week I spent in Poland was packed with unlikely characters and even
more far-fetched turns of events. I arrived to find a team featuring
Richard Dumas, Steve Wojciechowski and, as the starting center,
a former Polish kayaking championa group you might expect
if the casting director for Politically Incorrect were vested
with the power of a G.M.
Mike McCollow, the American friend who was coaching Pekaes
Pruszkow, let me observe his team from the inside. From that
privileged position I caught a glimpse of what can happen when opposing
cultures run up against each other. (I also witnessed what happens
when essential needs and absent means run up against each other.)
After Mikes firing he and his family moved back to Minneapolis,
where they now run the Gear
Heres Mike, surrounded by his zloty-starved charges.