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And Another Thing


Open mouth. Insert shoe store.

I've had a couple of days to mull this over -- mulling things over not being a strong suit of mine, I'll admit -- and I've come to some conclusions about David Franke's outburst Friday night.

Conclusion the first: He had a right to be angry about Ryan Menei's Lazarus-like recovery.

Conclusion the second: But angry or not, his rant made both him, and by extension the Komets, look incredibly small, petulant and childish.

Especially in light of both the league's and Rapid City coach Joe Ferras' measured response. And also in light of the Rush general manager's response, and the fact that Rush forward Kevin Harvey got a two-game suspension for elbowing Mike Ratchuk in the head late in Friday's game.

So much for all the conspiracy theories about the CHL having one standard for the Komets and one for its own defending champion.

Look. I know we media types bellyache endlessly about the Casper Milquetoast stuff we get 90 percent of the time from players and coaches ("I'm just here to help the ballclub" ... "We'll take it one game at a time" ... etc., etc., someone hit the snooze alarm). And so Franke's comments were, in light of that, refreshing to say the least. So in at least respect, I guess we ought to be grateful.

But to accuse Ferras, who by all accounts is a pretty straight shooter, of being a liar without any proof whatsoever is beyond the pale. So is accusing the Rush, again without a shred of proof, of falsifying Menei's medical records. in fact, it frankly borders on slander.

It's also not the way you expect a championship organization like the Komets to behave. Or at least I don't.

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