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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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NHL DRAFT B/B ...
Even though we are closer to the 4th of July than Memorial Day, the NHL is still extremely intriguing to hard-core hockey fans. The playoffs have been outstanding. The Cup final is shaping up to be a classic with two classic, old-school squads. Two of the best uniforms in hockey too. Once the Finals are over, the much-anticipated NHL draft is next. Well, it’s probably as anticipated as the new phone books arriving at your house in that plastic bag which 98% of people just toss it into the recycling bin, but I digress….
That leaves Halifax Moosehead Nathan MacKinnon going to the hockey hotbed Florida Panthers. Me and my hockey-playing buddies have gone to visit Halifax for the past 8 years. Through business and friendships with Moosehead owner Bobby Smith (yes, former North Star Bobby Smith), we go up to Halifax, play against Moose coaching staff, trainers, and yes owner. We get our butts kicked. Hitting many of the local watering holes, golf, boat rides, more watering holes and going to Moosehead games is included. The Mooseheads got to the QMJHL finals against Sid the Kid back in ’05. Then got really bad. Then, through multiple trades, this year Bobby Smith got the Mooseheads to win the “Q”, then the coveted (well, in Canada anyway) Memorial Cup. Nathan MacKinnon being the main reason (hat trick in final game.) Smith traded 3 first-rounders for MacKinnon. Worth every penny. Projected to go right after the Shattuck-St. Mary product MacKinnon will be Jonathan Druin. He will go to Tampa Bay. I have seen these guys play in person and they’ve been jaw-droppingly good. (yea, I even have a #22 MacKinnon Moosehead t-shirt…)
I would love to see Chuck Fletcher make a move to get the 2nd pick, but it would cost the farm. The Wild don’t have the farm. It won’t happen. So, long story longer, you have read it here first. Nathan MacKinnon will be the best player in the NHL in a few years. The thing that sucks is it will be for a team nobody cares about, the freaking Florida Panthers.
(I’m guessing this will be the only NHL draft-related material on this website. PA, if you were going to break this down too, I apologize…)
Check out version one PA's Top 50 NFL Players. He'll re-work this list with help from the Rubes Tuesday between 9:00-9:35 a.m. The team represented most is San Francisco with five players. Four Vikings made the top 50.
1. Adrian Peterson - RB - Vikings
2. Aaron Rodgers - QB - Packers
3. J.J. Watt - DE - Texans
4. Tom Brady - QB - Patriots
5. Calvin Johnson - WR - Lions
6. Peyton Manning - QB - Broncos
7. Richard Sherman - DB - Seahawks
8. Drew Brees - QB - Saints
9. A.J. Green - WR - Bengals
10. Larry Fitzgerald Jr. - WR - Cardinals
11. Jared Allen - DE - Vikings
12. Demarcus Ware - LB - Cowboys
13. Roddy White - WR - Falcons
14. Joe Flacco - QB - Ravens
15. Robert Griffin III - QB - Redskins
16. Von Miller - LB - Broncos
17. Andre Johnson - WR - Texans
18. Rob Gronkowski - TE - Patriots
19. Eli Manning - QB - Giants
20. Cameron Wake - LB - Dolphins
21. Matt Ryan - QB - Falcons
22. Brandon Marshall - WR - Bears
23. Aldon Smith - DE - 49ers
24. Arian Foster - RB - Texans
25. Patrick Willis - LB - 49ers
26. Troy Polomalu - S - Steelers
27. Tony Romo - QB - Cowboys
28. Matt Kalil - LT - Vikings
29. Clay Matthews - LB - Packers
30. Percy Harvin - WR - Seahawks
31. Ray Rice - RB - Ravens
32. Navorro Bowman - LB - 49ers
33. Joe Thomas - LT - Browns
34. Darrelle Revis - DB - Buccaneers
35. Julio Jones - WR - Falcons
36. Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Steelers
37. Geno Atkins - DT - Bengals
38. Haloti Ngata - DT - Ravens
39. Joe Staley - LT - 49ers
40. Jason Pierre-Paul - DE - Giants
41. Doug Martin - RB - Buccaneers
42. Chad Greenway - LB - Vikings
43. Demaryius Thomas - WR - Broncos
44. Patrick Peterson - DB - Cardinals
45. Sean Weatherspoon - LB - Falcons
46. Jordy Nelson - WR - Packers
47. Jimmy Graham - TE - Saints
48. Michael Brockers - DT - Rams
49. Justin Smith - DT - 49ers
50. Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seahawks
I am exited for my 19th season calling races at Canterbury Park, which opens tomorrow night at 630. And while performing for the locals is what keeps me going for the four-month season, I am becoming increasingly more excited for Saturday's Preakness, on which you can bet at Canterbury.
