So, not so funny story…..
I go to my mailbox this morning, and pull out the Hamilton Spectator.
And, I read this article. Then I get mad.
Are you kidding us? Stray from Balsillie? The NHL looks at Hamilton as a “league opportunity”?
Make a deal with the (insert whatever word best describes the league here)?
I am officially embarrased to be a Hamiltonian.
Jim Balsillie and Jerry Moyes embraced as they walked into court the other day, and for good reason.
These two gentlemen had just been through a war, that may not be over.
Balsillie and Moyes, and the folks at Make It Seven Rant Rountable have been working together (unofficially of course) to send a clear message of support to Moyes to say we are behind you 100%.
In the process we have discovered that there is more to hockey in the desert sands than pucks and air conditioning. Much, much more.
So, excuse me if I take great offense to the willy nilly way we make the off the cuff comment that, you know, the NHL does look at Hamilton as a league opportunity, and the lease does end on October 31st, and yada, yada, yada.
Shame on us! Shame on Hamilton.
If Jim Balsillie didn’t support this city, his dream of owning a Stanley Cup contender would have ended in Pittsburgh, another steeltown. Just not his passion. Not Hamilton.
He might even have a shiny Stanley Cup ring on his young finger right now. But, no. Instead he has fought for Hamilton.
Can I expect to see a retraction in a coming edition of the Hamilton Spectator to say, oops, we bad! I certainly hope so.
There is a judge in Arizona by the name of Redfield T. Baum that wants to ensure Jim Balsillie has every consideration to get a hold of this team. Baum is also aware that a fellow old schooler named Jerry Moyes deserves at least a small chunk of his money back (the $104 million), and he is willing to do what it takes to build a case for relocation.
But we in Hamilton are saying, “next”?
I’ll pretend I didn’t see this article, and hold my breath for greater support.
Jim Balsillie is more deserving the Order of Canada. Jerry Moyes for his courage is deserving to hold his head high.
They deserve what Jim and Jerry will throw at them, and all of Canada should be behind this precedent setting making of history.
And, we are taking our time getting into the thinking of judge Baum. But it’s coming.
This started out as a case of compassion for the injustice to Jerry Moyes, and how hard everyone has worked to ensure he gets justice.
Lest we forget!