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Ep. 18: A journey into the real world to talk about the Mighty Ducks

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Mike, Tommy and Kevin break down the New York Times’ reviews of the three Mighty Ducks movies in an effort to get in a Twitter beef with the reviewers and the NYT. The reviewers seemed to hate the movies, but is there criticism founded?

 

Show Notes

The Rotten Tomatoes score for The Mighty Ducks: 15% for the critics.

The Rotten Tomatoes score for D2: 21 percent from the critics. 

The Rotten Tomatoes score for D3: 20 percent from the critics.

Janet Maslin’s review of The Mighty Ducks in the New York Times on October 2, 1992. 

Caryn James’ review of D2: The Mighty Ducks in the New York Times on March 25, 1994. 

Lawrence Van Gelder’s review of D3: The Mighty Ducks in the New York Times on October 4, 1996.

The Ducks only knock one lady in a fountain, and Fulton does it accidentally. Goldberg also steals some guy’s food:

Janet doesn’t seem to like this scene:

Here’s a link to all the uniforms the Anaheim Ducks have had in their history. 

 

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Ep. 17: WU WU WU KENNY WU!

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Mike, Tommy and Kevin discuss the third Bash Brother, Mr. Kenny Wu. They discuss his upbringing as an elite figure skater, Don Tibbles’ pitch to move him to hockey, his coming doom after fighting a goalie and much more.

 

Show notes:

WU WU WU KENNY WU!

Kenny Wu introduced, where Don Tibbles explains how he convinced him to play hockey:

D2 Stats

The Ducks beat Italy 11-0.

The Grab Bag episode where we talked about the shootout lineup was Episode 13. Tommy does bring up Wu in the episode and says he would either put Wu or Connie at No. 4. Kevin puts Kenny Wu at No. 3. Mike leaves him out of his shootout lineup.

Kenny Wu was not listed on in the double results.

There is no information on Wu’s ancestry. But there is some indication that the name “Wu” has a Chinese connection.

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Ep. 16: What kind of families do these kids come from?

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Mike, Tommy and Kevin peel back the curtain on the original Mighty Ducks team and take a look at the families behind the Ducks. From Karp’s loving family to Banks’ brother David, they uncover a lot that explains the real reasons behind the kids’ actions.

Show notes:

Jesse telling Gordon that this is a drug-free zone:

Where Casey Conway works:

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If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory between Hans and Charlie’s father, listen to Episode 11.

For more on the Adam Banks/Phil Banks relationship head over to Episode 12.

Definitive proof that Tammy Duncan is in the classroom with Tommy:

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Talk about Goldberg’s deli as a front for Hans’ empire is also in Episode 11.

The point where Karp looks to Peter Mark for guidance. Notice Peter’s closes are way too big for him:

 

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Ep. 15: What effect do the fans have on the Mighty Ducks?

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Mike, Tommy and Kevin break down the evolution of the Ducks’ fan base, from the empty stands in D-5’s first game under Gordon Bombay to the Ducks swinging the entire crowd in the Varsity-JV showdown.

Show notes:

GO TO ITUNES. GIVE US FIVE STARS. 

Episode 3 when we talk about Eden Hall’s fans

The game with the Cardinals. The stands are filled.

 

Watch Karp’s dad spill the popcorn:

Karp’s dad hugging Karp after the Ducks beat the Hawks in the state championship:

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The backstory on Hans’ relationship with the Bombay and Conway families. It was Episode 11.

Episode 2 explains the “rife strife” between Gunnar Stahl and Wolf Stansson.

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Ep. 14: The Bash Brothers — Examining the relationship between Dean Portman and Fulton Reed

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Mike, Tommy and Kevin breakdown the interesting relationship between the Bash Brothers: Dean Portman and Fulton Reed. Do their antics fire up the team or only lead to bad penalties? Are they good for each other or bad influences?

 

Show Notes:

Portman being introduced to Fulton Reed.

Fulton and Portman jammin out before going to bed.

Portman’s statistics from D2: 7 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 0 P, 14 PIM

Fulton’s statistics from D2: 7 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, 2 PIM

(Thanks again to Flargalarg for the stats)

Two minutes for … roping?

Portman is kicked out of the first Iceland game because of his hit against Stahl, not Sanderson as Tommy says. There is also no “intent to injure” line by the ref. That comes later and isn’t addressed at Portman.

Part of the second period of the second Iceland game, where the Bash Brothers go wild:

We talked about Fulton Reed in Episode 8. 

Portman returns!

