Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Fillers

  • Former University of North Dakota defenseman, and Edina native, Joe Finley is in trouble with the law. Finley and UND junior forward Matt Frattin got liquored-up and started throwing stuff on the street. Items including a lawn mower, kitchen table, among others, caused traffic disruptions in the area. They were both arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Finley has signed with the Washington Capitals and Frattin was suspended for the first two games of the season. Stay classy, guys!
  • MSU-Mankato extended coach Troy Jutting's contract for four more years. Jutting is 142-162-44 in 9 years behind the Mavericks' bench. Good move for 'Kato.
  • Colorado College lost a top recruit when defenseman John Moore decided to sign with Columbus and play junior hockey. Moore was picked by the Blue Jackets with the 21st pick of the first round in the 2009 NHL Draft. The move is unfortunate, as the Tigers have lost a lot of talent from last year's squad which finished third in the WCHA. Also, electing to develop in the OHL as opposed to the WCHA is not a good decision in my opinion.
  • Entirely not Twins or Minnesota sports-related, but this article is bizarre. Here's another account. I'm actually surprised he didn't offer to beat up their dads as well. If either of these incidents is true, the Mets should consider firing the guy. Of course, for a person whose title is "Vice President of Player Development," the teams' minor league records should be the main cause for his dismissal. For a franchise as dysfunctional as the Mets, this is par for the course. Recent examples: having Willie Randolph fly with the team from New York to Los Angeles only to fire him in the middle of the night after a win; removing Dwight Gooden's autograph from a Citi Field restaurant wall - only to reverse course after public outcry; having almost no memorabilia from the team's past; ludicrious contracts - $150M payroll in 2009, and look at Castillo, Beltran, Delgado, and Sheffield's deals). The Mets certainly aren't dysfunctional, are they?
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