Sunday, April 23, 2006
Minnesota is doing what it can to keep Iowans out of the state on Nov. 18, which happens to be the day the Hawkeyes come rolling into the Metrodome to play the Golden Gophers. And who can blame them? You might recall the 2002 game, when Iowans stormed the Metrodome field after a 45-21 Hawkeye victory. While one group was carrying coach Kirk Ferentz off the field, another was tearing down a goalpost, eventually hauling it up the stairs and into the concourse. Minnesota managed to keep the Iowans off the field in 2004, but Iowa still won, 29-27, highlights of which we have here. Minnesota has had enough of these shenanigans on its home turf, so some new rules are in place for 2006. If you want a ticket to the game, you also have to buy one for the North Dakota State-Minnesota game on Oct. 21 in the Metrodome. It's called the "Gopher Gold Package." But that's not the restrictive part. To buy that package, you must be a Gopher season-ticket holder, a Minnesota "M" Club member, a Minnesota Alumni Association member or a Minnesota resident. These rules apply until Sept. 5, then you can be from anywhere and buy a ticket. "We're not trying to make any big issue out of this," Minnesota ticket manager Dan Teschke said. "We're not saying we're keeping out Hawkeye fans. We're just doing due diligence, and trying to do what's right for our fans and our team." By the way, the winner gets the Floyd of Rosedale trophy, a bronzed pig, which Iowa players are proudly displaying. More on that at a later date (subscription, so full story is in the comments section).
Posted by dawizofodds at 12:57 AM