Recommendations of the day for the BIg Four:
-Wolves: Hire Tom Thibodeau. My information is he wants the job. Hire him first then let him help select a GM, so he's working with someone he likes or trusts. You'd have one of the best coaches in the NBA, improve immediately on defense and be in the playoffs in no time. Thibodeau still has friends in the Wolves' organization and is highly thought of as a human as well as a coach. The only caveat: Glen Taylor would have to insist Thibs bring in a modern thinking offensive assistant.
-Twins: Get goofy. Unlike most sports, baseball isn't about trying harder, it's about relaxing and letting talent work. Paul Molitor should call the players in this afternoon and pick the lineup out of a hat. Right now every player is feeling pressure to make something happen. Doing something goofy might remind the young players that this is a game.
-Vikings: Draft Doctson. He's not a sure-thing star but he's a great value at No. 23. Either he'll develop into a No. 1 receiver or he'll be a nice complement to Diggs. His primary skill is adjusting to the ball in the air and winning jump balls and that's what Bridgewater needs right now - a go-to guy who gives him confidence on deep throws.
-Wild: Dump the puck. The Wild isn't skilled enough right now to beat the Stars' trap, or even get through the Stars' forwards without turning over the puck. This version of the Wild needs to rely on the forecheck and putting shots on net. It probably won't work but it's better than what we saw Thursday night.
-Tonight at the Turf Club my band, The Bar Chords, is opening for Chris Hawkey at The Turf Club. Doors at 8, music at 9. Chris is a great singer. We'll have fun. Stop by if you can.
-The next Russo-Souhan Show is 4 p.m. Monday at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub. We'll also do a show 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Next Wednesday at noon we'll do the Roy Smalley's Chin Music Show at Hell's Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis, and keep doing it ever Wedensday during the season.
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