John Stephens once caught a (tiny) fish, but he's never even received so much as a bite from the only trophy that matters.
In what many analysts predict is merely a hiccup in the rankings, John Stephens and Wayne Lee have taken the lead in the latest WSHSHP rankings with a whopping 83 points, one point ahead of former co-leaders Peter Rudy and the field's only tag-team prognosticators of Eric and Analisa Rudy-Mott.
No matter how his PR team tries to spin it, Wayne Lee is not well.
But look who else is in the front pack? It's none other than the bitter-hearted Oliver Albrecht, seemingly determined to capture his first WSHSHP title come hell or high water. Just how will his heart be ripped into so many chunks of liverwurst this year? Stay tuned.
Trasher Trzinski is again sitting in third place all by his lonesome. Apparently no one like to hang with Trasher. Is it his cool demeanor? An oppressive body odor? Or like Clint Eastwood, is Trasher just a hard guy to warm up to? Looks like the Commissioner will find out for himself when he rendezvouses with the man next month at the Alliant Center.
Kevin enjoys another aprés-ski moment at the local Hooters in Dubai.
Some other surprises. Kevin Zlevor may be causing international incidents in Dubai, but he apparently also knows his hockey. He sits right outside medal contention with an impressive 80 points, while cat-lover Dan Krewson is showing no signs of fatigue after a season off for "personal reasons."
And look out for the most inappropriately nicknamed librarian in America, rookie Steve "Wildman" Miller, who is nestled in 6th place with the likes of the young Henry Moe, Mark Pellegrino, former champ Ivo Knezevic and perpetual complainer, Creighton Fung.
On the other end of the spectrum, one of the most tragic tales to emerge from this year's tourney belongs to Erik Moe, who stumbled out of the gate and has never recovered. I'm no moralist, but when a man looks around 13th place and finds himself surrounded by the likes of Tim Shore (Rhinelander), Stu Keith and TJ Hansen, it times to do some serious soul-searching about his future in this sport.
On a happier note, I'm delighted to see fetching rookie Keelin Linehan holding her own in the middle of the pack, well ahead of veterans who once laughed at the idea of women being included in the WSHSHP. (I won't name names, for once.)
New Yorker Keelin Linehan seen guest judging last year's Algoma Shanty Days Fishing Derby.
The games only get more difficult going forward, so look for a lot of leader changes after Tuesday's games. Until then, your Commissioner will continue to bring you more glimpses of hidden Wisconsin, as well as the first installment in his annual Commissioner Awards.
Stay tuned. And God bless Wisconsin high school hockey.