firing off shots like crazy. We were sitting by the Gopher goal during the first and third periods so I got to watch Kangas in action up close – he really is an amazing goalie. Our defense was really good, too. They looked like a well oiled machine on the ice. Screening and covering corners, deflecting shots, pushing guys in the boards. It was intense.
The crowd was minimal (strange), it was about 60% full. In fact, we had great seats and there were 4 chairs next to me open and half the row in front of me. Gopher Hockey fans, where are you? The Gopher Hockey team is #1! I can’t wait to go to another game.
Friday, November 14, 2008
It’s true the Gopher Mens Hockey Team is doing fabulous. In fact, they are technically undefeated with at 5-0-3 record. Mariucci Arena will be alive with Gopher Hockey magic on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. My man is trying to convince me to splurge for some Gophers Hockey Tickets for Sunday and head over to campus for a game. Frugal Gopher Gal just said, “We’ll See.” (oh dear, I am becoming my mother).
Gopher Basketball is playing at the Barn this weekend, too. Lots to see and do in Gopher Country. It’s a great weekend to be a Golden Gopher! Have a great weekend, every one!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I hope the outdoor weather conditions don’t prove to be too tough for the Gophers, afterall, next year we will be playing outdoors, too! This is going to be a tough game to win for my Golden boys, but I hope they at least keep it close!
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Have you guys heard about this? OHHHHHH, I wish I could go!!!
2008 Gopher Football Away Game ‘Sota Socials with Coach Brewster!!
Free Admission to all Friday Night Events with appetizers and a cash bar (sadly). Meet Coach Brewster, Goldy Gopher and other U of M representatives! Win prizes and mingle with Gopher Fans!!! (SUPER FUN)
Some hotels may have guest rooms available and they will be on a first come, first served basis. Try calling today! If you have additional questions you may email firstname.lastname@example.org. (I hope beeme doesn't mind me posting their email on my Gopher blog)
Wisconsin - Nov. 15
Friday Night ‘Sota Social on Nov. 14
Sheraton Madison 8:30 – 10:30 pm
706 John Nolan Drive
Madison, WI 53713 – 608.251.2300
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Michigan Wolverines devoured the Gopher Gold offense. Gopher Quarterback Adam Weber was totally off kilter early and never recovered. He was sacked 4 times, but it was hard to tell if it was the offensive line that let him down OR (I believe this) he was holding the ball too long and the Gopher receivers weren’t stepping up like they need to.
Yes, it’s clear Adam Weber NEEDS Eric Decker. Gopher Nation NEEDS Eric Decker. My husband throws a fit that one player can make such a difference, but I proclaim that if your best friend is on the field with you, you feel invincible…whether or not you are is not important, it’s all about how you feel. When Adam Weber feels confident, he plays better -duh. When Adam Weber has Eric Decker on the field, he plays better. In fact, the Gophers haven't scored a touchdown since Decker was injured – yikes.
"Gray is a Gopher again
Posted on November 12th, 2008 – 10:50 AM
By Kent Youngblood
MarQueis Gray has passed his ACT and is headed back to the Univerisity of Minnesota.
”Yeah, I passed,” Gray said in a text message this morning. ”I plan on coming back when the boal practices start.”
Gray, an Indianapolis native, was one of the most highly-rated dual-threat quarterbacks on the recruiting scene coming out of Ben Davis High School. He began practice with the Gophers during training camp, but had to re-take his ACT test after his test score was flagged by the ACT board. Gray took the test again Oct. 11 and posted a qualifying score.
Gray won’t be able to practice with the team during the Gophers’ preparation for their bowl game, but he will be on-campus. He plans on enrolling in school in January and would be eligible to practice with the Gophers in the spring."
SERIOUSLY?!?!? He mis-spelled BOWL ?????? ugh. I know all the athletes of the world will be banding together with their, English teachers don’t have to tackle 300 pound dummies to get a degree, so why should we have to tackle 300 vocab words to get a degree logic, but come on.
