Why does this Colorado sports bar display Aaron Hernandez and Ray Rice jerseys?
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— pete (@pistolpete806) December 27, 2014
This is, in fact, the Avalanche Bar and Grill in Crested Butte, CO. Those are the jerseys of, from left to right, Ray Rice, Michael Vick, Kobe Bryant, and Aaron Hernandez. Those are, as you may have noticed, all professional athletes who have been in varying degrees of trouble with the law.
We were all very curious about this photo, so I gave the Avalanche a call and spoke to the owner, who told me that section of the restaurant is known as the “Hall of Shame” or “Coffin Corner.” It started with some Pete Rose memorabilia, then grew to include the names above. Why?
“That they make the mistakes that they make given what they have — it’s always disturbing to me, and somewhat amusing.”
The jerseys of Pat Tillman, John Elway, and Peyton Manning hang elsewhere in the bar, making it clear to “9 out of 10″ patrons that the wall of ignominy is meant as a joke, even if someone asks about it “every day.”
So the “Hall of Shame” remains, and it sounds like it could keep growing: “I’m just waiting on the next guy to screw up.”