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Afternoon Nugz - 05.18.10

MofiullkkerosiyI've been out of town so forgive the lame and infrequent postings, but here is some good Gopher news...

The Border Battle Cup stays in Minnesota. The Badgers have the Axe but we have won the Border Battle for two consecutive years. (obviously I'd love to have the Axe, but we'll take what we can get right?)

The Gophers amassed 550 points to Wisconsin's 330 points to even the all-time series with their third victory in the six-year history of the competition. Minnesota's three wins have all been by substantial margins with a 535-345 win in 2008-09 and a 530-350 win in 2005-06.

I love rivalries and all-around competition like this. Football is obviously king and the Badgers have taken care of the Gophers lately. But we have had more than our share of success on the basketball floor and split the season men's hockey series in spite of our ugly hockey season.

  • The real domination came in this past weekend's track and field championships. The Gopher Men's Track and Field team has dominated the Big Ten for two consecutive seasons. In 2009 and 2010 they won both the Indoor and Outdoor Conference Championships. Down the Backstretch covers this kind of stuff far better than I so check them out for more info.
  • Gopher football picked up an early commitment for the class of 2012. Nick Rallis is the brother of current Gopher Mike Rallis and he wants to have a chance to play with his brother in maroon and gold. The younger Rallis is a 6-0, 200 lb junior safety for Edina.
  • In other recruiting news, GopherIllustrated has a good article on a recent unofficial visit from James Adeyanju a highly ranked, Chicago defensive end with offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Boston College, Stanford, Wisconsin, Northwestern and several other BCS schools. Adeyanju wasn't sure he'd take the Gophers too seriously until he was convinced to take an unofficial visit this past weekend and he was very impressed.
    "The campus was beautiful, I loved it. The city was very nice and I liked that the school was located right in the city. There seemed like there would always be things to do and there would be a lot of opportunities for learning because of the businesses in Minneapolis. All of the football facilities were really nice, the weight room and practice areas were great. The new stadium was beautiful. I could not believe how nice it was, it looks like a great place to play football. The entire campus was amazing."
    Sounds like Brewster and staff made an impression on this kid who by all accounts is very talented and with offers from Standford, Northwestern, Duke and Vandy is also a smart young man. Would love to see him in maroon and gold.