Goldy will be bobbling as he rows the boat this summer

A new bobblehead combines the Gophers' mascot with the new football coach's rallying cry.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Gophers are land animals but a certain buck-toothed rodent will soon take to the water in solidarity with the U of M's new football coach.

The design of a new bobblehead featuring Goldy Gopher rowing a boat was unveiled Friday.

It's being made by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. They're expected to be available in July but you can pre-order one now for $40.

What's with the boat?

In case you missed it, "Row the Boat" is the catchphrase used by P.J. Fleck, who became the new Gopher football coach last month.

Fleck has explained that the rowing metaphor helped him carry on after his infant son died of a heart condition. He began using it to inspire his team in his previous job at Western Michigan University (they went 13-1 this past season).

"Row the Boat" was even trademarked by Western Michigan. But don't worry, they recently released that trademark to Fleck. So Goldy can row the boat upstream to Stadium Village this summer and maybe even see some tailgaters with his bobblehead.

There's a Bobblehead Hall of Fame?

Sure. Sort of. You can't actually go to it. But some folks in Milwaukee have put together bobblehead exhibits and a website. They even have drawings of what their museum might look like, once they find a location for it.

Until then, they've got some rowing to do, too.

Next Up

ballot voting vote

Appeals court changes rules for MN absentee ballots received after Election Day

Pending a further challenge, votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day may not be counted.

Donald Trump

Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

covid saliva test

Minnesota opening its 7th saliva testing location in St. Paul

The tests are free and open to anyone regardless of if they have symptoms.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.

Related

Goldy will be bobbling as he rows the boat this summer

A new bobblehead combines the Gophers' mascot with the new football coach's rallying cry.

Elite news: Gophers will legally 'Row the Boat' with P.J. Fleck

P.J. Fleck is getting legal ownership of "Row the Boat." He's so elite.

Elite news: Gophers will legally 'Row the Boat' with P.J. Fleck

P.J. Fleck is getting legal ownership of "Row the Boat." He's so elite.

Start saving those empties! Milk carton boat races are back this summer

The former mainstay of the Minneapolis Aquatennial is a free-standing event now, along with sand castle building.

P.J. Fleck is the new Gophers football coach

P.J. Fleck took Western Michigan to the Cotton Bowl and appears to be the new head coach of the Gophers.

P.J. Fleck is the new Gophers football coach

P.J. Fleck took Western Michigan to the Cotton Bowl and appears to be the new head coach of the Gophers.