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Tom Polakis 09-28-2012 08:59 AM

Bobby Francis Story In Republic
 
Bobby Francis is my second favorite Coyotes coach. I had no idea about any of this happening to him.


http://www.azcentral.com/sports/coyo...lity-life.html

BuffaloAZ 09-28-2012 10:33 AM

I had always wondered why he was fired so suddenly after the success he had.

_Del_ 09-28-2012 02:20 PM

Francis was one of my least favourite coaches, but this is an incredibly sad story anyway.

doaner 09-28-2012 04:42 PM

What happened? I don't pay for the the rag

Colt45Blast 09-28-2012 05:24 PM

Unlike Mark Grace, at least Bob Francis did something about his drinking problem.

Other than that, this is just another story that proves that money can't buy happiness.

rt 09-28-2012 07:56 PM

One of the great mysteries finally solved for me. Solved in pretty much the worst way. I never, in a million years, would've thought this was the reason why he never got another shot. He is the second best coach in franchise history and by all accounts a good guy. I'm really sorry to learn that his life took such a terrible turn. I wish him nothing but the best as he recovers. Brain injuries are not a joke.

They really should wear helmets that fit, and guys should be wearing mouth guards. Also, can we do away with the football style shoulder pads already? They've been talking about banning them since the days Rich Pilon was stalking the ice in search of predatory head shots.

Rabbit 09-29-2012 02:49 AM

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Originally Posted by rt (Post 54647265)
Also, can we do away with the football style shoulder pads already? They've been talking about banning them since the days Rich Pilon was stalking the ice in search of predatory head shots.

Really? I've never heard of that. What style should they use?

rt 09-29-2012 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by rabbit3119 (Post 54652003)
Really? I've never heard of that. What style should they use?

Soft. Like they used prior to the late nineties. Of course this has nothing to do with Bob Francis. He was unlucky enough to play in an era where a severe concussion was called getting your "bell rung" and you were aupposed to play through it. The Broadstreet Bullies documentary on HBO had some shocking recollections of how concussions were treated.

DesertDawg 09-29-2012 01:09 PM

Man,
His dad, Emile the Fox, I considered one of the great GMs! Didn't know about the concussions. Hope the best for him! I thought he was one of the better coaches.

rt 09-29-2012 02:15 PM

Emile the Cat.

Colt45Blast 09-29-2012 02:23 PM

I'll reserve my judgement of him for sometime. There is a chance he could go back to the bottle and I hope that doesn't happen.

Guest 09-29-2012 08:45 PM

I always wondered how he disappeared like that. At one point after leading the Coyotes I remembered a possible rumor of him going to the Senators.

I loved him for coaching the team to the playoffs at that time as that team was the only bright spot for a Coyotes fan in about 6-8 years. It's too bad he has had issues, but we all have issues and the best we can do is try to overcome them.


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