Not sure what more can really be said at this point. I couldn’t watch the game live due to an early family Thanksgiving get together. Admittedly, I turned the game off at halftime once I started watching it late Saturday night. This was an exact replay of the 2015 game at Northwestern in which the Gophers lost 27-0. The Gophers have now failed to score a single point in their last two trips to Evanston. Not Columbus, not Ann Arbor, not State College, not even Madison, but Evanston. Pat Fitzgerald has built the former jNW, “just Northwestern”, into a very solid program. Maybe not a championship caliber program but a solid top-to-bottom program that can beat you every week. But the Gophers should never be shutout twice-in-a-row at Evanston.
Looking back on the Jerry Kill era, that 2015 loss felt like the low point of Kill’s time in Dinkytown. His one-dimensional offense was badly exposed in that game. Fast-forward two years and the same thing happened again Saturday. With the loss of Tyler Johnson, the Gophers have no one reliable enough to catch a pass. Rashad Still had the chance to show he could be the man, was targeting often and once again showed why he had only once catch coming into the game. It’s time to end the Rashad Still experiment. It’s too early to say this will be the low point of Fleck’s time in Dinkytown but that was a bad loss. Yet, as soon as word broke earlier in the week about Tyler Johnson, we shouldn’t have expected any other result as it made the offense even more one-dimensional than it already was. Maybe the game would have been more competitve if they hadn’t played in a typhoon, but that’s simply an excuse as both teams have to play in the same conditions. But it’s Axe Week and the Gophers have a chance to ruin Wisconsin’s dream season.
Onto what really matters, this weeks Stroll Through Twitterland. The main hashtags for this week were:
-Well @MrThorman you’re feeling was inaccurate but that’s ok because I had to show this hat off. It’s fire hot and I need. Give me give me give me.
-Here’s the back. I must have!
-These were TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGHHHHHHTTTTT!!
-Trust the process @RTBGopherFan
-I agree 100% with this @RTBGophers
I don’t know about all of you, but if I get my ass knocked down, I get right back up and come back even harder! That’s what I expect from the #Gophers. PJ won’t let them lie there. But all the negative Tweets I’ve seen today are BS. That’s a loser mentality. #RTB pic.twitter.com/yTsAIIu097— Gophers Forever (@RTBGophers) November 18, 2017
-Soon friends. Real Soon.
-Trust the process @natotorn80
-Our own @GoAUpher took in the game and he is spot on. It’s not always about wins and losses, let’s all try and remember that.
Hi friends! I'm at the game losing feeling in my toes while being pelted in the face by mini icicles. I'm in a good mood. Just a reminder that you can be happy even when the #Gophers aren't playing well. pic.twitter.com/eeopRZ9cG3— Shootyhoops Hyped Zubaz (@GoAUpher) November 18, 2017
-I mean @DanOwen247 isn’t wrong.
-Last but certainly not least here’s a panda doing panda things to brighten your day.
pandas are fascinating creatures pic.twitter.com/cUUlP5j1q7— Puppy Pics (@CuteDogPlcs) November 19, 2017
There you have it, this weeks Stroll. It’s been a diffiult season in a lot of ways, but let’s all try and take a step back and be thankful for the things we have in our lives including Gopher football.