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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!”
Only three teams have made the postseason since 1990 after starting 0-and-3, so obvioulsy this is our first regular-season must-win contest since the win-and-in against Green Bay to close the 2012 season. Please don't bleep it up.
Here are some Vikings-related tidbits from the game-calling depth chart I hope to include in the broadcast at Noon Sunday:
-- Minnesota has just eight penalties, second fewest in the game.
-- JARED ALLEN is starting his 97th consecutive game, the most amongst active DEs in the NFL.
-- Allen has four career safeties, tied for most in the NFL. The last one he registered came in 2011 at MOA Field against Denver and on current Browns RB WILLIS MCGAHEE.
-- KEVIN WILLIAMS is starting his 158th game at DT, passing HOF ALAN PAGE for most in team history.
-- CB CHRIS COOK still has zero INT., FF and/or FR.
-- LB ERIN HENDERSON leads the team in tackles with 25.
-- The Vikings have scored two TDs from five trips inside the 20 and were 0-for-3 at Chicago.
-- BLAIR WALSH has made 11 FGs at 50 yards and beyond, and the next one sets a team record, passing RYAN LONGWELL.
-- Minnesota is averaging 27 PPG.
-- CHRISTIAN PONDER has completed nine passes of 20 yards or more. He had 22 all of last year.
-- The Vikings were 7-and-1 in games last year during which Ponder did not thown an interception.
-- Christian threw 11 TDs and six interceptions at home last year, and through 2012 and this year has nine TDs and 10 picks in road games.
-- CORDARRELLE PATTERSON is averaging 40 yards per KR, second in the NFL behind DEVIN HESTER (46.7).
-- JEROME SIMPSON is averaging 21 YPC, fourth best in the NFL. He never has scored a TD with the Vikings.
-- Rookie LB MICHAEL MAUTI will be active for the first time in his career Sunday.