Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Shred Rich Rodriguez Night

Saw this article on ESPN. Leave it to a Minor League hockey team to poke fun at former W. Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez.

Here's the article, C/P from the site:

Mountaineers fans get to rip and shred Rodriguez at ECHL game

The Wheeling Nailers, taking advantage of the rancor felt by the state's residents toward a certain former West Virginia football coach, is holding a "Shred Rich Rodriguez" night on Saturday.

The ECHL hockey team's promotion is playing off reports that Rodriguez was seen shredding team-related documents in his office about the same time he left the Mountaineers to take the Michigan coaching job in mid-December.

So on Saturday night, at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, the Nailers are playing host to the Charlotte Checkers, as well as an industrial-sized paper shredder. Fans who bring in a newspaper article or picture of the reviled coach to be shredded will receive a discount off tickets.

Any fan wearing WVU apparel at the game will get $2 lopped off the ticket price.

Ohio State fans, natural enemies of Michigan, get to share the love on this one -- anyone wearing Buckeyes paraphernalia also gets a discount on tickets.

"Everybody is so upset," Nailers co-president Rob Brooks said in Monday's edition of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register. "We wanted to let [fans] release some frustration."

In addition, any fan wearing University of Michigan apparel "will be charged double in order to help Rodriguez pay his $4 million buyout to WVU," according to the Nailers' news release announcing the promotion.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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