Friday, January 11, 2008

Shik Pics

The good people in the University of Minnesota Athletics Department were kind enough to assist me in finding pictures of this blogs namesake, Jim Shikenjanski. Most of my frequent readers likely know who Shik was, and at least vaguely remember him as a member of Clem Haskins' group of Gophers in the late 80's and early 90s.

Shikenjanski played alongside other great Gophers like Melvin Newborn, Willie Burton and Richard Coffey. As Rob Litt wrote at the GopherHole in a "Where are they now" on Shik, we all loved the Rockton, Illinois native for his long hair and "in part because of the memory of hearing Dick Jankowski enthusiastically saying “SHIKENJANSKI.”

Below are two pictures of Shik that appear to me to be from his earliest days at the U, judging by his lack of shaggy hair. Special thanks to Jeff Keiser, creative director for University of Minnesota athletics and Senior Associate Athletic Director Tom Wistrcill for doing me a favor by providing these images.

I'm going to find a way to incorporate at least one of these pictures into the site. So, if any of you have any recommendations on how to use them, please let me know.

Great shorts huh!! Enjoy the pics. I did. And if any of you have old school pics of Shik or other players from that era I'd love to hear from you. A picture of WIllie Burton with his face mask would be a nice addtion to PJS.

Other than that, I hope everyone has a good weekend and that my drive back from Happy Valley isn't a bitter one. Ski-U-Mah!


Jon Marthaler said...

This one makes me nervous; it's the kind of game the Gophers really need to win this year.

PJS said...

That's exactly right. The Gophers need to finish 4th in the conference to get an NCAA bid. That can happen so long as they win games like this on the road.

PJS said...

FYI Jon: I rearranged the order of the last two posts and since blogger is stupid it kept the comment with the wrong entry. They should really just allow us to click and drag posts to the location we want.

Friend Of Tubby said...

If Gophers win the B10 won't matter.

I think Tubby factor gets Gophers a bid with 20+ W (21 or 22).

He got in (NCAA) with similar # W at Tulsa in 92 & 93, Georgia in 96, and UK in 01-02-06-07.

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