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March 26, 2010 - Karin Elton
On the front page of today (March 26)’s sports page has a story on former Southwest Minnesota State b-ball player Ross Demasi. He is now a member of the Vermont Frost Heaves.
I checked out the Web site, www.vermontfrostheaves.com and it doesn’t mention how the team got its name. The guy who sits behind me and messes with the photos for the Independent’s Web site said ice fishermen encounter frost heaves on lakes and they (the heaves) are an immovable force. He said maybe the Minnesota Wild should have chosen that name.
The free dictionary.com says a frost heave is “the upthrust and cracking of a ground surface through the freezing and expansion of water underneath.”
In New England, it’s a “section of ruptured pavement caused by the expansion of freezing water immediately under the road. Also called regionally frost boil.”
Frost boil would be a good name for a sports team as well. It’s kind of an oxymoron though. But if you think of it so are the words Minnesota and wild.
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