Month: January 2003

My dad steals “the axe”

This URL might seem strange, but — Cecil Rospaw is actually my father. My family’s traditional name is Von Rospach, which traces back a few generations to the Alsace region of France (or Germany, depending on who took it over last). In WW II, having a German surname became politically difficult, so the name was americanized. when I graduated from high school, I decided to return to the family’s true name, and became a Von Rospach again…...

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The last days of Darryl Sutter

How does a coach go from being coach of a division winning team to unemployed? Since most fans have no connection inside of a team, firings many times seem sudden and arbitrary. Sometimes they are. But most times, if you know how to find it, there’s a history that builds up over time that — in retrospect — that clearly points to the inevitable… I’ve been arguing with myself whether to post this or not. I’m still of mixed minds, but I think it’s got value. I just didn’t think Sutter was the problem. So his firing came as a major surprise to me. But I was at the point where I felt something had to happen, and said so. I just didn’t think it’d be the coach. But after talking to a lot of people (see footnote1) and trying to get to the reality of the situation, I’ve come to realize that it was time for Darryl Sutter to move on, and I think the only person who realized that was GM Dean Lombardi. How does a coach go from being coach of a division winning team to unemployed? Since most fans have no connection inside of a team, firings many times seem sudden and arbitrary. Sometimes they are. But most times, if you know how to find it, there’s a history that builds up over time that...

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