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MINNEAPOLIS—One play by Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen was everything the Minnesota Vikings were not. Energetic. Exciting. Athletic. Fearless. Joyful. Entertaining. Allen, the Bills' much-touted rookie out of Wyoming, did his best Superman impression near the end of the first quarter of Buffalo's 27-6 thrashing of the Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 23, at an angry U.S. Bank Stadium, hurdling Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr near midfield for a first down.
FARGO — Covering North Dakota State's football team is an exercise in nitpicking. This is what happens when a team wins six national championships in seven years and, with Saturday's victory, is 100-8 since the beginning of the 2011 season. Small things become big things, medium things become huge things and big things become massive things. Carson Wentz hurt his wrist! OMG, what will happen? Is this the end of the dynasty?
FARGO—North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman praised North Alabama for making the move from NCAA Division II to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. He sees it as the division adding a potentially quality program after losing so many in recent years.
FARGO — Too bad Robert Preston isn't alive still, because he could save North Dakota from the trouble. And that's what we got comin', folks, trouble. That's trouble that starts with T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pot. And that's what ya got coming, right here in North Dakota.
FARGO — The future, wearing No. 5, streaked through a hole in the North Alabama defense, weaved a couple of times to avoid tackles and outran defensive backs who should have caught him. Touchdown, Trey Lance. May there be many more. There probably will be. Welcome to the show, kid.
FARGO—President Donald Trump resuscitated his famous—and unsuccessful—line from the 2016 campaign during a high-dollar fundraiser last week in Fargo. "What the hell do you have to lose?" Trump asked Native American voters in North Dakota at a brief stump stop for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Cramer.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings spent Sunday celebrating a team that broke everybody's heart, which was sort of an awkward way to begin a season with high expectations. The 1998 team was on display, lauded for finishing 15-1 in the regular season. Former heroes like Robert Smith and John Randle were introduced at halftime, there were video highlights galore of Randy Moss, fans were teased with trivia questions of that year. It was a championship-level 20th anniversary party.
FARGO—Jeff Voris sees just one problem with his Butler football team's massive upset of Youngstown State last week: The element of surprise is gone for the Bulldogs' opening game of 2019. That's when Butler is scheduled to play mighty North Dakota State, the kings of Division I FCS football, at Target Field in Minneapolis. "We're not going to be able to sneak up on them, I guess," the Butler coach said. "I don't know if we did ourselves any favors by winning this game. They're not going to be overlooking us."
STAR LAKE, Minn. — The rallying cry of those opposed to a casino on Star Lake in Minnesota's Otter Tail County proved to be correct. It wasn't a done deal. "It's not a done deal," was the tagline used by groups opposing a massive casino, resort, convention center and RV complex proposed three years ago by then-leaders of the White Earth Band of Chippewa. It was to be built on Indian trust land and other property acquired by the tribe on Star Lake, a large and popular body of water located in a remote area of Otter Tail County east of Maplewood State Park near Dent.
FARGO — The last time Bruce Anderson played before home fans, he was galloping wild and free on the green carpet of the Fargodome against the Sam Houston State Bearkats, whose defenders appeared allergic to the North Dakota State running back because they didn't put a hand on him.