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Ray Christenson's Gopher Tales: Stories from All Eleven University of Minnesota's Men's Sports,9781582614694

Ray Christenson's Gopher Tales: Stories from All Eleven University of Minnesota's Men's Sports

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9781582614694

ISBN10:
1582614695
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
8/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Sports Pub
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Summary

Join Ray as he reveals who was trapped in an elevator a block from the arena, whose idea it was to use a "ball" made of welltaped toilet paper for basketball practice, and which wrestler went on to win the Nobel Prize. Ray Christensen's Gopher Tales captures the excitement, humor and character of the Golden Gopher tradition. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Ray Christensen was active in radio broadcasting for 55 years. Before retiring in March of 2001, he did the play-by-play of University of Minnesota football for 50 consecutive seasons (510 games) and Gopher basketball for 45 consecutive seasons (1,309 games). Among his many awards are the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award, the Men's Athletics Hall of Fame Award and the Chris Schenkel Award (placing him in the College Football Hall of Fame).

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Football
The Hall of Traditions
1(2)
Doc Williams
3(1)
John McGovern
4(1)
Bronko
4(3)
Bernie's Golden Decade
7(1)
Kostka and the Draft
8(1)
Gophers... Golden Gophers
8(1)
The Return to the Top
9(1)
The Talking Play
10(1)
Franck, Smith and the Heisman
10(2)
The Drop-Kick
12(1)
Memorial Stadium, the Inside Story
12(2)
The Rouser
14(1)
Let's Hear It for the Gophers!
14(1)
Bud
15(1)
The $2.50 Limit
16(1)
The Single Wing Surprise
17(1)
The Best Runs
17(1)
Unswerving Loyalty
18(1)
The ``1'' and ``2'' Return
19(1)
Minnesota and Iowa-the Biggest Game
19(2)
The 1962 Rose Bowl
21(1)
Father Knows Best
21(1)
The Worst Call
22(1)
The Outland Award-Brown and Bell-Back to Back
23(2)
The Helmet Stayed On
25(1)
``We Want Johnson''
25(1)
Murray's Final Game
26(1)
Murray's Soft Side
27(1)
Cal's First Win
28(1)
Never on Saturday
28(1)
Movie Buff
29(1)
A Matter of Inches
30(1)
The Jug and the Hog
30(3)
Give It to Kent
33(1)
Fourth and Ninety-nine
33(1)
Joe and Ray
34(1)
Hohensee's Biggest Game
34(1)
Holtz to Gutekunst-A Quick Handoff
35(2)
Five for Five
37(1)
My Only Coaching Assignment
37(1)
The Turn-Around Return
38(1)
Lohmiller's Other 1986 Heroics
38(1)
The Silence of the Wolverines
39(2)
The Game of Football
41(1)
Fireworks in the Fourth
41(1)
From the Field to the Booth
42(2)
The Lumpkin Leap
44(1)
The Upholsterer from Brooklyn
45(1)
The Other Foggie
46(1)
Boomerang
46(1)
Thanks, Coach
47(1)
The Proposal
48(1)
The Scoring Marathon
48(2)
Dr. Ben
50(1)
The Band
50(2)
Size Isn't Everything
52(1)
Homecoming
53(1)
My Top Twenty-two in Football
54(2)
On Broadcasting a Game
56(1)
Images
57(1)
The Field Goal and the Fans
58(1)
Changes
58(1)
The Hall of Fame
59(2)
Completing the Cycle
61(1)
The Jacket from South Korea
61(1)
Color Commentators
62(3)
Biggest Disappointments
65(3)
``The Use of Intoxicating Liquor---''
68(1)
Basketball
The Game of Basketball
69(1)
``I Hate the Twin Cities''
70(1)
The Bridge Is Out
70(1)
104... Not Always Enough
71(1)
The Transformation
72(1)
Lou Hudson
72(2)
Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
