I just put that title hoping you would get that song stuck in your head, please let me know if it worked.
Well it is game day and it is the last day of 2009. Bring on the Cyclones and please bring on 2010.
If you are looking for a great "look back" article on Gopher football recruiting head over to Gopher Illustrated where Matt goes back to 2002. He looks at each Gopher recruiting class telling us who the star of the class was when signed, who was the biggest surprise and who was the biggest bust. I don't want to copy and paste the whole thing but here is the class of 2005 as an example...
Signing Day Star - Alex Daniels - picked Minn over Oklahoma and Ohio State
On the Field Star - Eric Decker - duh
Biggest Surprise - Eric Decker - lightly recruited 2-star who nearly went to St. Johns
Biggest Disappointment - Otis Hudson - OL who eventually transferred to Eastern Illinois
It is a fun read if you are a subscriber. If not, now might be the time to sign up. Part One and Part Two.
- The Cyclones got a visit from Larry Fitzgerald at practice the other day. Their coach, Paul Rhodes, was Fitz's offensive coordinator at Pitt. This link also emphasizes how Iowa State doesn't want a second guaranteed loss by adding us to their schedule.
- Tubby is starting to get offensive about getting PF-Trevor Mbakwe back on the court and out of court.
- Tempo Free Stat scatterplot. This is a good looking graph for Gopher fans.
- So what was Westbrook's secret to having a great game against Penn State? Apparently it was eat breakfast, shoot at the Barn for 8 hours, play Penn State. I'm not sure this routine is sustainable for the next 17 games considering he didn't eat for 12 hours but he might be on to something.
That's all I have for you. Enjoy the Insight Bowl and enjoy your New Year's Eve.