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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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Took a call from a LEE from Bloomington today, and the bit became more heated than I like. #92Noon generally is predicated on love and fun, and after the caller accused me of a "conflict of interest" with calling Vikings games and hosting the radio show I became perturbed. Not that I hadn't heard that before and felt said caller was making mistakes during his accusatory rant, but I left the show not feeling I handled the three minutes the right way.
Lee -- like me and many Vikings fans -- are frustrated, pissed off, saddened and I should have helped said caller through his angst instead of becoming mad. I am non-confrontational, had spent almost three hours discussing uncomfortable topics associated with a 1-and-5 production and became defensive, which is not a trait of mine. Maybe 90 minutes sleep off MNF caused me to go pear-shaped? Whatever. I missed an opportunity to take an infuriated fan and comfort him via on-air therapy and my Davenport of Love. He was taking his frustration out on me and I turned him away -- bad move by me.
I hope Lee calls another time so we can talk this out like on-air friends, but if he doesn't I will understand. I am tired, hate the 1-and-5 season and recognize last night our slim postseason chances became worse with the loss at MetLife Stadium. I am greatly disappointed I became super excited to watch new QB JOSH FREEMAN and he was way off target most of the night. I am professionally depressed over the fact the Giants are not good and if MARCUS SHERELS scores on what should have been a pick-and-roll-to-the-end zone we take the lead and maybe win that game.
Still, in watching most of it back now I am more encouraged about this defense than I have been in weeks. There are several who played well, and a couple of young corners in XAVIER RHODES and JOSH ROBINSON had some shining moments. Rhodes made a couple of glaring rookie mistakes but did not let them get him down. Instead, he bounced back and learned from the problems and locked down some receivers pretty well.
QB ELI MANNING entered the game 215 passing yards from PHIL SIMMS' NYG record, and we didn't let him get it (finished with 200). That's a big step in the right direction for a pass defense that had been gouged by BRIAN HOYER (three TDs) and CAM NEWTON (three TDs) and was sans HARRISON SMITH, who might be our best defensive player.
This whole thing is about figuring out what to do at QB and rooting for the younger players to improve play by play. Sadly, from 1-and-5 that's what part of it has come to. The team needs to beat Green Bay and give this fan base something about which to cheer. It would be an upset but can be done, especially given the game is at Mall of America Field.
The offense is not cohesive or effective right now because we either are getting too far behind and have to become "left-handed" in that the passing outweighs the running game or ADRIAN and the blocking schemes are not as effective versus stacked fronts like they were the final half of the year last season. Adrian Peterson is the identity of the team and there's no way he should ever leave a game averaging two YPC.
Forget the blame game, the OL, TEs, WRs and FB need to block better, and MVP needs to do an elite job picking the right gaps and cutting his way to second- and third-level success. The better we run the better we will pass, and that will take some heat off the new QB and a defense that at times become weary.
Lee, I am sorry I became angered on the radio today and hope you call back sometime so we can have a more mellow, football-mind-type confab. I feel your pain and live it every, single day.