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Golden Nuggz 9.16.2009

Jeremy Around at Golden Gopher Football Blog has a great analysis of California running back Jahvid Best:

It appears that Best isn't too difficult to tackle... if you can catch him. And good luck with that. He is very fast and unbelievably shifty. He is an unreal open field runner, and if you catch him one-on-one in the open he will make you miss. If he gets an opening he is incredibly dangerous.

This linked blog discusses the amazing average of over 10 yards per carry that Jahvid Best currently has achieved.

California is only favored by 14 points at this point for Saturday's matchup.  Considering their ranking and level of talent, I'd consider this spread to be a compliment to the Gophers' start to the season.

The San Francisco Examiner has a feature article on Nate Triplett and his inspiring story:

"He's one of those guys that's a hard-nosed, physical football player," Decker said. "Works hard in the weight room, on the practice field and in the classroom. Now to see him shine, it's fun to watch. He's one of those guys who will never give up and keep pushing."

Michael Rand of the Star Tribune has a guest post entry with John Marthaler of the Minnesota sports blog TNABACG at this link.  Marthaler discusses his experience at TCF Bank Stadium. has a few videos from the inaugural game at TCF Bank Stadium.

In a Star Tribune article, Emma Quinlan Connolly of St. Anthony Park has what is perhaps the best response to those who have complained about the noise from TCF Bank Stadium that they will have to deal with a few times per year, for a few hours:

"We were outside and could hear the score and the play-by-play," she said. "I was surprised at how crystal clear it was. It wasn't just muffled noise. We liked that we didn't have to go inside."

She called her neighbors' reaction overdramatic and said she is growing tired of the constant complaints - from road construction to Fair noise. The latest drama about the new stadium was over the top, she said. "For me, it was the last straw," she said. "Like, get over yourself. We live in the city; just deal with it."