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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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Minnesota vs. Chicago – NHL Playoffs!
It can't end now, can it? After spending four hours at Winter Park today doing a TV show, a radio show, mingling with players and coaches and the "Rogue Bunch" that makes up our Vikings Entertainment Network, I slid away in the snow desperately hoping it's not the final time we pontificate for profit with this football team this year.
This is the emotional part of the bit that can be hard to handle and tough to comprehend for those who work regular jobs. Yeah, the workload for me may drop 30 hours a week by 7 p.m. Sunday, and for the players and coaches they gain like an extra 70 hours a week of free time. Thing is, we all love what we do and, quite honestly, live for it.
And when things are as fun as they are now you don't want it to halt. It's different than 2009 because that magical season with BRETT FAVRE we were killing teams and legitimately were one of the favorites to go to the Super Bowl. None of us wanted that to end, and when it did that fateful evening in New Orleans there were many tears dropping eyes. It was Misery, Mardi Gras.
This year is different because the team has exceeded local and nation expectations. Few if any put the team on 10 wins and a playoff berth. Even fewer gave the team a chance to win out sans PERCY HARVIN, a vital cog to the offense. The defense had a first-time starter at MLB, a rookie at SS, an aging stud in ANTOINE at CB, the return of CHRIS COOK and an OL that featured three guys playing either for the first time or a new spot.
To watch this group find cohesion at the perfect time of the year is very professionally rewarding for me because I am in the unique position of working with the players and coaches and sharing with the public six days a week. It can be a tricky balance when Percy comes up mysterious and the team loses. It also can be surreal and satisfying when we win three in a row, including two road games at St. Louis and Houston I love this team, this job, this time of the year and all associated with a Vikings' season. I don't want it to end just yet.
If we beat Green Bay and lose the first playoff game so be it. The proverbial hay already is in the barn for the season -- it's a success, we run better than anybody and CHRISTIAN is finishing like a guy with whom we can win now and next year. We are hot. The Nationals cannot figure us out. I like that because what the Vikings are doing is tough to stop because it's physical and it hurts. We run and win in a pass-happy league.
Think about it, we went to the home of a 12-and-2 team and beat the hell out of it. I mean, we absolutely drilled the Houston Texans, took the fight to the home team and did so without ADRIAN PETERSON going off for more than a hundred. That was one of the real eye-opening wins by any team in the NFL this year, and learned football minds would be wise to consider us a top-10 team in the game right now.
Of course it's no cinch we win Sunday because Green Bay is one of the better coached teams in the game, and AARON RODGERS is flat cold-blooded. In his last nine 'dome games he has thrown 27 TD's versus two picks. He'd like nothing more than to bury us. Their Elite VOX and 9:35 a.m. guest tomorrow WAYNE LARRIVEE will say, "And. There. Is. Your. Dagger. Right through the heart of the Minnesota Vikings playoff hopes."
I can't see them burying us, though, because of how we are playing right now, the fact they are beatable and a bit battered in some key spots, and our crowd will work on Aaron as he approaches the line of scrimmage. We are more physical and meaner than them, and it'll show Sunday.
Nah, I refuse to see this wonderful run ending 36 hours from now. Instead, my gaze is cast the way of beating Green Bay two consecutive weeks, and feeling is we will be half way there when we go to bed Sunday night.