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Video Vault: AWA, 1980, Gagne & Mad Dog vs. Ventura & Adonis

Old Minnesota 'rasslin doesn't get much better than this. From 1980, here's future Gov. Jesse Ventura and Adrian Adonis mixing it up with Mad Dog Vachon and owner/promoter/champion Verne Gagne. Gagne was 53-years-old at the time.
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Video Vault: Mad Dog Vachon for Chicago-Lake Liquor, 1984

Whatever happened to completely awesome celebrity-driven local TV ads? You know, like this 1984 gem with Mad Dog Vachon hawking beer for Chicago-Lake Liquor. Yes, it's a hairy man surrounded a "mountain of beer." Not exactly Kent Hrbek hawking air conditioners.

Video Vault: 'Miracle On Ice' - Feb. 22, 1980

We know you never get tired of seeing this clip. It's the final minute of the "Miracle on Ice" from February 22, 1980. USA 4, Russia 3. St. Paul's Herb Brooks becomes a hockey immortal.

Video Vault: Jesse Ventura, Mean Gene, Rolling Stones

Libertarian presidential short-lister Jesse Ventura gives Gene Okerlund an earful in this 1982 clip on the weekly AWA wrestling show. Here, the possible future leader of the free world is engrossed with how he introduced the Rolling Stones at a recent concert at the old St. Paul Civic Center.

Video Vault: Hamm's Bear vs. Rocky Marciano

Quit pretending there's a better video clip to watch. As the YouTuber who put this up describes: The only thing more bada** than Hamm's is Rocky.

Video Vault: Bobby Heenan's 'weasel suit' match, 1980

No Wolves today. No Wild. That means it's time for the most awesome AWA wrestling match of all time: Bobby Heenan vs. Greg Gagne. 1980. St. Paul Civic Center. If Heenan loses, he has to put on the legendary weasel suit.

Video Vault: Michael Jordan scores 45 vs. Wolves, 1989

On Nov. 8, 1989, Michael Jordan comes to Minnesota and lays 45 points on the young Timberwolves.

Video Vault: Jimmie Hall vs. Don Drysdale, 1965 World Series

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Video Vault: Monster fish caught

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