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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…)
We cannot permit the Green Bay Packers to run well against us Sunday at MOA Field. Said squad went for a hundred and high change on the ground a month ago at Lambeau, and because of it stopping the pass on third down became problematic. There was a point in that game AARON RODGERS completed like 12 consecutive passes, maybe because we had to pay attention to the running game more than we liked.
This will be a "nickle" and "dime" game which means BRINKLEY and/or ERIN HENDERSON might not play as much as usual and also means JOSH ROBINSON and AJ JEFFERSON may play quite a bit. Rodgers went at Jefferson repeatedly at Lambeau, but given this is CHRIS COOK'S second game back from injury he should be better off than at Houston. Still, Rodgers is very good at exposing weak links, that is if he has enough time to machinate.
I cannot see MCCARTHY putting Rodgers on a significant amount of seven-step drops because we have an advantage when pairing our defensive line and their offensive line. They'll have to have Rodgers roll out a fair amount unless they double JARED ALLEN most plays. If that's the case they'll take a guy out of the passing game and that will minimize the damage he can do to our secondary.
Plus, EVERSON GRIFFEN is rushing very well right now and winning the majority of his one-on-one battles. If BRIAN ROBISON plays we use Griffen and KEVIN WILLIAMS inside and batter the interior of a line that just replaced its center and moved the RT to LG. GB's OL has had its problems this year and Rodgers protects it with his legs and cunning and guile. He's a very special player, one who makes others better.
I hope they put him on deep drops and look for the deep game that has made them so explosive and good. I feel our DL will get home at least five times and he'll have to adjust. GB screens very well and STEVEN JACKSON and ARIAN FOSTER zapped us a tad in that screen game the last two. Need to be ready for that, too, because GB can be so freaking sneaky with its offense it can beat you myriad ways.
When we blew a very winnable game at Lambeau, Green Bay dominated the time of possession, and the keep-away game in the second half wrecked the day. We are better now than we were then and so are they. We are built to control the rock and dominated that stat at Houston, the number-one T.O.P. defense in the NFL. We could not be playing any better into the bliss-or-miss game Sunday, and we'll all know where we stand by 7 p.m. It's either "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now" by MCFADDEN and WHITEHEAD for the 'Montage of BRIAN MCKNIGHT'S "One Last Cry." Happy New Years or Crappy New Year. Let's go!