Mike, Tommy and Kevin tackle their first-ever virtual Mighty Ducks Minute, and it’s a good one. Minute number 124 takes a look at the Ducks vs. Newbies scrimmage. Then they tackle a #QuackQuestion that somehow leads to talking about nuclear holocaust.
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Look at this giant kid dominating his puny peers in rugby:
Portman leveling Banks:
Four Mighty Ducks getting the puck:
Julie ‘The Cat’ Gaffney’s terrible goaltending:
This is Portman saying, “What a bunch of wusses.” It’s tough to tell. You can’t really see his lips.
Here is the Michael Jordan-Larry Bird YouTube commercial:
Also, we never got back around to this but the fastest slapshot ever recorded. The legend goes back that Bobby Hull recorded a slapshot of 118.5 mph back in the 1960s. But the actual fastest slapshot ever belongs to Martin Frk, who send one at 109.2 mph at AHL All-Star Weekend back in January.
Thanks to Michael F. for the #QuackQuestion. Here’s the full text of his question/theory:
Like most red blooded American men on fall Saturdays i was watching football tonight. However, my beloved Kentucky Wildcats forgot what day it was and never got off the bus. With our 63-3 beat down by Alabama, I had time to ponder many of the great questions of the universe. But…I settled for trying to figure out how Duluth East defeated the Hawks in 1973 and I think I have it figured out. It involves cheating and the fall of the Soviet Union.
Duluth East was tired of losing every year to the Hawks. So they brought in older kids. But not just any older kids. Pee Wee hockey is up to the 12U age, and according to the Minnesota youth hockey website some kids will turn 13 in that season.
Duluth, Minnesota is in St. Louis County, Minnesota. 3 players on the 1980 Miracle on Ice Gold-medal winning team were from various parts of St. Louis County. John Harrington (Virginia, Minnesota age 22), Mark Pavelich (Eveleth, Minnesota age 21), and Phil Verchota (Duluth, Minnesota age 22) were at least 3 of the guys brought in to stop the Hawks and Bombay. They each would have been 14 or 15 in 1973. Verchota even played hockey at Duluth East High school.
So it’s 1973, all the coach needed were local kids who were destined for greatness and some phony birth certificates. Had to be easier to forge than today. So he calls around St. Louis County and recruits the best kids who just graduated from pee wee. Then he passed off these 14 and 15 year olds as 12 or 13, which isnt completely unfathomable, and he now has a shot against the Hawks.
So in sum…it took 3 guys who helped to bring down the Iron Curtain cheating to beat 1 little Gordon Bombay.
These 3 guys weren’t scrubs either…Pavelich holds the New York Rangers record for points for a rookie. Pavelich and Harrington were given assists on the famous game winning goal by Mike Eruzione.
So with that, can we call this case solved?
Duluth East’s goalie: