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Angry fan punches Minnesota Gophers mascot at gymnastics meet

A St. Thomas professor and devoted University of Minnesota booster regrets taking out his frustration on the mascot. He's been banned for a year.

By MARY LYNN SMITH, Star Tribune
Last update: March 10, 2011 - 12:23 PM

Goldy Gopher apparently never saw it coming -- a sucker punch smack in the nose above his heartwarming bucktoothed grin.

An annoyed fan -- a University of St. Thomas math professor and a devoted University of Minnesota booster -- socked the fuzzy-suited mascot after tiring of his antics during a men's gymnastics meet Saturday night.

The mascot-mauling left the professor red-faced, regretful and banned from the University of Minnesota's Sports Pavilion and Williams Arena for a year. Goldy is left shaken, his gopher face damaged. And spectators didn't know what to think.

"Honestly, we thought it was funny at the time," said Barry Colthorpe, who watched the ble


Added: Mar-10-2011 Occurred On: Mar-10-2011
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