MHS FAN_old
Well, what to say. I've been a Menomonie football fan for many years. Everyone said that last year's team was down talent wise and they probably were, but that group of of seniors had a ton of heart, focus and leadership, it showed in the playoffs. It seems like this year, the seniors think that by just walking on the field they deserve to win, well boys it doesn't work like that. As the fans see it, we're in for a long season if things don't turn around soon. You only have one senior season, make the most of it. If you play against Superior, R.F., Hudson, or Chippewa like you did against E.C.N. You will get POUNDED!! Listen to your coaches they know how to win. So seniors show us what your made of Friday night, if you don't, oh well... we hear that next year's seniors will be very good. Lets Go!
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State champs: '93, '95, '97, '99, '02.
Conference champs: '90, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96, '97, '00,
'01, '02, '03, '04, 05, '06.
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bigfun198
This years team seems to be coming up real short on emotion and keeping focused. After Fridays win over North, Labuda sounded pretty disheartened in the post game interview. Basically he said that if the team is gonna go anywhere, they need to step it up emotionally. He also mentioned something to the effect of the players need to get out of the mentality that just because they have an M on their helmets, it means automatic wins.

The lack of talent thing that comes up almost every year is really no excuse. Menomonie has had its fair share of excellent athletes in the past, but it's never been an athletic powerhouse. The state winning teams of the 90's did so well because they played as a TEAM. I remember going to games during that time and noticing how Menomonie didn't have player names on jerseys, no pre-game starting lineup introductions, etc. Every player just came out and played as hard as they could.

Labuda is still one of the best coaches in the state and the players aren't that much smaller than they were in the past.

The players need to drop the automatic win mentality and play like they've got something to prove, instead of the good this week, not so good the next week thing they have going now.
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bigfun198
Maybe we need to send Labuda a copy of this DVD to show his players:

[link=http://www.perfecteffort.com/]http://www.perfecteffort.com/[/link]

It's the story of the De La Salle HS (CA) football team's 151 game winning streak. Goes in depth into the program, the players, the coaches, etc.

Yes, that school has some of the most talented HS athletes in the country, but I think that a lot of teams could benefit from some of the philosophies behind the program.
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walczak24_old
I suggest you take over the reigns for Labuda and show him how to motivate his players then...
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walczak24_old
BigFun198 wrote:


Maybe we need to send Labuda a copy of this DVD to show his players:

[link=http://www.perfecteffort.com/]http://www.perfecteffort.com/[/link]

It's the story of the De La Salle HS (CA) football team's 151 game winning streak. Goes in depth into the program, the players, the coaches, etc.

Yes, that school has some of the most talented HS athletes in the country, but I think that a lot of teams could benefit from some of the philosophies behind the program.


I really hope that this is a joke, Menomonie just came off of 6 straight conference title streak, had won 50 something straight conference games, and is consistantly one of the best teams in the state. Maybe the rest of the conference has gotten better? Maybe Menomonie's talent is down? Who knows, but there are so many other teams that should be watching that movie than menomonie.
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bigfun198
Yes, the DVD thing was somewhat tongue in cheek. Point being the players need some more fire if they want to get anywhere, and one of the big reasons for that programs continued success is attitude.

Not sure that Labuda has a problem firing players up, he's an intense looking guy and likes to holler a lot. As kids we were all a bit scared of him. Coaches only account for so much. The players need to go out there and play every play like it means something.

The game against Superior is gonna show if Menomonie is for real this year. If they win they're still in it by all means, but if they lose it's gonna be a tough year.

I'm sure Labuda has been harping on them about how poorly they played against North and how Superior is going to embarass them if they don't show up to play.

On the other side of things - you know Superior is gonna come ready to play as well. Everybody knows that Menomonie is generally unstoppable at home.

That's gotta stink for the Superior kids though, to have to sit on a bus for 2.5 hours before most away games.
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mockingbird
Too early to sell the farm on Menomonie. labuda alway's finds a way to get the team playing up to their potential.
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mrmike527
Theres a difference between stinking it up and losing a single conference game.
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kilncannon_old
Imback wrote:


Mockingbird wrote:


Too early to sell the farm on Menomonie. labuda alway's finds a way to get the team playing up to their potential.


