After what seemed to be fifteen hours of third graders regaling the Glendale City Council with their assessment of "Hop on Pop," it ended. The council, in a 4-2 vote, agreed to hand over the keys of Jobing.com Arena and the Phoenix Coyotes to former San Jose Sharks owner Greg Jamison, and to squeeze their taxpayers for $325 million to fund the whole mess. It doesn't matter, though, for you see, the Goldwater Institute, the conservative watchdog group that scuttled the Matthew Hulsizer deal, isn't happy. Nope, not one bit.
Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs looked so weary when giving her address before the official vote. Her exclamation of "sometimes you don't always get what you want" came straight from the heart, an exhausted heart, and it really hit close to home. Her 'nay' vote was merely a formality, as she knew it would be, but in the end it didn't matter. It doesn't matter. At all. Because, like Elaine, we know this isn't over. Not by a long shot. For one, Greg Jamison has not officially been approved by the NHL (what's the deal with him not disclosing his investors? Are they freakin' crab people?). And, obviously, for two, the Goldwater Institute has a lot of influence for a group constantly pissed off at local governments. They will take this to court, and it will get drawn out. Again. And the NHL will continue to be annoyed, again. But do nothing about it. And, really, it doesn't matter what happens to the Coyotes. Not anymore. They have become an annoyance. They may relocate, they may not. Who cares anymore? Just get something done. It won't matter in a few years when the team is still losing money and the city is still in the crapper. It's a hockey team, not oil. But whatever. All I know is that I'm not watching anymore public access television for a while.
When does the Mavs season start?