TCF Bank Stadium is now a premier location to watch college football. On April 27 Gov. Mark
the Governing Body Dayton signed into law SF2392 a bipartisan bill allowing the beer to be sold at Minnesota Gopher football games. God Bless America!
In recent years, the 6-time NCAA College Football Champion Gophers have struggled. Well, by “recent years” I mean since the late 1960’s and by “struggled” I mean have been terrible.
However, thanks to the stalwart judgement of the Minnesota Legislature, Gopher fans will soon be able to wash away the bitter taste of defeat with cool refreshing alcohol.* Beer (including by law, at least one Minnesota brewed beverage) will be sold in the suites as well as to the public in a stadium beer garden.
The sale of alcohol is expected to provide 1.5 – 2 million dollars in extra revenue to the University of Minnesota every year. The Gophers also hope to sell more regularly priced suites now that alcohol will be made available.
Last year, new head coach Jerry Kill did a marvelous job of starting to turn around the anemic Gopher program left in tatters by former coach Tim Brewster. Minnesota began the season narrowly losing to UCS in the Coliseum 17-19, and punched above its weight to take home victories from Illinois (putting the final nail in Ron Zook’s coffin) and Iowa (taking home Floyd of Rosedale).
This year the Gophers may have more opportunities to raise their frothing glasses in celebration. Jerry Kill is a brutally honest and enthusiastic coach known for turning around programs. Basically, Kill is a young Wilford Brimley, except instead of battling diabetes Kill kicked cancer’s ass and now deals with occasional epileptic-like seizures. Assuming Kill’s health is maintained (and we hope it does) good things will be ahead for the Minnesota program.
The Offense will be led by promising duel threat Senior Quarterback MarQueis Gray and third year starter LT Ed Olson. The Defense returns experience at LB with Juniors Mike Rallis and Keanon Cooper. The Gophers are expected to improve upon last seasons 3-9 record with a manageable non-Conference schedule and Purdue and Northwestern at home. However, the Legends (still hate that name) Division is going to be rough with Michigan, Michigan State, and Nebraska all vying for a trip to Indianapolis.
* Assuming the Board of Regents votes to allow the sales of alcoholic beverages within their stadium.