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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!”
This is the third time this week have I written about PSU LB MIKE MAUTI. Add to the fact I interviewed him for 10 minutes on "Vikings Tonite" last night and briefly met him today at the end of the 3 p.m. practice, yeah, one could say I am rather obsessed with the player/story.
Mauti is the guy off three ACL surgeries, yet after two last year managed to produce numbers requisite of the best LBs in the Big 10. His PSU teammate GERALD HODGES was running around making plays, and as a fourth-round selection has a big chance to win the starting OLB job. While Hodegs was executing his toil, Mauti stood off on the side, rather silent, and listened closely to the teachings of LB coaches FRED PAGAC and MIKE SINGLETARY.
You could tell Mauti hated being an injured bystander. He has to, right? Seriously, the kid was making splashy plays in the Big 10 last year and now has to watch undrafted guys from obscure schools run around in search of a longshot chip, chair and chance.
Mike Mauti is an impressive looking human being, one who looks the part of a stud MLB. He's stout in the upper body, seems to have long arms and looks like he belongs. He's considered a longshot to play significant downs in the NFL given the series of knee injuries, but I very much am pulling for him and know i my heart he has the cliched "it" to make it in the NFL.
Mauti played 30 snaps in the Rose Bowl as a true freshman, had a game later in his PSU career against Alabama and amassed 13 tackles and two PBUs in the big-spot game and was approaching 100 tackles last year when he was chop blocked in a game versus Indiana. That was his season dagger.
Get lucky, kid.
Elsewhere from the Rookies Camp scene:
-- Holy Cross TE ALEX SCHNIEDER introduced himself to me.
AS: "I am a big fan of the 'FAN and your show."
ME: "Well arent't you a kind young man. What's your story."
AS: "I played at St. Thomas Academy, went to Holy Cross and now I am here."
ME: "STA? Were you on those teams that lost in the 'dome in heart-smashing fashion? You guys couldn't just lose the big games, they had to come right down to the wire and kids ended up crying."
AS: "I was one of them."
Schneider is a very nice kid and at 6-foot-7 an impressive figure. Shoot, I forgot to ask him about Holy Cross hockey from back in the day. Sorry Gophers fans, my bad.
-- CORDARRELLE PATTERSON looks the part. I see what they see. He's smooth, fast and elusive. He also was opposite CB XAVIER RHODES a couple of times and I loved how they competed to beat each other and how aggressive they were with each other at the line of scrimmage.
Rhodes looks good in uniform. When I first met him at BWW MOA his build didn't look like anything special. In uniform he's big and tenecious. I liked what I saw from him today.
The whole thing is one big incomplete until we get to training camp and play preseason games. The high-enders like Patterson need PONDER, ADRIAN, JENNINGS and the gang to get up to speed, and Rhodes needs to jam CALVIN JOHNSON before we know what he can do. Talent-wise and physically speaking, Patterson and Rhodes are very impressive.