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    Default 2019 GopherHole Survey

    It’s been seven years since I conducted a GopherHole Survey; it ran for eight consecutive years.

    The purpose of the survey is twofold: First, to provide feedback to the GopherHole Admins concerning what you like about GopherHole, and what you’d like to see added or improved on this website. The Admins are very much interested in reading what you have to say. Second, it is an opportunity to discover a little about the posters/members – nothing too personal. There are a lot of new members since the last survey. Hopefully you’ll participate.

    I ask, since the thread can get quite large, that comments about the survey be posted in another thread. Also, negative comments about members should not appear in the survey - no hijacking.
    The survey will run through September 30. At its conclusion, I’ll compile the results and write a summary related to the submitted information.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank GopherLady/Nadine and the Admins for making this site what it is today! Also, thank you to all who write articles that appear on its pages.

    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 72

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes Detroit Lakes

    Current Address/Locale: Knoxville,Iowa

    Gopher Fan Since: 1954

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: No. Sadly, not recently.

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: 1969 B.A. Moorhead State College (Now Minnesota State University - Moorhead) and Brown Institute, Broadcasting.

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? Timely information, knowledgeable posters, diverse opinions, humor, articles, recruiting news, and it’s free.

    Favorite posters: Daniel House’s in-depth reporting, SON’s Sports Huddle notes, BleedGophers’ many links, GopherLady’s timely presser notes and other contributions. I also like Nomellini’s trivia questions “On this date.”

    What changes you’d like so see: Removal of posts causing threads to be hijacked.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Bobby Bell

    Best Gopher Defense: 1962

    Best Gopher Offense: 2003

    Best Gopher Head Coach: Murray Warmath

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): Dave Winfield


    Go Gophers!!







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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 40

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Duluth, MN

    Gopher Fan Since: 1983

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Yes, I usually make it to 1-2 home games per year and watch the rest on TV.

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: MSU-Moorhead, 2001

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? Timely information, knowledgeable posters, diverse opinions, humor, articles, recruiting news, and it’s free.

    Favorite posters: Daniel House's in-depth reporting, SON’s Sports Huddle notes

    What changes you'd like so see: Removal of posts causing threads to be hijacked.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Greg Eslinger

    Best Gopher Defense: 1999 (the best defense during the Mason years, which isn't saying much)

    Best Gopher Offense: 2003

    Best Gopher Head Coach: Glen Mason (during my lifetime). I'm hopeful Fleck will be better eventually.

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): Bobby Jackson

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    Mar 2009
    Location
    Eden Prairie, MN
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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 41

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Eden Prairie, MN

    Gopher Fan Since: 1984

    Season Ticket Holder: Yes (Also, formerly hockey season ticket holder)

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Yes

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: University of Minnesota, 2000 B.A.; MBA, St. Cloud State University, 2016

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? It’s free, it’s entertaining, keeps me up date, especially during the off-season, knowledgeable posters, diverse opinions, humor, articles, recruiting news.

    Favorite posters: Daniel House, Norman Dale, Studwell55, The Hungry Sailor, Tipsy McStagger & Lloyd Christmas. BleedGopher. Swingman for his positivity, dpodoll68 for putting people in their place when they try to exaggerate, GophersinIowa, Pompous Elititst, Bob_Loblaw.

    What changes you like so see: Not much. Lots of posts that make me cringe, but i’'s a place for discussion. I understand wanting to vent sometimes.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: 1) Ryan Keller, 2) Matt Spaeth, 3) Tony Patterson

    Best Gopher Defense: 1999, 2014

    Best Gopher Offense: 2003, 2005

    Best Gopher Head Coach: I appreciate what Mason & Kill & now what Fleck has done.

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): Paul Martin, Terrance Simmons, Ron Johnson
    "True love is hard to find, sometimes you think you have true love and then you catch the early flight home from San Diego and a couple of nude people jump out of your bathroom blindfolded like a G$#@%&* magic show ready to double team your girlfriend..." -Mitch Martin

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    Didn't start getting into college sports in general until I started actually going to college in 2007.

    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 31

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes (Home town is International Falls)

    Current Address/Locale: Bemidji, Minn.

    Gopher Fan Since: 2007

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Try to but don't always succeed

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: 2009 graduate of Rainy River Community College with an AA, 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a BS in Mass Comm.

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? A fun spot to chit chat with a Minnesota focus. It's a little intense occasionally, but a good time.

    Favorite posters: Daniel House, BleedGopher, GopherLady

    What changes you’d like so see: Maybe pin a few more threads that go throughout the season.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Eric Decker, David Cobb, Maxx Williams

    Best Gopher Defense: 2014

    Best Gopher Offense: 2014

    Best Gopher Head Coach: Jerry Kill

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): Trevor Mbakwe, Kyle Rau, Jalen Myrick.
    Last edited by IceBoxGopher; 09-23-2019 at 02:15 PM.
    You guys are playing like this is some throw away game up in Rochester.

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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: mid-30s

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: MN

    Gopher Fan Since: 2004

    Season Ticket Holder: Yes

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Yes, I’ve missed one season and one game since 2004.

