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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 having a heck of a time deciding on my prediction for a Super Bowl winner this year. The Mission is the Meadowlands for all 32, and I just don't know what to do.
The Patriots being led by CAPTAIN COOL helps but I don't like the makeup of their defense and do not believe they'll be able to close big games in January.
Thre Ravens -- the defending champs -- lost too many good players this offseason, and the season-ending injury to TE DENNIS PITTA hurts badly.
The Broncos should be favored to represent the AFC, the QB rocks and has won a SB and the three-wide set is the best in tbe league. I, however, do not trust Denver's defense in a big spot. Maybe the Broncos can outscore teams like the Saints in 2009 and close the deal? This selection is too chalky for me, so I'll head another direction.
The Bengals are tough and have a good defense but I am not sure how they will handle all this positive pub. NFL World is on the Bengals' jock this year and while the team might win its division it's tough for me to believe a team that never wins playoff games will just rattle off postseason victories and close in the SB.
The Texans are tough but (a) I don't trust MATT SCHAUB with the season on the line and hated how their defense fell apart late last year. JJ WATT is the best overall defensive playar in the game but isn't enough to do it by himself.
The Dolphins are very sneaky this year with a pretty good defense and elite pass rusher in CAMERON WAKE. I like RYAN TANNEHILL and happen to think he's set to become quite good but the addition of MIKE WALLACE is not enough to elevate them to SB status and the running game is in question.
I do not believe the Steelers have what it takes at this stage to win the Super Bowl, but with BIG BEN at QB have to be respected.
The best teams in the game are in the NFC in my estimation. Save the Broncos I might like the Niners, Seahawks, Giants and Falcons more than the rest of the squads in the AFC. I still feel San Fran. is better than Seattle despite the game of fantasy football the Seahawks played this offseason. I like the Niners' overall defense better than Seattle's but it's a close call.
Seattle and the Niners can beat you many ways, both have wonderful young QBs and should be excellent pass-rushing teams. They run first, too, but can pass explosively. One of these teams may be the call.
The Falcons are glitzy and have a cool roster, but I need to see MATT RYAN close on a big game before I can pick them to make it. The addition of STEVEN JACKSON to the roster was very crafty, and that Ryan can throw to him will help an already dynamic offense.
The Saints can score but have an awful defense. The Panthers' front seven is extremely tough but I don't trust CAM to lead a team to the SB. The Bucs, too, have a nice roster but (a) don't have requisite defense to win a title, and I don't like the way JOSH FREEMAN'S career is progressing.
Green Bay will find a way to move the ball but I do not trust its offensive line or defense. We have the MVP but questions at QB and no depth on the OL after the starters. We do have a chance to win the whole thing, though.
The Redskins will be tough, and the QB is the type that can win a SB. The defense with BRIAN ORAKPO back is good-not-great, and ALFRED MORRIS running the ball is solid. Plus, PIERRE GARCON is healthy, and Robert will find him all over the field. I might pick the Redskins to win the division.
Cannot ignore the Giants with the Super Bowl in their building and ELI at the helm. This has been an in-and-out team over the years, and this could be the "in" part of the equation. If Eli can get this team to the postseason it may be unstoppable. He's every bit as good as Cool, RODGERS, his brother and BREES with the postseason on the line.
This is a tough nut to crack this year, and I will have my answer when we do our first Friday Football Feast at BWW a few Fridays from now. I might pick the Vikings to win the Super Bowl for the first time in my 15 years on KFAN. We'll see.