Commenter RandBallsStu (branding!) each week tracks down a former Minnesota sports figure about whom you might have otherwise forgotten. This week, he adds SYNERGY and other corporate words to the mix by seeking out Matt Spaeth, former Gophers tight end, mere hours before Minnesota kicks off its season. Don't say Stu never did anything nice for you. Stu?
The Hunt Down
Name: Matt Spaeth
Claim to Fame, Minnesota:
a tight end for your University of Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2003-2006. A product of St. Michael-Albertville HS, Spaeth took his talents to the U, where he filled the void left by fellow Minnesota native and future pro Ben Utecht. Best year was 2006, when he was both the winner of the John Mackey Award
and a first-team AP All-American
, despite playing part of the season with a separated shoulder
Has He Been in a Twitter Fight with Patrick Reusse: no.
Glorious Randomness: Obviously, Albertville is best known for that monstrosity of an outlet mall right off the interstate, but I am stumped as to what St. Michael’s claim to fame is. Your thoughts in the comments are welcome. My two suggestions are: 1) it’s the location of the nearest Kwik Trip to my house (Kwik Trip is the best), and 2) it’s right about where the traffic into the metro area really starts to punch you right in your soul.