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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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Faith is the key word for me regarding the Vikings trading PERCY HARVIN to Seattle, reportedly for the 25th overall pick in the draft this year, a seventh-rounder this year and a third next year. Percy Harvin will shine next year for the Seahawks, he'll get the contract he covets and Seattle is a legit Super Bowl contender.
We are left with a questionable stable of receivers, a bleep load of rock-star draft picks and faith in an organization that the get-young-stay-good theme will work for the future.
This is a divorce and that's the only way to look at it. The marriage is dead, the assets split and there's sadness by many in our market. I get the pain because Percy was a very popular player who clearly was very good at what he does -- catch, run, return kicks and make people miss better than most in the game.
But as I have uttered 9-to-Noon since the season closed at Lambeau, if the Vikings trade Percy Harvin the behind-the-scenes tumult must have been so bad they had no choice. In fact, given I believe that to be true we should be happy we housed as much as we did given most of the league knew we were going to trade him. I was told today the Vikings fielded several offers for Harvin and the Seattle give blew them away.
The thing that still bugs me is that whatever had gone so wrong between Percy and the Vikings became so bad they had to opt for divorce. Be it on- or off-field conduct for the Vikings to move a player of his caliber indicates to me the marriage was beyond repair. They didn't trust him enough to load him up with cash via a new deal, he would not have played here next year in the final year of his rookie deal and probably had a problem with local authority.
I am not going to bash Percy Harvin here or 9-to-Noon tomorrow because I loved him as a player and never had a personal problem with him in our VOX-player relationship. But it cannot be denied from high school through college through CHILDRESS and now with LESLIE the young man has had conflict every step of the way.
Did he quit on the team after the ankle injury at Seattle? Did he refuse to play the second half of the season last year because he disagreed with the direction? Does he have a personality disorder that leads to perpetual unhappiness? Not sure on any of that but it is fair to put all questions into play.
The Vikings are set up to do some serious damage in the 2013 draft with 11 picks overall and six through the first four rounds. I fully expect RICK SPIELMAN to make deals, and owning 23 and 25 overall can get you exactly into the spot you want to select a player you covet. Maybe he goes receiver with 23 and 25?
I do not expect the team to get spalshy in free agency with MIKE WALLACE or GREG JENNINGS because they cost too much money. So, to rebuild this receiving group they'll need to draft well and raise JARIUS WRIGHT. Spielman's approach last year I believe was to chase WR PIERRE GARCON, draft well and grow the team for many years, not just the now.
Garcon went for nearly $22 million promised, and that was too much. The draft might be one of the best in team lore. That needs to happen again to stay good. The team went 5-and-2 without Harvin, finished with a flourish and made the playoffs. The serendipity sans Percy last year was ADRIAN received markedly more opportunities and ran the team to the postseason. So, it's not like we can't win without Percy but rebuilding the WR stable is a must.
I hope they are able to re-sign PHIL LOADHOLT before FA commences tomorrow because given our passing game is very much in question it would help to keep the best OL in the division in tact. I expect the team and Phil to come together on a deal before free agency. After that they may dabble in FA through the early stages, find a veteran LB and/or QB and guys like BRAD JONES (GB) and MATT CASSEL (might get cut by KC) could be some names to which we need to pay attention.
Spielman has a quality, long-term plan for this team. And moving Percy must have been difficult for the man who drafted him, stuck by him despite the tumult and mercurial ways and eventually peddled him to Seattle. For him to trade Percy, as mentioned, the strife between player and team must have been so bad it had to transpire. Now he's gone. Forever.