Orb crushed all-comers in the Kentucky Derby and will be even-money or less to win the Preakness, the second jewel of the Triple Crown. I don't bet favorites so my best play is find a way to beat him or pass the race. After handicapping the race it looks tough; Orb is red-freaking hot and made a GIANT move in the Kentucky Derby to win it.
A relatively well supported animal named Itsmyluckyday ran terribly. Think he finished 15th, beaten a zillion. The race clip I included here is the 2013 Florida Derby, a race in which Itsmyluckyday ran well off a two-month rest and second to Orb.
Now I am stretching a tad in hopes of beating a big favorite, but I feel the bettors Saturday will completely forget 'Lucky and overvalue Orb, who I predict will regress a tad and not "pop" the way he did in the Derby. Orb is a grinder, a beast who hangs around and wears you down. In the Derby he came swooping into play with an electrifying move I feel was the best effort he will give all Triple Crown season.
'Lucky will be closer to the pace, and that's where you want to be at speed-favoring Pimlico. He also is ridden by jockey JOHN VELAZQUEZ, the same guy who has ridden Orb to two wins and the Florida Derby crown. What if he knows how to beat Orb?
Itsmyluckyday will bounce back from an awful Derby performance because (a) if he was that bad his trainer wouldn't have him in this race and (b) well respected Velazquez would not take the call. 'Lucky is 10-to-1 on the morning line and might be 13-to-1 when they pop the gate around 5:20 p.m. Cornfields time. This is not the 19-horses clomp that is the Kentucky Derby; it's a nine-horse race with mega running room. Both 'Lucky and Orb will appreciate that.
Hey, maybe I am channeling my inner 1986 Triple Crown series. Then Ferdinand, ridden by the great Willie Shoemaker, zipped down the rail and won the Derby. His arch-rival Snow Cheif, the gritty Cal-bred, was embarrassed by finishing like 11th, a zillion from the win.
Orb's Florida Derby rival Itsmyluckyday represented poorly in the Derby and might turn the tables Saturday and at a fat number. Snow Chief, by the way, won the Preakness and upset Ferdinand, the Derby champ. So, it has happened. Sounds like a win bet on 'Lucky and a saver Exacta, Orb-to-'Lucky. Bet.
Show-page song dedicated to DAN COLE THE COMMON MAN, our Noon-to-3 guy. He celebrated 20 years at the 'FAN today, and I genuinely am happy for him.
With these on-air jobs the lines are long and the gigs are hard to find. There's good money to be made with these privigeled jobs, and my man has developed massive equity with listeners and clients.
They 'Montaged his big day today out of the gate -- spectacular work TENNA B; 'montage was breathing -- and shared some memories. I listened to the "progrum" because it had some nostalgia to it. I always dig it when Common takes trips down memory lane a couple 13, 14 times a show. Those of us who have been there 14 years or longer like me appreciate the humor and get even the most inside bit ("Does it? Will it?/"Look at me, look at me"/"Done this at a high level").
These newshooters are popping up left and right and quickly are realizing you can't just plug any Rube into a timeslot and make your bosses money. Again, cocksure newbies -- just because you amass 10,000 Twitter followers doesn't mean you have arrived or will sustain and, again, the lines are long and the gigs are hard to find.
Common has sustained. And he has done it his way. Like KFAN or not all our shows are different, we don't take things too seriously and while BUMP may discuss war overseas none of us are interested in discussing (narrowcasting?) WAR the baseball stat. Lines. Long. Gigs. Hard. To. Find.
And in a social-media, I-have-to-be-first world, breaking news is something on which many in this market pride themselves. My all-time favorite Common memory involves the overrated "breaking news" and the win Noon-to-3 experienced.
It was December, 2010. Vikings QB BRETT FAVRE had been listed as "Out" on the injury report by the home team, playing a MNF game at TCF Bank Stadium against the Bears. Favre had missed practice all week and many were predicting his career was over.
So, 9-to-Noon closes and here comes the Common Man. He claimed he had a source that indicated Favre would play that evening, perhaps making him the first player in NFL lore to go from "Out" gameday to in that game. Never seen anything like it. I didn't know what to think. My depth chart was littered with JOE WEBB nuggets.
