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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!
Just an amazing opportunity tomorrow at MOA Field. Crowd hasn't been this fired up since the NFC Title game at New Orleans. Green Bay fans are tweeting/emailing trash talk but have to respect the way we are playing.
Given we have won as many games this year as we did the last two, yeah, the season is a success no matter the outcome. We have a young, talented team and in ADRIAN, KALIL, SMITH, WRIGHT, RUDOLPH, GREENWAY, SULLIVAN, WALSH and others have a nucleus of studs off which to build for years to come. LESLIE FRAZIER and his coaches have done terrific work to mold this thing into a winner. Likewise for GM RICK SPIELMAN, who may have whiffed on SIMPSON and CARLSON but acquired a FB in FELTON who is Pro Bowl-bound. His draft will turn out to be one of the best in the history of the team.
We need to win tomorrow to extend this love affair with the fans. CHRISTIAN PONDER needs to make the fan base proud he's the team's franchise QB and play mistake-free football tomorrow. We never lose when we win the take-give and are 6-and-1 when he doesn't throw a pick. This is the biggest spot of his life and cold-blooded QB's are supposed to relish moments like this.
Let's beat the Green Bay Packers, play them again next week and beat them again. Then let's go to Atlanta and remind MATT RYAN why he never has won a playoff game. Then maybe to Seattle and show that town who the real BEAST MODE is. If we can beat Green Bay with everything on the line and do so impressively like we did last week against 12-and-2 Houston we have a chance to be that team that became red hot in December and never stopped winning.
The game-calling depth chart is prepared, I have talked out the game with coaches, WOBBY and BERCICH, the proverbial hay is in the barn, and it's time for Adrian to get "loose" and run us to Valhalla. Enjoy.
-- Green Bay accolades. It has won nine consecutive season finales and 18 of the last 19 season-closing games. It has won 12 consecutive versus the NFC North. It is trying to become the first team since division play began in 1967 to sweep division play two consecutive years. It has won 11 of 15 on the road. It has gone 28-and-5 the last 33, the best record in the NFL during said span.
-- GB has 46 sacks, tied for third most in the NFL. It had zero versus Minnesota at Lambeau this year. It has 12 sacks the last three games.
-- GB allows 19 PPG, seventh best in the NFL. During its four-game winning streak the Packers have permitted 13 PPG, second fewest in the NFL behind Seattle during that span.
-- GB has 18 interceptions and only 15 gives, second fewest in the NFL. GB is 1-and-3 when it doesn't take the ball in a game.
-- CB CASEY HEYWARD has six picks, most amongst rookies in the NFL.
-- S MORGAN BURNETT has two interceptions, both off Ponder.
-- CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has two interceptions and none in 13 consecutive games.
-- In Williams, CB SAM SHIELDS and S M.D. JENNINGS GB starts three undrafted rookies.
-- Jarius Wright hasn't scored a TD in five consecutive games.
-- WR DEVIN AROMASHODU has one catch the last eight games and one TD as a Viking (last year at KC).
-- KYLE RUDOLPH has nine TD's, two shy of VISANTHE SHIANCOE'S team record of 11 for a season.
-- H back RHETT ELLISON has one reception the last six games and will play a big part in tomorrow's game.
-- Ponder has been sacked 31 times and just four the last four games. He was not sacked at Green Bay.
-- Adrian is 102 yards from becoming the seventh player in NFL lore to run for 2,000 yards. He is 208 yards from ERIC DICKERSON'S single-season record for rushing yards. He has seven runs of at least 50 yards, tied for most in a season in NFL lore with BARRY SANDERS in 1997. He has six games of at least 150 rushing yards this season, one fewer than EARL CAMPBELL in 1980, which is the NFL record.
-- The Vikings have not allowed a KR passed the 25 yard line 10 consecutive games.
-- Minnesota is 217 rushing yards from the franchise record set in 2007.
-- Minnesota averages 168 PYPG, last in the NFL.
-- Vikings' defense at Houston has some season-best stats. It held the Texans to 11 first downs, 187 yards of offense, zero touchdowns and a 1-for-11 effort on third down.
-- Fifteen of the last 20 regular-season Border Battles have been decided by seven points or fewer.
-- JARED ALLEN has just seven tackles the last three games.
-- EVERSON GRIFFEN had a TFL and FR at Houston.
-- GB ran fopr 152 yards and a TD versus Minnesota a Lambeau.
-- GB has seven rushing TD's the last four games.
-- GB held the ball for 38 minutes in the win versus the Vikings at Lambeau.
-- AARON RODGERS has thrown six TD's and zero picks his last two games. In nine versus Minnesota he has a passer rating of 114, completed 70 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has thrown 14 TD's and just three picks versus the blitz this year. In his last nine games in 'domes has 27 TD's and two ints. He has been sacked 19 times in four starts at MOA Field. He is 23-and-6 versus the NFCN. His career passer rating of 104.5 is best all time in the NFL.
-- K MASON CROSBY is 19-for-31 this year. He is 1 of 8 from 50 and beyond and 9 of 19 from 40 and longer.
-- P TIM MASTHAY threw a TD pass to TOM CRABTREE on a fake FG against the Bears.
-- WR JAMES JONES leads the NFL with 13 TD receptions. He has four TD's the last two games.
-- In C EVAN DIETRICH-SMITH and RT DON BARCLAY the Packers start two undrafted rookies on the OL.
-- GB scores TD's at a 65 percent clip in the red zone, third best in the NFL.