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Pile On

The University of North Dakota Sioux celebrates after winning the NCAA Men's Hockey championship against Boston University. The Sioux came back from a 2-0 deficit to take the game, 6-4. They tied a school record by scoring five goals in the second period. It was the sixth title won by the North Dakota men's hockey squad.

GREATEST ATHLETES
Roger Maris, Fargo
Three-sport star at Shanley High; Yankees outfielder was AL MVP in 1960 and '61; broke Babe Ruth's record with 61 home runs in '61.

Phil Jackson, Williston
Played 12 seasons in the NBA; coached Bulls to six titles between 1991 and '98.
Darin Erstad, Jamestown
Scored 36 goals in 1992 for Jamestown High hockey team; state 110- and 300-meter hurdles champion; punted for Nebraska's '94 national championship team; outfielder with Angels.
See the complete list of North Dakota's Greatest Athletes


FLASHBACK
1987: The Sioux Came Through
Tony Hrkac led North Dakota to the NCAA title
The first thing college hockey fans gathered in Detroit had to do last week was to learn how to pronounce a five-letter name. "It's HERK-us," explained Tony Hrkac. Which rhymes with circus -- or "crkac" in this instance -- which is what Hrkac and his North Dakota Fighting Sioux teammates converted the NCAA Division I championships into as they skated to the school's third national title in eight years.
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SI COVERS
Classic SI cover The Pride of Fargo North Dakota's most famous athlete became a part of not only baseball history, but American history in 1961 when the New York Yankees right fielder belted 61 home runs to become the single-season record holder. Maris' mark would stand until 1998, when Mark McGwire hit 70 round-trippers.

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THE SI POLL
Who do North Dakotans root for? SI asked the Roughrider State residents to weigh in* on sports.
Favorite major league baseball team
Minnesota Twins
52%
New York Yankees
5%
No favorite
16%


Favorite NFL team
Minnesota Vikings
43%
Green Bay Packers
8%
Dallas Cowboys
7%


Favorite NBA team
Minnesota Timberwolves
29%
Los Angeles Lakers
14%
Chicago Bulls
8%
No favorite
29%
Favorite NHL team
Minnesota Wild
31%
Colorado Avalanche
6%
No favorite
50%


Favorite college team
North Dakota hockey
19%
North Dakota State football
13%


Greatest athlete who ever lived in or played for a team in your state
Roger Maris
39%
Phil Jackson
22%
Darin Erstad
11%
Jim Kleinsasser
6%
Phil Hansen
4%
More a fan of college or pro sports?
Pro
68%
College
11%
Equal
21%


Favorite sport to play
Fishing
19%
Golf
18%
Basketball
13%
Baseball/softball
11%
Bowling
11%


Favorite sports to watch on TV
Football
74%
Winter Olympics
48%
Summer Olympics
44%
Baseball
42%
Hockey
31%
*Harris Interactive poll, conducted online, of 401 North Dakota residents who identified themselves as sports fans. Margin of error +/- 5%.
SI 50th POLL
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Sports Illustrated's 50th Anniversary
Giving curling a whirl


Phil Jackson
Curling, "a cross between shuffleboard, bowling and New Year's Eve" and one of North Dakota's signature sports, may look like an anybody-can-do-it endeavor. But, as SI's Mark Bechtel explains, it requires balance, a deft touch and the ability to see several moves ahead. Basketball is also big in the Roughrider State, and Lakers coach Phil Jackson explains how he came to appreciate his state's allure during long drives to high school hoops games. SI.com digs into the Sports Illustrated archives to find photos, Flashbacks and other significant moments in North Dakota sports history.

• SI Sportstown: Bismarck, N.D.
North Dakota's 50 greatest athletes
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STATITUDES
7 NCAA ice hockey titles won by University of North Dakota, tied for second all time.

5 NCAA Division II titles since 1980 won by North Dakota State women's basketball coach and Fargo native Amy Ruley.

231-38-3 Record of Shanley High football coach Sid Cichy from 1948 to '77. The Fargo native also notched 11 undefeated seasons and won 15 state titles.

1984 June 23 of this year the Roger Maris Museum opened in Fargo.

60 Points scored in 144 regular season games by Cliff (Fido) Purpur of Grand Forks -- the first North Dakotan to play in the NHL.

27.4 Points per game as a senior for University of North Dakota two-time All-American and Williston native Phil Jackson in 1966-67.

.492 Batting average of Darin Erstad in his senior year at Jamestown High School. Erstad also hit 18 homers and drove in 86 runs, and was 10-2 record with 2.18 ERA on the mound.

ENEMY OF THE STATE
Brett Favre
Vikings fans dislike Favre, sure, but who's Ed Schultz? A longtime Fargo sportscaster, that's who, and some folks think he's too loud and opinionated. The state's most hated opponents: the University of Minnesota (39%) and the Green Bay Packers (26%).

Brett Favre
36%
Ed Schultz
5%
George Steinbrenner
5%
FAST FACTS
Admission to statehood: Nov. 2,1889 (39th)

Area: 70,704 square miles

Bird: Western Meadowlark

Capital: Bismarck

Economy: Agriculture: Wheat, cattle, barley, sunflowers, milk, sugar beets. Industry: Food processing, machinery, mining, tourism.

 
Flower: Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa arkansana)

Nickname: Peace Garden State/Flickertail State/Roughrider State

Population: 642,200 (47th)

Pro sports teams: None

Major college programs: North Dakota Fighting Sioux, North Dakota State Bison


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