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The Mighty Ducks


Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

It has been quite awhile since I was a volunteer coach. My first opportunity came in my early twenties when Bob, a friend of mine, and I were coaxed into coaching soccer to a mixed group of six and seven year olds in a YMCA program.

Neither one of us had ever played soccer before in our lives. But in the end, it didnt matter, the kids hadnt either.

When it came time to hand out the team T-shirts, the Kings, Lords, Princes, Mavericks, and Musketeers all came forward and quickly put on their gleaming blue, green, red, purple, and yellow shirts. Almost magically the jerseys transformed the kids into a motley crew of short-legged Peles.

When our turn came, the kids were smiling at the anticipation of putting on their spanking new turquoise uniforms laying in the box. But soon after donning their jerseys their happy faces quickly changed to confusion and sadness.
Instead of the regal sounding DUKES, a noble name worth defending in the goal if there ever was one, a printers error had turned the team into the DUCKS.

There were several, Well, I aint going to be no Duck, making the rounds of the rebellious group, when Bob, a perpetual five year old, quickly turned the scene around.

Well, who wants a poopy name like the Dukes, anyway? my colleague asked. What kind of sound does a Duke make? Huh?

The silent kids looked up at him quizically. There was no question that Bob had their attention. Mine too, for that matter.

What kind of sound does a Maverick make? he continued.

None of the kids had an answer for that one.

What kind of sound does a Prince make? he followed.

Again silence.

Well, then tell me, what kind of sound does a Duck make? he asked, knowing that he had the crowd in the palm of his hands.

Eleven kids let out a QUACK, QUACK, QUACK.

He did it again. What sound?

QUACK, QUACK, QUACK.

Somehow, Bobs ingenuity had transported the team from the lowly what kind of name is the ducks into WE ARE THE DUCKS.

And that became our cheer.

Who are we? we would incite our team before every game.

We are the ducks, the kids would yell.

What sounds do we make?

And the kids would bellow out QUACK, QUACK, QUACK.

We didnt win a game. In fact, we only scored one goal the entire season. But with this group of kids, it didnt matter. They were the DUC .....
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

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