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#TBT--Historical Gopher Holiday Gift Ideas 2016!

If you're reading this and need some last minute presents for yourself or someone else I've pick out a few cool things.

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Homecoming pins from the 1920s
Homecoming pins from the 1920s

Historic Pictures

If you're reading this, you like historic pictures, I mean who doesn't? Giving historic sports images to the person who has everything says, "bullshit you don't have everything, here is a cool as hell photo to put in a frame and on your wall."

You can buy Gopher images for football, basketball or hockey either from the Minnesota Historical Society or Ebay. From MNHS what you are buying will be a reproduction made from the original, you can buy it online and it'll be shipped to your door. I have several of these and no one knows it's not the real thing, suckers.

If you want an actual print from the 1940s go on over to ebay, collectors are out here selling real photos all the time. Most of these photos come from a guy called John Rogers, who is kind of an a-hole. So I'd advocate you don't buy them.


Similar to photos most of this stuff will be found at ebay or etsy. Here are a few of my favorites:


Books are always easy gifts because they make everyone seem smart.

Gopher Gold, By Tim Brady is a great collection of stories about the University of Minnesota's history, that would be a good gift for just about any kind of fan.

Football Books:

Gophers Illustrated: The Incredible Complete History of Minnesota Football By Al Papas Jr. Great book for the casual fan. It has illustrations of all of your Gopher heroes, and trophies, along with summaries of some big games in Gopher history.

The Little Brown Jug, The Michigan-Minnesota Rivalry By Ken Magee and Jon Stevens. This is hot off the press, its a coffee table type book with tons of beautiful pictures.

Monster of the Midway: Bronko Nagurski or The Undefeated both by Jim Dent. Both books deal with Gopher greats after they leave Minnesota with Bronko in Chicago and Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma. However Jim Dent is a great writer and does a fantastic job.


Minnesota Hoops: Basketball In The North Star State By Marc Hugunin Not just about Gophers basketball but a good decade by decade account of basketball history in Minnesota.


Eh, sorry guys, all of the hockey books about the Gophers kind of suck. If you know of a good one, holler.

DIY Projects

I can't make shit, but clearly many of you can. If you want to make your own Little Brown Jug check out this article by @KevinZintheTC.

Kevin is also working on a replica of a Dinkytown butcher sign that was stolen by football players before the first Floyd of Rosedale game.