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Your Lockout Update: The NHL Waited Until December to Be Reasonable, and A Possible Reason To Momentarily Not Hate Sidney Crosby

Ryan Gillon - December 5, 2012

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It "started" with a seemingly bogus report from CBS 4's Steve Burton in Boston:

 

Despite Bill Daly refuting the report rather quickly, here we sit two days later with assorted shreds of optimism that the NHL Lockout may be coming to an end.

Whether or not Burton truly has the inside track regarding the progression of talks is beyond me, but I'm not really here to delve into it either. The possibility exists that we may see NHL hockey before Christmas, and that's what matters.

Having said that, as you check your Twitter feed and watch the combined 44 seconds of ESPN SportsCenter coverage tomorrow during their six live hours of Tebow/RG III bullshit, remember that the lockout isn't over… yet.

Part of me is asking where the this effort was in September when the CBA was about to expire. I also wonder why Gary Bettman and the owners opened negotiations with such a lowball offer sending pessimism running through the veins of the hockey community. And then I read this piece from the Edmonton Journal's David Staples, pointing to a strategy reportedly executed by the NHL during negotiations:

“Apparently Gary is ready to get a deal done,” [Nick] Kypreos said. “He wants this thing done Friday. Friday!”

On Sportsnet’s Hockey Central show, Kypreos debated the issues withtwo other NHL insiders, former NHL GM Doug MacLean and sportscaster Daren Millard.

MacLean said that six weeks ago, he heard the NHL’s position, that “it is knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out until December 1st, and then at December 1st we’re getting a deal done.”

 

Fucking terrific. It was absolutely worth losing three months of hockey and thousands and thousands of fans. That's not even considering the cash cow that is the Winter Classic. All-Star Weekend in Columbus is also a goner, but hey, it's December 1st, the NHL is ready to negotiate!

Ironic is the fact that the most progress has been made without Bettman and the NHL Players Association's Donald Fehr. In addition to 18 current players and six of the league's owners, the aformentioned Daly sat in for the NHL while Donald's brother Steve represented the players. The move could prove to be a blessing considering the widespread resentment that the players have for Bettman.

What may be the most painfully odd factor for Flyers fans in all of this is the reported impact that Pittsburgh Penguins dickbag Sidney Crosby is having in all of this. He and Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle flew into New York City together, were present in yesterday's meetings that lasted more than eight hours, and are both participating in tonight's activities.

Rob Rossi of the Pittburgh Tribune-Review even went as far to write that "Burkle and Crosby were described by participants in the five-hour talks as voices of reason. 

Ugh.

So, where are we? Well…

The Players Association delivered an offer to the owners this afternoon, and the owners came back with a counter quickly. What's different about these proposals is that we actually know nothing about them. Nothing has leaked or been made public by either side. Although we're obviously curious, the lack of information available to us is probably a good thing and means that both sides are taking this latest round of negotiations seriously.

Meanwhile, Tim Panaccio is reporting the Board of Governors discussed a season that would feature anywhere from 50 to 60 games if the lockout ends. Ren Lavoie of RDS in Canada mentioned this:

 

So, if you've been paying attention, that would mean the NHL's next lockout will begin in September 2023.

As of this writing, the owners have just left the negotiating room, and there is no indication if talks have finished for the night or if they will continue. The NHL has set up a podium in the past hour, so we are expecting some sort of announcement, but there's no guarantee it's coming anytime soon.

Stay tuned…

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Jeffrey Lurie’s State of the Team Address is Today, and A Wednesday Recap

Ryan Gillon - August 30, 2012

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This will be Lurie's second attempt this preseason (Photo: LehighValleyLive.com)
 
Let's try this again.
 
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie will address the media today before tonight's final preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field.
 
Initially, Lurie scheduled the State of the Eagles address earlier this month at Lehigh University during training camp. It was canceled because Andy Reid's son, Garrett, was found dead that same morning.
 
As the Inquirer's Jeff McLane notes, the content of the address could be more interesting than usual, given the owner's personal offseason.
The Eagles announced the Luries' split on July 4. While the statement made it clear that Jeffrey and Christina's parting would have no effect on the Eagles and that they would continue to work together, there was some concern that the team could be torn apart in divorce proceedings. Earlier this month, though, there was a report that Lurie would maintain majority ownership and still have the final say in all matters related to the Eagles. Christina Lurie will have a small stake in the team like other minority owners.
 
The team also has to reduce their roster from 75 to 53 players by tomorrow at 9:00 pm. They no longer have Joe Banner in the fold, and despite a tulmultuous offseason that included death and divorce, expectations are high.
 
That doesn't mean we won't hear the same old story from Lurie… no one's holding their breath.
 
In case you missed it on Wednesday:
 
Vance Worley will be shut down for the rest of the regular season.
 
Glen Macnow spotted Chase Utley taking grounders at third base yesterday during a live broadcast at Citizens Bank Park… very sly, Glen. Very sly.
 
