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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!”
Boy, the Rubes were at it today with the Vikings QB-related conspiracies. JOSH FREEMAN will be the third QB Sunday night when we host the Packers, and when LESLIE announced today he'll skip due to concussion-related symptoms the emails/tweets went wild.
The most common bit of wise cracking was Freeman was so bad Monday night the team is lying about the concussion to play CHRISTIAN PONDER and to give Freeman more time to learn the bit while not having to announce they bleeped up using him at MetLife.
Several also feel Ponder is starting to showcase him to a team for a trade. That's not the case in my opinion.
Some guessed Freeman is making it up -- stat-sheet concussion? -- because he's fearful of looking awful again. I realize he was not secure with the plays or had any rhythm with the skill guys, but Monday night was far worse than it ever should have been. Lack of local knowledge did not lead Freeman to throw a pick to ANTREL ROLLE while falling backwards after being encountered by a Giant.
Whatever the case, Ponder starts Sunday and Freeman is on a one-year deal if they decide they don't want him after the season. Chatted briefly with Christian in the Winter Park cafeteria and encouraged him to play well. Told him to have some bleep-hole to him out there and look to kill teams. Not beat them, dagger them. I asked him to look me in the eyes and say the word "hate."
He looked at me and said "That's weird, P.A." slapped fives with my son and walked away. Happy-go-lucky Christian at his finest.
Christian knows what I am talking about. Be the guy you were last year final week of the regular season when the "win-and-in" against Green Bay went the way of our colors. Here are a few things I want to see from Ponder to help him keep the job, look the part for the long term and to help the Vikings win some bleeping games. You were a first-round pick -- play like one.
-- Throw the ball hard. When Christian is not confident he doesn't play fast with the passing game and loops the ball too much. When he offers some form of swerve he zips it around and the balls have velocity on them. Chuck it in there hard, Christian, and nail those receivers in stride.
-- Run for first downs. After weeks of CASSEL and Josh on film teams will have to be ready for Christian to run. He can scamper for like 35 yards a game and run the team to first downs. I like when Ponder runs for a first down on third down early in the game because it helps his confidence.
-- Don't panic. There has been too much indecisiveness to Christian Ponder's career, and now he has been benched. Like I told him today "What do you have to lose?"
If he is good or better Sunday night he has a great chance to be the guy at Dallas. Remember, we went on a run late last season with a cocksure Ponder at QB, so it's not like it cannot be done. But he has to hold up his end of the bargain. If GREG JENNINGS is wide open deep, don't miss him like you did in the Cleveland game. If KYLE RUDOLPH is streaking down the field open passed JULIUS PEPPERS, don't miss him and throw a pick six like you did at Soldier Field.
If Christian Ponder wants to resurrect his career and follow ALEX SMITH'S path from bust to boom it has the chance to start Sunday night. It's on him -- like it always has been -- and now he knows what life looks like as a back-up QB during practice and charting NFL plays during a game while he watches others play. That should drive him crazy and make him burn to win back the starting job. Manage the hell out of the game, Christian, throw for a high percentage, sell the play-action to MVP and strike deep like two or three times a game.