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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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“If respect for the guy between you and the boards isn’t enough to stop you from running him, maybe what will be is the fear of the retribution that is sure to follow.” –Bobby Orr
This is an excerpt from the great Bobby Orr’s book, the chapter on fighting in hockey. I am not writing about actual fighting in hockey, but violence in hockey. If your worst enemy was standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, would you push him over the edge?
No. Even if you hate somebody, you more than likely respect them enough as a human being not to push them down a cliff. I am disappointed in the lack of respect of players in hockey, mainly the NHL. There have been some recent cheap-shots in the NHL resulting in fines and suspensions. Even though it didn’t result in an injury (or so we think right now, who knows if it will re-surface), but the one that pisses me off the most is the James Neal kneeing incident at Boston against Brad Marchand. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/james-neal-gets-nhl-phone-hearing-bit-joke-211433123--nhl.html Neal’s quote was “I haven’t seen the replay of anything. I hit him in the head with my leg or my knee or my shin. He’s already going down. I guess I need to try to avoid him,” said Neal.
This is bush league. James Neal is a very good hockey player, but should have gotten 20 games for this, not 5. (I say this even though he’s on my fantasy hockey team) In the same game, Bruin thug Shawn Thornton slew-footed Penguins Brooks Orpik, then kept beating his head into the ice causing the stretcher to come out.
There are other incidents being looked at by the league, but these d-bags need to start respecting their opponents. You can hate them all you want, but you NEED to respect them. They are your peers. I recently heard Doc Emrick talking about player respect, and hope this message gets through. With the newer equipment technology, players are feeling invincible. In a sport that sometimes needs to be policed by the players, the police need to know what they’re doing. Even in the wake of the nationally known tragedy of the Jack Jablonski hit, you still see players hitting players from behind into the boards. I remember when I was young, the normal penalties were tripping, hooking, elbowing, charging……etc… The one penalty that you rarely saw, and when you did it was a major penalty, was boarding. I reffed hockey for 8 years, and “boarding” was the cardinal sin. A major penalty. Now, boarding is a 2-minute minor. WHY?
I will also say on the other side, players need to do a better job avoiding these hits. Don’t stand 3 feet from the boards with your head down. When you ride a motorcycle on the freeway, you have to expect every car to potentially cut you off. You need to ride defensively. Same as being on the ice. You have to keep your head up, be aware of what’s going on, be aware that anybody at any time can run you into the boards. Play aggressive but play defensive.
Watch Zach Parise play. When he’s near the boards, he’s ready to be hit. He prepares for it. These cheap, near the boards incidents occur not only in the NHL, but at the youth level as well. Kids don’t start checking until the bantam level, which I think is too late. Junior High-aged kids get to check for the first time? Trouble!
I have gone in many directions here, but the bottom line is the players need to respect other players. There’s a reason why players shake hands after games, it’s to show respect. Players need to quit playing and acting so reckless and respect the great game of hockey. I HATE having to write negative things about my favorite sport, but felt a need to at this time.
I originally am from Washington D.C. and grew up in predominantly black neighborhoods. Largely because of that I developed a deeply rooted love/knowledge base with soul music, and to this day it remains my number-one passion-hobby.
I am friends with a man named LARRY GRAHAM, who used to be the bass player for a group named Sly and the Family Stone. Larry still fronts a band called Graham Central Station, and it has been a treat the last few years sitting on his Chanhassen couch learning more about my passion and the personalties that accompany said genre.
Larry tells some stories about the mercurial Sly that make me laugh and cry at the same time. He knows everybody and has tales to support the friendships. He also is close with BABYFACE, PRINCE and HOWARD HEWITT, three of my all-time faves. He heard me play a deep cut named "Hair" on my radio show years ago and had his people contact me. He reached out to become my friend and we have become quite close over the years, and he's there for me no matter what the topic is -- Vikings, his beloved Raiders or personal-life turmoil. Love that man.
Longstorylonger, 9-to-Noon plays old-school funky jams many in Minnesota never had heard. Back in '98 when I started here at KFAN I cut loose with Parliament's "Flashlight," BILL WITHERS "Use Me," "Lovely Day" and "Grandma's Hands" and the crowd absolutely loved it. Shoot, just today we played "Not Just Knee Deep" by Parliament and "More Bounce to the Ounce" by Zapp, and I received emails voicing appreciation for songs Rubes never had heard and wondering who did them. I love that.
So, every so often I'll post a funky-ass jam here and offer up some cool soul-music song ideas for those looking to expand their musicality and enhance the IPod love. The posted song is "Give Up the Funk" by GEORGE CLINTON and Parliament Funkadelic. If you'd like to slow it down a tad try "Can't Hide Love" by Earth, Wind and Fire and/or "I'd Rather Be with You" by BOOTSY COLLINS.
If you are looking for a sultry, sexy song try "Fire and Desire" by TEENA MARIE and RICK JAMES. If you ever need more please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can get funky together!