Not sure whether it is in his context, but it is a toast in a few nordic languages (Swedish, Norwegian) meaning "skull", dating back to the Vikings.
the word appears 5 times in the Vikings fight song
Don't give up hope on Detroit. New Orleans used to be much worse and for many more years. Now look at them. Making a run for the Super Bowl. Fans have finally taken off the paper bags from their heads.
...and to keep all of my options open...
Did I ever mention that I grew up as an Air Force Brat who followed his father around the world and that I lived in Duluth for 5 of my most formative years?