October 27, 2019

Minnesota Golden Gophers Football vs Maryland

Minnesota Golden Gophers Football vs Maryland
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for October 27, 2019

Our week started out with a rousing round of Bingo at The Pointe with our good friends, The Korkowski Family.  I didn't win which made me very sad.  I just really love yelling Bingo!

On Friday night, Miss Sheri and I had fun at our favorite restaurant, Outback Steakhouse.  Right after the bartender took this picture, some really big guy down the bar said to me "You're lucky.  She makes you look good."  Naturally I responded with a smile and something like "Yeah, I know she does."   But as I sat there for awhile, I started to think about his comment.  Was he trying to tell me I'm ugly?  And why does he care if I'm ugly?  People are funny.

This guy didn't care if I'm ugly.  He was happy to see me regardless!

It was Parents weekend at the University of Minnesota this weekend so we headed down to see Avery.

Avery is living at his fraternity house this year and this was the first time I had a chance to see his place.  I was really looking forward to spending some time at a fraternity house on a Saturday game day for awhile.

We met several of Avery's friends and they were all very nice and welcoming to us.  By the end of our time we were there, I started feeling like I want to go back to college and be in a fraternity again.  Time for some Old School!

Our good friends, Guy and Jeanine Perera, have two kids in the Gophers marching band so they go to every game.  We had fun hooking up with them for awhile before the game started.

Avery normally sits in the student section at games but was kind enough to spend time with his folks while we were there.  Such a good boy.

This was our first time seeing the Golden Gophers play this year.  We were pretty excited to watch them since they were undefeated at 7-0 going into this game.  They'd also won 9 in a row dating back to their defeat of the Badgers last year and a Bowl game win.  That is their longest win streak since 1941!  We were hopeful we'd get to see them extend it to 1 more.

The stadium was electric as everyone was going nuts throughout the game.

I was pretty impressed with how well the students stay in unison when they were announcing when the Gophers scored a first down.  That must take a lot of practice.

This is head coach PJ Fleck's third year.  Of course he's highly responsible for the program's recent success.  I really like him, but was a bit nervous for him at first with his Rah Rah attitude and Row the Boat philosophy.  He obviously can walk the walk of his talk the talk though which is pretty cool.  I like inspirational people.

The Gophers started off dominant and never let off the gas.  They put on a clinic for how to play football against the over-matched team from Maryland.

These guys really like to run.  You'd think they'd get tired after awhile.  This was them heading to the locker-room at half time.  You'd think they'd want to rest for a minute.

We enjoyed watching the band at half time as we always do.

The final score ended up being 52 for the Gophers and 10 for the Terrapins bringing the Gophers streak to 8-0.  The big test will be coming their next game when they take on undefeated Penn State in 2 weeks.  Ought to be a fun game to watch!

On Sunday, Grandma Linda invited us over for a family meal and we decided to drag Avery along with us.  Everyone loves spending time with Grandma Linda!

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