Petshark: Talking Stick
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In a recent Economist, there's a piece about the NHL lockout. It's called "Greed v pride." My first thought was "yay hockey!" All publicity is good, like when someone says "I don't care what they write about me, so long as they spell my name right." My second thought was "who's who in the title there?" It really isn't clear. Neither side is hurting for money, not really, and both sides would like to tell the world that no one pushes them around. So who is greedy and who is proud?
"When muscular millionaires and brash billionaires fight, neither side will crumple easily. All are alpha males; most can forego income for a long time. So the lockout could drag on." Greed v pride, The Economist, Sept 22 2012
Makes sense to me.
Players are going overseas in droves, apparently. They aren't all getting for oodles of money to do so. Alex Semin, for example, chose the team closest to home. The team will pay him with change found under the couch cushions. His couch. Well, considering what he would have been paid without a lockout it seems that way.
There’s nothing to report from Shark Territory, but it’s been a long time since I posted anything so here are some thoughts on the latest lack of news.
A little over a week ago, Kevin Kurz asked if the Sharks owners should be allowed to profit from their NHL team. I winced at the word “allowed.” Lyle Richardson asked why the team is not profitable in his article from the 18th. But to ask if the owners should be allowed to make money is absurd. There is no law, rule or viable lobby that argues team owners should not be allowed to profit from their teams. Of course NHL teams are for-profit ventures. That said, there’s a difference between allowing someone to do something and finding ways to help them do it.
It gets sticky in terms of PR (which owners may or may not actually care about) when you cry poverty and you aren’t poor, and then try to make your employees pay for your unsatisfactory profits. Whether the NHL thinks they will benefit from a more closely regulated expense system or not, they had time under the 2005 CBA to figure out what a cap system can and can’t do to save owners from each other.
Fans don’t usually get asked about blockbuster trades, except so folks can watch our little heads spin ‘round and explode, or see how long it takes us to tear each other to shreds. Well, we do get asked for that reason all the time, but never in a serious “what you say might influence what happens” kind of way. Kevin Kurz asked Sharks fans how we feel about the Sharks being on track for the last lap of the Nashcar race. I don’t mean he wants our heads to spin or any of that but… what reaction do you expect when someone tells us the Sharks may move Joe Pavelski?
@RyMartin24:”@bigjonallred Trading Joe Pavelski, American Hero, would be a crime against our beloved country.”
There were others, some involved threats of violent acts which I would rather not quote in case those tweets go badly for the tweeters. Others did say they would consider it, but without them, where would the fan friction come from?
So, should the Sharks acquire Rick Nash? What about Carter? Carter would cost less up front… No. No and no and no. I’m just one fan but I’d be willing to say “no” 15,000 times if it would make a difference.
After sleeping on it and reading Sharks game recaps, I realized that there were a lot of good things about last night’s game against the Ducks. Things like allowing no shots on goal during penalty kills. Things like out shooting and out scoring the other guys, blocking a lot of shots. Burns coming back after blocking a shot with his hand, and, apparently, Demers feeling okay. These are all very good as karmic signs go, no matter who the other guys are.
Like the Blue Jackets. They’re sharing a nest at the bottom of the standings with the Ducks. Unlike the Ducks, they haven’t had a single good spell this season. They started out losing and injured, they are still losing. Maybe I’m being generous when I say the Ducks had a good spell. They won four in a row at the start of the season and since then have only won six more. The Blue Jackets, however,only won their first game after losing their first eight. It was a race to get a win in before November.