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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Today’s calendar reads Dec. 1, 2010, but a Long Island, N.Y., based hockey writer by the name of Chris Botta has effectively, and apparently legally in the NHL, been banned by the New York Islanders from attending Islander games and practices at the Nassau Coliseum.
Really? Seriously? We’re going there? Again?
You’ve got to be kidding.
Admittedly, the Botta-Islander situation is unique in the annals of pro sports media relations gone wrong.
That was crazy.
And, with craziness comes a reaction a bit altered from my Good, Bad, Ugly usual. Instead, a hodgepodge of thoughts for your consideration on this lovely Friday morning:
My reality (which I love, through and through, for the record) when the Lightning are on the road often entails missing the first few minutes of the first period, regardless of whether the game starts at 7:00 or 7:30. (Ergo, roadies outside the Eastern Time Zone do not apply.) You see, Papa JJ (by far my favorite of the many hats I wear) is usually either helping out with baths, bottles, diapers, bedtime or all of the above for one or both of my two young sons.
Though I’ve tried many times, I simply cannot get into the idea of watching on tape delay and catching up. Something just irks me, with sports, about what I’m currently seeing play out in front of me having already happened. And so, by the time I settle in on these kinds of evenings, oftentimes, much of the game story has already been told.
Case in point (I thought) last night, when I got comfortable on the couch with the Flyers already out to a 2-0 lead, 5:03 into the first period. “This was very predictable,” I remarked, having already gone on record to say that starting goaltender Dan Ellis again, after a relatively taxing win on Long Island the night before, was a questionable move on head coach Guy Boucher’s part. My muddled thinking would have given a struggling Mike Smith a go against the woeful Islanders and then Ellis in Philadelphia against a much stronger team. But, as it turned out, there was nothing at all predictable about last night’s outcome and, with the Bolts winning both of these games, once again in my life, I’m left wondering, “What the hell do I know?”
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As is pretty well known throughout the hockey world by now and, as we surmised yesterday, the New York Islanders have revoked the media credentials of AOL Fanhouse and NYI Point Blank writer Chris Botta.
Botta stayed silent, as was probably best in the early-going but the hockey community has rallied around him today and he obliged several requests from fellow members of the media.
Tonight, he will guest on Versus’ new “NHL Overtime” show, which begins at 11:00 PM, ET. Until then, catch a couple of interviews from earlier today after the jump.
Due to circumstances currently beyond my control, Point Blank will be closed indefinitely starting today at 4:00 pm. Could be for a few days or longer. I do not know, but will keep you posted. Thank you for the support always, and for hanging in.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
For the past 20 years, Chris Botta helped the Islanders navigate through a public-relations minefield replete with revolving owners and controversial personnel decisions that threatened their existence as a viable NHL franchise. But that relationship ended yesterday when the Islanders’ vice president of media relations announced his resignation for personal reasons. “It was my dream job, and it’s been an incredible ride,” he said yesterday. “But it’s time to end it.”