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  1. 36 points
    Sorry in advance, this might be long... I've debated with myself long and hard about posting this, but decided to go ahead. I've always found that being open and transparent is a healthy place for me to be. First - I'm outing myself. Some of you have probably guessed already but I'm Carl Engwall's dad, Eric. I hope you'll understand that I just didn't think it was necessary, or even a good idea, to expose myself as the parent of a current player. Second - The last couple of weeks have been pretty rough at our house. Third - Our entire family, Carl included, has enjoyed being a part of UND football these last four years and we are sick that his time on the field as a Fighting Hawk is over. Fourth - We will continue to support UND football and the university as a whole. Despite Carl's dismissal from the team, none of us has an ax to grind and we wish nothing but the best for this team and this staff. Without going into detail, I want to express our appreciation for the experience Carl has had as a UND football player. The coaches he interacted with most directly, DL coach Gigli prior to his departure, and DC Eric Schmidt since he took on the DL - have always taken an interest in him as a person, as a student, and as a football player. Even since Carl's dismissal from the team, Coach Schmidt and Coach Schweigert have continued to check with Carl to make sure that he's okay and to encourage him to finish school and earn his degree. Both of them have called me, as well, and expressed their sadness that things didn't work out for Carl and their support for him moving forward. As a parent, we couldn't really ask for more. In any situation like this, there are too many "shoulda, coulda, woulda's" to count. More than enough to go around. My wife and I feel like there are a million things we could have done differently. Coaches Schweigert and Schmidt both expressed their own frustrations, too. At some point, though, the kid has to become a man and take the responsibility for himself. This is a rough and costly lesson for a young man to learn, and we all hope he does. Only time will tell, of course, but for now he's focused on getting his degree and graduating from UND in December, which is the point of all of this, right? Lastly, thanks to all of you that have supported UND football from near and far. Watching and occasionally participating in your discussions and debates about the Fighting Hawks has been great fun. You're a part of that community, and I know many of you have supported UND football with your time, your money, and your days in a green uniform. Your passion has made this more enjoyable for all of us. We'll be cheering from the cheap seats... Go Hawks!
  2. 35 points
    This is going to be a special game for me. As this will be my last Potato Bowl game with my dad as his health has gone down hill. We have been going to the Potato Bowl every year since 1985, so hopefully UND can get a victory for me and my dad.
  3. 19 points
    Because if UND upsets NDSU it changes the FB climate of the region. Recruits look at things differently and FB takes a big step forward for UND fans and will raise doubt in the mind of a number of Bison fans whose lives revolve around Bison FB. There are an awful lot of fair weather NDSU FB fans who have jumped on the bandwagon over the years. They have no affiliation with NDSU other than they want to associate with success. Same thing with UND hockey and previously with UND FB when we were winning. All coaches need to approach it as “just another game”. UND has very little to lose unless they are embarrassed. NDSU has little to gain. A win for NDSU isn’t a big deal. A close game or a loss means that bird in the rear view mirror is getting bigger and it’s a Fighting Hawk.
  4. 16 points
    Yet here you are..
  5. 16 points
  6. 14 points
    I know Ive gone around with you a few times, and we dont agree on some things, but your post about the Potato bowl game with your dad resonated with me. Some of my most favorite memories I have are going to Potato bowls with my dad. We always went to that game, it is special to my family as well. Your post brought back alot of those great memories into perspective. I really hope you both have a great day and enjoy the game together. Have a great Potato bowl, and I hope you both can celebrate a Fighting Hawks win on Saturday.
  7. 14 points
    you guys should all be absolutely fuking thrilled with the play-calling, especially in the second half. It was anything but predictable which is what everybody asked for right?
  8. 13 points
    I assume no porta potties needed in tailgating area...
  9. 12 points
    Has to be Kostich. I felt he he should have been higher on the chopping block than either Rudolph or Knauf IMO at the end of last season. Special Teams used to be an asset for his program. We used to win games due to special teams play, even under Mussman. It's been an enormous liability in recent seasons.........
  10. 12 points
  11. 12 points
    Honors program up 9%. So proud my son is part of that.
