Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets Are Really Big News

September 3rd, 2011 by Patti Dawn Swansson Leave a reply »
G'day to you, Dustin Byfuglien.

Nice of you to rub some of the squeaky-clean off 17-Wing Winnipeg, otherwise known as the Jets.

I mean, until you spent a few hours the other night in the Hennepen County hoosegow, River City's newly minted, aw-shucks hockey club had more squeaky-clean than a roomful of Richie Cunninghams.

But then you had to go and do some good ol' boyin', which is to say boatin' and beerin' on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. This, not surprisingly, is frowned upon by state law enforcement officials, who prefer that only sober people drive boats on their 10,000 lakes.

So now a member of Winnipeg's Good Ship Lollipop has been fingerprinted, forced to pose for one of those cheery police mug shots and jailed on suspicion of boating while intoxicated and refusing to provide blood or urine samples, all of which tends to tarnish a product like a National Hockey League team.

But you know what, Buff? I'm going to cut you some slack on the impaired thing. Been there, done that and not particularly proud of it. And a lot of the people who'll be root, root, rooting for you at the MTS Centre in the 2011-12 NHL season hav ...

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