So the Minnesota Gophers are yearning for the Paul Bunyan Axe. I would too if it’s been 10 years since it was last in my possession. And after the Wisconsin Badgers tried to chop down the goal post at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis before meeting a wall of Gophers who denied them, it seems as if this rivalry is starting to get some fire back into it.
For those who have not seen the video of the confrontation between the Gophers and Badgers from last year, go look it up after you read this. I would post it but it has a lot of bad words in it that my mother would not approve of.
Back to the matter at hand. A couple of the Gopher players along with head coach Jerry Kill spoke during Big Ten media days that they want badly to win the axe. Minnesota running back David Cobb fired the first shot on Monday, via Jesse Temple of Fox Sports Wisconsin:
We just want to win every game. But when you have a team that comes across your field and wants to chop your goal post down, that doesn’t sit well with us. We’ll go into Wisconsin this year with a little revenge. And once we win the Axe, we will be chopping that goal post down.
Apparently Mr. Cobb is already predicting a victory, four months before the game is set to kickoff! That’s fine with me. After 10 years of Wisconsin chopping down Minnesota’s goal post, it’s about time someone lights a fire under the behinds (remember mother doesn’t like bad words) of the Gophers.
It does seem that reclaiming ownership of the Paul Bunyan Axe has been on the mind of the Gophers all offseason. Minnesota was on a hot four-game winning streak last season when the Badgers held onto the axe in front of the Gophers home crowd. That too has not sat well and Kill knows to be successful in this league, you have to win rivalry games.
We’ve seen that the Gophers can talk the talk, but on November 29 we will see if they can walk the walk inside Camp Randall Stadium.