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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!”
End of the working week, thinking about (in order) the Vikings, the Wild and the NCAA Tournament. Excited for the Wild matinee on KFAN tomorrow at 1 p.m. Snatching all these regulation twos in the truncated season has been refreshing. VOXing the 'Project with a red-hot, dominant team has been, again, refreshing.
I picked Miami to win the NCAA Tourney and watchind it dismantle a bad Pacific team today. Tweeted Miami is the best team in the land, and even though the opinion is not of the learned ilk, I have watched the Hurricanes a hand full of times this year and every time am more impressed -- big, long, fast, SHANE LARKIN, good shots from the outside. My NCAA opinions generally are diseased but this one will come through, and the Hurricanes will win the NCAA crown.
With the Vikings it took me more than a minute to get over whiffing on the GREG JENNINGS prediciton because old-school Vikings Rubes know when I predict they'll get a player it generally is spot on. Shoot, I told the Powertrip we'd house MATT CASSEL before he was cut by the Chiefs.
Despite STEVE WYCHE of NFLN reporting two hours before the 2012 draft "the Vikings will select MORRIS CLAIBORNE" I cracked the mike that night at MOA Field and swore we were taking MATT KALIL. I take pride in this bleep and it pisses me off when I say for two weeks "MIKE WALLACE and Greg Jennings don't fit the get-young-stay-good theme" and that we would move on neither via free agency.
Jennings now wears our colors, I was wrong and I will root for him for profit. What frustrates me is right after the playoff loss at Lambeau I began begging on air for the team to chase him. I wanted him badly but then the information flow began at the combine and I truly didn't feel we would sign Jennings.
The premise was not only the get-young-stay-good theme, but I heard Greg was looking for a deal that paid like $27 million guaranteed and at least $11 million a year. We needed him badly and housed him for like $18 million promised and a shade under $10 million a year. That the money came down played into this but we were more interested in spalshing this free-agency period than I thought we would be.
The Powertrip won't have me back in studio because my opinion on Jennings was so off base. That hurts because I love those guys and have become a surrogate big brother to MEATSAUCE. I get it, though. And I'll get over it. I know where I missed in this equation and will come back strongly this draft.
Here's an opinion anew on which I will not be inaccurate - the Vikings will not sign MLB BRIAN URLACHER and instead will draft a LB early and might do it at 23 or 25. It wouldn't be bad having Brian next season on a fair deal, but (a) I think he costs too much and (b) we need to draft one and get him in the mix posthaste. We need a guy with quick-strike ability, one who sees the game more quickly than JASPER BRINKLEY.
Jasper did pretty well here and was a sure tackler who did okay in the passing game. The knock on Jasper here was he usually was a step or two late on things and wasn't the most reactionary player to wear the colors. He's replaceable and it probably will be with a guy selected in the first two rounds of the draft.
If we move on a MLB with 23 or 25 it most likely will be K-State's ARTHUR BROWN or Notre Dame's MANTI TE'O. I don't know much about Brown at this stage of the race but have gathered very positive steam on Te'o. People are too down on him because of the hoax and the awful game versus Alabama. Clearly the kid did some awesome things most of his career and always had been considered one of college football's best defensive players.
The thing I am hearing about him I like is that he's very smart, a born leader and is very, very quick to dissect a play and get after it. During his career with the Irish he blew up almost every wide run and had a bunch of picks. I remember back to the combine when MIKE MAYOCK of NFLN was on the show and made it sound like teams would be stupid not to take him in the first round. Mike knows more about the draft than us and also called Te'o's games for NBC. Mike thinks he can be a special player.
I'd be okay with the team selecting Te'o with one of the first-round picks and starting him out as a two-down player, using GREENWAY and HENDERSON as the three-down guys. In fact, I'd like to see us take a WR at 23 or 25 and use three of our first four picks on defensive players. Te'o would fit here and may wear our colors.
So, no Urlacher now or for at least five months if he's available. If we learn through training camp we truly are stuck at MLB then, yeah, go get him. But Minnesota in my estimation will not flirt with or sign Brian Urlacher any time soon.