For the bullet summary, please go here. To contact your MP regarding the Veto issue, please go here. Click here to file your complaint about the Veto of the MLSE (Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment) to the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB).
Time for a little recap……..
Is this insanely ridiculous or what? (rhetorical question)
Of course it has been an insane ride.
Many of us over the past several months have experienced highs and lows, and many of us have become friends with a common cause.
Trying to sell hockey in the desert of Arizona at the expense of hockey crazed Canadians is well, crazy.
Many of us who were true Leaf fans have sworn against the Toronto team because of the greed that has been demonstrated by the Leaf team, and MLSE in particular.
Soon, we hope, Judge Baum will come to a decision, and we can see where we stand.
Judging by the looks of things, several of us have surmized that the judge is ready to hand a decision in favor of PSE.
We have had the media in Toronto go from not giving PSE a chance, to now joining the ranks of us “giving it” to the league, and ensuring we all show just how “not appreciated” they are. I say bravo to those that have made a living on reporting on the Leafs, and are more fed up than worried about the fallout to their careers. A few dirty looks their way, they have determined, must be worth it.
Look at Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, in his last article, saying to just give it to Jim Balsillie already. We had not seen that side of Cox in a while. A refreshing move from the normal Toronto publishing party line.
Way to go Coxy.
Damien Cox would likely not remember me from years ago, as we were both students at McMaster University. It was Whidden Hall, and it was my first year. The year before on CH News, they were showing the animal house qualities of Whidden, when it was a male only residence. It tamed down a lot the year I moved in, when it became co-ed.
If anyone is reading this and the lightbulb has just gone off, give me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to talk with you again, about the old days. Anyhow, Coxy wasn’t the reporter he is today then, we were just students. But his love for sport was certainly there! He has done well for himself, and I am proud of him.
Yes, the NHL has messed with us all – from the sports fan, to the current owners of the Coyotes, to us all.
It’s as if the NHL just doesn’t care.
If the NHL loses in court (sorry, when), they have said they will appeal.
They have got to be kidding. It would be wise to cut their losses.
Can you imagine how many people are going to be extremely p’oed at them then? I don’t even want to know.
As Patrick Romanoski pointed out today on Make it Seven:
Bettmans ignorance has delayed the NHL from entering the homes of every fan that wants to see the game. ……… His blindness to the future is stunning. The fact that he cannot comprehend it is technology like RIMs that will bring video into the home in the near future will cost the owners & players a bundle. ……….. What a dolt, to turn down someone who can help make that happen. Moving first, instead of waiting for the other sports to adopt technology, could vault the NHL ahead of several sports in popularity. Instead mediocrity will reign & ESPN will continue to see BMX bike racing as a more lucrative broadcast & Canadians will continue the mass exodus already underway to other sports. ……. He has failed to maintain the fine balance of keeping the fans while changing the game. The imminent collapse in Canadian support for NHL hockey is an indicator that not only has Gary failed but he has failed brilliantly.
I started my blogging on this topic, as many of you know, from a point of view of not being able to grasp the concept of utter disrespect for Jerry Moyes from a very arrogant NHL.
No, the NHL did not want Jerry to get any of his money out of this team, and it drove me bananas!
I built the site, and added a very needed stat counter feature, and it became a catalyst to see what was happening, who was getting strirred, and it set the stage for the bigger quest for truth.
A simple hit from a developer that partnered with IFG (International Facilities Group), as many of you know, led to a long run of investigations into the connections and motives of several of the key parties to the Coyotes’ drama.
It was quite honestly pathetic.
A complete collaboration against Jerry Moyes by just about everyone around him.
And that brings us back to the question, “how could anybody be so cruel?”
Well, it is nearing the end, we all hope, but we must admit it was quite a ride.
I am hoping Judge Baum, at least in the next couple of days will render his ruling, or at the very least force mediation between the NHL, Glendale, and PSE.
I welcome you all to peruse the articles on this site, if you haven’t already, and see what we have here – an interesting and muckety situation indeed.
And what has it all been about?
Keeping hockey from the people of Hamilton and surrounding areas? It would certainly seem that way.
Thanks Ic Arus for the link to this picture…..
Bryan Kirkham (of Make it seven) has informed me of this latest news:
Heard this on CHCH
depending on what happens in the BK Councillor Whithead has notified Hamilton City Council that he may be calling on them to pass a notion asking for an all party Committee of the federal government to investigate the NHL and how its dealt with efforts to bring the Coyotes to Hamilton.
Gregory Galante had this to say regarding the above photo:
If one need any further evidence that the Coyotes ARE NOT STAYING IN GLENDALE, that one single powerful photograph should be all that is required. To the NHL. HURRY UP AND MAKE A DEAL WITH DIAMOND JIM AND SALVAGE WHAT YOU CAN IN THE PR DEPARTMENT. The NHL in their obstinance and desperation to sheild there despicable business practices are fulfilling the BUSH LEAGUE reputation it is perceived to have in many parts of North America.
I’d like to think that what the Make it Seven team had said from the outset as being very important, turned out to be very important indeed.
People can make a difference.
The people at the Make it Seven Rant page, those leaving videos, those drawing up new jersey ideas – these people have made an impact on this case.
I am willing to bet that mainstream media checks Make it Seven and the rant page to find out what’s going on! I am not kidding.
At Make it Seven, we have taken ideas from media, and media has taken information from us. We were a team!
And the impact that it has had is the fundamental principle that if you work together and share ideas, a common purpose can be achieved.
We in Canada are a little slow, but rather surprisingly we are rising to the occasion, coming together, and our voices are being heard. Our passion for Canada’s game is being refueled.
I for one have never felt more sure that we have a voice, and our collective voices are making a difference!
The team is coming to Hamilton, Ontario.
Can’t you just feel it?
No amount of manipulation by those at the NHL will do it this time.
Many of us have been left to analyze the moves of the NHL, and to ask what their strategy has been. It was a game of countering the less than ethical. If you need a fix, you can see a summary of past articles here.
We ex-Leaf fans have had enough. I share the sentiments. Sad really, for years I supported the Blue and white, win or lose. But they have lost my respect with the simple notion of showing their greed.
I have reached the abyss of what to write. Sorry about this. I have hit the bottom of the tank, and like you,am waiting, waiting, and waiting.
It’s time for the decision to come from court.
Come on Judge Baum. Do the right thing.
Hockey needs to return to the ‘Hammer’!