  12. 11 points
    A couple of things seemed to be missed by our experts here. We didn’t have any KO’s for touchbacks but we had excellent KO coverage. SH had to start inside their own 25 2or 3 times and I think only once past their own 30. We don’t have a stronger legged kicker but had great coverage on KO’s. We don’t have a great punter either. He averaged about 35 yds per punt but SH only returned one for a yard and our first 2 were inside their 20. We couldn’t effectively run the ball but on JJ’s TD, there was no hole and he bounced it outside and into the end zone. Our Off line didn’t run block but they did protect our QB’s especially the true freshman which was one of the keys to the game. There is room for improvement in all areas but our secondary play was excellent against some outstanding receivers, our LB’s played well and had 3 int’s, and we had only 1 turnover with a third string true freshman, who was given great pass protection. Our KO and punt coverage was excellent. We need to keep improving and getting better each day/week/game. We need to get healthy. We just passed a big test. Another one in 2 weeks. As long as these players and coaches believe in themselves and each other we can compete with everyone on our schedule. As Irish commented, they are learning what it takes to win tough games. They overcame losing starting QB, a missed XP, a late interception, and poor field position toward end of game inside our 5. Go Hawks. I was corrected. We also had a fumble.
  13. 11 points
    I have purposefully not been on the ss.com since the game so I am sure that many have given their thoughts about the game and our FB program. As I am not sure where to post this, I will start a new thread. While many were quite optimistic about the outcome of the game, we are a long ways from being able to compete with the Bison. Some of my thoughts: I don't think we played poorly. The SU players are simply better than ours - bigger, stronger, faster and more confident. A confidence that comes with playing for the best FCS program in the country for the last many years. It is a given that SU gets the majority of recruits they want. They don't lose many to other FCS programs. Their analysis of prospects is very good which means the athletes they sign each year are better than ours (and most everyone's). You will seldom beat a well-coached team that has better FB players at most every position. For those of you who have been around awhile, you remember that we lost 12 straight games to SU in the '80's and early '90's. In the middle of that drought, we lost 49-0, 62-13 and 42-10. We then started to catch up and, in my opinion, had a better team the last 2-3 years before we actually stopped the streak in '92. We could talk about those games but it really doesn't serve any purpose at this point. The bottom line is that SU was much better than us back then and we eventually caught up to them and had the upper hand in head-to-head meetings starting in '93. Unfortunately, I am afraid it will take a long time to catch up this time around. SU is just that damn good and, with their resources and tradition, it will be very difficult to reach their competitive level. Enough about SU!! Thoughts about our program: I think we are making some progress. A win this weekend is crucial to our season. If we can win 2 of the next 3 and remain relatively healthy, we can have a very successful season. I know Bubba well but I honestly don't know if he is or is not the guy that can move the program forward to where we need it to be. The two new coaches hired after last season appear to be great choices - I sure wish those changes would have taken place a couple of years earlier. I do have confidence in Chaves - he wants to win and I think he will make good decisions when it comes to all of our sports. I understand our wanting our OL to be quicker, etc. with our new offense but there are hundreds of 300+ pound OL across the country who are mobile enough for this type of offense. It scares me that apparently thought we didn't have any who could be effective without losing some significant weight. We are really small up front - hopefully, it will work! I don't understand the situation we are in with our place kicking. For decades, we have always had a very good PKer. (Some may question whether Taubenheim fits into that category - he certainly did until a leg injury really hindered him his last two years). With that history and playing indoors, we shouldn't have a problem finding a very talented PK and someone who can kickoff into the end zone - whether that is one guy or two. Everyone agrees that we must develop better quality depth. We are making some progress there but still have a long ways to go. It doesn't happen overnight and mostly relies on your recruiting efforts. Speaking of recruiting, I think we are making some progress there but it remains a real challenge. I follow recruiting very closely and am the guy who annually updates Wiki with prospects that are either interested in UND or UND may have some interest in them. The 230+ kids listed have either been actively recruited by UND or attended our camps, Jr. days, been invited to attend games, etc. I will be the first to acknowledge that my interest in recruiting does not make me an expert. However, after following it closely for so long, I firmly believe that we have to sign kids that are also offered by other good programs. I know there are Santiagos out there that aren't heavily recruited but, if we don't land a lot of kids that other programs also want, we won't be successful. Many feel quite good about the commitments we have so far this year but, as has been the case in recent years, only a handful of them had/have offers from other FCS or FBS schools. I don't think we can be a consistent playoff contender when we sign a majority of recruits who only had offers from DII schools. We have certainly offered more "wanted" recruits in recent years - we need to figure out how we can sign more of them. Continuing on the recruiting front, until we start winning more consistently and Phase II of the HPC is completed, it will be challenging. There are many reasons: we are the most distant school from the majority of the prospects we are recruiting, the perception (real or perceived) that GF winter weather is difficult to handle, the fact that it is rather difficult/time consuming to get to GF (for parents, family, girlfriends, etc.), it is more costly to bring more-distant kids in for recruiting trips as compared to other schools that we recruit against, etc. I think the biggest issue is for many of the MN, WS, NE, IA and IL kids is the distance and the fact that they and their families have a to drive another few hours (or one hour by SU) after they pass SDSU, USD, and, for some, UNI, etc. Most of these kids realize that they aren't going to be playing beyond college. They and their parents & girlfriends want to be able to see their games without driving hundreds of miles one way. Joining the MVC will help with this to some degree. Again, Phase II is essential to our success but until a couple big-money donors step forward, it is not going to happen. We are working hard at it but no one is saying "yes". I hope I am wrong but it may be awhile before Phase II becomes a reality. It may take our locker room facilities at Memorial being condemned before people fully understand the need! Lastly, for the FB program (all programs other than hockey) to be successful at UND, they need better funding. Recent presidents (I won't include Kennedy as he is a whole different story) have not thought athletics were a priority. We can't do anything about that now. Hopefully, the new president will be pro-athletics. That will help but there is still the challenge of finding the $. Budgets will continue to be very tight. That is the primary reason I started the Let's Help Bubba campaigns a few years ago. The money needed to improve results will need to come primarily from alumni/boosters (along with improved attendance, etc) - the institution will not be able to help a great deal! The few thousand $ we raise each year certainly doesn't make a huge difference but it does help and it is greatly appreciated. We have reached $10K but, as expected, the donations have stopped after the Saturday loss. If anyone can help, please do! Importantly, I do know Chaves is working hard trying find more $. How successful he will be remains to be seen. His predecessor basically ignored this important duty! Wow - that was a lot longer than I anticipated. I am curious what others think about these issues.
  14. 11 points
    So disrespectful of Texas Longhorn fan to ripoff horns up from the Bison...
  15. 11 points
    Well, I'm a liberal and am opposed to this.
  16. 11 points
    As a season ticket holder for both football and hockey I can tell you that you are delusional and have some odd ax to grind. What do you think happens to fans? - It's not "wow, an article about Ryan Duncan - to hell with football". Football is getting plenty of coverage and there is true fan excitement, especially given we have a new OC. A ban on hockey coverage for a time period is just bizarre. Hockey is tops in town not because of some twisted plot to keep football down. It is on top because of 8 National Championships and the fact we lead the nation in alumni in the NHL. If you want a Bison kind of buzz for football then we need Bison kind of success. You have to admit that the football product for the last 10 years has at many times approached unwatchable. Put your energy into building up football support not dragging hockey down.
  17. 11 points
    Andrew Grout / Glass Joe
  18. 10 points
    UND is fortunate to have a quality Sr Backup QB. After today, have full confidence that Zimm can get the job done and not just a placeholder.
  19. 10 points
  20. 10 points
    Ben Nienhuis "Brick", from the tv show The Middle
  21. 10 points
    DEVIN CATES MUGATU/WILL FERRELL from Zoolander
  22. 9 points
    Update: We have surpassed $7,700 with at least a couple of folks telling me that they didn't donate because they assumed the system wouldn't accept their donation as the goal had been exceeded. Both intended to donate $1,000. Therefore, the goal has been increased to $12K. I haven't heard back from the coaching staff yet as to how the added funds will be used but I am confident that they will be put to good use - likely for additional health/injury protection items. Another potential plus arose this afternoon. A former UND football player is a sales manager with an athletic equipment company. He has offered to provide special pricing for the Guardian caps and potentially other protective equipment. I do not know if this pricing will be less than we are currently paying but it could end up being an unforeseen benefit of our fundraising. I don't really want to "push the envelope" too far/often with this fundraising but if there are additional people who want to contribute, it would be silly not to continue the effort. Thanks to all that have contributed!
  23. 9 points
    So if we are going to be completely nonsensical and take those phrases literally, it is better to kill a whole football team than a single player?
  24. 9 points
    If you go both ways, you’re bi, son. You’ve trolled here before. Not fooling anyone.
  25. 9 points
    Posts that have the "anyone who disagrees with me is wrong" subtext are, in my opinion, not helpful to this Hawk football community. It's a discussion board; "end of story" does not further discussion. There are many good posters here, yourself included, who are loyal and intelligent fans and I look forward to their thoughts on the football team. The trend in today's society of black or white opinions, no grey allowed, is troubling. I hope for a higher level of discourse and camaraderie.
