Video Contest Winners Thrilled to be in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, NV - To capitalize on the excitement of the Golden Gophers beginning the 2012 season in Las Vegas against UNLV, and Park Nicollet Health Services sponsored the Countdown to Vegas video contest this summer, which included a trip to Vegas including a hotel on the strip, a roundtrip flight for two, and two tickets to the season opener.

Bronwyn Miller, Jenny Luttenberger, and their winning "Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures" video won them a free trip to Las Vegas, courtesy of Park Nicollet and Gopher Sports Properties, and met up with them at Dick's Last Resort in Excalibur Hotel and Casino to see how they were enjoying Sin City.

"It's the best first time in Vegas that anybody could ask for," said Miller, making her first trip to Las Vegas. "I couldn't be more excited that, and I feel like I have a little piece of Minnesota with me."

It's hard not to feel the buzz when the Minnesota Rouser is being sung every hour by die-hard Gopher fans like Miller and Luttenberger. Miller is humble about her Gopher love, but she admits to "probably pushing the limit" on being obsessed. Luttenberger, a 2012 U of M graduate, has also pushed that limit by getting season tickets all four of her college years and going to almost every home football game.

After more than 30 entries, the Countdown to Vegas video contest was a hard-fought battle. After hearing about the contest via Twitter, she reached out to Luttenberger immediately, but had to resort to using a friend's boyfriend after Luttenberger backed out "at least five times."

Both Gopher fans are excited to see what is to come in 2012, but in typical Minnesotan fashion, Miller doesn't want to jinx anything by talking about specific players. "There are a lot of players that are looking really good, but we hope that they can pull it off in this hot, hot heat," she says.

So how do these contest winners think the Gophers will fare today? After some discussion, both agreed that the Gophers will come out ahead 28 - 13 for the victory.

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