Tag Archives: Kevin Payton

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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Kevin Payton has waved his last towel

This article is part one of our season review. Beginning with individual players and ultimately covering the progress of the team as a whole and the best and worst games of the year, we will dissect the season in just enough detail to provide that basketball fix that can never quite be satisfied during the summer months. In the last few weeks, the unsurprising news broke that Travis Busch and Kevin Payton have joined departing seniors Jonathan Williams and Jamal Abu-Shamala and have ended their…

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Barn Blurbs 2/26/09

Big Ten: You, too, could play for Indiana Includes the line “It might be too late for Smith’s club to make a convincing case for a respectable seed in March.” Who needs respectable? We just want in. Illini basketball out for revenge against visiting Gophers Great picture of Kevin Payton about to eat Chester Frazier. Does Illinois really need revenge. Wasn’t 20 in a row enough? U needs points from Westbrook It isn’t like he is trying not to score. NCAA tournament crunch time for…

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Barn Blurbs 2/24/09

A muddle in middle of Big Ten standings It has to sort itself out at some point, right? Father of the jump shot has jersey hung in the rafters at Williams No word on whether that first jump shot went in. Projecting the NCAA tournament brackets A #11 seed that should make us all happy. Tubby on lacking vocal leadership: “They’re like mummified” When I’m right, I’m right. Coaches’ conference calls

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One down, two to go in “Operation get three, drama free”

Get rid of your expectations and enjoy the ride. Trying to figure out how the Gophers will play on any given night will just give you a headache, and any Gopher fan will want to be pain and distraction free from what will surely be the most exciting last three Big Ten games that the Gophers have played in a decade. Minnesota’s 72-45 blowout wouldn’t have been too surprising if the game had taken place in a vacuum. The Gophers are the better team and…

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That 8 year old who sang the national anthem

So, you may have heard about a little kid that sang the national anthem before the St. Cloud State game. It was bound to show up on youtube, and it finally has. This kid and his voice on the eve of an historic election couldn’t have been more serendipitous. This should also give you at least three more reasons to like Kevin Payton, Blake Hoffarber, and Damian Johnson.

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Just showing up is just enough, Gophers beat South Dakota State

Wednesday night’s Gopher win over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits was dreadful for everyone, and somehow more dreadful than last season’s “victory” over the Jackrabbits. The Gophers were looking back on a string of impressive wins, or looking ahead to finals, Louisville, Christmas break, and maybe summer vacation. Clearly, neither team wanted to be there, and the fans were more than a little tired due to the 8:00 pm start, and tired of playing less than mediocre opponents. At least the Gophers mixed things up…

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Rodent Wars! Jackrabbits try not to get bounced from The Barn

University of Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 8:00 pm (CST) at Williams Arena Radio: WCCO 830 AM Tv: Big Ten Network Tickets: Row 9, in the upper deck at the three point line Last year at about this time, a confident Gopher basketball team was hoping to cruise past seemingly over matched South Dakota State, and the confidence nearly cost the team their season. In front of a particularly moribund crowd, the Gophers eeked out a victory in a game that the…

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On Giving Thanks

As the nation pauses for a day to remember all that we have, we as Minnesotans, students, alumni, and Gopher fans also have plenty to be thankful for. However, instead of pointing out the obvious (except one exception), I’d like to draw your attention to unsung, rarely noticed people, places, and things that make attending Gopher basketball games a true delight. 1. “Hail Minnesota” is both Minnesota’s song and the school song of the University of Minnesota. Its epic drumroll and superfluous fanfares set the…

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Kevin Payton, the Anti-Busch

Everything that Travis Busch needs, Kevin Payton has. Everything that Kevin Payton needs, Travis Busch has. And for this reason, instead of the Gophers having two solid contributors, they have two players that just can’t seem to fit in. Kevin Payton has received more grief than any player on the current roster. He has been criticized to the point that some have advocated stripping him of his scholarship. Most players who average less than 10 minutes per game and barely score one point per game…

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