74(1)
Bill Fitch on Recruiting
74(1)
The Warmup Show
75(1)
The Fast Break
75(1)
The Best Opposing Team, the Best Opposing Player
76(1)
The Bottomless Cup
76(1)
A Memorable Title Game
77(1)
The Ups and Downs of Play-by-Play
78(1)
The Madison Story
79(1)
Who Was That Masked Man?
80(1)
The Big Game
81(1)
It's Sunday. Who's In Charge?
82(1)
The Best Single Half
82(1)
Favorite ``Away'' Broadcast Locations
83(1)
From Just Short to All the Way
84(1)
Crittenden for Three
85(1)
The Triple O.T.
86(2)
Jayson's Double Doubles
88(1)
Three Choices
88(1)
Seven in Eighteen
89(1)
My Favorite Basketball Pass
90(1)
Midnight Madness
90(3)
Tale of the Tape
93(2)
Out of the Depths
95(1)
King of the Road
96(1)
Georgia On His Mind... Again
97(1)
My Top Ten (Eleven) in Basketball
98(2)
Louie
100(1)
The Computer Age
101(1)
An Unexpected Recognition
101(1)
The Barn
102(1)
A Sad Ending... a Promising Beginning
103(1)
The Big Ten Title
104(1)
Out of Circulation--Into Tradition
104(2)
Wrestling
Wrestling With World Hunger
106(1)
The Brothers Z
107(1)
Mentor Morgan
108(1)
Another 39-0
108(2)
The First Four-Timer
110(1)
Lesnar and Oklahoma State
110(1)
Try, Try Again
111(2)
``Ten-Ten-Ten''
113(1)
Two in a Row
114(1)
Early Start
115(1)
J
116(1)
The Answer
117(1)
Hockey
``Maroosh''
118(2)
An Eveleth Encore
120(1)
The Hot Spot
120(2)
The Referee
122(1)
Mighty Mite
122(1)
The Prelude to ``Miracle On Ice''
123(2)
The Hobey Baker Award
125(1)
``Darting''
126(2)
Putting the ``O'' into ``D''
128(1)
The Drifter
128(1)
The Corner Lot Rink
129(1)
The Playmaker
130(1)
Golden Goalie
131(1)
Penalty-Killing
132(1)
A Standout Blueliner
133(1)
From Alaska to Colorado to Minnesota
133(1)
Hold the Presses!
134(2)
Golf
Harris and Nielsen---Opposite Approaches
136(1)
Slap Shot with a 5-Iron?
137(1)
``Birdie Day''
137(2)
The Best Ball-Striker
139(1)
Northern Golf
140(1)
``Yes Sir, Mr. Bolstad''
140(2)
Tom Lehman
142(1)
Baseball
Two-Sport Standouts
143(2)
Three Extra-Inning Games in Omaha
145(1)
``Molly''
145(2)
The Little Guy Wanted to Be Here
147(1)
Pitch It or Catch It?
148(1)
Sorry, Dad
149(1)
The Plan
150(1)
Merila's Biggest Victory
151(1)
Easy to Recruit
151(1)
The Pregame Ceremony
152(1)
Battling Back
153(2)
How to Follow a Tough Act to Follow
155(3)
Tennis
Noyce and Geatz
158(2)
From Novosibirsk to 4.0
160(2)
The Minnesota Magnet
162(1)
Number One from India
162(2)
Home at Last
164(1)
Swimming
The Sprint and Butterfly Masters
165(1)
Dennis Dale
166(2)
Style Isn't Everything
168(1)
Coming Into His Own
168(1)
Recruiting Diversity
169(1)
Who Is This Kid?
170(1)
After Seventy Years
170(2)
A Huge Splash
172(2)
Gymnastics
Thirty Years and More
174(1)
May the Best Man Win
175(1)
The Halftime Show
175(1)
The Nissen Award
176(1)
The First 21st Century All-American
177(1)
Fred's ``Most Satisfying'' List
178(2)
Track and Field and Cross-Country
Magic with the Discus
180(1)
A National Title with Two Unexpected Contributions
181(1)
Photo Finish
181(1)
The Nation's Largest Cross-Country Invitational
182(1)
Twig's Most Prominent Native Son
183(2)
Going Cross-Country? Double Your Miles
185(1)
1998---Inside-Outside
185(3)
A Home-Grown Four by Four
188(1)
Memorial Stadium---the Track, the Field, the Man
188(1)
Traditions
``Pinky''
189(2)
Spirit!
191(3)
Freeze the Action
194(1)
Longtime Coaches
195(2)
Fog
197(1)
The Pancake Prediction
197(1)
2000-2001---Lasting Memories
198(1)
Signoff
199(1)
Index 200


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