Tyler Cloyd made his first professional start last night after Cole Hamels went down to a gastrointestinal illness.
 
The CEO of the company that makes Michael Vick's flak jacket made a pretty ballsy guarantee.
Another first for Bryce Harper… he was ejected last night.
 
Happy Thursday, folks. More to come.
 
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The Mets Are So Broke… They Are Auctioning Off Utley’s Corner!

Kyle Scott - January 20, 2012

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This is almost exactly like that scene in Major League II where Roger Dorn got so broke that he started selling proctology ads all over the outfield walls of his stadium. But in this case, the Mets muffed that model and are trying to sell the actual ads.

Wait, what?

This bid of tid comes to us from Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York [via Deadspin] who tells us about the Mets’ official auction, which itself is not anything out of the ordinary, but contains items that are, um, peculiar.

Like ads from the outfield walls at Citi Field. 

You see, in an effort to improve power numbers, the Mets are moving in the fences this year. And why should you let the old panels go to waste when you can sell them?!!

That’s right, folks, the Mets are auctioning off panels from sections of the fence that were adorned with advertisements and championship banners. Our eye is drawn to one section in particular: the Wheat Thins: The Crunch is Calling advertisement, which used to call Utley’s Corner home (!!!). And yes, the Mets even got the description wrong by saying the panels were located in left field. They weren't– they were in right.

*SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE*WINNER MUST CONTACT AMAZIN' MEMORABILIA TO ARRANGE FREE PICKUP OR DISCUSS COSTS OF DELIVERY*

These 7 panels featuring the Wheat Thins logo were located in the left field at Citi Field until the end of the 2011 season. Each panel is approximately 4X8? and weigh about 75 pounds. FJ631780 – FJ631781 – FJ631782 – FJ631783 – FJ631784 – FJ631785 – FJ631786 Please contact Mets Amazin? Memorabilia to discuss shipping/pickup details. You may pick up the panels at Citi Field during regular business hours at no additional cost. Don?t miss the opportunity to own this unique piece of Mets memorabilia. The availability of items varies, but for questions about this piece or different numbers, players, colors, or sizes please contact Amazin' Memorabilia, The Official Source for New York Mets Game Used Memorabilia, by emailing gameused@nymets.com or by calling 718-559-3144. An MLB Authentication Program tamperproof hologram is affixed to each piece of Amazin' Memorabilia. For more information on this item, visit http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/authentication/ and enter the hologram listed above. 

 

Thank God for that authentic hologram, because you don’t want to be fooled by the many counterfeit 4-foot-by-8-foot cushioned Wheat Thins panels floating around NYC. – pauses – Actually… Mets ownership is known to be involved with the sale of worthless goods, so perhaps the hologram is a good thing.

The bidding for the panels opens at $1,000, and as you may have guessed, there are no bidders yet– which means that I’m very seriously considering splurging on or asking for your help in purchasing Utley’s Corner for exhibit at every. single. tailgate. for. all. eternity. I’ll bring all seven panels, and we can take turns hitting whiffle balls over the wall which we will then sprinkle with a 50-50 organic blend of beer and excellence.

Really, I’m thinking about buying this.

There are other sections of fence available in the auction, too. They include ones used for a Lincoln ad, a Delta ad, a Verizon ad, and assorted championship banners that I really don’t care about. 

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Mets: for when you can’t afford a punchline. 

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Winter Classic: New York Times Goes Inside 24/7 Production, Another HBO Trailer

Kyle Scott - December 13, 2011

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It hath arrived.

I was trying to describe 24/7 – which debuts tomorrow night at 10 PM on HBO -  to a non-hockey fan yesterday, and the only thing I could come up with was: sports porn.

Think about it: Most of us, as sports fans (bloggers and media), spend countless hours sifting through piles of generic, often precisely controlled, nonsense. That’s what most sports stories are– nonsense.

Perhaps as a blogger I shouldn’t let you in on that little secret, but it’s true. What coaches and players say after games is rarely what they’re thinking. What teams tell us is rarely the whole story. And what happens on the field or court or ice or pitch is the result of countless hours of hard work and, for lack of a better term, drama. That’s why we try hard to bring you the stuff you won’t find (or won’t be covered) elsewhere– the Tweets, fan reactions, off-field stuff.

Still, though, very few, if any, get a prolonged peek behind the curtain the way HBO is getting this month. Without being too melodramatic about it, we'll get to see the whole story. Edited, of course.

The New York Times has a lengthy article today about the omnipresent HBO cameras. It focuses mostly on the Rangers, but it’s a good read nonetheless. An excerpt:

“Everything’s been great, but we haven’t lost a game since the cameras showed up,” Laviolette joked.

The Rangers won their games Saturday and Sunday, the last two games to be featured in the premiere episode.

Tortorella may wish the teams had final say, as he told reporters Sunday, but they do not. Private medical evaluations, like the concussion tests that Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger had recently, are off limits.

But if it is words — profane, insulting or strategic — the Rangers or the Flyers want cut, Harmon will extend the courtesy of a discussion, but will not allow the teams to be editors.