But I had plenty of #Faith the Common Man was correct because he rubbed his temples, tapped on his sources and truly believed it. He swore up and down the "progrum" Favre was playing that evening, and the in-town Negatives mocked and ridiculed the Common Man.
Favre started the game, much to the amazement of said Negatories. They couldn't uncover the biggest "break" of the year and were housed by our Noon-to-3 guy. Favre led us down the field and we scored on a TD pass to PERCY. Shortly thereafter COREY WOOTEN sacked Brett and slammed him into the icy turf and his career was over.
But he started the game despite being "Out" on the injury report, and Common earned a Bald Eagle-like feather in his proverbial cap.
Working the 9 am-to-3 pm spots mean you don't have the built in stuck-in-traffic crowd. They have to work to find you. And for 20 years our Class Clown has thrilled you with humo...witty talke....classic bi. Well, he cut to the front of the "long line," did it the esoteric way with his second-to-none variety show and in a "gigs-hard-to-find" game, he has managed to keep his spot in the lineup for more than "a couple of 13, 14 years." Two decades of radio at the same station in a top-16 market is something of which to be proud. Well done, Diamond Dan.
Found some chill time during off-day errands/big-spot appointments and decided to share. I started my day spending 90 minutes on the Canterbury Park backside, the place the horses live and trainers execute their toil. BRYAN PORTER's barn is my landing spot for coffee, catch-up and chill.
Our live-racing season opens Friday at 6:30 p.m. and all spots are full for the first time in decades. Thanks to the marketing deal we cut with Mystic our purses for the horsemen have been bolstered and many from far and wide are descending on Shakopee to run for the money. Big fields, big payoffs, big-league racing.
The anticipation for the season is at an all-time high, and count me in as one super excited to call the races this year. We have many new horses from different parts of the country, and that should make the in-race plots unique and the gambling less predictable. We have been a track the last few years where favorites win about 40 percent of the time, and for guys like me and SENOR SPOTTY that means the gettin' has not been good.
The thing I like most into my 19th season on the mike at the Shakopee Pony Palace is the local owners who have stuck it out through the lean times have a chance to get paid and make memories. The Minnesota breeding industry plummeted like our vibe the last five years, and those raising horses in state were losing money. Now they get cracks at big prizes and recouping the cash should be easier.
When I say our "vibe" has been off the last five years or so I mean from an on-the-track standpoint; same horses every week, favorites always winning, Exacta payoff after payoff at like $9 or less for a $1 wager. The off-track response continues to be nationally recognized because we are one of a few tracks that increases its on-track attendance every year. We average nearly 7,000 fans a day and on big days pack in between 15,000 and 20,000.
Big wigs and guccis from bigger tracks ship in to steal our cash and leave overwhelmed by the youth of our crowds and the energy we create. I am very proud to be part of that because the average age of the racing fan at big-time tracks is like 50, and most of them just bitch about losing and are all crotchety. At Canterbury the fans enjoy the vibe, the family feel and the promotions. We are back at it Friday night and Saturday is the simulcast of the Preakness Stakes where Orb will try to house the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
... URLACHER: The MLB steam resurfaced today. The report indicates Brian Urlacher might settle in on the Vikings or Broncos. I do believe we contacted the vet more than a month ago and I would have no problem with him finishing his career here.
I know he's nearing the end but I also know a LB trio of GREENWAY, HENDERSON and Urlacher is better than Chad, Erin and GERALD HODGES. Brian has his limitations at this stage of his career but would bring extreme FB savvy to the defensive unit. He'd probably need a deal at like $5 million a year for a couple of years, and that might be too spendy for The Cornfields. But I cannot say the report is inaccurate and really would be fine no matter what SPIELMAN decides.
I got nothing. THE BOY is playing with lifetime BFF and THE GIRL is at some Dancers' Night Out clomp. Early evening Saturday, bathroom cleaned, dishes done, laundry churning, won at BJ, lost at horsies and I got nothing.
With a chance to come up for air I started mentally machinating on some things. Heard the guys on KFAN and with RODNEY HARRISON'S "Safety Blitz" bring up an interesting question: which guy will play first, TITUS YOUNG or TIM TEBOW?
I think it sucks Tim Tebow cannot get minutes for a team after winning a playoff game. I know he has extreme limitations, but I like the guy so much and feel he brings so much good to the game and teams I'd love to see him play again.
