August 24, 2005

Cold Cuts

Posted at August 24, 2005 12:45 PM

Last weeks issue of Sports Illustrated had a section called "Cold Cuts" which told the story of some pretty harsh cuts professional teams have made. Here are some of my favorites:

Last week cornerback Ray Mickens, the second-longest-serving member of the Jets, with nine years of service, urged the team to offer a deal to free agent Ty Law. They took his advice, signing Law. And to free up that roster space? Well, they released Mickens - and gave Law his number 24.

August 2005 Alison Mahay, the wife of Rangers reliever Ron Mahay, was courteous enough to induce labor so she could give birth to the couple's third child on an off day. Three days later the team designated the proud papa for assignment.

February 2003 Wesley Walls, an original Carolina Panther who had played in a team-record five Pro Bowls, celebrated his 37th birthday on the 26th. His gift from the team: a pink slip. The tight end was cut after seven seasons.

April 2000 After finishing treatment for multiple myeloma and receiving medical clearance to return to the bench for the conference finals, Flyers coach Roger Neilson was told by G.M. Bobby Clarke that his services were no longer required. "The Neilson situation - Roger got cancer - that wasn't our fault," said Clarke. "We didn't tell him to go and get cancer."



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