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These are the Gophers we know and love

November 9, 2008 - Per Peterson
It’s good to see things are returning to normal for the University of Minnesota football team. Things were getting a little out of whack for a time there. They’ve lost two winnable home games in a row, looking downright pathetic in the last one — a 29-6 loss to a Michigan team that is having one of its worst years in a long, long time. Whew! For a while there, these Gophers were staring at a January bowl game. Yikes! They were even in contention for a — gasp — shot at a Big Ten championship. The horror! And, best yet, they cracked the Top 20! But things have finally returned to normal for this woeful program. The offense once again looks weak and lost, and the defense once again looks porous. Now, this team is 7-3, but that’s still too good to be true, coming of a 1-11 season. But this will change. They will lose at Wisconsin and they will fall to Iowa to finish 7-5. Then they will take their act to Michigan for the Motor City Bowl, one in a long line of meaningless, sleep-inducing, why-bother bowl games. This isn’t a story of how the mighty has fallen, because, in reality, they were never mighty; they were only mediocre, and they will continue to be mediocre for who knows how long. It might sound like I’m being sarcastically harsh and bitter, but these Gophers don’t deserve any better. They were 7-1 at one time, staring at 9-1 with back-to-back home games. Great teams would by 9-1 right now. Good teams would be 8-2 right now. The Gophers are 7-3 right now. They’re average, at best. But, as bubbly coach Brewster reminded everyone after Saturday’s loss to Michigan, this was a 1-11 team last year (in case anyone forgot). I’m glad Brewster’s glass is half full, but even the biggest optimist on campus has to be wondering what could’ve been had he been able to avoid the Gopher football curse that’s kept them, year after year, from playing a game in January.


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