 

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Ep. 13: Grab bag! Shootouts, Team USA’s scouting, and announcer Josh

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It’s a special grab bag episode! Instead of one topic Mike, Tommy and Kevin did three quick hitters. First they discussed what the order should’ve been for the Ducks in the D2 shootout. Second was whether Don Tibbles made the right choices in constructing Team USA. Third was a debate about announcer Josh in D3 and his aptitude.

Show Notes:

Here’s the Mighty Ducks 2 shootout (kind of):

Don Tibbles’ assembly of newbies that was more for the marketing than for the winning the Junior Goodwill games:

Josh and Paul Kariya in D3:

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Josh actually mentions that Kariya is visiting friends in the Twin Cities area, so that’s why he’s in town. Contrary to what Mike thought, there is no mention that Kariya is an alumnus of Eden Hall.

Mike was also saying this was ’94. D3 was actually 96. He knows this, he was just thinking about Don Tibbles’ roster construction.

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Ep. 12: The rise of Adam Banks

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Mike, Tommy and Kevin track Adam Banks’ growth from evil kid on the Hawks to hero on the Ducks to varsity prankster to willing JV participant. It’s been quite a character arc. They also talk about Banks’ suspected drug use and Mike tells the story about how a lady at Target thought he was high.

Show Notes:

Adam Banks looking sinister in the first game between the Ducks and the Hawks:

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Phil Banks sitting in the Hawks section in the championship game:

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Banks pointing at the goal in the middle of a blowout game:

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Banks’ miracle recovery:

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Ep. 11: Uncovering Hans’ secret life

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Mike, Tommy and Kevin start with a discussion on Hans, his sport shop and the role his the youth hockey league before they pull the thread and discover the the old man’s secret life.

Show Notes:

You’ll probably need to listen to the slight talk about Hans in Episode 10.

Hans in the middle of the Ducks celebration:

The mean headline about a young Gordon Bombay: “Hawks’ Gordon Bombay misses penalty shot in O.T.” (Bombay actually tells Charlie later on that he missed the penalty shot at the end of regulation, but we’ll ignore that for now.) Hans’ response: “It’s important to remember the past.”

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Bombay did indeed ask for $15,000 from Mr. Ducksworth. Hans’ cash register shows only $7,242.08.

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Mike was wrong about Finland being a Scandinavian country. It’s a Nordic country but not a Scandinavian country, according to the great Wikipedia.

 

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Ep. 10: Deconstructing the Mighty Ducks’ hockey league and its playoff system

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Mike, Tommy and Kevin attempt to figure out how the league the Ducks play in operates and uncover some shady things. They also provide a definitive answer as to why the No. 8 seed Ducks didn’t play the No. 1 seed Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.

 

Show Notes:

Tommy got the group started on a discussion about how its a tradition for the state tournament to be held in the North Stars’ arena. Except now games were held there. Evidence:

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Mr. Ducksworth’s exact line: “Actually Phil is one of my oldest friends.” Tommy was wrong again.

450 North Hennepin Avenue. The distance between Lake Calhoun and 450 N. Hennepin Ave: 12 miles.

Adam Banks saying he’s from Edina, Minnesota

The district map:

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What we know:

The Ducks are District 5.

The Hawks are District 6. Hans points to the southwest corner of District 5 when he says the lake isn’t the boundary  anymore, right on the line of District 5 and District 6.

The Cardinals are in Coon Rapids, which is District 3. (If you look at the building the Ducks are in, it’s painted red and clearly says Coon Rapids.)

The Huskies are in Minnetonka, which is to the west, making them District 9.

Here’s the bracket:

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What we eventually agreed upon at the end was a North/South alignment for the playoffs, with the top half being the north and the bottom half being the west. Do that and everything makes sense.

Here’s the bracket with the seeding:

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Draw a line right down the middle and you have a north region — Districts 5, 2, 3, 10 — and a South region — 6, 4, 8, 7. Then District 9 and the undistricted team could be slotted in either region, depending on who makes the playoffs.

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Ep. 9: The many women in Gordon Bombay’s life

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Mike, Tommy and Kevin track Gordon Bombay’s dealings with women through the years and try to figure out what became of his many relationships. They also try to figure out if Bombay ever left behind his playboy ways and settled down.

 

Show Notes:

Minnehaha Park: 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. After the podcast, Mike did discover a Minnehaha, Washington, which is right by the Oregon/Washington border. If that was the place Gordon went, the greyhound bus trip makes a whole lot more sense.

Gordon Bombay and Maria’s first meeting:

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Maria Ellingsen a.k.a Marria a.k.a “Iceland Chick”: Born in Iceland.

“It’s not a shoe. It’s a loafer.”

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