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: U of M: BSEE 2007, MBT 2015; St. Thomas: MBA 2011

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? Recruiting news, Gopher content

    Favorite posters: Daniel House's in-depth reporting, SON’s Sports Huddle notes

    What changes you'd like so see: Sunnier disposition amongst our fan base... Not every post needs the same handful of posters to come preach doom and gloom... I suspect some are actually Badgers fans with too much time on their hands.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Rashod Bateman

    Best Gopher Defense: Claeys/Sawvel the year Hageman became a force

    Best Gopher Offense: 2018 (expect 2019 by the end of the year)

    Best Gopher Head Coach: I’m confident in PJ, but Mason had most success since 2004, Kill/Claeys built things back up and are likely better X’s And O’s, PJ is by far the best recruiter (which is a good chunk of college coaching).

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): I think D. Campbell

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    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Windom, MN
    Posts
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    Short Ornery Norwegian

    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 64

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Windom, MN

    Gopher Fan Since: 1965

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: No. I work most Saturdays.

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: BA in Communications from Augsburg College in 1978. Broadcasting Degree from Brown College in 1987.

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? Gopher Hole is my escape from the real world - work, bills, health. It's like a vacation from all the BS I don't want to deal with.

    Favorite posters: Spoofin and Pompous on the football board. On the OTB, Costa and bga are the guys I like to argue with. (but if you ask them, they've won every argument...)

    What changes youÂ’d like so see: Keeping threads on topic. Also, spell out rules and regs for why people are banned, and how they can be re-instated.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Darrell Thompson (Tyrone Carter runner-up)

    Best Gopher Defense: 1999. Karon Riley all-conf, TC wins Thorpe award. Schlecht and Middlebrooks 2nd team All-conf.

    Best Gopher Offense: 2003 Barber, Maroney, Tapeh, AAK at QB

    Best Gopher Head Coach: All-time Bernie Bierman. In my lifetime, Warmath. (born in '55, but don't really remember the '60 and '61 teams)

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): have to go with Dave Winfield. Eric Dekker honorable mention.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    St Paul, MN
    Posts
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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 28

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Twin Cities

    Gopher Fan Since: ~2000

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: get to as many as I can for football and hockey

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: BS from UND in 2013, MD from UMN in 2017

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? good debate and speculation about gopher sports with some highly entertaining posters

    Favorite posters: DanielHouse, GopherLady, BleedGopher

    What changes you’d like so see: threads being policed more heavily for people derailing them

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Decker, Rodney Smith, Coughlin

    Best Gopher Defense: 2016

    Best Gopher Offense: 2003

    Best Gopher Head Coach: PJ Fleck; if you'd asked me 2 years ago it absolutely would've been Kill, but he's burned too many bridges to me

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): Bateman, Kessel, Rodney Williams

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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 59

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Waukee, IA

    Gopher Fan Since: 1969

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: I usually make it to 1 home game a year and watch the rest on TV. Was ecstatic to see basketball at NCAA Regionals here in Des Moines

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: Univ. of Minnesota, 1982 bachelor's, 1994 Master's

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? Timely information, knowledgeable posters, diverse opinions, recruiting news, Gopher history tidbits, and it’s free. Some of the threads do cause me to cringe, and I stopped posting a few years back. Recently decided to come back.....

    Favorite posters: Daniel House's in-depth reporting, SON’s Sports Huddle notes, most anything by Gopher Lady or Moonlight

    What changes you'd like so see: Little more policing of posts causing threads to be hijacked. Some of it just seems like beating a dead horse....

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Rick Upchurch

    Best Gopher Defense: 1999 (the best defense during the Mason years)

    Best Gopher Offense: 2003. loved the running game two minute drill in the 2003 Sun Bowl.

    Best Gopher Head Coach: Glen Mason (during my lifetime). I'm hopeful Fleck will be better eventually.

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): Dave Winfield way above every one else. Drafted professionally in three different sports, Hall of Fame professional career, and he could have made the majors as a pitcher!

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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: Middle-40's Guy

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Twin Cities Metro

    Gopher Fan Since: About 1980

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Not quite.

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: B.S.

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? Free info and free discussion about Gopher sports and more


    Favorite posters: myself. I think I'm excellent at this. Daniel House does a great job. Too many to name.

    What changes you'd like so see: updated forum site would be good where you can "Like" a post. Often times I'd like to just echo a comment so a like and dislike feature seems appropriate.



    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Ricky Foggie, Darryl Thompson

    Best Gopher Defense: 1999 / 2016

    Best Gopher Offense: 2003 / 2018 (still hopeful for 2019)

    Best Gopher Head Coach: Glen Mason, then Kill. Hope Fleck surpasses them both around 2022.

    Best Looking Gopher Head coach: PJ Fleck

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): I assume Spoofin
    Last edited by Face The Facts; 09-23-2019 at 03:59 PM.
    "Do Not Be Afraid to Be A Legend"

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    Age: 37

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Los Angeles, CA most of the time

    Gopher Fan Since: Birth

    Season Ticket Holder: Former

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Yes

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: JD and MBA

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? There really aren't too many die hard Gopher fans, so it's nice to come to a place where that exists. We can actually debate whether Ciarocca RUTM more or less than Limegrover. That's a foreign language to most folks in MN.

