The undefeated Gophers fell to the Hawkeyes in Iowa City this past week after having won their first nine games of the season, for the first time since 1904. They lost by 4 points after having defeated Penn State by a similar margin the previous week. The number 4 brings back memories, which I will explain.
But first, I want to point out that Iowa City is roughly 120 miles away from Des Moines, Iowa’s State Capital. As the State Capital, it is the site of the first caucuses of the presidential primary cycle. Many presidential candidates set up campaign headquarters in Des Moines.
After the 1968 Democratic National Convention protest activity, the Democratic Party decided to make changes to their presidential nominating process by spreading out the schedule in each state.
It was at the 1968 Democratic Convention that Hubert Humphrey would be nominated as the party’s Presidential candidate. Hubert Humphrey was one of the leading Congressmen involved in the Civil Rights movement. And it was during that year Martin Luther King would be assassinated. Robert Kennedy would also be killed after a campaign speech in a Los Angeles hotel that same year.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers had a very good football team in 1968, and were serious contenders for the right to appear in the Rose Bowl. But it was traditional for teams to play other teams outside of their Conference before the start of Conference action. And the first game of that season featured the Gophers against another major powerhouse from California.
I will verify that I attended that game; my first one as a U of M student. It was quite exciting to see such a major showdown in college football right before my eyes and in front of one of the largest crowds to witness a game at Memorial Stadium on the U of M campus, in its long history.
The Gophers were in the game the whole time and as the clock began winding down in the fourth quarter, there was electricity in the air that perhaps the Gophers would pull off a major upset. I can remember that the other team had scored, and Minnesota was going to be receiving the kickoff. Since all students were admitted for a nominal price, we were sitting near the visitor’s end-zone, meaning the kickoff would be heading for the other side of the field and it was not easy to see what was taking place nearly 100 yards away.
So the opponents kicked off, and we were waiting to hear the referee’s whistle, but it never came when suddenly a Gopher player was running for the end-zone holding the ball with an outstretched arm, and visiting players in pursuit. The Gopher ball carrier crossed the goal line and the referees signaled a touchdown. The Gophers had received the kickoff and returned it all the way. My friend Tom, who I was sitting next to, became so excited that he lifted me up a foot off the ground. I doubt he could have done that in normal circumstances since I was not the easiest person to carry, but the atmosphere was of jubilation and we were all in shock at what we had just seen with our own eyes.
And Now Here Is Where The Number 4 Comes In
The extra point made it 20-16 Gophers, or a 4 point lead. The crowd started chanting “We’re Number One” before the Minnesota kickoff. There were only a few minutes remaining in the game and we all were convinced Minnesota would be on the verge of making a major upset that day.
And Then Came “Orange Juice”
Now I can fill in the rest of the story. The other team we played was the University of Southern California, or most commonly referred to as USC. On their team was “Orange Juice” or OJ.Simpson. It would be the year he won the Heisman Trophy and this game went a long way in helping him claim that prize. Because in the last few minutes he played a major role in scoring two additional touchdowns, making the final score 29-20 USC. In total Simpson had nearly 400 All Purpose yards in this game alone, and was involved in all four touchdowns.
OJ – Yesterday’s Hero, Today’s Disgrace
OJ was a highly admired football player after he signed with the Buffalo Bills and played with them from 1969 to 1977. But his standout year was undeniably 1973 when Simpson was voted the MVP and became the first running back to run 2,000 rushing yards in a season.
His accomplishments on the football field were impressive, but his personal life was another story all together-
The O. J. Simpson murder case (officially People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson) was a criminal trial held in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Former National Football League (NFL) player, broadcaster, and actor O. J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder for the June 12, 1994 slashing deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. At 10:07 a.m. on October 3, 1995, Simpson was acquitted on both counts of murder.
In 1996, Fred Goldman and Sharon Rufo, the parents of Ron Goldman, filed a suit against Simpson for wrongful death, while Brown’s estate, represented by her father Lou Brown, brought suit against Simpson in a “survivor suit.”
South Africa had a similar case when an athlete known as “The Blade Runner” went from hero to villain.
Sanders And Omar – A Shocking Relationship And A Disgrace To All Jews
The recent rally at the U of M with Bernie and his supporter Omar is very, very strange. Omar is showing support for Bernie while little mention was made of Minnesota’s own Senator Amy Klobuchar. The rally was held in Williams Arena, which normally holds a capacity of 14000 according to the latest figures. However, most reports said that only 10000 people showed up in support, which must have left at least 4000 empty seats. So her overwhelming support claim from her district seems quite false given a much higher population that lives there.
And from the very start of Omar’s term, she has expressed support for the Palestinians. But what about the Jews in her district, many of whom most likely have some family members living in Israel under attack from the recent missiles fired from Gaza; by those very same people she loves so much.
Omar is now continuing to avoid any type of formal investigation into her family or marriage identity, and her continued refusal to answer any questions, makes the formal Impeachment hearings a joke.
Despite all of this, I am looking at key facts and figures from current events along with many others which seem to be spelling out a clear message to say that G-d is in total control. And in upcoming Blogs I want to share them with you.