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What a fine football weekend

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Posted on 1/9/16

By Jake Kulland

We start this week by telling you what a great weekend this is for football fans.  For most of you that get the Republican on Saturday’s, It doesn’t get much better that the NDSU Drive for 5 football titles Jan. 9 at 11 a.m., our Vikings in the playoffs for the first time in three years playing Seattle on Jan. 10 and then the National Championship for FBS football between Clemson and Alabama on Jan. 11. Just good, good times, and of course there are four NFL playoff games overall to take on in on Jan. 9-10.  Enjoy, my friends, enjoy.

Vikes hoping the great outdoors will be the great equalizer

When Minnesota plays Seattle in the playoffs, the high temperature in Minneapolis is expected to be around zero, and the hope is that will even the playing field a bit.  Back in the glory days when the Vikes played at the old Met Stadium, the elements were a big part of the team going to four Super Bowls.  After they moved indoors they have not been to one since.  Many people wonder why the new stadium Vikings will move into will be fully enclosed, which negates the weather advantage.  Well, unless you have a winning product like the Vikings have this season, it is tough to get fans to brave that kind of cold.  So while we understand why they are moving indoors, it should be fun to watch some old school Vikings football in the playoffs.

Junior Gold hockey team to get back in action

While you notice a number of basketball stories in this weeks paper, you most likely also will notice that their are no junior gold hockey stories.  The reason for that is the Blades have not played a game since Dec. 19 (Not counting the alumni games played on Dec. 27.  They finally will get a game in Jan. 10 at MayPort, and then have their next home games Jan. 15 versus Grand Forks and Jan. 16 against Minot.  Some sad news to report is that Fargo has dropped out of the league, which makes for just seven teams playing in the end of year tournament in Langdon March 3-5.  That is too bad, as it cuts into the number of games that will be played.  Word is that a team out of Moorhead will fill some of the Fargo games in the regular season, but will no be eligible for the state tourney. Langdon is trying to schedule some games with teams from Canada to fill the gap.

Youth basketball league brimming with big numbers

We will leave you this week by saying that the youth basketball camp/league is underway every Saturday in January, and they have 44 kids out from Cavalier County in grades 1-4.  A big thanks to Choice Financial and Charlie and Marie Jordan from C & M Home Marketing for sponsoring the camp once again this year.  This camp has been going on for a few years now, and is beginning to show the benefits for the kids that participated.

“See ya!” next week!