WDAY On the Air at the Fargodome

The This past weekend saw another edition of the WDAY tailgating party take shape at the Fargodome.  I did live updates over the course of three hours, we gave out WDAY / Bison mugs and offered incredible food from Sandella’s… It was chilly and misty but the mood was warm and festive.

The Gold Star Marching Band, or at least a small portion of them, came dancing through the lot – literally.  Nothing like a little high-steppin’ from a bunch of talented, and highly energized, musicians happy to remind us of the days we had that much flexibility!  Or did we ever have that much? 

They would strut, dance and strut some more before stopping to play every 20 yards or so.  They looked good; they sounded even better.
A small portion of the Gold Star Marching Band

About an hour into the morning, we were joined by our pal Tucker Roster from Scheels.  I first met Tucker doing a live remote at his store prior to the Bison’s opening game at Iowa State.  He’s an expert woodworker who, reportedly, can make everything from an elaborate display case to a lifesize coach Craig Bohl. 

The eternal optimist, he called for a Bison blowout.  Tucker always calls for a Bison blowout.  Even if the Bison aren’t playing that weekend, Tucker calls for a Bison blowout.  Tucker wanted a blowout.  Tucker didn’t get a blowout.  But like most fans he’s reluctant to pick against his home team. 

Hard to fault a fan for that kind of loyalty even though he may be headed toward wearing a USC t-shirt when this season is over, courtesy of our NDSU weekly pick-em competition. 

I’ve already got the shirt picked out.

Tucker Roster and CG live on 970 WDAYAnd Toni Sandin, with husband Joe lurking in the background.  We got the idea Joe enjoyed seeing Toni on radio… to a point.  He told us he was a web designer.  None of us believed him.  We had him pegged more for CIA.  Notice his steely glare, the very tiny ear-piece, the microphone embedded on the third snap of his jacket.  We kept wondering, “who’s Joe working with?”  We wondered further, “Is his name really… Joe?”  For that matter, did Toni even know Joe?  Was it merely a coincidence their coats were a perfect match?  Or do they simply shop at the same store?

These are the things the crack staff at WDAY considers while eating, sipping ice-water and braving a 20-mph wind, light mist smacking against our faces and bone-chilling 45-degree temperatures. Toni Sandin... with husband Joe (Joey the Glare) looking on

Except for the outcome, Illinois State defeated North Dakota State, 27-24, the day was a blast.  The Fargodome is a loud, raucous building with great sightlines for football.  I’m told it’s outstanding for a concert as well.  While I’d love to experience one, I’m more likely to see Disney on Ice with my wife and daughters.  Nothing quite compares to a 10-foot tall Nemo on skates.

The FargodomeNDSU has a mountain to climb this coming weekend with 3rd-ranked Northern Iowa coming to the Fargodome.  The Fargo in me is hoping for a win.  The realist in me says the Bison will get hammered.  

Prior to their first game, I predicted the Bison would go 6-5… if they got a few breaks.  Now, they’ll be fortunate to win four games.  Injuries haven’t helped their cause because the team isn’t blessed with depth.  The players don’t lack for effort but the overall talent level simply isn’t as robust as many had believed prior to the season.

Nevertheless, we’ll all be out at the Fargodome again this weekend pulling for a win.  Live updates on 970 WDAY, mugs, food, a little weather and a great opponent… nothing better than college football on a Saturday in Autumn.

Filed Under: Christopher GabrielCollege footballFargodomeNDSUWDAY

About the Author: Christopher serves up sports on 940 ESPN in Fresno with a good deal of pop culture, films, music and the quirky side of life mixed in. Distinguished guests and contributors from across the nation and around the world regularly join the program. He tackles the most complex stories to ones slightly off the radar delivering depth and humor with a thoughtful perspective. When he was in Fargo, the city not the movie, the program was nominated for Best Radio Show in the region in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by readers of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. As a writer, Christopher's work has been been published by the Chicago Sun-Times, Sun-Times Network publications, Reuters, USA Volleyball and Team USA, the Official Website of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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  1. Andy Heller says:

    Nice article and pictures! I enjoyed reading it!


  2. Mike says:

    Wow… you bring back memories of my marching band days…
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..UpdateForm =-.


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