Bison watchers in Brooklyn: 2020

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
The Brooklyn NYC fan base from left to right; Matt Paulbeck, Christian Zimmerman, Deb Brown, Brian Steadman, Logan Emser (kneeling), Cora Bollinger, Nina Emser (kneeling), Matt Brown, Mary Zimmerman, Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Cheston Istok, Alex Istok, Logan Kelly, Alex Kelly, Mitch Kelly and Brian Pruitt.

With the NDSU Bison football team back at Frisco, Texas, to defend its title in the FCS Championship game, this time against James Madison University, that meant once again a gathering of the Bison faithful in Brooklyn, New York, at the Rhythm & Booze sports bar.

Located at the corner of 10th Avenue and Prospect Avenue in the borough’s Windsor Terrace neighborhood, R&B has been the go-to place to watch the Bison since 2012 when my brother Christian, an NDSU alum, and I searched for a friendly sports bar where two ex-pat North Dakotans from Devils Lake could cheer on the Bison. Thanks to Christian’s recruiting and more importantly Bison’s winning streak, what began with the two of us has grown into a group that gathers to cheer on the green and yellow.

This year featured the largest turnout. Among the newcomers to the bar were Cora Bollinger, a Mapleton, North Dakota, native, and Matt Paulbeck, originally from International Falls, Minnesota. Cora worked in the senate office of Heidi Heitkamp before moving to Brooklyn to work for a NYC-based non-profit. Explaining how they found out about R&B, she said, “My uncle texted the article from last year.” (DLJ, January 7, 2019)

For the whole story written by Dwight Jon Zimmerman, see the print edition for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, of the Devils Lake Journal.