At least he passed the ACT, this is like the 4th time he has taken it. I am sure most of the Gopher plays he needs to master are X’s and O’s and arrows and not a lot of words so we should be fine, right? Besides, if he has a phone with a full QWERTY key board, the A and W are pretty close and maybe those big quarterback hands touched the wrong key, right? *insert deep breathing here*
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Here is the email response from the Gopher marketing girl:
SOLID GOLD Volunteers
From: "Rori Carlo"
Dear Loyal Gopher Football Fans! Thank you so much for your willingness to help make SOLID GOLD a success this weekend! I was in need of volunteers to put out GOLD pom poms on the seats, however due to the timing constrictions to get into the Dome to do this I have elected to go with a private group to put them out. They can work throughout the night and I was guessing you all wouldn't really want to do that! I am sure as the loyal fans you are, you would have done it, but it would have been inconvenient for most.
What you can do though, is spread the word of wearing GOLD and making it SOLID GOLD Saturday! Tell your friends, family and co-workers and any others to get their tickets to the game if they don't already have them and wear GOLD! No Maroon! We NEED a great turnout of Gopher fans to cheer our team onto a victory over the Wolverines and an 8-2 record!
Also, visit www.goldyslockerroom.com to print out a 20% off coupon on any one GOLD apparel item. The coupon can be used at any GOLD COUNTRY store and will also be honored at the concourse stands on game day!
Thanks again for your willingness to help!
Gopher Sports Marketing
4 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
****WEAR GOPHER GOLD THIS SATURDAY****
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Yes, I admit I was seeing the Gopher team through Rose Bowl colored glasses, but the glasses are now off. I do *seriously* think the Gopher team can beat Michigan this weekend. There seems to be a lot of doubters out there, but I realistically think it is possible. This Gopher Football team is strong and if we can play tough through the second half, a win is possible. I will once again be glued to my TV, but this week I am changing the shirt. This week Gopher Gal will be wearing her Bright Yellow Gopher Football with a maroon camouflaged “M” on it.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Gopher Hockey is also in town this weekend, playing Friday night at Mariucci Arena against in state rival Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks (that has got to be the longest college name ever) and then the Gophers hockey team partakes in the WCHA Minnesota College Hockey Showcase event at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night. I may try to make it over to St Paul Saturday. Anyway, keep the Gopher gear handy, you will need it this weekend!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I am still considering modeling my blog after his. One comment on my blog pointed out that the Daily Gopher does that, but when I went over there (I confess, I have never been) it looked more like a traditional all sports Gopher blog – it’s part of those SB Nation blogs. I used to know a blogger who blogged for SB Nation, they have a lot of rules, I guess. I always thought that bloggers were anti-corporation and anti-rules. Anyway, that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I need to find a purpose for this Gopher Blog.
Another comment I loved so I am “promoting” to the front page is this one from anonymous Buck:
One niche that could attract readers is a blog that focuses on the fun side of
Gopher sports instead of stats and game reviews. A blog that is no longer
active, but was fun to read, is Bat Girl for the
Perhaps articles on
players, activities, fans, etc. from a unique female perspective could be an
I used to read bat girl all the time and she was practically famous. I am not sure I am as talented as she is, but I will consider going down that route as well. My friend Cortney writes in the Style and Sports blog and perhaps I will fashion (play on words there) my Gopher blog after hers and make this blog a little more girly. Talk about cute hair cuts and goatees, who’s working out more than others etc. Now, that sound’s like a good idea. Oooo, gotta run, the boss is coming!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The Little Brown Jug is calling for Gopher Fans to “GOLD OUT” the Metrodome!
Pull out your Gopher GOLD apparel and put it on!
Don’t wear maroon! Spread the Word!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I think I wrote this article as a reminder to why I want to keep my blog and not give up on it. Stay Tuned, Gopher Fans! More to come!
I read some where that in order to have a successful blog, you need to update it every day, but that is not going to be possible for me so I am going to try and find a happy medium. I wish I was more tech savvy because then I could add more bells and whistles to this site so users could stop by more often even if I haven’t updated. I will put that on my Gopher Blog to do list. Maybe I could put a little game on here or something. I have tetris on my Windows vista sidebar, I should be able to put something fun here on the gopher site. Maybe I will have to get me teen niece to spruce it up, her myspace page is amazing – sure you can use some of that same code over here on blogger.
