Friday, January 12, 2007

An Inappropriate Metaphor

The current issue of Sports Illustrated has a short article on the coach of the boys' ice hocey team at Catholic Memorial High School, Bill Hanson. CM is a top-ranked Massachusetts high school program and routinely wins the MA state title. They have also produced a large number of NHL players. They are the Mt. St. Charles of Massachusetts, making Bill Hanson the Bill Belisle of Massachusetts. (Mt. St. Charles won the RI state title for more than 25 years in a row, and has also produced several NHL players, including two #1 overall picks. When I was growing up, the games between CM and Mount, despite being exhibition games, were always some of the best high school hockey you could see anywhere.)

Anyway, the article is nice and all, but a quote for one of Hanson's players had me rolling on the floor laughing at the misuse of its metaphor. Not to pick on a HS student, and I'm sure he's a great kid and a good player, but this (talking about Hanson) is just funny:
He cares about everything: what you wear, how you stand during the national
anthem. If he tells you to skate around a circle in practice, you'd better not
cut corners.



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