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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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I am as ready as one possibly can be for two late, first-round picks by the Minnesota Vikings. Not much change to the conversation since we started the talk two months ago at the Scouting Combine. I'll start predicting with the Powertrip tomorrow morning, then hit on it hard 9-to-Noon.
I am co-hosting our annual draft show from MOA Field, and when our first pick arrives absolutely expect to nail our guy, but this is the toughest to prognosticate I have ever experienced. The anonymity of many in this draft make it tough, and it will be virtually impossible to tell which way we are going until teams in front of us select. In other words, I do not believe the Vikings are heading into the draft crossing their fingers just one guy there at 23; I think they have five or six with whom they are very comfortable with their options, and I fully expect the team to keep both first-round picks and maybe trade up in the second round.
Here's how I am machinating:
WR: TAVON AUSTIN will be long gone, so if CORDARRELLE PATTERSON of Tennesse slips to 23 I feel there's a dynamite chance we take him. My final four receivers after Austin in order are Patterson, DEANDRE HOPKINS, ROBERT WOODS and KEENAN ALLEN. If we go defense-defense in round one because Patterson is gone, a trade up for Hopkins or Woods would be fine.
LB: I have and still do feel the team is comfortable with Notre Dame's MANTI TE'O. I, however, now believe the Bears will take him and due to size and off-field concerns that Georgia's ALEC OGLETREE may slide down the first round. My guess is the Vikings would take Te'o before Ogletree because of his quick-fire reaction, and the Notre Dame guys we have on the roster may have signed off on him.
CB: After MILLINER, who will go no later than 16, I like XAVIER RHODES of FSU, DESMOND TRUFANT of UW and DJ HAYDEN of Houston. There is a distinct possibility we end the first round with either Rhodes or Trufant. Xavier is more of an outside guy, but I have been told JOSH ROBINSON will play some inside CB this year. Trufant plays in and out.
THE REST: SLY WILLIAMS, the DT from UNC, could happen at 23 or 25. Kid stole the show at the Senior Bowl, and that stuff matters this time of the year. ... HONEY BADGER will go late third, early fourth and I think there's a 10 percent chance we go after him ... I do not envision the Vikings selecting a QB the entire draft. ... P CHRIS KLUWE is in the final year of his deal, and with 11 selections I have a gut feeling we will draft a punter. ... Heard wonderful things late on DATONE JONES, a DE from UCLA who plays like EVERSON GRIFFEN but is not as athletic.
This is the most unpredictable draft I ever have covered, and that should make it fun for football fans from all walks. Hardcore fans will embrace the challenge of calling the right picks number after number, and casual fan will dig it because there are going to be trades and names popping up from nowhere and a ton of second-guessing.