OUR VOICE: NDSU TV showing made us proud
Our neighbors to the north, Fargo and North Dakota State, did us proud this past weekend.
The senior producer of ESPN’s College GameDay show says Fargo was one of the ‘‘all-time best spots’’ for the program that aired Saturday morning. The popular three-hour pregame show was held in downtown Fargo, in advance of the football game between the two-time defending Football Championship Subdivsion winners and visiting Delaware State. NDSU rolled to a 51-0 win.
It was the program’s fourth trip to a FCS school.
GameDay producer Lee Fitting said afterward that ESPN will make Fargo a yearly stop ‘‘if everything falls into place.’’ He called it the perfect backdrop for the show.
“You see the scene out here and how this looked on TV. There couldn’t be a better postcard.’’
Thousands of Bison fans dressed in green and yellow filled the streets of Broadway, and many spectators cheered from windows, patios and rooftops flanking the street. GameDay host Chris Fowler told the crowd afterward that it was an unforgettable experience.
Fowler and several of his co-hosts made glowing remarks about the morning’s atmosphere. Fitting described the scene as a ‘‘combination of College GameDay meets Wrigley Field meets champion league soccer intensity.’’
NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor said he was getting texts all morning from friends around the country about how great the city and Bison fans looked on TV. The show has about 5 million viewers each hour.
‘‘You talk about just a perfect scenario,’’ Taylor said. ‘‘I guarantee you people walk away thinking this is a phenomenal place to host it.’’
Across the country, the Midwest, especially our Upper Midwest, always seems to have an unknown feel about it. When one of us does well, we all look good. When one of us looks bad, we can all look like idiots.
NDSU made us look great, and we can’t thank our neighbors, friends and Bison students enough.
The show ended with GameDay analyst Lee Corso walking out of the Fargo Theatre wearing a buffalo head and walking a baby bison on a leash.
A few miles north of downtown, hundreds of fans went about their usual business of tailgating in the FargoDome parking lot. Many of them set up big-screen TVs to watch GameDay.
‘‘Anytime you have an audience of millions from across the nation paying attention to Fargo, paying attention to NDSU and the Bison football program, it’s awesome,’’ tailgater John Rodenbiker said.
And just as we show all this gratitude to North Dakota, we now eagerly await Saturday’s clash between No. 1-rated North Dakota State (3-0) and sixth-ranked South Dakota State (3-1) in Brookings on Saturday. The two Dakota powerhouses will kick it off at 2 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
It will be the 101st meeting between the rivals, with NDSU leading the series 55-40-5.
See all previous 100 results of SDSU-NDSU games in today’s Scoreboard in Sports.