March 28th, 2014 at 7:42 AM ^

Thoughts: Denver did that to themselves. I'm sure it was a big oversight, but honestly they couldn't have done a better job trolling the conspiracy community, if that's what it's called, if they had tried. Apocalypse murals with gasmasks and Nazis?  Random Mason statues? Come on.


March 27th, 2014 at 11:01 PM ^

You would think that a larger sign of "caring about football" is that Minnesota just built a brand sparkling new outdoor stadium to play football in, but perhaps not.

Either way, this has been in the works for a while--practice facilities are a significant issue for Minnie, one that they have been working to raise fund to rectify for some time. I'm actually surprised football is coming first, since a lot of noise has been made about the basketball team's lack of a facility and the relative age of the two main game facilities.

Keep in mind that the University of Minnesota has serious space-crunch issues that most other schools do not; Michigan has a large athletic campus, and many other universities sit on large land-grand properties that have all the property they need to expand; Minnesota's key space is in central Minneapolis, and there just isn't the space. 

Also, it sounds like they are building more than a fieldhouse--the football offices will be located there, which suggests that this also includes the rough equivalent to a Shembechler Hall on the premises. Thus some of the extra expense.

French West Indian

March 28th, 2014 at 9:37 AM ^

Well, after consulting google maps, apparently one only needs to cross eithe Emerald Street or 33rd Street to travel from Minneapolis to St Paul so technically that's closer than U of M's North Campus to Central Campus.

That actually came as a bit of a surprise to me as I had always thought that the U of Min was actually in St Paul because it was on the other side of the river from downtown Minneapolis.  As it turns out, the river is not necessarily the border that I had assumed it was.

Learn something new everyday.


March 28th, 2014 at 5:16 AM ^

Minnesota has a very shall we say optimistic view of their place in the sporting world. They think that they should be in the national title discussion every year. And they're...Minnesota. As far as I'm concerned if they're dumb enough to fire Glen Mason and Tubby Smith based solely on their delusion then they deserve what they get.

I just feel bad for poor damned Goldy. He doesn't deserve it.

Decatur Jack

March 28th, 2014 at 8:19 AM ^

I will admit that from what I've seen Minnesota fans have been quite delusional, but so are the fans of Purdue, Nebraska, and Penn State, all of whom believe that their programs are good enough to be in the national title discussion.

Besides, the Big Ten in general is a conference of delusion. But yes, most Minnesota fans should appreciate going to bowls more, and they should have never let Glen Mason go. Hands down their biggest mistake of the past decade.

But before we shit on and hur-hur Minnesota, let's note that at least they had an offensive line.


March 28th, 2014 at 8:54 AM ^

They don't have any illusions here. They know they're not ready to fight the SEC; they just want to compete in the conference occasionally. They're never even in the discussion. Near rivals Wisconsin and Iowa frequently are.

Wouldn't that chap you?