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                                            About Sports Columnist, Mike Ankoviak:

Mike Ankoviak

Mike Ankoviak is a resident of Champlin, MN.  He was raised in Albert Lea, MN where his father, Bill Ankoviak, finished his career as a professional baseball player.  Along with his 5 brothers and sisters, Mike was brought up on a steady diet of baseball, golf, basketball, tennis, football, and mumbley peg.  He would spend his evenings scouring the paper for the latest sports box scores.  Today Mike's appetite for sports continues.  He has been a season ticket holder for most of our pro sports teams in the Twin Cities.  He has been a part owner of a race horse stabled at Canterbury Downs, and is an avid golfer and tennis player.  You may not agree with all of Mike's opinions but I think you will agree that his insight into the world of sports is always refreshing. 

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Mike's Sports Blog:  Boy it’s been a long time since I wrote anything. It’s easy to just say I’ve been so wrapped up in cheering for our Golden Knights out here that I couldn’t be distracted….and that’s the truth. All the rest of the sports stuff that has happened seems insignificant compared to the phenomenal story the Knights have become this season. It’s the stuff legends are made of and would make a great movie. Sure the Eagles won the Super Bowl (who cares) and baseball season, blah blah blah. Out here in the desert, it’s still hockey season!

Back in January I posted a blog and said how they have taken over the town of Vegas and were the story of the season not even at the half way point. Well it’s only gotten better. From the dramatic start following the 1 October tragedy in Vegas, they galvanized the city and truly are one of the epic stories in all of sports.

If you didn’t read the first article that I shared, it’s still below and sets the tone for the attitude and intensity of the team early on. But that was just the beginning. They could have folded up and been a typical expansion team, dumping veterans and looking to the future, but they did the opposite. Management went out and picked up veterans to add depth to an already fiery, fast and high scoring team. The second article below is a great story on the Minnesota connection on the Knights team…..Erik Haula and Nate Shmidt.

The third article is another story about how the team banded together and turned into the Stanley Cup finalist they now are. Also in that article, you can click on another story showing actual betting slips at anywhere from 100 up to 400 to one that local bettors have come forward with. The Casinos will take a bit of a thumping if/when the Knights bring home Lord Stanley’s cup. Wish I had done it!

My prediction is the Golden Knights will win it all. Whether they get Tampa Bay or Washington, they are on a mission and I don’t believe they will be the denied. It’s been the coolest sports adventure I’ve ever seen or been a part of.

I also am betting Justify will win the Triple Crown and there’s even a prop bet combining the Knights for the Cup and Justify winning the Triple Crown. I think I’ll get on one of those too.

Oh yeah, big surprise, the Golden State Warriors will take home the NBA Championship again.

Locally in Minnesota, this past weekend witnessed the annual spring scramble held down in Red Wing. The team led by Katie “Par 3” Solem, along with Craig “long drive” Zumwinkle, Nick “break on through” Sampson and Scottie “Christian Brothers” McAdam took home the new American Flag trophy. They crushed the field coming in at 6 under par. Congrats to the winners!





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