Northwestern returns late pick for TD, dims Gophers' Rose Bowl ...

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The Loon

United States

#1 Nov 1, 2008
Second and three from the NU three. What would Coach Mason and his staff have done? Sorry, I am old fashioned. You run the ball three times and take your chances against the mighty NU D. God I hate the spread.

“Live Life with GUSTO!!!”

Since: Jun 08

St. Paul, MN

#3 Nov 1, 2008
The Loon wrote:
Second and three from the NU three. What would Coach Mason and his staff have done? Sorry, I am old fashioned. You run the ball three times and take your chances against the mighty NU D. God I hate the spread.
Sorry to be pick on you Loon, but, second guessing, the U of M coach seems to be the state's football pastime. The clock was ticking, it was under a minute; you need some time to get the ball away from the ND goal zone; so, take a gamble, take a chance, pass the ball. We might get lucky and get field goal range. Well, all is fair in love, war, and even football. Lady Luck and the football gods didn't bless us this time. It wasn't for the lack of trying.

The season is not over yet. The Gophers still can put "W's" on the stats board and finish this season with a flourish! Have faith in the Gophers, good things can still happen. Go Minnesota!!!
Poor Coaching

Middleton, WI

#4 Nov 1, 2008
Gophers coach Tim Brewster cost the Gophers a win on a number of occasions! a fake fieldgoal of 49 yard when your kicker had already missed a chip shot? ZWho do you think you were fooling? Yourself? Too funny! I also think when you are on your own 26 yard line with 22 seconds left, its time to play for overtime and not give the game away! Reading too much of your own print!!
Wisconsin Ted

Hudson, WI

#5 Nov 1, 2008
The Loon wrote:
Second and three from the NU three. What would Coach Mason and his staff have done? Sorry, I am old fashioned. You run the ball three times and take your chances against the mighty NU D. God I hate the spread.
Your obsession with Mason is bordering on Mental Illness.
Wisconsin Ted

Hudson, WI

#6 Nov 1, 2008
Poor Coaching wrote:
Gophers coach Tim Brewster cost the Gophers a win on a number of occasions! a fake fieldgoal of 49 yard when your kicker had already missed a chip shot? ZWho do you think you were fooling? Yourself? Too funny! I also think when you are on your own 26 yard line with 22 seconds left, its time to play for overtime and not give the game away! Reading too much of your own print!!
I think your assessment is correct for both choices. But again hindsight is 20/20.
Wisconsin Ted

Hudson, WI

#7 Nov 1, 2008
Need to figure out a running game when the Q.B. isn't carrying the ball.
Reggie

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Nov 1, 2008
The Rose Bowl was never in their future -- at least this year. What kind of headline is this?

“Live Life with GUSTO!!!”

Since: Jun 08

St. Paul, MN

#10 Nov 1, 2008
Without mentioning names/monikers, if you are so good at coaching, calling plays, and extreme hindsight, why aren't aren't you sport critics on the field coaching! After awhile expounding and complaining negatively, you start believing your venomous vindictive comments about sports.

I apologize if I sound overly personal, self righteous and pontifical, which I am not trying to be, but in looking at the preponderance of opinions at this board concerning the Gophers, much of the negativity borders on the ludicrous.

I love all type of sports and its competitions. Sometimes, I pop my Irish temper cork and scream bloody murder with the rest of you when the occasion warrants. However, life goes on, win or lose, there is always another time and game to watch, cheer, or scream. My expectations are tempered by the mottoes; 'Take each day one at a time', and 'Take each competition, a game at a time'. My expectations are also tempered by my participating in sports competition where I experienced; "The thrill of victory!", and/or "The agony of defeat!". Like life--winning is great and feels good, but defeats, if you gave your all, are lessons learned.

In a short personal tenure as a varsity ranked coached, my teams were successful in gaining national top ten collegiate rankings. Even after my departure from the scene, the teams continued to excel and stay in national prominence for several years. Lord, knows I had to take a lot of criticism but in the end I prevail against schools that were much better and more experienced at the sport. Keeping a positive outlook on life and sports help us grow as individuals, no matter what the outcomes.
Flash Gordon

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Nov 1, 2008
You know, last year some of you same people would have ripped the coach for not trying to win. There was time on the clock. The quarterback hit his best receiver in the hands with the ball near mid field. What would the posts read if he had held on? Or better yet, what would these posts say if the Gophs had taken a knee and then lost in overtime? These are college kids after all. I'm glad he went for the win. It shows that the Gophers would like to be winners!

“Live Life with GUSTO!!!”

Since: Jun 08

St. Paul, MN

#12 Nov 1, 2008
Reggie wrote:
The Rose Bowl was never in their future -- at least this year. What kind of headline is this?
Best Gopher post of the day!!! I agree with you, maybe some bowl game this year but not the Rose Bowl.
The Gophers still have to cook with some seasoning yet before we consider the Roses.

Go Gophers!!!.......

“Live Life with GUSTO!!!”

