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Gophers Illustrated

Gophers Illustrated: The Incredible Complete History of Minnesota Football

METICULOUSLY RESEARCHED AND DRAWN BY Al Papas
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 224
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.ctttsp5f
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    Gophers Illustrated
    Book Description:

    Beginning with their first game in the fall of 1882 against Hamline University, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are one of college football’s oldest and most storied programs, winning six national championships and inspiring countless fans. Wonderfully illustrated, painstakingly researched, and full of stats, game charts, and stories both whimsical and poignant, Gophers Illustrated collects both the well-remembered and long-forgotten moments that have made the Golden Gophers a Minnesota treasure.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-7069-7
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
  3. Gophers Illustrated
    (pp. 1-207)

    FOOTBALL CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE 11TH CENTURY WHEN SOME ENGLISHMEN WERE EXCAVATING A FORMER BATTLEFIELD. THEY UNEARTHED THE SKULL OF A DANISH SOLDIER. IN CONTEMPT FOR THEIR PRIOR RULER, THEY BEGAN KICKING THE HAPLESS HEAD AROUND. IT ATTRACTED ATTENTION TO WHERE ALL THE DIGGERS LEFT THEIR WORK TO JOIN IN. THIS SPONTANEOUS NEW “GAME” WAS DUBBED “KICKING THE DANE’S HEAD.”

    OF COURSE, THIS WAS ALL TAKEN IN BY SOME KIDS WHO FOUND THEIR OWN HEAD. IT WAS A BIT HARD ON THE FEET SO THEY SUBSTITUTED THE HEAD WITH A COW’S BLADDER. IT THEN BECAME KNOWN AS “KICKING...

  4. Back Matter
    (pp. 208-211)