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    Our Dad had season tickets to both the Gophers and Vikings so that tradition has continued. I follow and cheer for all MN. teams but reality is other than the Lynx they will not win championships. I think you have to be a loyal fan to continue cheering for teams that rarely win championships.


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    [QUOTE=BleedGopher;1806743]YES!!!!!!!! You nailed it big time. I'm the "Gopher guy" among my friends as well, and I've had numerous in the past few days nearly verbatim conversations as you just detailed. It's frustrating, but at least people are paying attention.

    Go Gophers!![/QUOTE
    Great, great article. I also have encountered the same conversations. .. Doesnít do any good to argue. They are all experts(in their own mind).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RodentRampage View Post
    I remember going to a restaurant for lunch, trying to watch the Gophers and some jerks kept going "touchdown Jackrabbits!" over and over like it was the funniest thing in the world. I do think it's gotten better since Jerry Kill.
    Well, that is kind of funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry View Post
    The average rube lives on the west coast and is a Patriots, Vegas Nights, Raptors, OSU, Villanova fan. Winning brings all these a holes out. Do we really want these d-bags around? Let alone actually have a conversation with them.
    My neighor, born and raised Twin Cities, is a diehard fan of the Yankees, Wolverines and Dallas Cowboys. Not many neighborly conversations are had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopherdudepart2 View Post
    Pat Reusse has perpetuated this used car salesmen gimmick with his Twitter rips, and making fun of PJ'isms.
    I have been trying to just let this ridiculous Ďwoe is meí thread go, but this idea takes the cake. You give Pat way too much credit. He isnít that well respected and I seriously doubt anyone is forming an opinion about PJ based on what Pat says. If someone thinks PJ is like a used car salesman itís because of how/what PJ communicates - not how/what Pat Reusse does.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schnauzer View Post
    That's the other thing. People really liked Jerry Kill but PJ Fleck has waaaaaay too much of a personality and says words and stuff to the point there is a significant portion of the would-be fan base that simply can't get "used car salesman" out of their heads regardless of how many games the team wins, players graduate, and children's hospital patients are comforted. Minnesotans want their coaches to have the appearance of hard working, humorless, salt-of-the-earth types and deviations from that are hard to overcome. Bud Grant, Jerry Kill, Tom Kelly, etc. That's our type. Lou Holtz was the rare exception but bolting to Notre Dame was all the confirmation many people needed that a personality is the devil.
    I was born and raised here and never got used to Kill as I actually found him nauseating. I can't stand the humorless aw shucks personality. Not my type at all. Give me the well dressed outgoing charismatic type anytime. It must be a rural Minnesota thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panthadad2 View Post
    My neighor, born and raised Twin Cities, is a diehard fan of the Yankees, Wolverines and Dallas Cowboys. Not many neighborly conversations are had.
    So cliche! If you would have replaced Woverines with Bama you really would have nailed it! Although most in the Twin Cities are Packer fans over Cowboys. (Just awful!!!)

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    Is there a single person in America everyone likes? Maybe...I don’t know, Tom Hanks? Abraham Lincoln (historically)? I’m sure he did something wrong someone will take issue with. Otherwise I can’t think of one. Newsflash, every person you find hilarious or a great leader is equally irritating, fake, annoying, to someone else.

    Getting back to the OP, if we’re being honest there hasn’t been a splashy win yet. Sorry, but true. Get back to me after we go 8-0, defeat one or all of PSU, Iowa in Iowa City, Wisconsin. I think it’s a bridge too far to expect skeptical, casual fans to be totally on board with the Gophers at this point. Every win will build the hype, and maybe this is that special 98 type season the Vikes had that fueled a new generation of fans. Certainly could be if things break right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompous Elitist View Post
    Is there a single person in America everyone likes? Maybe...I donít know, Tom Hanks? Abraham Lincoln (historically)? Iím sure he did something wrong someone will take issue with. Otherwise I canít think of one. Newsflash, every person you find hilarious or a great leader is equally irritating, fake, annoying, to someone else.

    Getting back to the OP, if weíre being honest there hasnít been a splashy win yet. Sorry, but true. Get back to me after we go 8-0, defeat one or all of PSU, Iowa in Iowa City, Wisconsin. I think itís a bridge too far to expect skeptical, casual fans to be totally on board with the Gophers at this point. Every win will build the hype, and maybe this is that special 98 type season the Vikes had that fueled a new generation of fans. Certainly could be if things break right.
    I hate to say I told you so but.......... Bateman (Moss) Johnson (Carter) Crab (Jake Reed) Rodney Smith (Robert Smith) Brooks (Leroy Hoard)
    Cirocca (Brian Billick) and PJ Fleck as himself.

