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Mike Zimmer is known for his confronting style as a coach. It was a style learned from his father.
“He has the same personality with players as I did,” Bill Sr. said. “You got to know when to start in on them. You also have to know when to stop, or you’re going to lose a player. Mike knows both.”
Mike started tagging along with his father on football journeys when he was in second or third grade.
There’s a story about Kansas trying to recruit one of Bill’s Lockport players.
As part of the pitch, Bears all-time great Gale Sayers invited the player and Bill Sr. to Sayers’ Chicago-area home. Mike Zimmer, at 9 years of age, had a chance to play pool with Sayers.
“Some people say he’s more like me than his dad, since I’m more outgoing,” Ann said. “For instance, I’ve never heard Mike swear around the house. Bill didn’t swear at home, either.
“Maybe they do some of that at the football field, but never at home.”
Right, Mom … just a touch of swearing was noted from your lad on “Hard Knocks 2013.”
Ann Zimmer did offer an assessment of Mike’s coaching that Vikings fans expect to be more accurate than on his cussing.
“You’re getting a great coach up there,” she said.
Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500.
|Miami||0||Top 9th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||2||Top 2nd Inning|
|Colorado||1||Top 3rd Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Cleveland||2||Top 3rd Inning|
|Cleveland||1||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Kansas City||1||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Milwaukee||2||Top 2nd Inning|
|Oakland||2||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Seattle||2||Top 3rd Inning|
|Golden State||8:00 PM|
|San Jose||1||2nd Prd|
|Kentucky||34||2nd Half 15:26|
|Michigan State||44||2nd Half 17:16|
|Chicago||1||2nd Half 11:00|
|Vancouver FC||6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||44|
|Stetson||58||2nd Half 0:34|
|Fla Gulf Coast||60|
|St Francis-PA||50||2nd Half 4:50|
|Drake||47||2nd Half 6:41|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|