 

Lavs called the scene “a big commotion, every hour and every day,” though he’s fairly positive about the whole thing. John Tortorella says the cameras shouldn't be allowed in the locker room.

The New York Times hints that we can expect to see Laviolette, Ilya Bryzgalov and Jaromir Jagr featured in the first episode.

Must-read article from the New York Times here. Another HBO trailer, this one featuring the captains, is after the jump.

There will also be a three-day festival outside Citizens Bank Park, running from December 31 to January 2. Details.

[More on the Winter Classic and HBO's 24/7]

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Video: New York Times Interviews Jerry Sandusky

Kyle Scott - December 3, 2011

Joe Amendola, the worst lawyer in the history of the world, thought it might be a good idea to invite New York Times reporter Jo Becker over to his house to speak with Jerry Sandusky… on camera. This is that interview. As you might imagine, Sandusky, in the most creepy, don’t look directly into the interviewer’s eye way possible, maintains his innocence. You can read the full story here.

Lenny Dykstra Writes Epic Letter in NY Post, Invokes Charlie Sheen, Accuses FBI of Torture

Kyle Scott - May 10, 2011

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As always, Lenny Dykstra public appeals are best viewed while listening to Fall Out Boy’s Sugar, We’re Going Down.

Oh yeah, it's good.

This is just the latest entry in the newly formed “Dykstra Zone.” Are you really surprised that Lenny wrote a letter to the people accusing the feds of stealing from and torturing him? No, no you are not.

It seems Nails took a page – quite literally – out of his buddy Charlie Sheen’s playbook for public redemption, declaring to all that he was going to “win” and fight the feds on all the false charges brought against him. Of course, the major difference between Dude and Sheen was that Sheen had actually been doing something constructive before diving off the deep end. Lenny, on the other hand, ran his magazine into the ground, assaulted a couple of housekeepers, stole from a hooker, and duped Jim Cramer on his road to bankruptcy. Those things don’t paint a particularly positive portrait, yo.

Here are some highlights from his letter. Heck, it was only a Ford Flex!

[NY Post]

I address the people of the great City of New York:

You need to buckle your seat belts, because what you are about to read could not be made up. What I have somehow lived through the past 2½ years, and continue to live through now, makes me fully understand that God would never make someone endure what I have endured unless there was a reason for it.

That being said, I was wrong when I thought God put me on this earth to entertain people at Shea Stadium. (Remember? I was pretty good at that.) However, I have come to realize that God put me on this earth to help people, to be a factor. And that, my friends, is what I intend to do — because at the end of the day, it's all about results. The kind of results I will bring to the party will be unlike any seen before. Talk is cheap; I am about walking the talk.

 

To begin with, I had $100 million in assets when I filed my Chapter 11. It is also important for you to know that I did not get stupid overnight. I didn't make bad investments; every company that I have ever created or owned was and still is a winning company. And I sure as hell was not going to get on my knees, put my hands behind my head, and let this corrupt group of people masquerading as attorneys execute me — as that is what bankruptcy is all about. Just because they do this to everyone else does not mean I was going to let them do it to me. The corrupt world of bankruptcy is best described as "the death chamber."

The so-called "grand theft auto" was never even brought; the case was dismissed. The theft was committed by them, as they stole a car I was leasing from Ford. Heck, it was only a Ford Flex.

 

Over the last two years, they have basically stolen everything from me — my family, my kids, my homes, my cars, my businesses, my reputation, my money, my life. But what they can never steal is my HEART and my FIGHT — and at the end of the day, I will win and I will win big!

 

How is he going to do that exactly?

You can read the full letter here.

The Mets are Selling Tickets on Social Buying Sites

Kyle Scott - April 29, 2011

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This doesn't need much of a description, but the broke New York Mets are doing anything they can to fill seats. Short of making Bobby Bonilla and Bret Saberhagen earn their money by playing seat filler, the Mets are getting creative with selling tickets. Like this commercial from the winter, and now, social buying discounts.

You can get tickets to see the Dodgers and the WORLD CHAMPION Giants for just $27 on Travelzoo!

The Amazin' Mets, folks.

H/T to (@miketolen)

Flyers Open NASDAQ, Take Over Times Square

Kyle Scott - April 13, 2011

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Photos courtesy of NASDAQ

I suppose this is what it looks like to figuratively give New York the middle finger?

The Flyers opened the NASDAQ this morning as part of a ceremony to usher in the start of the NHL playoffs. Somewhere, the New York Rangers probably aren't too thrilled. I suppose when you're owned by Comcast, a company traded on the NASDAQ, you can open the market whenever you damn well please.

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There's liiiiiiitle Mariano Rivera in the upper left

This six-story high video billboard was up in Times Square for an hour.

Here's video of the incredibly awkward shenanigans. The highlight was the master of ceremonies, who claimed to be a Flyers fan, getting flummoxed by Ian Laperriere's name and calling him "Ian."