Gophers distract Wisconsin kicker with gigantic image of cute animal [PHOTO]

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During last Saturday's home game against Wisconsin, the Gophers football program got an A for effort in at least one regard.

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When the Wisconsin kicker lined up for a first half field goal attempt, whoever is responsible for the TCF Bank video screen tried to distract him by playing the "dramatic gopher" video that's received more than two million views on YouTube.

A still is at the top of this post. Here's the video in all its six-second glory:

Thing is, the little fella in the video is actually a prairie dog, not a gopher. That probably shouldn't come as a surprise -- after all, real gophers definitely aren't that cute.

And for what it's worth, the Wisconsin kicker ended up getting the last laugh. He drilled the field goal and the Badgers went on to win the game 20-7. (UPDATE -- After this was published, it was pointed out to us that the Wisconsin kicker actually missed another field goal attempt during which "dramatic gopher" played on the video screen. So perhaps instead of writing "last laugh" we should've went with "bemused chuckle.")

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Where was this on Saturday when it was timely? #TweetsAreYours

k2yeb topcommenter

Pretty funny. Unfortunately we needed a lot more than that to win. MSU is going to beat us too. Hopefully this year is not an anomaly and we continue the success in future years. 

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

I always feel for Aaron Rupar because so many asshole commenters are unnecessarily rude to him. But saying that picture of a real gopher isn't that cute? That's unforgivable. That gopher is VERY cute! I'm going to now make it my goal in life to comment under every Aaron Rupar post: "Another Rupar non-story".


Whatever it is that you've been trying to do for the last few months is not working.  I don't think you're doing right.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Oscar Quella Rupar is a dick.  He never deletes racist, sexist or homophobic comments but he will delete comments that are critical of City Pages coverage.  It's really pathetic how he encourages racists to get comments on his stories.  


@MicheleBachmann Nail has been hit on the head. 

I'm sure he has to find it funny that people bitch about this blog as if it's supposed to be a news source. Sure, it regurgitates news reported by  media outlets, but clearly it's intended to be a roadside car crash, not a news outlet, yet people can't figure that out.

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