And after all it is all about Labuda. As I watched the Chippewa Falls Menomonie game there were a few things that really bothered me about Labuda. To start off during the National Anthem he stands out at the twenty yard line so everyone can get a good look at the man, the myth, the legend. Then as soon as the Anthem is over all his players come running over and bow to their fearless leader. As the game goes on I watch Lubuda talking trash two teenage boys from the other team. This is disturbing coming from a man that is suppose to be setting an example for the boys that he is coaching. After they lose I then watch Lubuda shake hands with a couple of the coaches and then run off the field straight to the bus. I maybe mistaken but I have never seen him run straight to the bus after a win (good sportsmanship). Speaking of sportsmanship lets not forget how the young men from Chippewa Falls walked over the sidelines to shake hands with the players that had been hurt throughout the course of the game. That is along way from how Mr. Labuda discribed Chippewa players to his team the night before. Which is something that I can not believe that a man who is suppose to be representing a town, a school, and himself would ever say about children. After watching all of this I am shocked that anyone could call him a good role model.


you obviously dont know LaBuda. the man has class and is about as good of a role model as you can possibly get these days. he does things the right way, cares about his players, and expects nothing but class and respect for the game from his teams.
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ajp1
The menomonie team after shaking hands went right onto the bus after they beat Chi-Hi in 06 at CH. That year i remember hearing something that chi-hi fans were gonna do during or after the game to menomonie that the Chi-Hi school district was trying to deal with. Maybe something along those same lines? and btw idk about labuda talking trash to two players of the other team, that just doesn't sound like him at all.
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mrmike527
kilncannon wrote:


Imback wrote:


Mockingbird wrote:


Too early to sell the farm on Menomonie. labuda alway's finds a way to get the team playing up to their potential.


And after all it is all about Labuda. As I watched the Chippewa Falls Menomonie game there were a few things that really bothered me about Labuda. To start off during the National Anthem he stands out at the twenty yard line so everyone can get a good look at the man, the myth, the legend. Then as soon as the Anthem is over all his players come running over and bow to their fearless leader. As the game goes on I watch Lubuda talking trash two teenage boys from the other team. This is disturbing coming from a man that is suppose to be setting an example for the boys that he is coaching. After they lose I then watch Lubuda shake hands with a couple of the coaches and then run off the field straight to the bus. I maybe mistaken but I have never seen him run straight to the bus after a win (good sportsmanship). Speaking of sportsmanship lets not forget how the young men from Chippewa Falls walked over the sidelines to shake hands with the players that had been hurt throughout the course of the game. That is along way from how Mr. Labuda discribed Chippewa players to his team the night before. Which is something that I can not believe that a man who is suppose to be representing a town, a school, and himself would ever say about children. After watching all of this I am shocked that anyone could call him a good role model.


you obviously dont know LaBuda. the man has class and is about as good of a role model as you can possibly get these days. he does things the right way, cares about his players, and expects nothing but class and respect for the game from his teams.


When Rice Lake almost beat Menomonie in RL earlier this year, he stuck around and addressed the entire Rice Lake football team with a lot of respect and specifically called out some players for good performances. He was incredibly sportsmanlike, so I'd find the original post hard to believe.
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echcky
I have to agree with all the statements here. ?When I played football, I hated playing Menomonie. ?I hated them with a passion. ?No matter how hard we tried, we just couldnt knock them off. ?

But I always respected them, their players and their coaches. ?Fighting in the trenches with their players, you get knocked down, and they help you back up. ?They were a classy team, and a confident team. ?They knew they would beat you, and that may have seemed cocky to some. ?But they won with class.

Labuda was always the same way. ?I hated him as a coach, because he always beat us. ?But I respected him more, because he was classy. ?In 2004, when Memorial went 8-2 and were the favorite team in the BRC to beat them that year, we still ended up getting beat by them. ?But after the game, he congratulated every single player on a hard fought game, addressing several of us personally and by name. ?To me, that is pretty classy.
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wiscott90
It appears some of the pundits were a bit premature in writing off Menomonie for this season.......here they are going to Level 3 of the playoffs while the rest of the conference will be getting ready for the winter sports season.
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MHS FAN_old
YES....! thats what i'm talking about!!! You guys handled a very good team in Antigo last night. You did it with great coaching and flat out desire that comes from inside each and everyone of you. A total team effort, way to go. I know that you're facing a monster next week, Just get a "NO Fear" attitude and that same "Desire" to win and you will do just fine. Nobody expects anything more than your best effort on each play, win or lose. That's what happened last night!You made us all so proud with your effort.
Menomonie Indians ...
State champs: '93, '95, '97, '99, '02.
Conference champs: '90, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96, '97, '00,
'01, '02, '03, '04, 05, '06.
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dfnewburry
The only people who rag on Menomonie are those who either cannot beat them or tell us they played for them during the glory days ...

Every person that ever has played will tell you there team was much better .








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