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Vikings 2020 Offseason Recap

Vikings 2020 Offseason Recap

Benjamin R Dettmer

May 7, 2020

With the 2020 NFL Draft now in the rearview mirror, the 2020 NFL season is just a few short months away from (hopefully) kicking off.  While it goes without saying that sports will be much different going forward in the wake of COVID-19, one thing is certain to remain the same: Vikings fans getting...

NFC North review: post-draft grades for each team

NFC North review: post-draft grades for each team

Ethan Olson, Sports & Feature Editor

April 27, 2020

Alright, the first virtual draft in NFL history can be considered a success. No real hiccups just Bill Belichick's dog and Mike Vrabel's kids making some headlines. It may be because of the interesting atmosphere around this years NFL draft that some under-the-radar picks may not be talked about much...

Mahomes, Chiefs find 4th-quarter magic, win Super Bowl LIV

Mahomes, Chiefs find 4th-quarter magic, win Super Bowl LIV

Michael Geiger, Opinion Editor

February 6, 2020

With less than nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV, the Kansas City Chiefs found themselves trailing by 10 points, facing a 3rd-and-15 against a stout San Francisco 49er defense. His team's season on the line, quarterback Patrick Mahomes boldly suggested a play call to Head C...

Gopher football: Season wrap-up

Gopher football: Season wrap-up

Ryan Calvert, Sports & Feature Editor

December 30, 2019

The 2019 Gopher football regular season was one for the books. The team finished with a 10-2 record and the number 7 ranking in the FBS at one point, the highest-ranking they've had since 1962. They had the two finalists for Big Ten Receiver of the Year in Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson, the Big Ten...

Vikings Fans’ expectations remain cautiously optimistic

Vikings Fans' expectations remain cautiously optimistic

Ben Dettmer, Contributor

December 13, 2019

After a lackluster 2-2 start that had many fans bewildered and frustrated with the quarterback play of Kirk Cousins, the Vikings have rebounded strongly and positioned themselves to control their own playoff destiny with the home stretch of the regular season on the horizon. With games agains...

Players that will win you your fantasy football championship

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Ethan Olson, Contributor

December 13, 2019

Going into the final weeks of the NFL and fantasy football season, it is either a time of hope or absolute despair for fantasy football players. For every 11-2 fantasy team, there is always the 2-11 team following in its wake. Nonetheless, with the season winding down, and fantasy football finals just...

“Rowing the boat” figuratively and literally

“Rowing the boat” figuratively and literally

Maxwel Fagan, Contributor

December 12, 2019

On November 24, 2019, Brian and Megan Slipka, co-founders of the Slipka Foundation,  presented a check for $3,500 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities as part of a “Row the Boat” rally held at RidgePointe Senior Living in Minnetonka. RidgePointe resident Don Eckenrode remodeled a small boat ...

Tasting success: where does the football team go from here?

Tasting success: where does the football team go from here?

Ethan Olson, Contributor

November 23, 2019

Currently enjoying their highest-win season since 1904, only dragged down by the absolutely heart-breaking loss to rivals Iowa, it is hard to think of this season as anything but a historic success for PJ Fleck and the entirety of the football team. As of Nov. 21 with the team fighting for a shot...

7-“Oh”: Gopher football stays hot

7-“Oh”: Gopher football stays hot

Ben Dettmer, Contributor & Social Media Editor

October 25, 2019

The Golden Gophers won on Saturday, October 19, to post their first victory while ranked as a top-25 team in the last five years.  The Gophers dominated the Scarlet Knights from the get-go and easily covered the 28-point spread which had them favored by the largest margin since 2007.  For long-su...

Fantasy footballas of September

Fantasy footballas of September

Ryan Calvert, Sports & Feature Editor

October 1, 2019

Fantasy football takes center stage in the month of September, and there’s no doubt we have some players taking their game to the next level this season. There are three main categories of players that fantasy managers need to keep in mind going into the October portion of the season: true baller...

NFL week 1 highlights

NFL week 1 highlights

Danny Panken, Contributor

September 16, 2019

The second-best day of the year has arrived for NFL fans, only behind Superbowl Sunday, week one has finally arrived. It has been a long summer but now the best part of the year has started, and although there were some boring games, there was plenty of action to keep any fan glued to their seat all...

Gophers start hot: who’s next?

Minneapolis, United States - June 20, 2014: TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. TCF Bank is an outdoor stadium and home to the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.

Ryan Calvert, Sports & Feature Editor

September 15, 2019

  School has started, and that means the Gopher football team is back in action. Expectations are high this year for P.J. Fleck and the team he's built the past two seasons. ESPN uses its Football Power Index (FPI) before every season to predict the outcome of every game. This year, the n...

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