Ads for Minnesota Football in 1998 Were Pretty Awesome

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ANGRY GOPHER ALERT

Our blog compadres at The Daily Gopher managed to unearth this late '90s marketing gem for Gopher football. It's well worth your time on a lazy summer day.

Let's break down a few of the most notable parts of this video.

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Gophers: masters of disguise. Eat your heart out, Ethan Hunt.

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Now I know advertising is all about bending the truth a little and presenting your product in the most favorable light possible, but come on -- this is just a flat-out lie. Everyone knows Glen Mason-coached Gopher teams never tackled this well.

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This was the tagline of their marketing campaign. Really.

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Now come on, random Minnesota football guy. I know Glen Mason was a clownfraud and all, but if there's one thing he taught his running backs, it's how to carry the damn ball. That's just sloppy.

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More lies!

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Even the gopher knows that display of tackling acumen is the most ludicrous thing in this whole video.

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Finally, an answer to the eternal question: does a Michigan Man pick flowers? Yes, a Michigan Man DOES pick flowers. Thank you, Minnesota football marketing department!

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Seriously, Gopher fans should probably sue for false advertisement at this point. These commercials gave them a wildly unrealistic and improbably competent impression of the Golden Gophers' actual ability to tackle opposing footballers.

Regrettably, this video doesn't include the ad for the Iowa game, which was also a Gopher home game that year. (As for the game itself... we don't want to talk about it. Really, we don't. Trust me.) At least we'll always have the angry gopher.

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