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|FRIDAY, MAY 24 (subject to change)|
OPEN: FRIDAY FOOTBALL FEAST W/CHARCH
|9:20: PETE BERCICH IN STUDIO|
9:33: bercich stays
|9:55: RUSSO RADIO IN STUDIO|
|10:20: russo stays|
|10:33: SPORTS ESSENTIALS|
|10:53: TOM HANNEMAN FSN IN STUDIO|
|11:33: TREVOR MBAKWE gophers/nba draft|
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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.
Let's play the "they-came-to-see" game. Vikings at Texans Sunday at Noon on Your Favorite Radio Station. To wit, as BLAIR WALSH was going 5-for-5 and 3-for-3 from 50 plus I said, "They came to see GREG ZUERLEIN but left talking about Blair Walsh."
There are some "they-came-to-see" scenarios this weekend:
-- "They came to see the Houston Texans secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs but left talking about an upstart Vikings team that has won three in a row and is hot at the right time of the year."
-- "They came to see ADRIAN PETERSON but left talking about ARIAN FOSTER." This one concerns me a bit because even though Adrian has as many rushing yards since Week seven (1,313) as Arian has the entire year, Arian Foster is an elite running back and will look to upstage our beast. We cannot let him get off for more than 100 with those sneaky stretch plays they run because then their bootleg game has more merit and ANDRE JOHNSON will kill us.
Not sure what kind of game I think Adrian will have. Did some TV work with Elite Football Mind BEN LEBER today, and he feels Adrian will have a workman-like 145 and one or two. He thinks it's going to be tough for Adrian to explode because Houston is a quality tackling bunch, and our passing game may not be good enough to keep it honest.
-- "They came to see Andre Johnson but left talking about JEROME SIMPSON." Leber thinks this could be a good game for one of our receivers, and that may be Jerome. The Texans have been good-not-great the last month and change, and some of their problems involve CB KAREEM JACKSON and the safeties becoming undisciplined in the deep passing game.
Just last game DANIEAL MANNING got sloppy right in front of halftime and allowed T.Y. HILTON to sneak behind him for an unacceptable touchdown. ANDREW LUCK had to coyly slide up from the pressure and fire an on-time bullet to Hilton, but in watching the play back the Texans were quite sloppy on the play and paid for it.
Simpson has zero touchdowns in our colors, and I hope that changes Sunday. These Texans will totally sell out to stop Adrian and as usual CHRISTIAN will have to make seven to 10 quality throws to help us win. One or two could be deep to Simpson or maybe JARIUS WRIGHT.
-- "They came to see J.J. WATT but left talking about JARED ALLEN." Via sourcing with those most in the know I cannot find a knock on Watt. Never have heard so many good things about a player, I swear. Jared Allen was J.J. Watt before J.J. Watt was J.J. Watt, and Jared needs to prove his mettle Sunday opposite LT DUANE BROWN.
J.J. has 19 1 /2 sacks and might run down STRAHAN'S 22 1/2. Jared missed that mark by one-half sack last year, and will not get close this year. This is a brilliant opportunity for Jared Allen to play with or upstage the man who will win the Defensive Player of the Year Award, and he has it in him to change the game and close on sacks and TFL's.
Yep, the hope here is "they all came to see the Texans whip ass on the Minnesota Vikings but left talking about a team that has tripled its win total from last year and a team that makes its fanbase proud.