I Still Don’t Like NHL Owners


Because I’m a personal seat license (PSL) holder for the Columbus Blue Jackets, I have been getting e-bombed immediatly after the signing of the new collective bargaining agreement just past midnight last Sunday. I paid $100 to be a PSL holder and the license is spread over my two seats at half a season each. Prior to now, being a PSL holder has given me some great opportunities to buy tickets to concerts and events earlier and cheaper than normal. At this moment though, it’s only reinforced my hate for NHL owners.

The first thing they did was apologize for omitting half of a season. Nothing specialized in there about the Jackets losing the All Star game and trying to regain it. That event was the only reason I upgraded from a quarter of a season package to a half season package and got the PSL. I know they can’t guarantee it coming back because it’s a decision from the NHL but they need to promise that they will try as hard as possible to bring the game back. It’s the only way I continue to get the PSL and half season package. It’s too much money.

The second thing they did was promise that they have upgraded their team in the off season. If you go to ESPN, check out their transactions. Their idea of upgrading is trading Rick Nash to the New York Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Tim Erixon. The upside to this trade is that they upgraded more than one line which is necessary. The downside is that they traded away the only superstar that has ever existed for the Jackets. Their other highlight is pulling in John Davidson as President of Hockey Operations. It’ll be good to have a baby sitter for (incompetent) GM Scott Howson but that won’t make up for a decade of bad drafts and worse trades under all of their GMs. There is still a long road for any GM to recover from this predicament.

The third thing in this group of emails was the generous discounts that they offered us. These offers are why I hate the NHL owners still. I was granted two free tickets because I have two tickets in my package. I get two free tickets for any game. That was a good start, give your most valuable fans free stuff. Then came the offers that lined the owners pockets. Between now and the end of the month, we are given 25% off of merchandise. My proposal: Have fun with the Lockout and make the offer good for 113 days, the same length as it. This is a money grab so that the owners can make up money they lost during the Lockout. Buy our merchandise cheap in two weeks to help make up for the deficit.

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Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of Raw

Dan Hamhuis was an incredibly smooth skater.

So this blog is starting about as late as I can tolerate. I had tickets to the Vancouver Canucks at Columbus Blue Jackets game tonight. My friend Sean & I got an upgrade by way of (virtually) his in-laws, who supplied part of the metal package for Nationwide Arena when it was built so they have tickets for life. In the third row on the Jackets attack side for two periods. I always dwelled on the bad side of sitting low, you can’t see the other side of the rink. That complaint is still valid but it was cool to see the grunt work and foot work of some of the skaters. The hard work in the corners goes a bit under appreciated higher up even if you see plays develop better. I was certainly bummed that Ryan Kesler (former Buckeye) not being available for the game. The Henrik & Daniel Sedin for the Canucks and Rick Nash & Jeff Carter were a pleasure to watch for doing all the small things right. Wow. I’m never sure how people don’t appreciate the level of skill in hockey more than is widely acknowledged. Is my love for hockey that obvious, huh? Well, time to get to the wrestling love. No over run was taped. Let’s roll.

I get to FF under HHH grabs a mic. Thanks for making this review go quicker WWE. Trips gets in his pops for his ego. HHH stealing Ric Flair’s broomstick wrestling plan. By the way, don’t accuse Jackets fans of stealing chants from the Columbus Crew on Twitter. Evidently that pisses them off. Needless to say, that made sure I wore my early 90’s Canucks jersey to the game tonight. Cena arrives so he can get his share of the spot light. Everyone wants Cena to join the protest. My feed breaks up as Cena rattles off GMs. Cena stays. Yeah from the fans. This feed really sucks tonight. Stupid Wide Open West kind of sucks for HD. I hate saying bad words about them since they have had such a good product for the past 8 years. The Great White solves the feed problem. Sheamus blows HHH. Irish Yarn is staying too. CM Punk explains himself. And gets his cheap pops too. The biggest names in the company stick with HHH. Punk and his blazers crack me up. Punk doesn’t segue well.

After the commercial break, we get Vince. Cena & Sheamus are sent off so 2 guys not on the road to kill more TV time. My feed was awful tonight. I would be outraged if I weren’t half asleep already. Vince gets to can HHH. WE get an interim GM, John Wooden Delivery. The board turned off Raw when most of theirs fans did evidently.

The Superstars are idiots for being happy about this. Glad Morrison stood up to him. Too bad he’s going to get buried. Christian gets to deliver the Killswitch. JR segues into Christian by talking about Canadian Thanksgiving and schooling Cole. Glad we got that out of the way. Wow, even further buried than I expected. Why can’t JR or King point out the hypocrisy of this faction? You skipped this point on Smackdown with Matthews & Booker.

Johnny Wooden Crotch gets to suck on camera more. A video package lets me do more FF. Easy show to review so far.

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