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|FRIDAY, MAY 24 (subject to change)|
OPEN: FRIDAY FOOTBALL FEAST W/CHARCH
|9:20: PETE BERCICH IN STUDIO|
9:33: bercich stays
|9:55: RUSSO RADIO IN STUDIO|
|10:20: russo stays|
|10:33: SPORTS ESSENTIALS|
|10:53: TOM HANNEMAN FSN IN STUDIO|
|11:33: TREVOR MBAKWE gophers/nba draft|
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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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November 16, 2007… Since that date, the Minnesota Wild cannot, and will not be considered a tough team.
General Manager RICK SPIELMAN addresses the media today at 3:30 p.m. from Winter Park and I very much hope he starts by announcing we have re-signed RT PHIL LOADHOLT, part of the Minnesota Moving Company, the best OL in our division.
Given we traded PERCY HARVIN and now reportedly have cut ANTOINE WINFIELD the fan base needs something positive to hear. Please tell us Phil is back in the mix to block for the identity of our team, ADRIAN PETERSON. Start the presser with that if, indeed, it has happened.
After that I expect him to explain why we moved Percy to a conference foe and why Winfield, the best FA signing in team lore, was cut. Anotine is my guy and has been a weekly guest on the show since 2004, but in fairness I was told he showed his age a bit late last year with angles on running plays. Antoine did not allow a TD in the passing game and had a bunch of TFLs, but if Spielman's theme is to get-young-stay-good 26 and the $7 million he counted against the salary cap obviously didn't fit. They might have asked him to take a pay reduction and he probably said "No." That's a guess.
Free agency - the most wonderful time of the year - starts shortly and I don't expect much from us early. I am on record predicting WRs MIKE WALLACE and GREG JENNINGS cost too much money for a team looking to build through the draft, but given we now are like $20 million under the 'cap maybe there's a change to the plan.
We re-signed WR JEROME SIMPSON and as explained on my radio show repeatedly I am a fan of that move because I know in my heart he's much, much better than we saw last year, a season where a foot injury derailed his chance to fly. He doesn't cost much and will be markedly better next season if he stays healthy. I like Jerome as a number-two outside guy, and that would be the case if they draft a top-flight WR with 23 or 25.
The ANQUAN BOLDIN situation still irks me a bit. If the profootballtalk.com report we offered a seventh-rounder for him is accurate - he went for a sixth to SF - I am wondering if BROTHERS HARBAUGH got together on this and never gave us a chance to counter with like a fifth-round selection. To close the day losing Percy and acquiring Boldin and the 25th pick in the draft would have been a win in my eyes.
Do we now approach a CB via free agency? Unless you think MARCUS SHERELS is the answer we currently do not have an inside CB on the roster. COOK and ROBINSON play outside. Does this mean ATL CB BRENT GRIMES is in play? I like him a lot, he plays the slot spot like Winfield, is very gritty and a very good tackler. He also is coming off an Achilles injury that cost him all of 2012.
SEAN SMITH of the Miami Dolphins? Big kid who can run but drops many interceptions. I have been told his awareness with bringing in the ball has hurt him, and his 2011 was markedly better than last year. I wouldn't mind him, he fits the theme but is an outside guy. I would prefer Grimes over Smith.
I'd be shocked if we traded for REVIS ISLAND given the money he commands and is off an ACL injury. I, too, don't expect the team to trade one of the first-round picks and pay the bleepload required to attain NYG stud VICTOR CRUZ. The NYG can match the offer, too.
Okay, time to take a breath, get the kids off the bus and follow free agency. Crazy, crazy offseason for Our Favorite Team.