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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!”
MARC TRESTMAN, a St. Louis Park native, is the new HC for the Chicago Bears, and it very well could be a fine hire. Of the five people with whom I chatted this week about a man with whom I am not real familair they all said the same thing -- "very smart guy, great with quarterbacks."
SAGE ROSENFELS, one of my 9-to-Noon FB analysts, raved on the radio about him today. Ok, I get the guy is smart and may be able to get through to JAY CUTLER in a way nobody has, but I am happy the Bears didn't hire BRUCE ARIANS, one of the three finalists for the money.
Bruce ain't no joke, is aggressive, has done terrific offensive coordinating all of his career, and will win Coach of the Year (with CHUCK PAGANO) whenever the NFL announces the award. He managed the Colts a majority of a season after Pagano departed due to health concerns and completed a terrific turnaround that landed the Colts in the playoffs.
Yeah, maybe Pagano had it set up in a way Arians just guided the beast, but the Colts offense was fresh, just like Pittsburgh's when he coordinated there. The Steelers complained all year about lacking direction on offense post Arians, and Bruce inherited a Colts team with a sketchy offensive line and minimal rushing attack. His best receiver REGGIE WAYNE is nearing the end, DONNIE AVERY had been enigmatic and rookie T.Y. HILTON was a no-namer from some obscure Florida college. Yet, despite all that they scored and maximized what they had.
Yeah, he had ANDREW LUCK, and that obviously helps, but Luck was a 54 percent guy this year, and raising the kid QB had to have its challenges. Bruce did an awesome job with Andrew, getting some pop out of that running game and working with a makeshift OL. Luck took too many hits this year but much of that was on him for holding the ball too long and making rookie mistakes.
Arians, in my estimation, would have been the best hire for the Bears, but we'll see where the proverbial chips fall here. Jay Cutler needs a guy to fix some laziness with his mechanics and to keep him motivated. Maybe Trestman is that guy, but I already have seen Arians succeed at the highest level, and that he was the HC in Indy for most of the season should have landed him that job.
... CHIP KELLY: The Oregon coach now leads the Philly Eagles, and here comes another team to join the Redskins, Seahawks and Niners as "read-option" teams. Kelly will bring the college vibe to the NFL the way PETE CARROLL, JIM HARBAUGH and RG3 have.
The decision to be made is whether MIKE VICK is the right guy to lead the offense. He's due a massive pay hit next season, and there's no way the Eagles give him that much cash. But if they opt to use the en vogue read-option offense Vick could be lethal. He's fragile, though, at this stage of his career, and putting 20 hits a game on him may not be wise. But reading and deciding between LESEAN MCCOY, MACLIN and/or DESEAN JACKSON with the Vick-run option could be very potent.