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Minnesota Golden Gophers Citrus Bowl Coverage, News, and Links: Golden Nugz 12/19/14

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Football Citrus Bowl Coverage

In case you haven't heard, Missouri's front four on defense are impressive, and they're anchored by monster DE Shane Ray.  Worry not, the Golden Gophers have heard of him as well.

Drew Wolitarsky is practicing, and if he goes, I assume it can only mean good things for the passing game.

The extra time off before New Year's Day *writer smiles* is giving David Cobb a chance to nurse that hamstring he tweaked against Nebraska.  On the bum-leg, he still rushed for 118 against Wisconsin, per the story.

Maxx Williams is prudently exploring his NFL options.  Please stay, Maxx, because we love you.  If it's best for you to go, then go.  We'll all be happy for you, especially if you're drafted by the Vikings or not the Packers.

In facilities news, shaving some of the cost off the new football facility might mean shovels can hit the dirt sooner, per a Strib report.  Take this one with a grain of SID.

RandBall takes a look at how different the Minnesota football landscape looks from a couple of years ago.

Hockey

It's World Junior Championship hockey time, which is a slow time if you're only concerned with the Gophers team and not what Gophers hockey players do on the international stage.  Well, here's a story about freshman Leon Bristedt teaching his roommate, Ryan Collins (Columbus Blue Jackets), how to drop Swedish F-bombs so he's ready for the tournament.  Is one link enough to justify making the cover photo a shot of USA hockey?  Sure is.

Squeaky-Sneaks

How to solve your depth problem: admit your recruits,  especially if he's 6'9."
And now this, from Disney's Beauty and the Beast:

No one hits like Gaston
Matches wits like Gaston
In a spitting match nobody spits like Gaston
Gaston:
I'm especially good at expectorating!
When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
Every morning to help me get large
And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs
So I'm roughly the size of a barge!
My what a guy, that Gaston!
No one shoots like Gaston
Makes those beauts like Gaston
Then goes tromping around wearing boots like Gaston
Gaston:
I use antlers in all of my decorating!
My what a guy,
Gaston!

Do you think the Gophers don't move the ball well enough?  Well, they lead the nation in assists. Does that disprove your theory?  That's an honest question, not sarcasm.

Wrestling

There's some family connections that are part of the Gophers renewed wrestling renaissance.  And they beat jNW.