Since: Jun 08

St. Paul, MN

#13 Nov 1, 2008
Flash Gordon wrote:
You know, last year some of you same people would have ripped the coach for not trying to win. There was time on the clock. The quarterback hit his best receiver in the hands with the ball near mid field. What would the posts read if he had held on? Or better yet, what would these posts say if the Gophs had taken a knee and then lost in overtime? These are college kids after all. I'm glad he went for the win. It shows that the Gophers would like to be winners!
Great comment, Flash! I wish the soothsayers/naysayers stop trying to second guess the Gophers. Negative second guessing has been a constant ongoing battle for years. Sport traditions take time to build upon. All the negative vibes and over hyping only add bad karma to the tradition building process. Again, I like your comments. Go Minnesota!!!
Monk

Manitowoc, WI

#14 Nov 1, 2008
gtVoyageur wrote:
Without mentioning names/monikers, if you are so good at coaching, calling plays, and extreme hindsight, why aren't aren't you sport critics on the field coaching! After awhile expounding and complaining negatively, you start believing your venomous vindictive comments about sports.
I apologize if I sound overly personal, self righteous and pontifical, which I am not trying to be, but in looking at the preponderance of opinions at this board concerning the Gophers, much of the negativity borders on the ludicrous.
I love all type of sports and its competitions. Sometimes, I pop my Irish temper cork and scream bloody murder with the rest of you when the occasion warrants. However, life goes on, win or lose, there is always another time and game to watch, cheer, or scream. My expectations are tempered by the mottoes; 'Take each day one at a time', and 'Take each competition, a game at a time'. My expectations are also tempered by my participating in sports competition where I experienced; "The thrill of victory!", and/or "The agony of defeat!". Like life--winning is great and feels good, but defeats, if you gave your all, are lessons learned.
In a short personal tenure as a varsity ranked coached, my teams were successful in gaining national top ten collegiate rankings. Even after my departure from the scene, the teams continued to excel and stay in national prominence for several years. Lord, knows I had to take a lot of criticism but in the end I prevail against schools that were much better and more experienced at the sport. Keeping a positive outlook on life and sports help us grow as individuals, no matter what the outcomes.
Your wisdom is always appreciated here. Maturity and
experience have alot to do with personal success. The
Gophers have renewed spirit under Brewster and they will grow and mature.
It does get annoying to read cynical comments, but I agree with you." life goes on, win or lose, there is always another time and game to watch, cheer, or scream." There are
serious challenges in life and sports isn't often one of them.
I guess that's why we're enjoying the Gopher's success.
As a U Alum I say Go Gophs in all sports.

The Loon

United States

#15 Nov 1, 2008
gtVoyageur wrote:
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Sorry to be pick on you Loon, but, second guessing, the U of M coach seems to be the state's football pastime. The clock was ticking, it was under a minute; you need some time to get the ball away from the ND goal zone; so, take a gamble, take a chance, pass the ball. We might get lucky and get field goal range. Well, all is fair in love, war, and even football. Lady Luck and the football gods didn't bless us this time. It wasn't for the lack of trying.

The season is not over yet. The Gophers still can put "W's" on the stats board and finish this season with a flourish! Have faith in the Gophers, good things can still happen. Go Minnesota!!!
I was talking about us having the ball on their three yards line earlier. The series at the end of the game was just a rookie coach needing to be ever so brave (if not very smart). If the past two weeks have not shown you how our O is exposed, nothing will.
The Loon

United States

#16 Nov 1, 2008
Life and football are not about clicking your heels together three times while saying "we will win by going for broke against the odds". I have been saying now since before the season, it is very hard to have a good O against good teams without an offensive line. Heel clicking or not.
Goopher Tard

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Nov 2, 2008
Anyone with half a brain knows the Goophs are never going to any Rose Bowls...EVER. Especially with tipsy Timmy coaching the team.

What was tipsy Timmy thinking when they were passing from deep in their own territory with no time left? How does the team's best player let the ball bounce off his hands and be intercepted? And why where was Weber on the interception returned for a touchdown? If he doesn't give up on the play doesn't he make the tackle and stop the touchdown?
Observer

Apopka, FL

#18 Nov 2, 2008
Like all Gopher fans I was disappointed in the loss.
I didn't see anyone quit. Our best receiver was playing hurt. It's easy to second guess play calls.
This team is so much better in every way than teams in the immediate past that it's startling. I really look forward to Saturday afternoons watching this group of athletes.
shoreview Scott

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Nov 2, 2008
they cant make a 20 yd FG,,,and wildcats Dont have the starting QB & Rb,,and they still lose at home...they are NOt a ranked team,,and Wont be going to any big name bowls.....again...sorry Brewster let them come in flat on homecoming day...? unexceptable !
Coridog

Des Moines, IA

#20 Nov 2, 2008
Who is the author of this story? Rose Bowl hopes.
Good to see the Goph's winning a few, but what kind of story is this.
Writer must not have looked at the standings, there are a "few" teams in our way, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, all with better Big Ten records, even before yesterday.
Goph's have it good this year, not having to play Penn State & Michigan State, who are clearly the 2 best teams in the BigTen this year.
Goldie

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Nov 2, 2008
Here's a thought....if you can stand the ups and downs, watching a bunch of late teens and early 20's kids try and turn a program around, turn off the F'in T.V. We don't need you as fans. Go back to yelling at the refs at your kids peewee games. Or find something else to hate.
Don in Venice

Venice, FL

#22 Nov 2, 2008
Wisconsin Ted wrote:
Need to figure out a running game when the Q.B. isn't carrying the ball.
Need to get a place-kicker. Should have won this game 20-17.

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