Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Card-vent Calendar: December 10

December 10, 2017:
1994 Score Select #379 Denny Hocking

Let me tell you a story about coincidences.

There's a consortium of automobile dealerships located throughout the Twin Cities area. This dealership is named after its owner, naturally. The owner has one of those names that's embarrassing to think about, much less speak. If it showed up in a work of fiction, you'd shake your head at the author for trying too hard. On my frequent trips to Minnesota, this man's likeness and his business advertising were nearly inescapable. I'd see him, hear him, wash him out of my pores at night.

Well, it just so happened that in 2011 this man was found guilty in federal court of committing fraud to the tune of no less than $80 million, and he was sentenced to ten years in prison. His name recently popped up in the news after it was revealed that he was being moved from a prison in Illinois to one in Duluth, not to a halfway house as some had been speculating.

But I digress. The name of this mogul-turned-criminal: Denny Hecker.

Now, I don't know about you, but I find this to be a strange coincidence. Sure, I can buy that there are two men who have different careers that put them in the public eye, and they have first and last names that are somewhat alike. But for Denny Hocking to be drafted by and play most of a relatively long career for a team in the same city where Denny Hecker operates is simply fascinating. Hocking gets drafted by one of 29 other teams, and this connection never gets made. Very strange, indeed.

1 comment:

Captain Honkass said...

I remember watching Hocking play on some very terrible Twins teams, and all the Denny Hecker commercials I sat through...

Never heard about the fraud charges...