Beer Will Be Served at Gopher Football Games

I’m not sayin’ that serving beer at Gopher football games is inevitable. I’m just sayin’ that I snapped this shot of pre-installed beer taps in the stadium last fall:

Taps in Place at TCF Stadium / Gopher Football

This was on the 3rd floor in the DQ Club Room. This is only accessible by people in box seats, as I understand it, so it’s possible that they could provide beer to only those who are somebody or know somebody. In my case, I was a tag along with somebody who was somebody compared to me among people who decide who’s somebody and who isn’t. Had there been beer to drink, I probably would have gone there rather than sip Caribou Coffee.

Sipping Caribou Coffee at the Gopher Game

Gopher Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

Congratulations to Leonid Hurwicz for bringing home a Nobel Prize:

Hurwicz, 90, is the oldest Nobel winner ever, according to the academy. “I really didn’t expect it,” said the Moscow-born researcher, an emeritus economics professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The three winners “laid the foundations of mechanism design theory,” which plays a central role in contemporary economics and political science, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

Male Practice Players for Women’s Sports

Thanks to Governor Tim Pawlenty’s underfunding of transit in Minnesota in an attempt to maintain his “no new taxes, and . . . um . . . fees aren’t taxes” pledge, I was feathering my clutch across town this evening listening to Bumper to Bumper with Barrerio on KFAN where I heard about a Star Tribune story abotu teh NCAA’s interest in banning male players from practicing with women’s teams:

Women’s basketball: NCAA rethinks battle of sexes

“But last month, the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) called for a ban on male practice players. It concluded the custom violates the spirit of gender equity and Title IX, the 1972 federal law banning sex discrimination in sports.”

Imagine if your daughter was a kick-ass basketball player. Do you think it would be easy for her to find other kick-ass women players at her level who could push her to make her the best player she could be. Now, imagine what it must be like for the women at the University of Minnesota, who are the best dozen women basketball players within hundreds of miles. Luckily for those great athletes, there are local basketball players who can push them to improve: guys. And they’ll work for free.

The NCAA doesn’t seem to realize that women’s sports have reached a point where they’re established and well beyond numbers and participation. Of course, there are plenty of exceptions to that last statement, but it doesn’t change the fact that limiting the competitiveness of women’s practices actually HURTS the competitiveness of women’s sports rather than helping them.