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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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Minnesota vs. Chicago – NHL Playoffs!
JANORIS JENKINS, the mercurial, oft-troubled CB from North Alabama by way of the Florida Gators, most likely will be an option for the Vikings at 35 and there's no way I can see us selecting him.
What sucks about that is the kid very well may be the best CB-KR option in the draft, and we need help at both spots. Some are concerned the pressure of having four kids will be too much for the diminutive talent, but I happen to feel it may motivate him to try even harder to feed that family. The three "pops" for pot are tough to get around, even though he faced the demons at the Senior Bowl and said he is done with that part of his life. Here's a recent story about his struggles and success.
This guy is more boom-or-bust than ALSHON JEFFERY, the focus of the 35th pick here yesterday. How will he handle things when he becomes a millionaire? Fair question. He thinks he's the best college corner in the country and had a cocksure interview at the Senior Bowl where he basically said so. He was recruited to be a game-changer at UF, and at North Alabama was so good they threw to his side of the field an average of just four times a game.
How would the public react if the Vikings selected Jenkins with pick 35? Would it embrace the pick given our obvious needs and his upside? My guess is yes and people would be willing to give the kid a chance since he clearly is super talented. This is Minnesota, right? Admit your mistakes, mean it and people will forgive you and empower you.
I am in favor of the Vikings taking Jenkins at 35 if available but give it a 5 percent chance at best they see it that way. They place red dots next to players with concerns like his and my guess is SPIELMAN applied this designation with a brush and a can of paint, meaning there's little chance he wears our colors.