Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Gopher Gals A-Squad

Have I mentioned yet that Gopher quarterback Adam Weber is the first sophomore in University of Minnesota history to be named captain? Wow, that is a big accomplishment. Clearly, Coach Tim Brewster has some faith in this kid. I know I do. Adam Weber is definitely on my top players list … I am going to start a Gopher Gal “lonely hearts club” and list all my favorite Gopher players. Let’s see…

Gopher Football:
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)

Gopher Basketball:
Blake Hoffarber (cutie and quick on his feet)
Dan Coleman (tall and lanky)

Gopher Hockey:
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

Gopher Football Slogan

Many fans have been asking about the red bracelets worn by the Gopher football players. Apparently, the Gophers are wearing bracelets with the team slogan "One Play at a Time" to remind them to execute each and every play with precision and to slow down and focus on ONE PLAY. Hmmm…interesting concept. I suppose you could say that last year’s record could have looked a whole lot different if just a half dozen plays had turned out differently. I hope the bracelets bring the team some much needed luck!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Gopher Football Coach Optimism

From Tim Brewster – head coach of Gopher Football Team – recorded on opening day of Gopher Football training camp:

“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:

“We’ll See”

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Gopher Nation Fan Fest

I wish I could go to this, but I have a family function tomorrow - - - If you are around campus, stop by the football complex and check-out your 2008 Gopher football team. Here is the press release about Gopher Nation Fan Fest 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

Gopher Defense has new leader with Ted Roof

The Golden Gophers football team has a new defensive coordinator Ted Roof this year. Roof is from the Duke Football team who if I remember correctly don’t have a big football program. Obviously, though, coach Tim Brewster saw something in this coach. I was reading over at a Duke Football tickets site that the Blue Devils have had “a few losing seasons” and now have a new head coach. I am not sure how I feel about getting a coach from an organization that cleaned house and started over. Do we really want another team’s dispensable employee? I hope what they say about 'one persons trash is another persons treasure' will prove true for Ted Roof and the Gopher Football defense. Time will tell.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Adam Weber is ready to lead Gopher Football, what about Gopher Nation?

Gopher Football training camp started this week and from all the reports around town, the team is stronger than last year and is ready to show Gopher Nation what it’s got. Gopher quarterback Adam Weber said that Tim Brewster's faith in him, along with a better sense of what the team and offense needed to do to reach its potential, has helped him become more focused. I hope he is right. I have a lot of faith in Weber, but he isn’t a one man show – he needs an entire Gopher team to win more than one game this Gopher season. Sure, Weber is one year older and one more year experienced, but is he ready to lead Gopher Nation? Last year, Gophers fans felt duped by Tim Brewsters rose colored promises – fans won’t be so quick to jump on the wagon this year – Weber will not only need to lead a Gopher offense, but a Gopher Nation as well.

I am ready for the season to start…August 30th isn’t that far away! Go Gophers!

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