#whitepeopleproblems From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:
Spectators, hockey players and parents pressed against the ice arena’s glass Monday night, watching as a Zamboni driver at the Hayes Arena in Apple Valley weaved across the ice erratically and smacked the machine hard against the boards.
About 25 minutes into what should have been a 10-minute job resurfacing the ice, the driver — a part-time employee of the city of Apple Valley — tried to maneuver the unwieldy machine into the arena garage. By then, coach Bryan Dornstreich had called 911.
Officers arrested the 34-year-old Apple Valley man for allegedly driving while intoxicated. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to police headquarters for a blood-alcohol test. The sample was sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis. Test results were unavailable Tuesday.
The man has not been formally charged. He was convicted of drunken driving in 2002 and twice in 1999.
Dornstreich, who coaches the Eastview Hockey Association’s PeeWee C team, said he’d noticed that the rink attendant’s eyes were red and that he smelled like the energy drink Red Bull before his team took the ice.
“He looked like I do when I have my allergy attacks,” Dornstreich said. “I didn’t really think anything of it. He didn’t slur his words. He was very alert, got me the keys, we set up the music system and I was on my way.”
Before the PeeWee C players, ages 11 to 13, took the ice, Dornstreich said he noticed that the rink attendant was “making stripes on the ice.” But the driver went back and corrected all his mistakes. After the game it was a different story, though.
While Dornstreich was working with a referee, a parent ran over to say that the rink attendant was “weaving all over, slurring his words.”
By the time that conversation was done, Dornstreich said, the man was already backing the Zamboni onto the ice. And not very well, Dornstreich said.
The coach made sure the referee charged with moving the nets off the ice knew what was going on, then concentrated on getting everybody else away from the glass. When police arrived, the man had gotten into the garage. The door closed and Dornstreich said he left the officers to deal with him.
Basic summary: the most dangerous thing about living in Minnesota is the occasional drunk ice-cleaning vehicle operator. Noted.
And the video, which is unfortunately not as impressive.
For those who didn’t know, fighting in a college game gets you tossed for the night and suspended from the next game.
Yes that Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the nation of Islam. From the Washington Post:
“With 17 minutes 36 seconds remaining in the second half Monday night, Virginia freshman guard Joe Harris made a three-pointer to cut the Cavaliers’ deficit to five. Five seconds later, Minnesota guard Blake Hoffarber responded with a three-pointer of his own.
This was what longtime college basketball coach Dick Bennett was talking about when he told the Cavaliers during dinner Sunday night that, as Harris later recalled, “our transition defense was just terrible.”
But thanks to the hot-shooting of Harris and senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan – who combined to make 8 of 11 three-point attempts – Virginia remained in contention long enough to correct its flaws. The Cavaliers trailed No. 15 Minnesota by 13 and led by 14 during a second half in which Virginia’s adjustments eventually led to an 87-79 victory, its first on the road over a ranked opponent since 2007.
This was what Bennett was talking about when he told the Cavaliers (4-3) during that same meal that they played with great heart and were an above-average shooting team.”
By what it sounds like in the article, he doesn’t do this often. I guess it is way too much to ask that he makes the NBA.