Don’t worry Gopher Fans, Gopher Gal is not quitter (well, at least not yet)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Adam Weber (cute and talented)
Eric Decker (fast as lightning, has great moves)
Jeff Tow-Arnett (a walk-on, everyone has a soft spot for the underdog)
Willie VanDeSteeg (my bad boy complex)
Blake Hoffarber (cutie and quick on his feet)
Dan Coleman (tall and lanky)
Aaron Ness (a little young, but what can I say…he’s legal)
Mike Carmen (fast on the ice, and off?)
Alex Kangas (all that flexibility is a definite turn on)
Any other additions, gophers fans?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
“On this day across the country, every football coach is somewhat optimistic
about his football team. The question really is whether or not that optimism is
realistic. Without question, I think we’ve taken the steps necessary to ensure
that our optimism is realistic. Everybody has made it known that we went 1-11
last season. We all understand that, but we’ve taken the steps necessary to
improve our football team.”
From Gopher Gal – University of Minnesota Alum and Gopher blogger – recorded today:
Saturday, August 9, 2008
“University of Minnesota football fans will have an opportunity to get up close
and personal with Golden Gopher players and coaches on Aug. 10. Gopher Nation
Fan Fest will take place from 1-3 p.m. at the Gibson-Nagurski Football
Golden Gopher head coach Tim Brewster and the rest of his
coaching staff will be in attendance. Minnesota players will instruct fans in
football drills. Interactive games and prizes will also be featured. The event
will wrap up with an autograph session.
Admission is free.”
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I am ready for the season to start…August 30th isn’t that far away! Go Gophers!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
#1. Border Battle
#2. Floyd of Rosedale
#3. Last Metrodome game for Gophers Football
Gophers Iowa tickets are going from $89 to $199 per ticket. Wow! That seems more like the prices of the new TCF Bank Stadium, not the grungy old Metrodome, but the fact remains, this game is a big deal. With the improved Gopher football line up, I am hoping that Minnesota will be kicking some Iowa butt! The tickets are going fast so I better buy them now before they are all gone or the prices go even higher. We all know that watching football on T.V. is nowhere near as exciting as watching it live in your 50 yard line seats no matter how hard I try and convince myself that it wouldn’t be that bad to stay home.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
The Big Ten Network has committed to airing three of the Gopher football teams four nonconference games this season along with regular season finale versus the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 22nd. The Gophers Hawkeyes game will be the last game the Golden Gophers football team plays at the HHH Metrodome. It will be a bittersweet game for sure. I am hoping to attend live and in person, but if Gopher ticket prices get to be too high, I may just have to enjoy it from the couch. Then again, the Gophers seem to win more when I am in the stands and I want to be sure that the Gophers go out of the Metrodome with a bang so I better get tickets!
Big Ten Network Games:
- August 30th Gophers vs. Northern Illinois
- September 13th Gophers vs. Montana State
- September 20th Gophers vs. Florida Atlantic
- November 22nd Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (be there or be square!)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
This isn’t even Blake Hoffarbers first ESPY award. In 2005, Blake Hoffarber sunk a shot while lying on his back on the Target Center floor to help his Hopkins High School team win the Minnesota State high school boys basketball championship. I think you would have to live under a rock if you don’t remember that play. It was amazing and the news played it over and over and over. You may not remember that is was Blake, but it was. He has a golden touch when it comes to those beautiful buzzer shots.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Gopher Gal heard Blake Hoffarber was up for another ESPY award so I headed over to www.espys.tv and decided to vote. I have never voted for one of these fan based award thingies before (I don’t even vote for the MLB All-Star game - some of my friends do and I know Minnesota Twins fan will be disappointed that I didn't vote this year, but Mauer and Morneau made it anyway with out my votes). Ok, back to Gopher Blake. I decided Blake Hoffarber was worth the time and effort.
So I get to the espys/espn website and I realize that I have to register before I can vote – I hate that! They needed my name, address, email address, full birth date, agreement to 17 complicated terms and conditions and my underwear color. OK, I am exaggerating on the undies, but everything else is accurate. After I registered, I took the time to vote for all 37 categories! 37! I thought this was going to be a 15 second process, but it turned into like 15 minutes. The cool thing was I got the chance to vote for some of my other favorite athletes like Adrian Peterson from the Minnesota Vikings and I got the chance to vote against some of my least favorite athletes like Tiger Woods. Yep, I am a Tiger hater. I purposely voted against him in every category he was nominated in even if I didn’t know any of the other nominees, I just picked one, any one but Tiger. The ESPY awards are broadcast July 20th on ESPN of course. I just may watch them this year. Justin Timberlake is hosting - he isn't half bad.
