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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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f the Wild were Judge Charles H. Older, the judge that sent Charles Manson to the clink: “2 weeks in the workhouse and 1 month probation!”
I guess CLAY MATTHEWS came out and guaranteed ADRIAN PETERSON "would not rush for 200 yards" in Saturday-night's playoff game at Lambeau Field. Pretty bold, beloved Claymaker. That's akin to a NBA player guaranteeing LEBRON JAMES "will not score 75 against us tonite" or a MLB player promising ALBERT PUJOLS "will not hit four home runs in this game against us."
Whatthehell? Tell me he will not cross the 100-yard mark and I'll say, "Okay, it's on now." He only has tattered this arm-tackling bunch for 409 and three this year (one receiving), so I guess given he averages 204 1/2 RYPG against them this year, yeah, maybe Matthews' prediction is gutsy.
After losing to the Vikings in a game Green Bay wanted to assure a week off I was hoping he'd be more concerned about actually tackling Adrian than swearing he wouldn't go for 200 or more. Whatever, let's play the game and see where the final score stands. Clay's team is favored by more than a TD, is the biggest favorite this weekend, and GB has been almost unbeatable at Lambeau most of the time since 2009.
But in its last six playoff games at Football Americana it has two wins and one of the losses was to the Vikings following the 2004 season. Green Bay is supposed to win this game, but the Vikings are almost as hot as anybody the last month, and securing a "Midnight Train to Georgia" is attainable but will be difficult to accomplish.
Just like it was hard to handle JJ WATT in a game the Vikings went to Houston and killed a 12-win team. Just like running on St. Louis's five-man DL and hearing MICHAEL BROCKERS was tedious, then Adrian cut loose for an 82-yard score and the game basically was over.
We can do this and winning the take-give is imperative. Minnesota is 10-0 this year when winning or pushing in the turnover battle and did not give it away during the win-and-in victory Sunday against these Packers.
The game-calling depth chart is nearly complete, and here are some nuggets that might make the mix. It's Border Battle 105 ... enjoy!
-- CHARLES WOODSON has missed 10 consecutive due to a collarbonre injury and will play Saturday. He picked off PONDER two times in CP's debut last year.
-- CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has two interceptions and none the last 14 games.
-- SAM SHIELDS was the CB scorched on JARIUS WRIGHT'S 65-yard catch Sunday.
-- Clay Matthews leads both team with 13 sacks.
-- CB CASEY HEYWARD has six picks, tiops amongst rookies.
-- Green Bay has won 26 of its last 28 regular-season games at Lambeau.
-- GB allowed 21 PPG this season, 11th best in the NFL.
-- GB registered 47 sacks, fourth most in the NFL. It sacked Ponder one time this year.
-- GB is plus seven in the take-give, has 18 interceptions, only 16 gives and is 1-and-4 in games it fails to take away the ball.
-- The Vikings beat GB 31-17 in the only playoff game between the teams.
-- Wright has eight receptions, 143 yards and a TD his last two games.
-- BLAIR WALSH set an NFL record with 10 FGs of 50 yards or more, has made 11 in a row and his last miss was at Lambeau when he booted one wide right from 42. He never has kicked in a game where the temperature is below 40 degrees.
-- The Vikings scored four TDs inside the 20 from six tries against GB Sunday.
-- Ponder is 16-for-23 for 177 yards on thbird down his last two games.
-- Minnesota is 7-and-1 in games CP does not throw an interception.
-- CP has been sacked just five times the last five games.
-- Adrian had seven games of at least 150 yards, tying EARL CAMPBELL for most in NFL history.
-- RHETT ELLISON has one reception the last seven games.
-- RANDALL COBB, out Sunday, has three kick-return TDs, including an 80-yard PR TD November of 2011 against the Vikings.
-- LG CHARLIE JOHNSON has played in nine playoff games, including four starts and all with Indy.
-- The Vikes finished with 44 sacks, tied for fifth in the NFL.
-- JARED ALLEN, BRIAN ROBISON and EVERSON GRIFFEN combined for 28 1/2 sacks.
-- JAMARCA SANFORD led the team with five FF, including one on special teams.
-- Minnesota has allowed 64 RYPG the last three.
-- Minnesota was minus seven in the take-give on the road.
-- The Monday-morning 'Montage will be "Midnight Train to Georgia" if we win.
-- ERIN HENDERSON had a team-high seven tackles in the win Sunday.
-- JASPER BRINKLEY has six tackles the last three games.
-- CHAD GREENWAY has led the team in tackles five consecutive years, one shy of SCOTT STUDWELL'S record.
-- KEVIN WILLIAMS has a PD in four consecutive games.
-- TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY finished with 61 receptions, most by a TE in GB history.
-- GREG JENNINGS killed us Sunday with 120 yards and two TDs. In his last seven versus the Vikings he has nine TDs.
-- JAMES JONES led the NFL with 14 TD receptions.
-- K MASON CROSBY has hit four consecutive FGs and is 11-for-21 from 40 yards and beyond. He finished 2 of 9 from 50 and farther but hit a 54-yarder Sunday.
-- AARON RODGERS threw for a season-high 365 yards Sunday. He has 10 TDs and zero interceptions his last threee games. Versus Minnesota Rodgers has 24 TDs and four interceptions through 10 games. He is 5-and-2 in playoff games with 15 TDs and four picks.
-- Cobb led GB in receptions with 80 and had six catches for 62 yards a month ago at Lambeau.
-- Allen has sacked Rodgers 16 times during his career. The Vikings sacked him five times Sunday and seven times this year. Rodgers was sacked 51 times this year.
-- GB has not a 100-yard rusher in a game since week five of 2010 (BRANDON JACKSON). That's a span of 43 games.