How Favre can he go?

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Website Publisher

How Favre can he go?

favreThe addition of Brett Favre to the roster of the Minnesota Vikings has given arm chair quarterbacks across the state — and across the state of Wisconsin as well — something to ponder?

Is he real? Or is he Memorex?

My roots in Wisconsin taught me one thing.

"Packer fans aren't going to like this one little bit?

Packer vs. Viking games will take on a whole new meaning. Do you think a Packer defensive lineman is going to lick his chops over the idea of hitting their "ole buddy" as hard as they can?

You'd better believe it.

It may take more than a couple of 400-pound tackles to keep relentless, revenge-starved Packer tacklers off Mr. Favre's back.

All of that may be coincidental to two other overriding factors.

1.  The signing of Brett Favre by the Minnesota Vikings assures the team of sellouts, no blackouts and a tidy little sum in the bank account.

2. It means a tremendous "circus" atmosphere will follow the team every where they go.

It will become a three-ring circus when the Favre-led Vikings play the Cheese boys from Green Bay.

By the way, when I went to Wisconsin originally, an avid Packer fan told me, "I have two favorite teams. The Packers, and whoever plays the Vikings."

Today, those Packer fans have a new reason to hate the Vikings. "That old guy, who wants him anyway?" one fan told me.

Don't believe it. Deep inside they are in turmoil.

So what's the bottom line?

Here it is.

1.  Favre will use all the other talent on the Vikings squad and lead the team to the Super Bowl.

2.  He'll crumble and fall mid-way through the season, or earlier. So that backup named "Sage", or "Tavaris" or "John David", whichever he may be, should be ready to go.

This is not a time for the backups to feel slighted. It's a time to be ready to go, because there's a good chance the $12 million boy could crumble, fast.

So there you have it.

Welcome to Minnesota Brett Favre!


This is what dreams are made of ...

Brandon Anderson gets a cool drink of water at a

Minneota football practice.


By Byron Higginbrandonanderson
Mascot Publisher

This is what you dream about.
Most of your seniors are back, you have great numbers, about 57 players on the field, and excitement is running at a fever pitch.
Minneota football head Coach Chad Johnston sent his players onto the field for their first official practice Monday and said. “We have very high expectations.”
With only four seniors gone from last year’s squad, which took second in the sectionals to eventual state champion Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, the coach added, “We’ll work off what we had last year.
“A year ago KMS was situated where we are this year,” the coach said.
One of the problems the Vikings had last year was moving players around to fill holes caused by injuries.
“We found out last year that depth is the key. At crucial times we had kids who moved to several positions. One kid played four different positions,” Coach Johnston said.
“The kids are able to make adjustments,” and that should be the key to success.
Not that it will be easy.
Coach Johnston expects Dawson-Boyd to re-tool for this year, for MACCRAY to come loaded for bear and Adrian to respond with another good ball club.
And there’s likely to be others amongst the 12-team Little Sioux Conference that would like to upset Minneota’s hopes and dreams.
Renville County West and Lakeview have been added to the conference so each team will play nine of the 12 conference schools.
“We’re finally in a good position with the numbers and the class of athletes we have, that we build for,” said Coach Johnston.
Minneota’s squad has been build by using a home-town program and graduates of the school as coaches, such as assistant Matt Myrvik and assistant Steve Sussner.
The backfield is keyed with returning talent such as quarterback Sam Derynck, a three-and-a-half-year starter who is now a senior.
He has Jacob Cheadle and Tony Noyes as tailbacks to lug the ball and fullback Brandon Anderson, whom Coach Johnson said was, “The nicest surprise we had last year.”
The team will open the season at 7 p.m.,  Thursday, Sept. 3 at home against Adrian.

Two youth injured when hit by vehicle
An accident just North of Ghent in the 3400 block of 210th Street last Wednesday resulted in injury to two 13-year-olds.
According to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, a juvenile girl "accidentally" hit two 13-year-old boys.
The accident was reported at 7:26 p.m., Wednesday, August 12.
Both boys were taken to the hospital in Marshall by ambulance.
The names and conditions of the boys were not released.
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