Hitting the road

Pictured are, from left, Greg Goodman, Eric Halverson, Tom Fagerholt, Robert Gustafson.

Here’s a crew from what we like to call “The Original Bison Bus” (we’re pretty sure we were the first actual bus to tailgate). Pictured are, from left, Greg Goodman, Eric Halverson, Tom Fagerholt, Robert Gustafson. We didn’t take the bus last year, but knew we HAD to this year. The woman are flying….
The bus took off from Grand Forks, ND this morning – picking up a few others (Aaron Brakke & Blain Kummer) in Fargo, then one in Joplin, MO (John Halverson).
-From Leah Brakke and John Halverson

Merry Christmas

With a couple days off from work, I would like to take the time to say Merry Christmas and Happy 2013 to all of the Bison Fan Blog followers and fans of the Herd in general.

Holding off a bit on the Christmas gifts this year, my kids are a bit miffed, but for crying out loud, Dad needs a new cowboy hat for Frisco.

My hopes of course are for a repeat for the Bison and safe travels to all those making the trek south.

For those of you making your way to Frisco, please check the Go Bison website or NDSU alumni association’s lists of activities. Oh, by the way, remember to bring your inside voice to FC Dallas Stadium.

Lets blow Sam Houston away for a 2nd time in the fan attendance, noise and of course with a win, but that is up to the team. We as fans can take care of the first two items.

Go Bison, See ya all in Frisco. I will be the guy with the cowboy hat.

Get it going

I have been hearing a lot of talk this week about the upcoming game. Talk is cheap, put your best effort forward this Saturday and make SDSU miserable in the Dome. They struggled a bit last time, but still got a bit too comfortable. It is playoff time and we have to get it in gear. Hey team, let the Jacks know that they did not play a MVFC team last week.

Go Bison

How I learned to stop worrying and love the tailgate.

The Bison have finished another great regular season, yet they continue to have a problem.  However, it is a problem a lot of FCS teams would like to have (as anyone who watched Youngstown and Indiana State play a potential win-and-in game in a deserted stadium can verify); more people would like to attend Bison games than can be accommodated by the Fargodome.  As a Bison fan transplanted to ‘Bama country, I’ve noticed some local practices that could help to expand the game-day experience.

Alabama tailgating is a sight to behold.  The most dedicated fans begin showing up on the Wednesday before game day.  Of course, Southern weather is a bit more suited to this than the plains of North Dakota.  Tailgating also lasts throughout the game, and a large fan contingent watches the game from the parking lots (the Tide sell out the 101,821 seats in Bryant-Denny Stadium on a regular basis).  Shockingly, even with a large crowd of fervent fans, this does not result in Armageddon.  Both the Bison and Sam Houston fans at Frisco last year put in a long, hard tailgating effort, and yet again, chaos did not ensue.  This calls into question the rationale behind limiting the tailgate times at NDSU, especially when all of the Fargodome seating has been sold.  Quite a few fans would likely enjoy celebrating games with a like-minded crowd in the lot as a consolation prize when tickets are unavailable.

Tailgating at NDSU has come a long way from a couple of rows of cars out in the mud back in the D2 days.  Simply expanding the hours available to Bison fans would be a great way to keep improving the game day experience, and it has the nice feature of being nearly free to the University.  For the time being, let’s enjoy the tailgating we have, and show our playoff opponents what fan support worthy of a championship looks like!