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    Well, I must have some pretty hot chili because (and I don’t usually do this) I had to try and get some intel on the Martinez injury. No dice on that issue but I did find this interesting opposing fan viewpoint on the upcoming game and MN vs UN at this point in history.

    https://nebraska.forums.rivals.com/t...nisota.251592/

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherDog1 View Post
    I hate to say I told you so but.......... Bateman (Moss) Johnson (Carter) Crab (Jake Reed) Rodney Smith (Robert Smith) Brooks (Leroy Hoard)
    Cirocca (Brian Billick) and PJ Fleck as himself.

    Does Brooks get 2 yards...

    Billick was a bit of an ass but man, those early game scripts were beautiful. The old vet Cunningham to Moss exploding onto the scene, Cris Carter tiptoeing down the back of the end zone..yeah the shoe fits. Don’t leave the field with time on the clock this time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruze View Post
    Minnesota sports fans are NEVER going to buy into Gopher sports teams the way they buy into the Vikings, Twins, Wolves, and Wild. There are more than a few reasons for this but probably the biggest one is the extreme dislike (if not hatred) that a large percentage of Minnesotans have for the U of M and everything associated with it. Although it is primarily a liberal/conservative and urban/rural thing, there are other reasons for it as well. There is evidence for it everywhere. I see it all the time with my family, friends, co-workers, and just being out and about in public.


    The state legislature is a prime example of where dislike for the U exists. Republican legislators never seem to miss an opportunity to criticize the U for it's failings and oppose their funding requests no matter how well justified they are. This always gets covered in the news media and people everywhere in the state see it and read it on a regular basis. None of this was happening when I was growing up in the 1960's and the Gopher football team was winning Big 10 championships and Rose Bowls. It was a time when the love for the U as an educational institution and economic driver for the state was almost universal among Minnesotans.
    Hahahaha...wow. So you just took this opportunity on Gopherhole to show hate towards the Republican Legislators. Wow... especially in this state where we have a bunch of dingdongs being elected as mayors and congresswomen. You opened this can of worms. Republican legislators against the U? Who the hell the drove the bills the get the stadium built...? Get your facts right...but as a liberal you will never see straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompous Elitist View Post
    Is there a single person in America everyone likes? Maybe...I donít know, Tom Hanks? Abraham Lincoln (historically)? Iím sure he did something wrong someone will take issue with. Otherwise I canít think of one. Newsflash, every person you find hilarious or a great leader is equally irritating, fake, annoying, to someone else.

    Getting back to the OP, if weíre being honest there hasnít been a splashy win yet. Sorry, but true. Get back to me after we go 8-0, defeat one or all of PSU, Iowa in Iowa City, Wisconsin. I think itís a bridge too far to expect skeptical, casual fans to be totally on board with the Gophers at this point. Every win will build the hype, and maybe this is that special 98 type season the Vikes had that fueled a new generation of fans. Certainly could be if things break right.
    It's true we haven't beaten a ranked team during our winning streak, but we have also won some games that we might have just lost in the past. I would be shocked if we didn't get a victory over either PSU, Iowa or Wisconsin this year. On the other hand, if we defeat Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers and Northwestern on top of the wins we have already accumulated, I would think this would give us reason for rejoice and hope of Gopher football future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonTXGopher View Post
    It's true we haven't beaten a ranked team during our winning streak, but we have also won some games that we might have just lost in the past. I would be shocked if we didn't get a victory over either PSU, Iowa or Wisconsin this year. On the other hand, if we defeat Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers and Northwestern on top of the wins we have already accumulated, I would think this would give us reason for rejoice and hope of Gopher football future.
    I’m pretty excited about how it’s setting up but the thread is about casual fans and “show me” fans and non-fans. I just don’t think the body of work is quite to the point we can start gettin’ upset with people that are in prove it mode. Nebraska will be nice, Maryland will be nice, an 8 win streak is really impressive, but it would really move the needle on sports radio and tv if MN can take out one or more of the ranked teams later this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompous Elitist View Post
    Well, I must have some pretty hot chili because (and I donít usually do this) I had to try and get some intel on the Martinez injury. No dice on that issue but I did find this interesting opposing fan viewpoint on the upcoming game and MN vs UN at this point in history.

    https://nebraska.forums.rivals.com/t...nisota.251592/
    A bit of a mixture, but the general consensus is they know this will be a tough game for their squad to win. Some of them are underestimating the Gophers, as usual...ĒIllinois with NFL wide receivers.Ē


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