I hope Gopher Basketball gets the chance to win big with Blake Hoffarber – VOTE NOW! Go Blake!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
There appears to be an epidemic of college hockey players going pro before finishing their commitments to their Universities, but what do you do? Any sort of regulation would be an infringement on personal choice. I guess I would just hope that the NHL would want mature experienced players, but when the free agent market is weak, the NHL is going to raid the college players. Let’s just hope this is a phase and the NHL will grow out of it.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Gopher Gal has some very interesting news for other Gopher gals. Victoria’s Secret is going to start carrying a line of Minnesota Gopher clothing under its Pink! brand. Hoodies, t-shirts and panties will appear at the stores starting mid-July. Woo Hoo! I love Vicki’s and I am excited to get some Gopher team spirit from one of my favorite stores. This gopher season, I can look sexy in my brand name gear and confidently cheer on my Golden Gopher team.
So what will Gopher Gal buy first?
A. Victoria’s Secret Gopher hooded sweatshirt
B. Victoria’s Secret black Gopher t-shirt
C. Victoria’s Secret white Gopher t-shirt
D. Victoria’s Secret Gopher underwear
The answer is D. Is that your final answer? (game show reference!) you bet it is my final answer, I have been looking for a new pair of luck underwear!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The Phoenix Coyotes selected you, Blake Wheeler, fifth overall in the 2004 NHL entry draft. 4 spots behind Ovechekin for crying out loud. Getting selected in the first round is golden for any college hockey player, it means that the team that chose you believes in you and will invest their time, patience and money in you. You will have a long term contract there. They want you. They will make it work. Do you get it? Am I beating a dead horse? Phoenix would have handed you the key to the city and to the team. They are an up and coming team and you are an up and coming player. Wayne Gretzky is one of the best players of all time and this Phoenix team is only a few years from being good, real good. My fear is that giving up that commitment to go to a team where YOU want to be will be dangerous for your career, Blake Wheeler. Very dangerous. Boston will sweep you under the rug the first chance they get, they don’t have any loyalty to you. Oh yeah, and I curse the day you were born! (a little Sex In The City movie reference for ya)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
"I'm actually quite stunned," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. "Quite frankly, we made him an offer significantly better than any other contract he can get (right now). But that's his choice. I think (he's received) bad advice, and I think he's making a big mistake because of the commitment we've made to our young players and the young players we're prepared to invest in."
Matt Keator, Blake Wheeler's agent, said in several statements that this isn’t about money and that Blake Wheeler wants to pick where he wants to live and play. WTF? What is wrong with sunny Phoenix? This seems like a weird situation to Gopher Gal. If I do recall, though, a few other Gopher alums have went to Phoenix and then moved elsewhere so perhaps Blakey got some advice from them and the Phoenix Coyotes team isn’t a good place for a Minnesota Gopher to be. Don't coyotes eat gophers?
Sure there are rumors that Blake Wheeler wants to sign with the Minnesota Wild (who doesn’t?! ha ha) but the odds of that happening are pretty slim. In fact, recent statements by his agent indicated that probably won’t happen. At first Gopher Gal was thinking that Blake Wheeler may want to experience the life of a Canadian, but Michael Russo from the Star Trib points out the fact that Wheelers agent said Blake Wheeler wants to experience a different part of the country….perhaps east coast? I will keep you posted Gopher Hockey Fans!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The Gopher mens hockey organization spent about a month looking for a new assistant head coach to fill the shoes of Mike Guentzel. What exactly were the Gophers looking for? I found this job description on the Internet; it is mostly taken from the University of Minnesota’s umn.edu web site. (my comments are in parenthesis)
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree; knowledge and expertise in the sport of ice hockey; 5 years of men’s ice hockey collegiate or junior level coaching experience; good organizational, communication, and public relations skills; ability to identify and recruit highly skilled student-athletes; and a commitment to high standards, sportsman like conduct, and fairness. (pretty basic stuff, I was not surprised by any of this – I would have liked to have seen some sort of commitment to win in the Required part, though)
Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with video equipment and computers. (video equipment? DVD or VHS?)