    Favorite posters: The guy that grades the OL, Spoofin, the people who transcribe the press conferences.

    What changes you'd like to see: I can't think of any. There are thinks that annoy me, but I'm sure a lot of other people like those things.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: MBIII

    Best Gopher Defense: 1999

    Best Gopher Offense: 2003

    Best Gopher Head Coach: Kill or Mason. Mason had more longevity but a couple of heartbreakers, while I was in college, take him down a notch for me.

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): Rodney Williams, Brandon Owens

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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 24

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Seattle, WA

    Gopher Fan Since: 2013

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Yes

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: 2017 BS in Computer Science from University of Minnesota

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole?: One stop shop for information about the gophers

    Favorite posters: Daniel House

    What changes you’d like so see: Lots of arguements get re-hashed verbatim in multiple threads, some more policing of that would be nice if possible.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Rodney Smith

    Best Gopher Defense: No Idea

    Best Gopher Offense: Now

    Best Gopher Head Coach: PJ Fleck

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): No Idea

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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 40

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: No

    Current Address/Locale: Fort Collins, CO

    Gopher Fan Since: 2004

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: No

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: BA from the U; MA from U Chicago

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole?: Nice way to kill some time. Sometimes I learn something.

    Favorite posters: Anyone with an avatar and a sarcastic personality.

    What changes you’d like so see: 1. I hate "all things" threads. For those of us who come here infrequently, it is hard to follow. 2. Not enough off topic stuff on the Off Topic board. Just a bunch of political flaming.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Bo Jackson

    Favorite band: The Band

    Favorite movie: First Blood

    Book(s) I am reading: Moby Dick and Byzantine Aesthetics
    People start ****ing around with the law and all hell breaks loose. — Will Teasle

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    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Middlesbrough, England
    Posts
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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 46

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: No, born and lived in the North of England all my life

    Current Address/Locale: Middlesbrough, England

    Gopher Fan Since: 2012

    Season Ticket Holder: No

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Not always. Try to attend a home opener and a bowl game when I can.

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: 1994 BA History (University of Leeds; 1996 Postgraduate Certificate of Education (University of Leeds); 2005 Postgraduate Diploma in Education Research (University of Teesside).

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? The best place to get news and opinion on my favourite football team. Every season is like a shared rollercoaster of emotions!

    Favorite posters: SON Sportshuddle. Anyone that keeps a thread on the intended track.

    What changes you’d like so see: Like it as it is - maybe some way to link with more digital video content - Game highlights etc?

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Brock Vereen

    Best Gopher Defense: 2016

    Best Gopher Offense: 2019 (in terms of talent level)

    Best Gopher Head Coach: PJ Fleck

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): Pete Mortell


    Go Gophers!!







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    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Savage, MN
    Posts
    1,374

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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 47

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Savage, MN

    Gopher Fan Since: mid 1980s

    Season Ticket Holder: yes

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Yep

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: 2 U of MN degrees related to my field of healthcare

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? 1) cost, 2) witty repartee, 3) a communal place to commiserate, 4) my go to on-line "time waster" at work

    Favorite / most memorable posters: SON (anyone who can transcribe Sir Sid on the Sports Huddle deserves their own place in GopherHole lore), DetleffromtheEssenHaus

    What changes you’d like so see: anything politically related on the off-topic board though I imagine the "clicks" related to those threads really drive up the click count. Just a reminder as to the sad state of affairs this country is in.

    FUN QUESTIONS RELATED TO PLAYERS, COACHES YOU WATCHED SINCE YOU STARTED FOLLOWING GOPHER FOOTBALL

    All-Time Favorite Player: Danny Nystrom for his 1999 game-winning kick at Penn State.

    Best Gopher Defense: None deserving in my life

    Best Gopher Offense: the first 2½ quarters of the 2003 Michigan football game

    Best Gopher Head Coach: In hindsight probably Mase

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): Dave Winfield is the only correct answer
    Mediocre teams lose in excrutiating ways

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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Age: 45

    Gender: Male

    Minnesota Native: Yes

    Current Address/Locale: Minneapolis, MN

    Gopher Fan Since: 1983

    Season Ticket Holder: Not any more

    Attend at Least One Game Per Season: Yes. At least 1 road and a one home per year.

    Post-Secondary Degree(s) and School(s) or working toward a degree: U of M Grad

    GOPHERHOLE WEBSITE:

    What do you like about GopherHole? Debating about my favorite sports team. The humor is outstanding sometimes as well.

    Favorite posters: I actually like most - even those that don’t like me. Really appreciate the effort from SON and Bleed

    What changes you'd like to see: No comment

    All-Time Favorite Player: RF14

    Best Gopher Defense: BBC and EM31

    Best Gopher Offense: MBIII and LM22

    Best Gopher Head Coach: Jerry Kill

    Most Athletic Gopher (Any Sport): MG5


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