We had a campfire over the weekend, as Minnesota experienced some record setting heat this February.
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We are starting 2017, by looking back on some personal history, that I have never completely understood.
Now that the dinner has been consumed, the fireworks lit, and the bourbon drank, I will confess to, very recently, watching the film Monsters, Inc for the first time.
In the end, I have no idea what to make of it, and ask, with all sincerity: “WTF?”
P.S. Congrats on the nice walleye.
In what was no doubt the most raw, and the most difficult sports related press conference I have ever watched, Jerry Kill resigned as the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gopher football program. Coach Kill has battled epilepsy since 2005, and it was hoped that the seizures were under control, but they have returned this year. Following his doctor’s advice, Kill has retired from coaching, effective immediately.
“I don’t want to be a liability,” Kill said Wednesday. “I don’t want somebody to have to worry about if I’m going to drop on the field. I don’t want to coach from the press box. I want to coach the way I coached my whole life. I don’t have any more energy. None. I’ve left it all here in the great state of Minnesota. And I have no regrets.”
Kill has been a football coach for 32 years, with the last five at the University of Minnesota. When he arrived at Minnesota, Kill found a program mired in years of mediocrity, with the program’s best years decades in the past. In his short time at Minnesota, Kill returned the football program back to relevance, earning the B1G Coach of the Year Award in 2014.
Coach Kill will be deeply missed at the University, but I have no doubt he will be successful at whatever venture he turns to next.
Best of luck to you Coach.
A Flashback Friday Edition:
With the college football season underway, and the hockey season a month off, here’s a photo of John Mariucci. Mariucci was an All-American and AAU National Champion on the ice in 1940, and he was also a National Champion on the gridiron in the same year for the Golden Gophers.
“Every day you’re playing worse than the day before, and today you’re playing like tomorrow.”
— John Mariuuci from his coaching days…
Photo courtesy of Golden Gopher Football
The funeral for Norbert Robertson, who was the oldest alum of the University of Minnesota hockey team, was held today. Robertson was a three sport athlete for Minnesota and later St Thomas. He was on the Minnesota team that won the AAU National Championship in 1940. His Minnesota career was cut short by World War II. When Robertson received his draft letter he had one quarter left to graduate. He asked if he could finish his degree, “But Uncle Sam waits for no one,” Robertson said. Within a month, he was in basic training, and eventually assigned to the Air Force.
Mr Robertson, a St Paul native, was 95. RIP.
Photo courtesy of Golden Gopher Hockey