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Jay Elsen

North Dakota Nicknames (Not That One)

Nicknames have always intrigued me. I enjoy hearing the stories behind them and looking at the logos that have come to represent them. I also think it's interesting to see which nicknames/logos have withstood the test of time, and which ones have been altered in some sort of "modernization" effort, or in the interest of political...

Anticipation Is Killing Me

I'm not sure about you, but the wait for football is driving me nuts. I know what you're thinking...what about the NFL preseason? I suppose that counts for something, but the diet of second-stringers and future Arena Football League talent is already getting stale. I'm talking real, regular season football. And for the first time I can...
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A Few Jacks Standing

There was a lot of excitment within the South Dakota State football program this summer when four of its seniors--DB Cole Brodie, TE Colin Cochart, LB Derek Domino and C Ryan McKnight--signed free agent deals with NFL teams following the lockout. Unfortunately, that excitement has been tempered by a certain degree of disappointment. McKnight...
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USF, Minot State Face Daunting Schedules

It's a big year for the University of Sioux Falls and Minot State University. Both universities are taking the final step in the three-year transition from the NAIA, and are competing as "provisional status" members of NCAA Division II during the 2011-12 school year. Overall, it's been a much shorter, less arduous road than the one traveled by...
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11AAA Football...Really?

High school football in South Dakota, much like the rest of the country, is the pride of the prep sports scene. Participation and popularity seem to be ever-climbing, leaving very few people without some sort of connection to the sport. That makes it all but impossible for changes made within the game to go unnoticed. There have been several...
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