Duties/responsibilities: Primary responsibility for assisting in the development of all phases of a NCAA Division I Men’s ice hockey program. This position reports to the head men’s ice hockey coach. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Assist in identification, evaluation, and the recruitment of student-athletes; assist head coach in the planning and on-ice implementation of daily practices; assist in developing game plans; specific coaching responsibilities to be matched with candidate’s areas of expertise; work closely with support staff i.e. athletic medicine, equipment, communication and academics regarding student-athletes; utilize video for teaching and motivational purposes; commitment to and responsibility for adhering to all rules and regulations of the University, WCHA-Men’s League, and NCAA; work compatibly and cooperatively with the staff and personnel of the athletic department; assist in all areas as they relate to the operation of the men’s hockey program; other duties as assigned by head coach. (that’s exhausting to even read)
Application instructions: Annual renewal appointment dates are May to April. Submit a cover letter, current resume, and names and contact information of three references.
Applications will be reviewed beginning May 14, 2008, and will be accepted until the position is filled. (it is filled now and probably was filled before this posting even cam out, Lucia knew he wanted Hastings in the slot)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I am not sure why I didn’t think of Mike Hastings as the clear choice for the new Gophers hockey team assistant coach in the first place. Hastings is from the USHL Omaha Lancers organization and he spent time coaching Tony Lucia, Don Lucia’s son so of course Don and Mike have a relationship. I hate to sound like a conspiracist (is that even a word?), but I am guessing Don Lucia may have had Mike Hastings tabbed for this position for awhile now and was just waiting for Mike Guentzel to quietly exit.
Don’t get me wrong I think Mike Hastings will bring plenty to the table or the ice rather for the Golden Gopher team. He is the winningest coach in USHL history, he has great recruiting contacts, plenty of coaching experience, is a likable guy, former defenseman with great on ice athletics, passionate about hockey, born and raised in Minnesota and loves to win. The only strike I have against him is that he is a St Cloud State Husky.
Welcome back to the state of hockey and Gopher Nation, Mike Hastings! Here is his official quote: “I grew up in the state and saw firsthand the pride of Gopher hockey in Minnesota,” Hastings said. “To be a part of that is a unique opportunity and will make me proud to go to work every day. It’s something that our entire family is excited about.”
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
There seems to be a lot of whispering going around regarding the WCHA these days. First of all, there is talk that Alaska Anchorage will be leaving the WCHA because of high transportation costs. I have heard this rumor the past two years and nothing has yet to come to fruition, but with the ever increasing oil prices, I wouldn’t be surprised if Alaska Anchorage isn’t out come 2010.
With Alaska trying to move out of the WCHA, we have Bemidji State University trying to move in. Bemidji will receive $20 million of state funding that they plan to combine with $60 million raised by a city sales tax, to pay for a new 4,000-seat hockey arena and convention center. The arena will soon be a northern Minnesota gem and will definitely help Bemidji State in their quest to join the WCHA. Minnesota is the state of hockey and fans are loyal to the Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Gophers and ALL Minnesota hockey. In fact, Bemidji has sold nearly all 25 suites for the arena, raising $2.5 million. Wow. Hockey is alive and well in Minnesota…from Roseau to Bemidji to St Paul to Fairbault.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Ryan Stoa has the ability to rally his troops when they are down using his own talents to get them motivated as well as his own attitude to keep his team in the game. If Ryan Stoa can come back to the Mariucci Arena ice completely healthy and with no knee issues this Golden Gopher Blog expects Stoa to make an impact on an otherwise struggling Gopher hockey team. Don Lucia is bringing in a lot of new talent this season and will look to Ryan Stoa to help lead the new guys in the Gopher hockey ways.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Blake Wheeler will not be wearing the number 17 Gopher hockey jersey next year. The Minnesota junior will most likely pursue a career in the NHL with the Phoenix Coyotes. Wheeler is the 10th Minnesota player to leave college early for the NHL since the end of the 2005 2006 season. “Blake is an outstanding student, person and hockey player,” Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. “He was a leader on our team both on and off the ice and we will certainly miss Blake’s contribution to the program.”
