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We celebrate the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey Team and one of its stars, Jonny "The Mouse" Mikkelson, who once told me "Our team was so good the varsity wouldn't play us." When asked why he didn't play varsity Mouse said, "Too little." Cutest ever. So, we salute the greatest Club Hockey Team ever, a squad so vaunted even Jim Craig's Miracle team wanted nothing to do with it. Trottier, Bossy, Gretzky, Messier ... dead! Long live the 1983 Wayzata Club Hockey team!
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November 16, 2007… Since that date, the Minnesota Wild cannot, and will not be considered a tough team.
I love my father BOBBY, whose nickname is "Smitty." He's my step father but very much has been my "real" dad for like 33 years. He works at Canterbury with me and has for years. Works on level one, assisting people with the self-automated betting machines and it's his most wonderful time of the year.
He's very popular with the crowd and a terrific ambassador for Canterbury Park. He and my late mom had a very unique run worth sharing. Both from Washington D.C. they married in 1950 and divorced in 1957.
Then my mom took me on a trip from D.C. to Southern California summer of '78 and Shirley and Smitty rekindled the love. They remarried 22 years after they originally split. Both had kids from other marriages and we all banded together best we could. That they divorced and remarried 22 years later is amazing. When my mom died in 2006 Smitty lost his best friend and never has recovered. Working at Canterbury brings joy to his heart and that makes me very happy.
... GAME FILM: The NFL announced late this week coaches' film will be available to the public for like $70. Pretty sure you can sign up now at nfl.com. Rubes will find this is very boring to watch at times, and unless you have the capability to easily rotate back and forth on a play to watch multiple postions game watching is like a five-hour affair.
I have access to game film -- all 22 on the screen with an ovwerhead or end-zone angle -- and used to watch it more than I do now. There are some facets of it that help win arguments and gain a better feel for what is happening. This will make the on-air Rube analysis of games and plays more accurate. Here are some things for which the public will/should watch:
-- Receivers running free. If a QB holds the ball a tad too long and receivers look open Rubes will bitch about players being missed.
-- QB's looking off LB's and safeties. The good ones do it all the time. They'll eyeball a defebsive player on one side, get the guy to guess, then throw to a spot they were supposed to be. BRETT FAVRE is the best at executing that trick I ever have seen. We went up and down the field in 2009 against the rock-star Baltimore defense because Brett did a job on ED REED in terms of tricking him many times.
-- Blitz pick-up. The offensive lines gets blamed too much sometimes for things that happen in the backfield. This will easily permit viewers to see if a RB missed an assignment.
-- Communication breakdowns. If a CB releases a WR and a safety is too late to the scene the CB is not rip-worthy unless he blew it and was supposed to run with the WR. One thing that will make this entire process difficult is we don't know what plays were called and exactly where all the people should be. This will lead to over analysis and guessing.
-- Players getting mashed. When a lineman detsroys the guy across from him he will be praiseworthy.
In all this is a good thing and I am glad the NFL is making available this film. Very curious to hear what some of the film-watching takes provide.