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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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NHL DRAFT B/B ...
Even though we are closer to the 4th of July than Memorial Day, the NHL is still extremely intriguing to hard-core hockey fans. The playoffs have been outstanding. The Cup final is shaping up to be a classic with two classic, old-school squads. Two of the best uniforms in hockey too. Once the Finals are over, the much-anticipated NHL draft is next. Well, it’s probably as anticipated as the new phone books arriving at your house in that plastic bag which 98% of people just toss it into the recycling bin, but I digress….
That leaves Halifax Moosehead Nathan MacKinnon going to the hockey hotbed Florida Panthers. Me and my hockey-playing buddies have gone to visit Halifax for the past 8 years. Through business and friendships with Moosehead owner Bobby Smith (yes, former North Star Bobby Smith), we go up to Halifax, play against Moose coaching staff, trainers, and yes owner. We get our butts kicked. Hitting many of the local watering holes, golf, boat rides, more watering holes and going to Moosehead games is included. The Mooseheads got to the QMJHL finals against Sid the Kid back in ’05. Then got really bad. Then, through multiple trades, this year Bobby Smith got the Mooseheads to win the “Q”, then the coveted (well, in Canada anyway) Memorial Cup. Nathan MacKinnon being the main reason (hat trick in final game.) Smith traded 3 first-rounders for MacKinnon. Worth every penny. Projected to go right after the Shattuck-St. Mary product MacKinnon will be Jonathan Druin. He will go to Tampa Bay. I have seen these guys play in person and they’ve been jaw-droppingly good. (yea, I even have a #22 MacKinnon Moosehead t-shirt…)
I would love to see Chuck Fletcher make a move to get the 2nd pick, but it would cost the farm. The Wild don’t have the farm. It won’t happen. So, long story longer, you have read it here first. Nathan MacKinnon will be the best player in the NHL in a few years. The thing that sucks is it will be for a team nobody cares about, the freaking Florida Panthers.
(I’m guessing this will be the only NHL draft-related material on this website. PA, if you were going to break this down too, I apologize…)
The Vikings' record for fewest passing yards in a game took place in 1971 when they generated just 21 against the Green Bay Packers. I swear, as this bad boy today was being played out and CHRISTIAN PONDER was stuck on 36 it felt like some mark for futility was being established. After going 5-for-5 on the TD drive closed by a RUDOLPH grab the kid didn't complete a pass for like one-half the game.
In fairness, with RUSHING IMMORTALITY doing what he did (210 yards) there weren't many chances, but Christian had two of the worst misses of his career today, and they both played into us blowing an opportunity to win where few leave victorious.
The pick to MORGAN BURNETT in the back of the end zone is the worst pass CP has thrown in his NFL career. Two plays after the 48-yard run by Adrian he rolled right, looked for Rudolph, who was covered, and tried to loop one to MICHAEL JENKINS. It never should have been thrown and, if anything, should have been thrown higher and/or out of the back of the end zone.
A TD there puts us up 11, GB becomes "left-handed" in that the running game would have become null and void, JAMES STARKS never would have had that 22-yard TD run and, quite honestly, we would have won the game. If he throws away that ball and we eventually find a way to get a TD Adrian, too, might have broken his own single-season rushing record of 296.
The other awful miss came on a play known as a "wheel route" where Adrian exited the backfield, scampered in front of our bench and scooted by an overmatched LB. CP chucked it up, put too much air under it, under threw him and it went incomplete. That should have been a TD and still bugs the hell out of me.
Just chatted with Ponder on the plane a bit and, obviously, he feels terrib;e and feels he completely cost the team the game. I talked extensively with Adrian in the locker room after the game and the two things he said resonating with me were (a) "I should have done more to carry this team" and (b) that "CP is my guy and I'll do everything to pump him up."
Adrian could not have done much more to help the team win today. Analyst PETE BERCICH and I argued a bit outside of the bus re: our pass rush because I thought it was okay given GB held like every play to keep us from AARON RODGERS while his learned NFL mind felt we did poorly in letting him leave the pocket too frequently. I hear him on that one.
Rodgers was terrific today. No stats in front of me but it felt like he hit on 80 percent of his throws, was as cold-blooded as ever on third down and always was in control. That OL they are putting out there is the main reason they will not be going to the SB but like the colors or not, Aaron Rodgers is the NFL's best QB and is as crafty as they come.
So, we have to win out to make the playoffs and obviously that looks like a longshot. Much to analyze tomorrow 9-to-Noon. Green Bay has won 18 of the last 19 at Lambeau and we blew a chance to win today. Missed opportunity, indeed.