Blake Wheeler was my favorite Gopher hockey player. I guess I will have to pick a new boy to cheer for next year. Who should it be? I guess I still kind of have a crush on good old Alex Kangas. I always did have a thing for goalies. They may not skate fast, but they always have good moves. If I don't take Kangas as my new favorite player, who will I pick? I guess I do like that kid from Apple Valley Mike Carmen or number 19 is my lucky number maybe I should pick Evan Kauffman. I don’t know, Kauffman doesn't have as much excitement in his skates as Mr. Wheeler. I think the Phoenix Coyotes have another Gopher on their team, maybe I should just trade in my Minnesota Wild jersey for Phoenix Coyotes jersey - ha ha.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Let’s hope that Lucia can get a few other big guys to sign on the dotted line! Any thoughts Gopher fans? Who should Lucia go after next?
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The Gophers have participated in the maximum amount of full contact practices (I love saying full contact) allotted by NCAA rules this spring so I guess we will have to wait until fall to see more of the Golden Gopher football team in action!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The new Gopher uniforms, made by Nike, feature maroon and white jerseys that can be matched with three different pant combinations - maroon, gold and white. The Gophers haven’t worn white pants since their last Big Ten Conference championship season in 1967. "Minnesota" also returns to the front of the Gopher jersey for the time since 1993.
Perhaps the uniform change will be the lucky charm we need to make it to the Rose Bowl this year? Come on, be real. We need talent and good play calling. I about cracked up when Tim Brewster said the new uniforms will make the team faster. I fully support the power of positive thinking, but let’s face it, those rose colored glasses (Rose Bowl pun intended, but if I have to point that out I guess it isn’t that clever, is it?) won’t get the job done
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Friday, April 25th, 2008
Metrodome Kickoff at 7 p.m.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers will be taking the Metrodome turf for the first time this season in their annual Spring Game on Friday April 25th. Kick-off is at 7pm, but the fun starts at 5pm with events on the Metrodome plaza. I went last year and had a blast. The pep band and the cheerleaders will all be out and it’s just a good feeling to start thinking about Gopher Football! Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to rush through summer, but really August 30th isn’t that far away! Let’s go Gophers!
Friday, April 18, 2008
I am sure this will be an emotional Gopher football season as the team and the fans say good-bye to the HHH Metrodome and hello to a brand new outdoor stadium on the University campus. I also hope the season will be emotional enough to fight for a winning record or at the very least a .500 record. The gopher football team should want to leave the Metrodome in style. I know Gopher football fans will be more interested in seeing the final games at the Metrodome if the Gopher team is actually competitive this year. I know I want to go to a couple of games, but it will be interesting if Gopher Football Ticket prices will be high since it is the last season at the Dome or if they will drop because the team hasn’t given the fans much to cheer about.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I am sure getting outside put some fire in their souls and some thoughts to the future of playing every game outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium. I am very excited to open the new Gopher Football stadium, but part of me will be sadly sentimental at saying good-bye to the Dome – nah, who am I kidding? Bring on the new digs!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Next year should be just as exciting with a few returning faces and then Tubby Smiths new recruits. Word on the street is that the Gopher basketball roster will be one of the tallest in the Big Ten.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I learned a lot about Gopher Basketball senior Spencer Tollackson in this GopherSports.com article. If you haven’t read it, check it out…it’s worth the read.
Happy Valentines Day Gopher Fans! And a special I heart you to Spencer!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Gophers have got to get a grip on scoring inconsistencies. I get the Tubby Smith defense system and the pressuring and denying passing lanes, but your team has to be able to score to win the game, too. With the loss, the Gopher mens basketball team has virtually no chance at the NCAA Tournament…my hoop dreams are over, but this Gopher Gal will still show up at Williams Arena to support her Gopher team!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
A pair of wins in Denver could give the Gophers hockey team a much needed lift. Go Gophers!
