YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Bob Hannon has been calling Youngstown State football games on the radio for 27 years. He’s seen the glory days of Penguins football under former coach Jim Tressel (four NCAA Division I-AA national championships in the 1990s), the quieter years from 2000-2014 and now is a weekly witness to the Bo Pelini Show and the increased success under the fiery coach.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — North Dakota State honchos will tour the wonderful Watson and Tressel Training Site on the campus of Youngstown State University this weekend, but it sounds like more of a wish-list visit than anything else. It needs to be more than that, sometime relatively soon, if the Bison hope to keep up with the Joneses in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
The positive for Fargo city commissioner Dave Piepkorn is that at least he showed up at the meeting this time. That’s better than the time he failed to show for a much-anticipated meeting about refugee resettlement costs, which supposedly concern Piepkorn to no end. He’s looking out for you, the taxpayers, and certainly not using bigotry and racism over immigrants to gain political favor. That’s what Dave says and he played for the North Dakota State football team and so we should believe him.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, a former North Dakota State player, will donate money to a charity of kicker Jake Elliott’s choice. “Just to set things straight: My man Jake Elliott and I are excited to be donating and helping out a charity of his choice!” That’s what Wentz tweeted Wednesday afternoon as a response to the hubbub surrounding a video that captured the QB saying he was going to give his paycheck to Elliott if the kicker made a game-winning field goal Sunday against the New York Giants. Wentz did not include a dollar figure.
Tom Campbell’s spending has slowed, but the Republican U.S. Senate hopeful is still buying television ads across North Dakota. From Sept. 4 to Sept. 24, Campbell spent about $100,000 on statewide TV advertising, according to Federal Communications Commission filings. That’s down from the approximately $150,000 Campbell spent between Aug. 16 and Sept. 3.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Carson Wentz's tone -- and the occasional dagger he threw with his eyes -- told the story of how things went Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Perturbed, that's probably the proper word to describe the tone of Wentz's voice after the game. And a couple of reporters who asked questions Wentz apparently deemed repetitive or silly got a look North Dakota State fans weren't exposed to when the quarterback played for the Bison.
President Donald Trump tried to make a save Wednesday, prefacing remarks in Missouri about tax cuts with words of supposed support for those in Texas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. “We are here with you today, we are here with you tomorrow, and we will be with you every single day after to restore recover and rebuild,” Trump said, before moving on to talk in vague generalities about taxes.
North Dakota State fans were treated to the school’s most entertaining non-conference schedule in the 121 years of Bison football last year. The season opened with a nationally televised game at the Fargodome against No. 7-ranked Charleston Southern (a 24-17 overtime victory for NDSU), took a week off, followed with a home matchup against high-flying No. 8 Eastern Washington (a 50-44 OT victory for NDSU) and then — the crown jewel — a contest at the Big Ten’s Iowa, the 13th-ranked team in Football Bowl Subdivision.
Fargo loves Roger Maris, still the biggest sports hero around these parts 56 years after breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record and 32 years after Roger’s death. Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961 for the New York Yankees, besting Ruth’s mark by one. Maris held the record until 1998, when it was topped by Mark McGwire (70) and Sammy Sosa (66). Sosa eclipsed 61 two more times and McGwire once before Barry Bonds left them in the dust by belting 73 homers in 2001.
The granddaughter of a white supremacist who preached hatred of Jews and police — and who kidnapped six of his grandchildren from North Dakota two decades ago — says he might be “setting up shop” in Kulm, N.D. Shannon Maresh said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that her grandfather, Gordon Winrod, might be planning to start a church — “Or a cult, in my mind,” Maresh said — in the old Kulm school building. The building was recently purchased at auction by Sam and Laura Leppert, Maresh’s aunt and uncle. Laura Leppert is Winrod’s daughter.