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Soliciting Avs Fan Expertise

03/11/2008 at 8:08pm EDT

In Forbes.com today, an article about “10 Numbers to Un-Retire” and guess who shows up? My favorite target, The Evil Empire. (Apologies in advance—I know that I’m terribly predictable in this way.)

Anyway, while the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater is despairing at the fake groin injury of Peter the Great (Foppa is actually just “tired”, not groin-impaired? The Glass Swede shatters something, and that’s just too unbelievable to accept? Good grief…) there are more seriously-unserious matters to be debated in the Mile High City.

Such as:

imageThere’s also the golden rule that says when your club has no real tradition to speak of, go ahead and take someone else’s. That’s when you pick up a star near the end of his career, then retire his number after his playing days end as a way to claim him as your own.

Those co-opted Hall of Famers include hockey great Ray Bourque (one-plus season with the Colorado Avalanche)...

Somehow, it never really registered in my bottle-blonde, scatter-brained head before, the lunacy of retiring Bourque’s number to the Avalanche rafters.

How was that logical?

Avs fans—friends and foes—please explain this mystery!

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