Marc Elliott

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Marc Elliott is a free lance sports opinion writer. Elliott recently wrote “The Masked Fan Speaks” column for the Lake County News Chronicle for the past ten years.

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Thu. Dec. 26th, 2013

The Masked Fan

Marc Elliott

The NHL Year In Review And One Final MFAN NHL Top Five Power Rank For 12/23/2013!

Thu. Dec. 19th, 2013

The Masked Fan

Marc Elliott

Dear Gary Bettman; Clean Up Your Leagues Game And Do It Now!

Thu. Dec. 12th, 2013

The Masked Fan

Marc Elliott

A Real Life Hero Fades Away, How Much Uglier Can The National Hockey League Get? And The Latest MFAN NHL Power Rank!

Fri. Nov. 29th, 2013

The Masked Fan

Marc Elliott

The Bell Tolls For A Wrestling Legend, JFK 50 Years Later, And The Latest In NHL Tidbits!

Fri. Aug. 16th, 2013

The Masked Fan

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TEAM USA AND TEAM CANADA OLYMPIC MENS HOCKEY ROSTER PREDICTIONS ARE….. RIGHT HERE!

Fri. May. 24th, 2013

The Minnesota Wild Postseason Wrap… Part 2!

Marc Elliott

LARSMONT… In early April Wild GM Chuck Fletcher, feeling the possibility of a playoff berth made a deal with the Buffalo Sabres for Forward Jason Pominville. Pominville was the teams Captain, was in th

Fri. May. 3rd, 2013

The 2013 Nhl Stanley Cup Tournament Is Ready To Go!

Marc Elliott

CASTLE DANGER… It is Sunday afternoon and I am awaiting the final NHL regular-season game between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators, but more on that in a bit. The Eastern Conf

Thu. Feb. 28th, 2013

A Veritable Mish-Mash Of Hockey News, Views, Opinion, & Factoids!

Marc Elliott

LESTER PARK…. Like them or not, and I’m sure they have few fans in this town, I have to mention this anyway: the Golden Gopher women’s hockey team has completed the WCHA regular season with a record of 28-0. They are 34-0 overall. But the most astonishing item in all of this is that going back to last season, this team has p

Sat. Feb. 16th, 2013

The Minnesota Wild: What Happens When Marketing And Expectations Meet Up With Reality

Marc Elliott

ST. PAUL…. It’s been a bit of a rough ride so far in this short campaign for the NHL Minnesota Wild. At this point, the club sits at 5-5-1 and is headed out west for a couple of tilts. And only a few games into the season, some in the club’s fan base are getting restless. Against another solid edition of the Vancouver Canucks last Thursday evening, the team came out listless for the first period and managed a 10-minute stretch in the second period, where they exhibite

Fri. Jan. 4th, 2013

Kg, K-Mac, My One And Only Annual Hoops Column, And NFL Pick Update And Playoff Picks!!

Marc Elliott

ESKO… I have never been more than a casual basketball fan over the years. I don’t dislike the game—it just seems that there are only certain levels of it that appeal to me, especially at this point. Which is kind of odd seeing as how my father was a high school basketball player. He was a point guard who speciali

Fri. Dec. 7th, 2012

Murder-Suicide Rocks The NFL In Kansas City, Another Big WCHA Weekend, & The Mfan NFL Picks For Week 14!

Marc Elliott

BARKER ISLAND… Saturday morning as I was having some coffee, halfway listening to some college football warm-up shows, and reading some news online, the news first came across that an NFL football player from the Kansas City Chiefs had shot his girlfriend, then departed that crime scene and gone to the club’s practice facility, where he somehow came across the team’s coach Romeo Crennell and team GM Scott Pioli. At that point, some conversation ensued, and then the

Mon. Nov. 26th, 2012

Happy Turkey Day! Loads And Loads Of No Hockey!! Plus The Mfan NFL Picks For Week 12!

Marc Elliott

STEWART LAKE… Yes, the NHL lockout is ongoing, sadly. The more I think about it, the more irritated I get. As time has gone on with this debacle, my opinions have evolved a bit, but my basic stances on who, what, where, when, and why haven’t changed too much. Based on the actions and thus inaction of Commissioner Ga

Fri. Nov. 16th, 2012

The Hunting Of The Gray Wolf: Necessity Or Frivolity? The Mfan NFL Picks For Week 11!

Marc Elliott

LARSMONT… I have seen few outdoor issues as divisive as the hunting of the wolf. There are few opinions in the middle; people have lined up pretty much either for or against. For me, I’ll state honestly here that I love the outdoors. I enjoy doing things outdoors as much as possible. I’m not a hunter and never have been. I’m not against it per se—I just come from a fam

Fri. Nov. 2nd, 2012

The San Fran Giants Come Up Giant-Like, NHL In The Tank, And The Mfan NFL Picks For Week 9!

Marc Elliott

FRENCH RIVER…. The Fall Classic has concluded with the San Fran Gigantes besting the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep. Game 4 was the first in which the Tigers put up some sort of resistance to the Giants’ onslaught, but they eventually went down, losing 4-3 in 10 innings. TV ratings were reportedly very low and that is a shame. But with the election cycle in full s

Fri. Oct. 19th, 2012

This Week: The Potpourri Of Sports And The Mfan Nfl Picks For Week 7!

Marc Elliott

SCANLON… Have you been watching the MLB playoffs? I have, and I must say that I have seen some excellent, very exciting games so far. As I have noted previously, I am no fan of the new wildcard “extension” series preceding the real playoffs (although the Cards-Braves tilt was awesome, crummy umpiring notwithstan

Mon. Oct. 8th, 2012

NFL “Real” Refs Finally Return And Why You Should Be Mad, And The Mfan Nfl Picks For Week 5!

Marc Elliott

LARSMONT… As you know by now the National Football League has agreed on a new contract with the leagues regular officials. After a Monday Night Football game ending debacle between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks on the 24th, created by a quite apparent wrong call on a last second hail Mary play, fans, players, coaches, team exec’s, and 35 polka bands from the Cheese state, were joined by just about e

Fri. Sep. 14th, 2012

News, Views, & Wooooooooooooooo! And The Mfan NFL Picks For Week 2!

Marc Elliott

STONY POINT…. There was sports excitement in the air in the Metroplex today as the Minnesota Vikings bested the Jacksonville Jaguars in OT 26-23. Rookie kicker Blair Walsh from the University of Georgia tied the game at 23 each at the end of the fourth quarter, then got the winner in OT. With the new NFL rule for overtime games in effect, the Jags got one more possession and sputtered, giving the Purple their fir

Fri. Aug. 31st, 2012

The Best Baseball Tourney In The Land Concludes, And Can You Make Sense Of Nonsense In The Nhl Cba Talks?

Marc Elliott

MOUNT ROYAL… I have just finished watching a couple of weeks of some of the best, purest baseball you will find anywhere on the planet. The Little League World Series has concluded this afternoon with international champion Japan besting the United States champion from Goodlettsville, TN, by a 12-2 score. This tilt concluded in the bottom of the fifth inning when the 10-run lead rule was invoked. The games were great folks; the stories off of the field of play were even better.

Fri. Aug. 24th, 2012

Did You Think The Drug Problem In Major League Baseball Had Really Gone Away? Nhl Cba Situation And More!

Marc Elliott

PROCTOR… Just last week the office of MLB suspended San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera for 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) after being caught with high levels of synthetic testosterone in his system. Just when you think all on the western front might be quiet for once, whammo! — another player gets caught up in the web of MLB justice. It

Fri. Aug. 3rd, 2012

Are The Twins A Better Club Without Frankie Liriano? Will The Nhl Season Start On Time? What Color Was That Porsche 911, Johnny Gilbert?

Marc Elliott

WEST MEMPHIS…. In a move that’s been rumored and talked about for months now, the Minnesota Twins have traded Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox for some prospects. Frankie goes to the pale hose for pitching prospect left-hander Pedro Hernandez and shortstop Eduardo Escobar. Both have been assigned to the club’s Rochester affiliate. This is the second trade of any magnitude in the past 12 months where a former Twins player has been traded to a division rival. Late in the trade s

Fri. Jul. 27th, 2012

Can Penn State Football And Athletics Survive This? Mfan Shorts And More!

Marc Elliott

CLOQUET LAKE… Just little more than an hour ago, NCAA president Mark Emmert issued the most severe set of penalties ever levied by the governing body of collegiate sports. For the Jerry Sandusky incidents involving sexual abuse of children, Penn State University has been fined $60 mil, cannot participate in bowl games for four years, will have its football scholarships substantially reduced for those same four years, and will vacate a

Fri. Jul. 13th, 2012

Minnesota Wild Drop 100 Megaton Bomb On The Planet Of Hockey! & Andy Griffith R.I.P.

Marc Elliott

LARSMONT…. I have to tell you folks, it is Monday morning, a full 8 days after the free agent signing period began in the NHL, and 5 days after the Minnesota Wild got their men, that’s right, that’s men as in plural, both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are now on the roster of the Wild. I am elated and I am still kind of in a state of disbelief. So much so that I probably am not allowing an hour to go by without getting

Fri. Jul. 6th, 2012

Nhl Free Agent Frenzy Begins! The Wild Are Going Fishin’!

Marc Elliott

ST. PAUL…. Usually in the middle of summer, there is not a lot shaking at the corner of West 7th Street and St. Peter in downtown St. Paul. Especially on a Sunday afternoon. And today is no different. Looks pretty much the same as always. Except if you were to go i

Fri. Jun. 29th, 2012

NHL Draft: Are The Wild Getting Back On Track? And The Mfan & Mr. Mohawk Invade Wrigley Field!

Marc Elliott

EAGLE MTN… The 2012 NHL entry draft was held over the weekend, and here are my thoughts. For the Minnesota Wild, jeez, I want to be optimistic about the club, but it has been a frustrating ride thus far, hasn’t it? And it’s not hard to see that the malaise of the last two to three seasons is born of the 2004–2008 entry draft bust-o-rama. You simply can’t go five drafts in a row in this league without hitting some pay dirt