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Anticipation Pays off for the Championship Game

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Bison fans everywhere have been waiting not only for Friday night's game, but another game two weeks from now. Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman met up with those around the area who have put in a lot of prep work and crossed their fingers at the game.

What's greater than a championship? More massive than tens of thousands of fans hitching rides to Frisco, Texas? Or more valuable than the Gossett's family memories?

Jon and Annie shared in the tailgate lot, "it was one of the best vacations we've ever had. We took our boys with us. They're in college and we have taken them on cruises, on train trips and they said it was the best experience of their whole lives."

What's more overwhelming than lining up flight reservations, gas money, time off work, hotel rooms and game tickets? It took a year of planning for many fans at the Fargodome to coordinate the trip that could have not even happened.

"When I played, we'd go out tailgating and there's only maybe a hundred people. Now, there's a culture beyond what you can even think of," Mike Dragosavich, former Bison punter, said. Dragosavich and Brandon Sugihara road along as the bison blew up the map this year. In the last six months, they've built a business around this team with Oneherd.com.

"I would say 5-percent of our orders have come from Fargo," he said. "We've seen probably 25 states buy clothing... California, Idaho, you name it. It's pretty miraculous, actually."
One Herd was on the brink of introducing a brand new design all day, featuring the championship game.

"Busy is what it's been," Sugihara explains it. "We started by designing the shirt, kind of testing it out and seeing if people like it, getting some samples done, photo shoots and promotional t-shirts."

It's all a bit of a gamble; two weeks of planning for a game that might not happen. Dragosavich says they have a small amount printed, to be ahead of the curve before they have to pull the trigger on the whole shipment. But first, the two cut the work day early to make it to the Fargodome and watch the game themselves. They rushed the field, swinging the new t-shirts over their heads.

Call it faith in a team. Call it excitement over a season. But a loss... "That's not in our vocabulary," is not a work they would choose.

"I see it with friends and family who are involved in Bison sports. It means so much more than just a game," Dragosavich said.


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