|lol labor disputes |
Via ABC News, AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, John Lok
It's all already been said. It was said way before it was even officially said. Oilers to Seattle: not going to happen. Any team, at this present moment, and over the course of the next two years, to Seattle: not going to happen. Very few people in the media understand this, apparently, or just need something to write about. PucKChaser gets it. I'm sure a good chunk of you Kansas Citians out there get it.
Why is this so hard to understand?
As similar as Seattle's situation with the Oilers is to KC's situation with the Penguins was, they differ in one major regard. The Sprint Center wanted (still wants...?) a tenant, any tenant. NBA, NHL, the exclusive home of Grave Digger. Anything. Seattle just wants the NBA. After the Sonics/Thunder divorced Seattle, Seattle has been trying to get back a team that kind of looks like the Sonics, but without the bitchy in-laws, and maybe a little more blonde than brunette this time. They also would prefer nice teeth, but it's certainly not a deal breaker. An NHL team – after an NBA team, mind you – would be bully for them. Certainly not enough to build an arena around, though, not matter how much potential she has or how many rings she owns.
This is all I can say to Daryl Katz – owner of the Oilers and the least impressive Martin Short rug I have ever seen: At least make sure the city you are using as leverage actually wants a hockey team before you indeed use them as leverage.
There are some smart thinkers in the ranks of the owners, boy howdy. Theorists, really.
Since it doesn't get much more black and white as that, here is one of my early forays into .gif making. It's Dave Tippett swearing after an LA Kings goal in the Western Conference final. Because it's never not funny to capture someone swearing on live television:
True story, I actually went to see Monster Jam or whatever the hell they call it at Kemper about eight years ago, and I was so stoked for the Grave Digger portion of the show which was the finale or something, and the damn thing came out for thirty seconds, hit a ramp wrong, and flipped over. Sure, it was awesome, but not as awesome as it could have been.