STAFF BLOG BISON MEDIA BLOG An Ode to a Friend
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FARGO - There were times over the seven years Judy Riley has taught immigrant elementary children in West Fargo when they would come to school with tennis shoes that didn’t fit or they didn’t have them at all. There were times she would stop at a local thrift store and pick some up for cheap or put out the call for hand-me-downs.
FARGO - They’ll line up on the east sideline behind a table full of small boxes at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome on Saturday. One by one, members of the North Dakota State football team will step forward to receive their FCS national championship ring.
Fargo - One of the featured speakers at this weekend’s Blue Key Honor Society national conference will be addressing the topic of inspiration and achievement. It’s an area Amanda Smock could probably write a book about.
Frisco, Texas - It was a collection of thousands and thousands of hellos and a few goodbyes on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Stadium. Hello history, it’s nice to meet you. My name is North Dakota State, and you can put us in that dynasty category, thank you very much.
Fargo - There was something about No. 34 leading the Bison players out of the locker room and into the darkened Fargodome on Friday night that makes you wonder about the limits of mental toughness. Like, there aren’t any limits with these North Dakota State players.
Fargo - North Dakota State is fully equipped with assistant coaches, medical staff and support crew that are perhaps equal to the football team’s 13-0 record. All amenities are present and accounted for.
Fargo - It was 2007 when the University of Illinois football fans were frustrated and outraged by the school deciding to get rid of Chief Illiniwek, the school mascot. For a period of time, the Illini backers probably forgot that mascots don’t win football games, the players do.
Fargo - Marcus Williams was better known in high school as a basketball player who also was a receiver on the football team. He was a guard on an undefeated Minnesota state championship team at Hopkins that could have beaten most prep teams in the country.
Fargo - As long as the wind is blowing from the north, air traffic into Hector International Airport takes a southerly approach into the runway, giving opposing college football teams a good view of the Fargodome.
Fargo - The Big Mountain had the end zone in mind when North Dakota State called a hook-and-ladder play in the first half Saturday afternoon. Nothing would have made Senior Day more mesmerizing than to see 6-foot-6, 314-pound left tackle Billy Turner score a touchdown.
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