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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!”
Touchdown dances and celebrations don't bug me but absolutely drive some Rubes crazy.
When MVP scores a TD he basically stares at the crowd, motions his hands to his lips outside his helmet and spreads his arms as if he's blowing kisses to the crowd. It's not over-the-top, is classy and cool.
What you see here with Lions JOIQUE BELL and JOSEPH FAURIA are more elaborate but fall into the same category -- unadultrated passion and excitement. Yes, there's some "look at me" to the displays, but people already are looking at them so why not be judged on style pioints? I thought Fauria's little dance was funky, and I bet Vikings fans would love if one of our players lept into the crowd and started waving his arms like Bell did at Ford Field. Sometimes when critics complain about celebrations they sound old and crotchety.
Longstorylonger, I don't care if players celebrate after big plays. To some they say in cliched fashion "act like you have been there before." Bell only had "been there" three times during his career and for the undrafted Fauria that was the first score of his NFL career. Let loose, dance, have fun; after all, fun is what this game is supposed to be about.
Practice at Winter Park for the Bears game begins today, and last Sunday was not much fun. I have watched back most of the Bears win versus Cincy, and Chicago's offense was slow-to-go against the Bengals. It is implementing a West Coast scheme, and the approach was very methodical and conservative.
This TE MARTELLUS BENNETT looks to be a wonderful FA acquistion by Chicago, and he's better catching and running than I thought. I think off a rough day at the proverbial office CHAD GREENWAY will have much in front of him at Chicago, and that could include finding/eliminating Bennett and RB MATT FORTE.
One of the encouraging things for me into the Chicago game is a couple of our better players -- Greenway and LT MATT KALIL -- had their struggles at Detroit. They both are supremely talented and I absolutely expect them to bounce back at Soldier Field.
CB CHRIS COOK, conversely, disappointed me with his coverage of Fauria on the TD back right of the end zone. He was looking the wrong way and was out of position. Fauria boxed him out like KEVIN LOVE snatching a rebound.
We need Chris to start changing games immediately. Detroit didn't try him and/or XAVIER RHODES much last game, instead operating in the middle of the field and gouging our LBs. Still, Cook enters the Bears game sans an interception, forced fumble or fumble revovery in his career. He should watch PEANUT TILLMAN film and do his best to emulate a CB I feel is not only the best in Bears history but a potential HOF.
Both are big and fast but Charles is markedly more aggressive than Chris. He strips the ball from the adversary better than anybody in NFL lore. Chris needs to start doing stuff like that.
Bears DE JULIUS PEPPERS still is an upper echelon pass-rushing DE player from the 4-3 set. He shot a blank on the old box score against Cincy and versus a backup LT. Kalil told me this training camp Peppers is by far the toughest challenge he has had during his career, and you know after a week of Rube and media second guessing 90 is going to fire a bullet Sunday.
The season is not dead if we lose at Chicago, and beating Cleveland at MOA Field and Pittsburgh in London absolutely can happen. But last year we finished divisional play 4-and-2 and that had a ton to do with us making the postseason. It'll be tough to absorb two consecutive losses to start let alone both being in the NFCN.
Every game on the schedule still is winnable if the team tightens up and stops making mistakes it made at Detroit. These Vikings are very talented and hopefully will show it Sunday at Chicago.