It’s Sioux and Gophers week again and I would compare this historic rivalry to the Hatfield’s and McCoy feud. All you have to do is watch the videos to figure out that these two teams just that don’t like each other very much. Some of it’s due to the fact that UND has quite a few players from the Metro area that like to play against the Gophers and beat them. I am expecting an awesome effort from Danny Kristo, Ben Blood, Nick Mattson, Joe Gleason, Brock Nelson, Derek Forbort.
Nothing like a big hit by one of the Sioux’s forward to fire the team up and then start a Donny Brook.I found this gem on Gopher Puck Live…
Why do Sioux fans continue to manufacture reasons to fuel the rivalry? There’s this phantom incident, Wheeler insulting Finley’s sister, the never seen Lucia spear and they also accused Bickel of “hiding behind a ref” a few years ago. I figure in a few years some idiot will recycle the spear and sister insult. Just embrace your goonery and stop trying to justify it.
As you just read above, we will hear from Gopher fans how the Fighting Sioux are a bunch of classless Goons. If you believe the hype, it’s almost like the Sioux are a bunch of knuckle dragging Neanderthals straight out of the movie Slap Shot.
Me personally, I like to refer to the Gophers as being “Minnesota‘s Pansies on Ice”. You know the team that won’t go head to head with your favorite team, but will stand behind the referee and yap (i.e., Stu Bickel, Seth Helgeson, Tony Lucia) and when they are called out beg for the ref to save them.
Just a reminder to folks, remember it’s just a game folks, we don’t need anyone getting into a fight outside the arena or in the bars on either side of the ice. When it’s all said and done hope everyone has a fun time and no one gets hurt or arrested. Back in 2009 I wrote a blog post on fan behavior at the Illegal Curve.
Here is the video of the after math of “the never seen Lucia spear,” of course there wasn’t going to ever be a video proving that there was a Lucia spear. FSN isn’t going to come forward with a spear that showed on of their golden boys in a bad light.
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