Tzemach Yehudah Richter
Tzemach Yehudah Richter

P.E.A.C.E. = Shalom – Episode Seven – A Peace Plan In Progress – Section Two – Keeping It Kosher In Minnesota


Over the past week, I have discovered a very interesting relationship between three separate events. Two events involved the Minnesota Gophers Football Team and One Event Involves the Minnesota Vikings. In the final analysis, the outcome of these events paints a very interesting picture.

The Events I refer to are three games played recently, two by the Gophers and one by the Vikings. I refer to them as “Kosher Events” because they do have a meaningful story which I feel must be publicized. The events are –

Minnesota Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes –  November 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Minnesota’s undefeated season came to an end in a place where the Gophers have not won since 1999. And Floyd of Rosedale stays in Iowa. The Gophers had won their first 9 games of the season for the first time since 1904.

Minnesota Gophers vs. Wisconsin Badgers – November 30

The Badgers forcefully repossessed Paul Bunyan’s Axe by beating No. 9 Minnesota 38-17 to win the Big Ten West Division.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks – December 2-

The Vikings lost 37-30 to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. On the final play, Vikings player C. J. Ham took the kickoff and moved down the field but fumbled the ball and Seattle recovered thereby ending Viking hopes that they would have one last chance to win the game. In the three years C.J.Ham has played for the Vikings that was the one and only time he fumbled the ball according to statistics from the Vikings website.

The Explanation-

Game One- Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Who or what is Floyd of Rosedale? He is a statue that is kept by the winner of their annual football rivalry game. And that statue has an interesting history which is as follows-

Floyd of Rosedale, introduced in 1935, is a bronze trophy in the shape of a pig which is awarded to the winner of the game. The story goes that Minnesota Governor Floyd Olson sent a telegram to Iowa Governor Clyde Herring on game-day morning saying, “Dear Clyde, If you seriously think Iowa has any chance to win, I will bet you a Minnesota prize hog against an Iowa prize hog that Minnesota wins today. The loser must deliver the hog in person to the winner.

The Iowa governor accepted, and word of the bet reached Iowa City as the crowd gathered at the stadium. Minnesota won 13–6, and the Gophers went on to win their second straight national championship.

Governor Herring obtained an award-winning prize pig which had been donated by Allen Loomis, the owner of Rosedale Farms near Fort Dodge, Iowa. Dubbed Floyd after Minnesota Governor Olson, the pig was the brother of Blue Boy from Will Rogers‘ movie State Fair. A few days later, Governor Herring collected “Floyd of Rosedale” and personally walked him into Governor Olson’s carpeted office.[3]

Game Two-Gophers vs. Wisconsin

Paul Bunyan’s Axe (Slab Of Bacon)

The Paul Bunyan Axe was created by the Wisconsin letterwinners’ organization (the National W Club) and would be instituted as the trophy in the series in 1948.

The original axe was donated to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.[10]

However, this trophy was originally called-

A Slab Of Bacon

The rivalry’s first trophy was the “Slab of Bacon”, in use from 1930 to 1943. Created by R. B. Fouch of Minneapolis, it is a piece of black walnut wood with a football at the center bearing a letter that becomes “M” or “W” depending on which way the trophy is hung. The word “BACON” is carved at both ends, implying that the winner has “brought home the bacon.” The trophy’s tenure ended when Minnesota’s 1943 victory in Minnesota led to the fans rushing the field. Wisconsin student Peg Watrous was to bring the trophy to a Minnesota representative after the game, but could not find her in the commotion, and subsequently lost track of the “bacon”.[6][7]  “Paul Bunyan’s Axe”, was introduced in 1948

Game Three-Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings

Vikings Player CJ Ham was lined up around the 25 yard line, while the Vikings had also placed players in the end zone during that final kick-off. Therefore, the Seattle strategy was to kick the ball toward a player like CJ Ham who normally does not return kickoffs and therefore reduce the possibility that it would be run back for a touchdown resulting in a Viking victory.

The fact that CJ Ham fumbled for the first time since joining the team was unique in itself, but because he gave the ball away, the Vikings never had a chance to throw that final “Hail Mary” that the opposing quarterbacks threw in the previous two games the Vikings played as pointed out previously.

So where does this all lead to?                                                                                  

Let’s combine the messages from all three games:

For two of these events to have taken place in such close proximity means we must pay close attention, but for all three to take place at roughly the same time must mean that G-d is SCREAMING at us to take note of what is taking place.

It has never happened before that-

  1. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won their first 9 games and then lost two of the next three.
  2. The only two games that they lost both involved trophies that related to a pig, which, of course, is one of the animals that Jews are forbidden to eat because they are not kosher.
  3. That of all players on the field for that Vikings final play on Monday night, a player with the name of Ham catches the ball and attempts to run it back and then fumbles it to end the play and the game. What else do you expect when you put ham together with a “pigskin” which is another  name that the actual American football is known by.  (Perhaps the next time that happens the Vikings coaches can teach our friend C.J. Ham some Rugby rules then he will be able to lateral the ball back to another Vikings player giving him a chance to score a touchdown, which is also legal in American football).

I want to note that I remember from the Code of Jewish Law I still possess, on the advice of Rabbi Levin of Minneapolis when I was first becoming Shomer Shabbat, it says that not only eating a pig but also touching a pig is prohibited. But don’t worry football fans, according to reliable sources, today’s footballs are not made of pigskin.

The message these events seem to be sending-

It is possible that we are indeed seeing the beginning of a time period, at least in Minnesota, that the unkosher source of hate toward Jews, Israel and even America is going to be dealt with and eventually eliminated. Once that occurs, a true peace can prevail.

There are events which are now taking place in Minnesota’s Fifth District, which I plan to discuss in upcoming Blogs, that support this point.

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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