Category Archives: Historic Teams

A rivalry renewed.

For the last several seasons, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have had only one basketball rival, and it was not the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa was very bad at basketball, struggling to stay out of the Big Ten cellar, and if we are going to be honest without ourselves, the Gophers were not usually that much better. Even those mediocre Gopher teams found a way to beat the Hawkeyes, who because of lack of talent and lack of coaching, couldn’t put up much of a fight. In the early days of the Monson era, the Gophers and Hawkeyes took turns between being bad and medicore, which led to some not very compelling basketball games, and the rivalry nearly died.

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1997 is out, but 1994 is still possible.

Once again, we will be forgoing our typical preview until statistics catch up to the sliding Golden Gophers, or until the Gophers can prove they are capable of playing up to their gaudy statistical profile. Instead, we’ll take a trip down memory lane and take a look at an equally confounding basketball team that was eventually quite successful 1993-94 Golden Gophers.

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Are you kidding me? Gophers win!

Let me try this, but don’t expect much in the way of complete sentences or proper punctuation. We are officially in uncharted territory and I am as close to being at a loss for words as possible. It is a very good thing this is in writing, the facial cramp resulting from a giant smile the last several minutes has rendered me speechless. All I know is that the Gophers somehow, someway, with their backs against the wall and the season on the line knocked…

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Back by popular demand: “On Giving Thanks”

I originally wrote this last Thanksgiving. My fiance thought I should resurrect it for today. She is in charge of the sweet potatoes today, which includes, of course, marshmallow distribution. Needless to say, this is a small sacrifice to make, infinitely smaller than giving up marshmallows on the sweet potatoes. Luckily, everything that I wrote about a year ago seems to have staying power. I’m still thankful for the older Gopher fans at The Barn that have paid their dues, sat through some frankly terrible…

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Half-Time schedule announced

I’m not sure why this showed up in our in-box this morning, but if the half-time show was going to determine which games you bought tickets for, you can make that decision now. The best: The 20 year anniversary of the 1989-90 Elite 8 team will bring back lots of memories and make a lot of people feel old. It should also create a lot of “Where is Clem?” chatter. The worst: Where is fly-ball? Do the powers that be not understand the undeniable entertainment of…

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Kevin Payton playing profesionally in Austria

Kevin Payton has signed a contract to play with Basketclubs Vienna in the Austrian Bundesliga, at least that’s what I was able to decipher from the amazingly not quite English google translation. The most spectacular undertaking the Viennese certainly succeeded with that of coach Aaron Mitchell. In addition, the homecoming of the Minnesota University Kevin Payton to become a driving force. From Kapfenberger siding to a service provider will be indoor games  Corey Hallett. Because of the large center Jure Lozancic 2.10 meters a second…

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Williams Arena’s floor is for sale

Not a bad thing to hang on the wall, but for historical purposes, I would strongly encourage you to mount it in a coffee table, just to be authentic. Unfortunately, the fine folks at the athletic department haven’t yet learned how to sell things on-line, so you’ll have to deal  with an actual person. As anyone who has ever dealt with the ticket office knows, that is not a good thing. Best of luck!

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Shane Schilling, still not living up to expectations

This time the expectations involve not getting high on meth and causing a police stand-off. Unfortunately, this is not his first run-in with the law. Shane Schilling, a former Gophers basketball player and the 1999 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year at Minnetonka, is in the Carver County Jail, facing felony charges of making terroristic threats and drug possession. Schilling, 28, was arrested Monday night after Chaska police responded to a call about a disturbance at an apartment on Clover Ridge Drive. The person who…

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Ray Christensen, back for one night only

The voice of the Gophers hasn’t quite hung up the headset for good. Ray Christensen, the legendary 50-year radio voice of Gopher football, has agreed to be part of the play-by-play broadcast for the University of Minnesota’s inaugural game at TCF Bank Stadium on September 12, 2009, as announced today by Athletics Director Joel Maturi, in collaboration with Learfield Sports, University of Minnesota’s exclusive athletics partner and multimedia rights holder. Christensen, a member of the Minnesota Broadcast Hall of Fame, will call the first Gopher…

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