And I couldn’t agree more! Let’s hope the maroon and gold can beat some Pioneer butt this weekend in Denver.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
If you look through my posts, I think you can tell that I care more about Gopher hockey than any other Gopher sport...I do hail from the state of hockey, ya know! But the Gopher Basketball team is still a big deal on the University of Minnesota campus and here is a quick snapshot of the past few Gopher mens basketball games (more to get myself up to speed than anything else):
>>Jan 31 vs. Michigan Wolverines at Michigan WIN 77 - 65
>>Feb 03 vs. Wisconsin Badgers at Williams Arena loss 47 - 63 (big loss)
>>Feb 06 vs. Northwestern Wildcats at Illinois WIN 92 - 72 (big win)
Up next is a big game back at the Barn vs. the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday February 9th. You can still get Gopher Iowa tickets from local ticket brokers like Ticket King or buy your Gopher Basketball Tickets from Big Ten brokers like www.gopherbasketballtickets.com - they offer local Minneapolis pick-up. It’s going to be a rocking game at the Barn and Gopher basketball fans won’t want to miss it.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I must confess I went out Saturday night and didn’t see that game, but I saw the sports highlights which including some skirmishes and scuffles and not just in the stands! Everyone knows the Gopher and Sioux fans don't get along, but neither do the players and the coaches?! In fact the Sioux head coach got suspended for a few games thanks to his “read between the lines” finger gesture. It was a tough series for the struggling Gophers. There are only a few weekends left before the WCHA playoffs and I am starting to get nervous that the Gophers won’t make it.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Even more telling is Alex Kangas’ 1.80 goals against average and .933 save percentage since his seven starts after the holiday break. Kangas has never allowed more than three goals in any game this season, meaning the problem is the Gophers skaters more than the goaltending. Let’s hope this superb rookie sticks around for another season at the University of Minnesota and can keep the Gophers in the Fighting Sioux games this weekend.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
The Wolverines have a very talented freshman guard named Manny Harris. Harris is averaging 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 32.5 minutes per game. Despite the explosiveness of Harris, the Wolverines are still only 1-7 in the Big Ten Conference so far, which is worse than the Gophers 2-4 mark. The Gophers are also 2-4 in road games this year, but this matchup versus a weaker opponent gives them a good opportunity to improve on that mark. Look for Blake Hoffarber to fire up a few threes and Lawrence McKenzie to penetrate the lane. Let’s go Gophers!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
TEAM and POINTS
> Colorado College 31
> North Dakota Sioux26
> Denver Pioneers 24
> Minnesota Duluth & Wisconsin Badgers 17
> Minnesota Gophers 15
> Michigan Tech, Minnesota State, & St. Cloud State 14
> Alaska Anchorage 8
Come on Gophers, pick up the pace!!!!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday night the Gophers tied the Badgers 2-2. For most of the game I was certain the Gophers were going to split the series and win the Saturday night match-up, but the Badgers just rubbed salt into the wounds of our ailing Gophers by scoring two goals in the third. The Gopher hockey team has been pathetic in the third period this year. Coach Lucia has got to do something to turn that around..more conditioning, more or less line changes – something! You can’t just keep doing the same things over and over and expect the outcome to be different.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This weekend will be big for the Gophers team as they battle the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center in Madison. Both teams are tied for fifth place in the WCHA. And although this is the first meeting of the season, it may determine the Gophers fate in the WCHA. Both of this weekend’s games will be televised live on Fox Sports Net North so you can bet Gopher Gal will be tuned in…well, tuned in as long as the Gopher hockey team puts up a fight and makes watching them worth my time. Go Gophers! Go!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Well, since then my Gopher mens basketball team beat Penn State in Pennsylvania, but then lost two close match-ups at Williams Arena losing to Indiana 60-65 and then Michigan State 73-78. The Gophers are still a solid college basketball team and I think they still have a chance to make it to the big dance. The Gophers basketball team has two road games vs. Ohio and Michigan before returning to Williams Arena to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. You can bet Gopher Gal will be at the Barn for that game! Go Gophers!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The Gopher basketball team has a tough Conference Schedule ahead of them, but I wouldn’t count them out of the big games and be sure to buy a Gopher Basketball ticket so you can have a front and center view of the action. Go Gophers!!!!!!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Next weekend the Gophers take on the St Cloud State Huskies . . . I hope they can carry the winning momentum and beat the Huskies!