Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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Chicago — When it came to putting odds on anything to do with the NFL Draft, nobody did more research than the website SportsBettingDime.com. For instance: the over/under on the...
CHICAGO – The Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University looks and smells like history, with ornate columns and architecture that looks like it took 20 years to build more than 100 years ago. Walk into the place when hardly anybody is home and you can almost feel the ghosts. Carson Wentz will never forget it.
CHICAGO—It was 29 years ago when Chad Stark heard his name being called in the NFL Draft. The former North Dakota State running back remembers it like it was, well, 29 years ago. "I was drafted in Round 1," he said. "Wait, Round 12. I forgot a digit." The draft has evolved since then to the point of it being a Hollywood production, and when Stark and former Bison teammate Ken Muckenhirn started getting wind that NDSU quarterback Carson Wentz was a possible-first round draft choice, they started making plans. They had to be here, somehow, someway.
CHICAGO—He stood out among all the NFL types with his solid green jacket that had a visible North Dakota State logo on it. This week, Jerry Messer from south of Richardton, N.D., is another in what is become a long line of Carson Wentz's home state boosters. As the chairman of the National Dairy Council that partners with the NFL on its "Play 60" health program, Messer got to experience the VIP treatment at Wednesday's event with the top prospects for tonight's NFL Draft. "I'm just a North Dakota guy that believes in him," he told a reporter.
CHICAGO—They will probably be forever linked in the NFL, and it started the day both officially signed with Rep 1 Sports, the agency representing Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. The dynamic duo of the 2016 NFL Draft will really take off on Thursday, April 28. That's when both quarterbacks are expected to be the first two players announced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
CHICAGO – So the Eagles fan plopped himself down on the bar stool in downtown Chicago like only an Eagles fan can, and proceeded to ask about this Carson Wentz fellow from North Dakota State. He was told one of the quarterback's favorite hobbies is to hunt.
CHICAGO—It was a meeting of the NFL analyst minds at Gino's East restaurant in downtown Chicago. Mike Mayock of the NFL Network said he has Carson Wentz rated ahead of Jared Goff, although that doesn't mean he thinks Wentz will be taken first overall in Thursday's NFL Draft. Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, on the other hand, has Goff rated ahead of Wentz—although he put out the disclaimer that he hadn't had a chance to sit down with both quarterbacks to discuss the mental side of football.
CHICAGO—John Clark of NBC Philadelphia has been on the Carson Wentz story for two straight days now, starting with an arrival interview at O'Hare International Airport after Wentz flew into Chicago on Tuesday, April 26. The media scrutiny in the City of Brotherly Love has begun.
BISMARCK – Football fans in and around Bismarck will probably be paying close attention to the weather forecast for Thursday night. The wave of attention on their native son, Carson Wentz, has gotten so large that a NFL Draft party was switched outdoors to the MDU Resources Community Bowl.
BISMARCK – The 2011 Class A high school basketball season in North Dakota will go down as the year of the Bismarck public schools. The unquestioned two best teams were Bismarck High School and Bismarck Century and both, appropriately, met in the regional and state championship games.