In a league where the read-option offense has become en vogue for some why can't that brickhouse, who bounces off LBs, get work?
Young is a lost cause. He'll never play another down in the NFL in my opinion, and all of the serious stuff has emerged in just more than a year. Shoot, he probably was done when it leaked he purposely ran wrong routes for the Lions last season.
Then he gets kicked off the team. Then he shows up in St, Louis, THE ELITE AND RESPECTED JEFF FISHER vets him out for like five minutes and says "no thanks. And just this week Titus Young managed to get arrested twice within 24 hours. Yep, he's all done.
The Vikings have a mandatory mini-camp in like five weeks, and I am excited for that. I hang out at WP when I can this time of the year and have been there several times the last week and change. Good chats in the VEN. Good chats in the cafeteria and on the sidelines for Rookies Camp. Gets me excited to see what we can do this season.
I wish CHRISTIAN PONDER and our receivers had met in like Florida or Texas or California to work out together. I just think it's cool when that stuff happens. PEYTON MANNING took some of his guys to Duke, and CAPTAIN COOL chucked the rock to TERRELL OWENS et al in California.
It's not like this has to happen for us to win the division, but it would have been cool.
I think it would be cool of the Golden State Warriors made it to the NBA Finals. They lost to the Spurs last night and trail the series, 2-1. Props to the Immortality of the Silver and Black, too; they looked slow for large chunks against the young Warriors through the first two games, and it kind of looked like an athletic mismatch. They turned it into a defensive game last night and defended the perimeter like champions.
The Blackhawks could end up as champions, and I am over the Wild losing that series. am happy MIKE YEO more than likely will be back as coach and hope they make MATT CULLEN an offseason priority. Last thing he wants to do at this stage of his career is move, and I bet he'd play here for a fair number.
I chatted with Matt many times this season and he always said he was skating as good this year as he ever has, and his production was tremendous at times. Don't know what we are going to do at goalie and don't know how we are going to become better "finishers" at the net but hope it's fixed.
Oh, and by the way -- the song is "Starwberry Letter 23" by BROTHERS JOHNSON, and it's perfecto for a weekend chill when you got, well, nothing.
Was today the final penalty box presentation of the season for your beloved 9-to-Noon show? If they come home for game six it's on a Saturday, which means the next opportunity would be in round two. After seeing what I saw today I desperately hope we are not done with this unique vibe, these Sounds of Hockey. I have done a bunch from the X this year and have loved every minute of it -- even last week when I ignited the "horn" and almost killed somebody working near the ceiling at said Puck Palace.
The Speedy 'Hawks are minus $180 to win tonite, which means they are a big favorites despite losing twice here this year. That's you putting up $180 to win the 702's $100 for a scoop of $280. Yep, it has come to that -- we were big underdogs into the series and are again tonite at the Puck Palace against an intense, talented team all my Elite Hockey Minds privately are predicting will play their best game of the series. So, LET'S PLAY!
I saw the final five minutes of game three, and they cannot tilt the ice anymore their way than during that span. They got a goal largely due to a faulty line change by us and tied a game they would lose in OT. Save the bogus change we staved that challenge quite nicely, and may have a chance to win tonite with JASON POMINVILLE, who went through a rigorous morning skate that included NATE PROSSER mashing him into the glass in front of the radio show, and the shoves were almost game-like.
Seriously, Pominville went hard this morning, and I hope he plays tonite. Even if he helps on the PP and skates a little with the fourth line it would be a boost to our chances against these supposed '27 Yankees and the crowd would love it. Shoot, we gave up a ton to watch him operate this time of the year and it would be a treat to get it tonite. And he's a good PP guy and we are the only playoff teamssans a power-play tally.
The rest of the guys were very loose and focused and the morning skate was professional and effective. RYAN SUTER acts like a machine not a human and really stuck out to me this morning with the jump he had in his step. The guy plays at least half the game these days and just never stops trying. His work on JONATHAN TOEWS all series has been a thing of beauty.
I am attending this evening's game -- I know, YOU ARE HAPPY FOR ME! -- and the team has won eight consecutive over the last three years with me in the building. I plan on bringing that Love Covenant Karma the way of the X tonite and am expecting the squad to play very well. Win this thing and it's anybody's series because the favorites might start tripping a bit and remembering first-round exits from days gone by and massaging the ego of a goalie who is becoming as wobbly as my Derby predictions.