John Vandelinder: Thanks, Rick

John Vandelinder

John Vandelinder's columns appear Tuesdays and Fridays in the Craig Daily Press. E-mail him at jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

As you all know by now, our former, supposed fearless sports leader, Moffat County High School Athletic Director Rick Penner, has gone bye-bye.

AWOL.

MIA.

Good riddance. It's been nice to almost know you. Since you obviously aren't answering your phone, or the phone so graciously given to you by the high school, I figured that maybe the best way to reach you would be through a letter.

So here it is:

Dear Rick,

Where you at?

C'mon, big dog, it's only been three weeks.

What happened? Did all of us Craigites get to ya?

You came into town, guns a-blazing, but you left like a thief in the middle of the night.

I remember when you started - which isn't hard because it was less then a month ago - claiming you would be here "hopefully until you retire." Little did I, or the rest of Craig, realize that your retirement was going to be in three weeks.

What happened to being "powerful as one" and creating a "synergy" between academics and athletics? Maybe you combining your first paycheck with a big trip to Denver was the "synergy" you meant.

You said, "I've passed through Craig thousands of times, and it's a town I could really see myself settling down in." Obviously you didn't settle down. In fact, did you even pay your first month's rent? And if so, I hope wherever you rented charged a security deposit.

Because, you flew the coop.

Peaced-out.

Fled the scene.

You said when you got hired that, "The kids at Moffat County have spirit, spunk and a hard work ethic" - which is more than I can say about you. The school board put its faith in you - as did every sports fan in Craig (myself included) - to guide the Bulldog athletic program into the future. And all you did was show us what disappointment looks like - about 50 years old, receding hairline hidden in a goofy haircut and a handlebar mustache.

That said, on behalf of the town, I want to thank you.

Thanks for wasting the Craig Police Department's man hours searching for you while you were holed-up only God knows where in Denver.

Thanks for hiring the three coaches who walked into your office - David Fleming, Rusty Cox and Dave Rodriguez. You didn't do any research when you picked them, but, thankfully for us, they happen to be the best men for the job.

And finally, thank you so, so much for running away with your tail between your legs, because as of Thursday we've got an athletic director who knows what he's doing.

Make us proud, Matt Ray.

You talked a great game, Rick, but you couldn't back it up.

One word of advice: Wherever you land next, don't let your mouth write checks that you can't cash.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

Comments

JDR4 5 years, 7 months ago

And the Paper needed to print this, why? So people could start, errr, sorry, continue harassing Rick Penner. Now what he did wasnt too respectable, but for the paper to lend a voice to someone just to whine, and throw down childish insults. Is all this is and Vandelingers article, is a way for the town to throw a childish hissy fit. Thats just sad. This paper has gone down down down.

I encourage you ALL to CANCEL your subscriptions and just read this worthless crap on the internet, as to take a lil money out of these biased news peoples pockets.

Prints what it wants, and when the real stuff comes, they hide cause it might chase off advertising. BUT NOOOO we can insult and drag someone thru the mud who we barely know anything about..... makes sense to me.

Also goes to show how sad and bored some people here can be. Its not to hard to get runn off by the Craigites...

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grannyrett 5 years, 7 months ago

He made a commitment to this community. He made a commitment to the school and the kids that go out for sports. He blew it. He could have called and said he changed his mind. He worried everyone. He could have been laying in a ditch, hurt or dead. He's the one in the wrong. Not the paper.

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JDR4 5 years, 7 months ago

At least your partners in crime got it right....

Also posted per reasonable use standards...

<p>www.krai.com Thanks KRAI MOFFAT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL'S NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR HAS ABANDONED HIS JOB. RICK PENNER WAS THE FOCUS OF A BRIEF MISSING PERSON'S INVESTIGATION, WHEN HE DIDN'T SHOW UP FOR WORK LAST WEEK. WHEN HE WAS FOUND HE WAS GIVEN A SHORT TIME TO REPORT TO THE SCHOOL, BUT THAT NEVER HAPPENED. LAST NIGHT, THE SCHOOL BOARD HELD AN EXECUTIVE SESSION AND DECIDED PENNER HAD NEGLECTED HIS DUTIES AND QUIT HIS JOB. THEY'VE HIRED RIDGEVIEW P.E. TEACHER MATT RAY FOR THE YEAR.

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lonelyone 5 years, 7 months ago

That is a bit harsh, but one has to wonder why he up and left like he did?? I can't think that the community got to him that quickly! ;o) What ever his reasons for heading out to do whatever he was going to do and not coming back or calling to say anything to anyone, were worth it to him. Cuz he more then likely won't get a job reference from anyone here.

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irishbrat 5 years, 7 months ago

I think he's a big loser for doing it that way...good riddance. Matt Ray is obviously a much better person anyhow and will do great.

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grannyrett 5 years, 7 months ago

Matt should have been the logical choice for this position from the start. I don't know if he applied for it to begin with, but he has always been dedicated to the kids and has spent his life here. He's a keeper.

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misterkindbuds 5 years, 7 months ago

Cause you know, if you're not from Craig, you're not one of grannyfanny's us's.

Thank god.

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irishbrat 5 years, 7 months ago

you are a crabby person mister..why do you pick on granny so much?

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grannyrett 5 years, 7 months ago

It's okay irish. He's got nothing better to do.

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lonelyone 5 years, 7 months ago

irish, he just likes to stir the pot and then sit back and watch/read how upset people get with what he says. it is best to just ignore him and his comments.

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