While Michigan fans appear to have already moved on, that's not the case in West Virginia. The Wheeling Nailers, the "AA" affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, announced that Saturday will be "Shred Rich Rodriguez Night" when the dreaded Charlotte Checkers roll into WesBanco Arena.
They drop the puck at 7:35 p.m.
Anyone whose name is Rich Rodriguez gets in free. Fans bringing in articles about Rodriguez to get shredded will get in for a discounted rate. Any fan caught wearing University of Michigan apparel will be charged double in order to help Rodriguez pay his $4 million buyout to West Virginia.
"Everybody is so upset," Nailers co-president Rob Brooks said. "We wanted to let [fans] release some frustration, and we'll release some frustration of our own."
The Nailers are not alone in trying to capitalize on the Rich Rod mess. A resolution introduced by West Virginia Congressman Alan Mollohan to honor the Mountaineer football team passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
While Mollohan has virtually reassured re-election for life in his home state, don't lawmakers have more important matters to deal with? John Bresnahan of the Politico says this was a waste of time:
"The assertion in the resolution that the WVU had to 'overcome adversity' to win the Fiesta Bowl doesn't really make it for me.
"As one Crypt colleague pointed out, if there was one team that really overcame some adversity this year, it was the Virginia Tech Hokies, whose campus saw the horrific murder of 32 students and teachers in April 2007. Virginia Tech came back and almost won the national championship this season. West Virginia, meanwhile, choked horribly in a Dec. 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers. which cost the Mountaineers a chance to play for a national championship. Not good."
Finally, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports ranks the 18 coaching hires. No. 1 is Michigan's hiring of Rich Rodriguez. No. 18? West Virginia's hiring of Bill Stewart.
Writes Dodd: "Stewart seems to be a nice guy but we know absolutely nothing about him as a head coach despite the Fiesta Bowl. Let's judge him in five years and see if he can deliver four Big East titles and two BCS bowl teams — like Rodriguez did."
Thanks to the Midwest Correspondent.