  26. 8 points
    I also think that punting is becoming a huge liability. If you are punting from the 25 there is no reason they should be fair catching at other 40. You should be going at least 45 yards in the air. That actually flipped the field in Sam's favor a couple times today, whereas their punter was booming it. I remember when our special teams were about as good as it could get. Awesome kicker, strong punter etc. Can't believe we don't recruit these better. Need to spend some scholarship money and not hope that the walkon will be good enough.
  27. 8 points
  28. 8 points
    Yesterday only showed that after 5 years with Schweigert as coach, UND is pretty much in the same place they were the last time they played NDSU in 2015. The program has not advanced at all under his tenure. It's time for new leadership of this program.
  29. 8 points
    I can’t imagine the life one must have, for someone who never really comes in here to seek out this board to make a post after the game. God help me if I seek out a Bison blog board when we beat you guys, just to make a post to make myself feel better. That’s when I know my life is at an all time low.
  30. 8 points
    Wow! You must be an important fan. Did you take a selfie? Maybe you could get an autographed print to put up in your man cave. Do you ever get to go on the field at the Fargodome? Have you ever talked to Carson Wentz? One of my friends saw him in a restaurant once and he said hi to them.
  31. 8 points
    the current roster of bison football players don't get to determine if this is a rivalry or not. just like bison fans don't get to determine that peeing on sidewalks in downtown Minneapolis is a socially acceptable practice.
  32. 8 points
    Also, I see nothing offensive about the word Pioneers. It only means being the first to do something. WTH is wrong with that? My great grandfather and great grandmother homesteaded ten miles south of the Canadian border. They was a bad asses imho. They made it, raised 5 kids and moved from a sod house to a beautiful two story home that exists today. They were tough and somebody to be admired. They were pioneers. They also would give the shirt off their backs to help others, including Native Americans that needed help. Our family is very proud of that pioneer tradition.
  33. 8 points
    No wonder that new sign near campus in Fargo says “Urine Bison Country”
  34. 8 points
    SlowHand Simple Jack
  35. 8 points
    Caleb Beebe Clay Aiken
  36. 8 points
  37. 8 points
    Allow checking. And get rid of this stupid, brain-dead idea. Now.
  38. 8 points
    If you mean lower expectations by players, coaches and administration then yes. An opinion by a fan on a message board carries a factor of zero.
  39. 8 points
    Apparently you haven't heard, but Joe Protheroe didn't get a 7th year of eligibility.
  40. 7 points
    Is anyone surprised Johnboy enjoys all male group showers?
  41. 7 points
    Whoever put together that sign needs to lose all rights to attend any UND athletic event for the rest of the school year. The FB game was embarrassing. The sign was pathetic.
  42. 7 points
    Wow you're right - who could ever compete with the greatest fan barn ever created for an ag college...but just think if they filled that barn with cows and pigs?? THEY COULD FEED THE WORLD!!! Oh wait - I'm just looking at a ag college home game from last season and they're showing the crowd - IT IS filled with cows and pigs!!! (and that's just the cheerleaders!) It's ON d-bags! :-) PS - and stop acting like you're too "BIG TIME" to talk about us on BV - it might not be this time or for a couple more years but you WILL lose to UND on a regular basis when we're back in a common conference. There will be a Mike Mooney moment that turns the tide and ruins your arrogant lifestyle again - mark my words!
  43. 7 points
    They have to be very slow and deliberate for their fans to understand. Thus the 4 hours.
  44. 7 points
    OK, I am calling BS on this. There is no way anyone would mistake these two logos for each other. Not even close.
  45. 7 points
  46. 7 points
    I was going to go to the season opener tailgate and football game to cheer on the green and white but I've decided it just isn't worth it anymore. I mean, the UND hockey beat writer tweeted out a photo about the ice going in(which he does every year). After seeing that scoreboard, I'm not excited for football anymore. It's taken all of the spotlight.
  47. 7 points
    Blue Bombers RB Harris is suspended for two games. Santiago has a chance to get in game action: https://www.bluebombers.com/2019/08/27/next-man-augustine-santiago/
  48. 7 points
    Can some of this get moved to the military thread?
  49. 7 points
    Cross Robinson Black Doug from the Hangover
  50. 7 points
    UND *should* beat Drake handily. If they don't, Bubba and the coaching staff failed the players and the players failed themselves. No excuse to play a non-scholarship Pioneer league team close if UND expects to be an FCS playoff team this season. Remember, style points matter in college football and to the FCS playoff committee. UND needs to beat Drake by a sizable margin.
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