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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!”
Personal or professional change can be quite difficult for many, including myself. For me there'as a personal/professional transition from seven-days-a-week work each summer due to my dedication to Canterbury Park into Vikings season, then when that ends and a ton of work hours fall off that's change that is dealt with, too.
Some like it fat and happy and the same every day, week, month and year. Given I have lived all over the country and world all I know is change and only am deeply rooted with work and kids. That's it. Adapting/conquering is in my DNA and has had to be through death, divorce, career changes and until the last decade always moving to make my money.
Change is a big reason the Ravens and Niners are meeting in the Super Bowl. Those organizations didn't settle for what has been good enough and, instead, made dramatic alterations that assisted their push to Football Immortality. The Ravens probably could have been fat and happy with CAM CAMERON as OC, and, shoot, the 49ers were an inch from the Super Bowl last year with ALEX SMITH at QB.
The leaders there, however, knew status quo wasn't good enough to achieve the greater good. So, the Ravens fired the well respected Cameron middle of the stream, and in the first game with former Colts' RBs coach JIM CALDWELL calling plays lost, and RAY RICE didn't have a pass thrown his way. The Negatives were bitching and moaning and teasing and chiding, but Caldwell now can say, "Look at us now, look at us now."
With dramatic change comes patience and a ton of TLC. It also requires an open mind and vision. JOHN HARBAUGH obviously felt there was more octane in that offense, didn't like the direction and made a very aggressive change by offing his OC during the season. It worked because their offense is fresh, confident, explosive and tough. Good for John for not fearing change.
And likewise for his brother JIM, the bombastic coach of the 49ers. He obviously knew there was something missing with his offense with Smith at the helm, so when Alex became injured it gave him and opening to try COLIN KAEPERNICK and revamp the offense. I was not a fan of the move at first and totally was wrong. Jim was not fearful of change for the greater good and made Colin his full-time starter.
He also redesigned his offense to more of a "read-option" "pistol formation" bit, and that requires new terminology, blocking schemes and dedication during the race. That's the kind of stuff teams do during training camp, but Jim trusted his instincts and it worked. Colin Kaepernick not only looks like the best QB of the bunch from that draft two years ago, he's the right guy to be under center, runs like the wind and is poised enough to overcome bad plays.
Those changes made by the Harbaughs have a lot to do with them meeting in the Super Bowl, and it can serve as a mantra for life -- don't settle because something is kind of comfortable. Strive to be the best and improve and challenge yourselves. Who knows, through some uncomfortable moments there could be a greater good on the other side of what you see and know right now.