Season Ticket Holder Since 2007
Resides: Houston, Texas
Q: When was your first Gopher Football game and what do you remember about it?
A: 1995. Wisconsin vs. Minnesota at the Metrodome. It was my sophomore year of high school and I went with my friend who was a huge Gopher Football fan. After being part of that rivalry game and experiencing Gopher football I was hooked.
Q: What is your favorite part of tailgating?
A: My favorite part, now that we are at TCF Bank Stadium, is we finally have our place to tailgate each Saturday. There aren't any Vikings or Twins logos, it is about the "M." I remember growing up seeing games on TV at Nebraska or Texas and they would always show their fans tailgating, I now feel like we have that kind of atmosphere.
Q: What is the most memorable Gopher Football game you have ever been to?
A: There are actually two of them. My brother-in-law is a huge Iowa fan so each year we go to the Iowa vs. Minnesota game. In 2010, the season hadn't been going as planned, but no matter what is happening in the season this game is always a big deal. When we beat Iowa the last game of the season and all the fans stormed the field, the players carried the "Pig" around; it was the best feeling ever. To celebrate like that with all the other season ticket holders and students, it was just awesome. The other most memorable game was the opening game in TCF Bank Stadium against Air Force. I don't think any fans sat down for the first 10 minutes of the game, everyone just seemed in awe of our new stadium. I also remember after we returned the fumble to win the game just screaming at my wife "This is awesome" and she couldn't hear me it was so loud in there.
Q: Why do you believe Coach Kill is the right coach for Minnesota Football?
A: We have a coach that has had to prove himself at every place he has coached at. These weren't the best coaching jobs, but he has won at every place. We aren't the kind of program right now that is going to Rose Bowls every year. We need someone who knows how to build a winner and Coach Kill has done that during his career as a head coach. He has been able to take teams that haven't been expected to win at a high level and turn them into conference champions.
Q: What is your favorite part of Gopher Game days?
A: I haven't lived in Minneapolis since I went to college. I fly in for every game from Texas now. So the highlight for me is seeing my friends. It is my time to reconnect with them and my fellow Gopher fans. Gameday is truly a homecoming for me. It's seven days a year that I know I get to spend with people I love watching my Gophers play football.
Q: Why will you Be There in 2012?
A: Being a Gopher Football season ticket holder is something I'm proud of. I love knowing that seven days out of the year I'm going to be having a blast cheering on Gopher Football. I know that Gopher Football will win on the big stage again and I want to be able to say that I was there; that I was at every game during that magical run. Being a season ticket holder is about supporting the team that I love.
Kick Time Set for Gophers - Hawkeyes
Minnesota will host Iowa at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. The game will be on either ABC or ESPN2 and can be heard on KFAN.
Double OT With Coach Claeys After Colorado State
We went to double overtime with Tracy Claeys after last night's show and asked him some more fan questions that did not make it on during the show.
Golden Gophers Defeat Colorado State 31-24
Rodney Smith rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Gophers held on for a 31-24 win against Colorado State at TCF Bank Stadium.