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What To Do With Fake Twitter Accounts?

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

...as more people turn to Twitter to keep in touch with friends and follow their favorite celebrities, impostor accounts are becoming a concern for image-conscious athletes and causing confusion for others.

“My buddy Googled my name a while back, and he stumbled across [the fake account],” Schultz said. “He asked, ‘Do you have a Twitter account?’ I was like: ‘No.’ The fans, I’m sure, all know about it. What if someone puts up the wrong thing? People might get the wrong impression of the type of person you are or the things you do in your free time.”

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Up Late?

I will be on The Knee Jerks - Detroit Sports Talk with Eno and Big Al around 11:00pm tonight if you’d like to tune in.

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A Fateful Day In Canadian Sports History

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

“There are three things that it takes to be an owner of an NHL franchise,” argued NHL attorney Tony Clark, as passionate as he was condescending.

“One, you’ve got to be wealthy. ... Two, you’ve got to love hockey. And Mr. Balsillie, he has got both of these in his favour in spades. Nobody’s denying that. But No. 3, your Honour, you’ve got to play by the rules that bind NHL owners. You know, there’s an old rock and roll song by Meat Loaf.”

“Meat Loaf ?” interrupted Judge Redfield T. Baum.

“Meat Loaf,” continued Mr. Clark. “He’s a big fat guy. He actually had a good voice. He may actually still be around. And I apologize to Meat Loaf, maybe he’s slimmed up. The name of the song was Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad. Well, that doesn’t cut it for the NHL.”

This was the kind of keen legal argument that defined this fateful day in Canadian sports history.

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The Game Can’t Return Soon Enough

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Capitals symbolized a dynamic year for the NHL, on the ice. The season featured three engaging playoff rounds including the Caps’ seven-game loss to eventual champion Pittsburgh in the second round, the revitalization of a pair of Original Six teams (Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks), a successful Winter Classic, and the emergence of a genuine rivalry – Sid the Kid versus Alex the Great.

Since June though, most of the news has focused on the boardroom and courtroom dramas, including the battle for control of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ alleged veto power, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ownership implosion, the NHL Players’ Association axing its third executive director since July of 2005, Dany Heatley’s pending divorce from the Ottawa Senators, and an unexplainable purge in the Blackhawks front office.

Forever it has been said the NHL must be great to survive the people who run it.

And mercifully for the league, the summer of discontent ends this weekend as training camps open for the 2009-10 season, with the Vancouver 2010 Games on the horizon.

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All Craig Leipold

Let’s Play Hockey does a Q & A with Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold…

LPH: There have been media reports of a possible lockout/strike when the current CBA expires which stems from the unrest within the NHLPA ranks, what are your thoughts?

CL: We have a great relationship with their union. There may be some unrest within the NHLPA. The NHLPA cannot do anything for two years when the existing CBA expires. The current issues with the Players Association have nothing to do with the current CBA or ownership.

LPH: The Phoenix Coyotes’ situation seems to be ever changing, do you believe they will play in Glendale, AZ all season?

CL: Yes. I believe they will be playing NHL hockey in Glendale, Arizona, this year.

LPH:  Any news on the National TV front?

CL: The NHL and VERSUS made a commitment to each other. The NHL likes VERSUS. Other opportunities may come up in the future and we will take a look at those broadcast opportunities at that time.

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Day 2 In Phoenix Court

Follow along at TSN and CBC.

You can also follow these people on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

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Blame The NHL Owners & League For The Kelly Mess

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

People have got this whole story wrong – and I’ve had it up to here (picture me with my hand stretched high above my satellite-sized noggin) with the outrageous amount of player bashing that’s followed Kelly’s dismissal.

I’ve got nothing against Kelly, by far the most humble, progressive and thoroughly decent man ever to hold the PA’s top post. The players may yet come to rue the day they cut him loose.

But how team owners and league brass have evaded any sort of blame for the environment that led to Kelly’s firing is beyond me.

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This Could Be Only The Beginning For The Battle In Phoenix

from Don McGowan at the National Post,

The next step in the Phoenix Coyotes saga could be determined in the next 48 hours, when U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum is expected to rule on just who can take part in an auction for the flagging National Hockey league team….

“It’s unlikely this is the last step,” said Gabriel Feldman, an associate professor of law and director of the sports law program at Tulane University in New Orleans. “We might be just at the introduction to this case.”

If Baum sides with Balsillie, the league has vowed to appeal.

If Balsillie - who’s making a third try at landing an NHL franchise with the intent to move it to Southern Ontario - is barred from taking part in the auction, it would likely prompt an antitrust lawsuit that some observers believe would be tied up in the courts for years.

“This is just a nightmare for the professional leagues if this goes they wrong way for them,” said Jeffrey Standen, a professor of sports law at Willamette University in Oregon.

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Way Over My Head

from DrugMonkey at ScienceBlogs,

Getting back to my discomfort with the lack of completeness in the vignettes provided by Gladwell, the comment thread at FSP’s blog points to the fact that Gladwell might have been wrong, slightly. This comment points to a hockey blog that objects to the Gladwell implications. Specifically:

If we only look at former Canadian junior players who were in the top sixth in NHL scoring, which was anyone with 42 points or more last year, the ratio of early-to-late birthday players over the last decade is about 1.20:1….. It turns out that the group where players with early birthdays are most over-represented is the league leaders in penalty minutes per game, and I can’t see anyone getting up in arms about whether some kid’s December birthday kept him from becoming the next Ogie Ogilthorpe.

My first thought is that it does not necessarily falsify the general point. If this analysis is true (and there are complications having to do with age cohorts, definitions of good performance, etc) it may simply point to the fact that NHL players are the outliers of the outliers of the outliers.

more, but it only confuses me…

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Gregson Your New Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Terry Gregson, who spent 25 years as an NHL referee, was named the League’s Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Tuesday. In his new position, Gregson, who officiated 1,427 regular-season and 158 Stanley Cup Playoff games, will assume overall management of the officiating staff.

“I’ve watched and been a part of the direction the game has taken in the last four years and have been excited to be a part of it,” Gregson told NHL.com. “We’re going to stay the course. It is a great opportunity to continue on and keep things going in the right direction.”

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