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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!”
Some nuggets, steam and bits generated by boredom:
NFL DRAFT -- The steam is starting to surface. Just sharing things I have heard and am not married to any of these takes until a day or two in front of the draft. I already have predicted WV WR TAVON AUSTIN will be taken by the Rams at 16 and that Minnesota will not draft a QB this draft. I will stick with those takes and probably not alter them pre draft.
Heard today UW CB DESOMND TRUFANT probably will not be available by 23 and likewise for Georgia LB ALEC OGLETREE. I heard today the Bears adore Ogletree. Given I believe there's less than a 5 percent chance we trade up for anything as of now I am not including those guys in my final mix of players I think we will take. Of course, in eight days we'll see where the picks fall and maybe the sources are incorrect.
Elite Football Mind COREY CHAVOUS made his weekly appearance today and implored the team to select UNC DT SYLVESTER WILLAMS, an absolute star the week of Senior Bowl practices. I can dig it, especially given we have four DL whose contracts are up end of 2013 (ALLEN, WILLIAMS, GRIFFEN and ROBISON). The draft is very deep at DT, but if Chavous endorses the guy I am in. Here's a good breakdown of Sly.
I do not believe the Vikings will cut future deals with all three of the DEs "up" after 2013, and this most likely is Kevin Williams' final season with the team. I do believe it's 60 percent or above we select a DL at 23 or 25. I need to research quality 4-3 DEs because we can use some depth there but also can hit on it next offseason via FA and the draft.
I still feel SPIELMAN will try aggressively to move one of our first-round picks and trade down to amass picks in a draft that is awesome to have as many picks the first four rounds as possible. We currently own six through the first four and bolstering that number to seven would be great.
I think they can skip WR at 23/25 and get one in the second round and be okay. There's no guarantee JEROME SIMPSON makes the team next season even though they cut a deal with him. I, however, do feel he makes the team and plays quite well next season. We still need a good WR or two but with Simpson, JENNINGS, WRIGHT and RUDOLPH catching a majority of the passes we are okay at this stage. Oh, and we have that MVP in the backfield to whom we can give the rock.
So, from a gut-feeling standpoint I am calling DT-LB with the first two picks if they keep the selections. That's a guess and I am trying very hard to secure the right answers into the draft.
WILD -- KYLE BRODZIAK scored twice last night at Edmonton and we won another big game. If Brodziak, CLUTTERBUCK, SETOGUCHI and other secondary-type players start scoring we are in business. I feel strongly about PARISE, SUTER, KOIVU, CULLEN, BRODIN, COYLE and ZUCKER with the postseason on the line. So, if the aforementioned three get hot look out.
TWINS -- Love how the team is mashing, had 15 hits yesterday and that we are making life miserable on the highly touted Anaheimers just rocks. Down SoCal way they play fantasy baseball and think through the years by adding HAREN, WILSON, PUJOLS and HAMILTON it will catapult them to the World Series. Not the case at this stage, and I am happy about that because I don't want to think you can just buy a title.
That's why this year I hope the Seattle Seahawks (BENNETT, AVRIL, overpaid for PERCY, WINFIELD) fail and that the fantasy-football world grieves realizing sometimes you can have dollars but no sense.