Kimmet enjoys sideline action at MSU game

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The roar at Bobcat stadium was deafening on Saturday.
The Bobcats had held the Grizzlies on what could have been a game-tying drive as time was running out.
Bobcat head coach Jeff Choate was whooping it up as he jumped into the arms of a defensive coordinator who is equally pumped.
While most of the 19,907 fans attending the 117th Brawl of the Wild were celebrating, Laurel resident Pat Kimmet had a job to do and he was smack dab in the middle of the bedlam.
Just like he has done for all of the MSU home football games for the past five years — with one notable exception — his job is to make sure the chain gang is accurately marking where the ball is as well as where the yard markers are along the Bobcat sideline.
Most of the time the chain gang quietly goes about the business of making sure all is well but when they are that close to the action, there is an element of danger.
“The number one job description is don’t get hurt,” he said. “That is followed closely by getting out of the way.”
There is no physical fitness test or eyesight exam needed to be on the chain gang, he joked.
In a recent game, one of the chain gang members working next to Kimmet was in the wrong place and ended up with 10 stitches.
Kimmet was invited to be on the chain gang by his cousin Gary, who played for the Bobcats in the 1970s. Nearly half of the gang are related and converge from as far away as Columbia Falls to show up for sideline duty.
“It is a great job and the money makes it worth it,” Kimmet said. “The truth is we don’t get paid.”
Kimmet, who is the manager of the CHS refinery in Laurel and a MSU graduate, is a Bobcat through and through and would probably attend most of the games even if he didn’t have the best view in the stadium.
“There is no better place to be to get the real feeling of the game than right here,” he said.
Coach Choate and his coaches are “passionate and loud and the players react to them,” Kimmet said.
The players and coaches are aware of the chain gang and are extremely respectful and helpful, he said.
Kimmet looks forward to the games and catching up with his relatives but missed the previous week’s home game when his car was sideswiped on Interstate 90 near Columbus as he was driving to the game.
The side of his car was mangled and the trailer that hit him was also a mess. At the Cat-Griz game he was sporting bandages on his face following a skin procedure.
“I am a mess, it is a good thing the season is over,” he joked.
Kimmet was excited to be a part of MSU’s first home win against the Grizzlies since 2005.
“There is nothing like the roar of the crowd mixed with the passion and athleticism of these football players,” he said.
“For a Bobcat fan who likes the action, there is no better job,” he said


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