Is the Olympic Break the Key To Success or Failure for Detroit Red Wings?

February 14th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Though it was 15 years ago, I remember the Spring Break of my Senior year in high school vividly.

The day before my release from what, to my mind, was a prison with classrooms, I was called to the assistant principal's office.

Mr. Manino was a fire-plug of a man who dressed, talked, and looked like a mobster.

The kids always assumed that his thick New York accent and beat up face were signs that our Southern California high school was somehow a key strategic location for some shady doings orchestrated by wiseguys back east.

As I sat in front of this rumored mafioso, he explained to me that I was in danger of not graduating.

"You been messin' around too much, Hutter," he said. "You been acting like you ain't gonna be hurtin' if you don't start turnin' in your 'signments and stop ditchin' class. I'm tellin' ya busta, you can use dis break to pawty or laze around, or to figa out how you're gonna pull up dees grades and get outta dis place. It's up to you, spowt."

Perhaps it was the fact that I didn't know for sure that he didn't have a .38 on his ankle, or that his words just hit me at the right time; but, Mr. Ma ...

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