As someone who hates noon kickoffs, I did not know a pestilence like 11 a.m. kickoffs existed, but then again I live in the eastern timezone.
But, 11 a.m. kickoffs do exist, and Minnesota's lame duck governor, Mark Dayton, is fed up with them.
His final campaign behind him, Gov. Mark Dayton plans a battle next year over a minor but very personal issue: the start time for University of Minnesota football games.
"They talk about the concern about attendance at the Gopher games -- they start them at 11 o'clock in the morning," Dayton said Tuesday in an interview with the Pioneer Press. "I'm going to propose that we pass a law that no (Division I FBS) football game in Minnesota can start before noon."
Dayton said 11 a.m. kickoffs -- as the Gophers had for home games this year against Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa and Ohio State -- are just too early.
An 11 a.m. kickoff would be brutal.