He’s No Aly Reisman

Bemidji State defensive tackle Matt Shaver will not be winning any gold medals on the floor exercise anytime soon. But this cartwheel/karate pose combo might at least win him a bronze medal at the Lineman Olympics.

I’m not EXACTLY sure what’s going on here, but the BSU football team had a cartwheel competition following Wednesday night’s practice.

The Beavers are on a bit of a strange schedule due to the fact that they’re playing their opener Friday night. They’ll practice under the lights Thursday at Chet Anderson Stadium in advance of Friday’s 6 p.m. kickoff.

Look for a season preview in Friday’s paper, as well as a preview of the Upper Iowa game, which may be confined to this space in the blog due to the fact that the Bemidji High Lumberjacks also play Friday night at Moorhead.

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NSIC preview: If you’re itching for a thorough preview of the NSIC, look no further than Matt Zimmer of the Siuox Falls Argus Leader, who’s got a great rundown of the league on his blog. I was planning on doing such an undertaking, but I’m glad Matt’s done all the work for me.

Zimmer worked out the entire league schedule and picked St. Cloud State to win the league with an 11-0 record. He thinks BSU will finish eighth at 6-5… which seems like a bit of an under-pick, to tell you the truth. I think the Beavers will win at least 7 games but I’m new to the NSIC beat so any of my picks are pure conjecture.

(Well, all preseason pick-em’s are pure conjecture, but he at least has watched NSIC football before. I, obviously, have not.)

Concordia player gets second chance: The Star-Tribune has a nice piece on Concordia St. Paul’s Jermaine Clemon, who has had a pretty rough life.

Eight teams open Thursday: Here’s the weekly NSIC football release. There are actually four games on tap Thursday night. A rundown: