Friday, May 7, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

Indecision 2010

The Phoenix Coyotes saga has got to be one of the most ridiculous and drawn-out storylines in the history of sports.

First, they're in financial trouble. Next, the Blackberry guy wants to buy them. It doesn't work out. They got to court. That takes forever, but he eventually loses. The NHL buys the team and puts it on the market. A few groups make legitimate bids with the NHL backing Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Chicago White Sox and Bulls, as their favourite. A watchdog organization comes out and says the Reinsdorf bid is no good, but Glendale city council votes overwhelmingly in favour of it anyway...

And that's where we are right now. As of Thursday night (when I'm writing this) there are now reports that say Glendale is bringing Ice Edge Holdings back to the bargaining table as a backup because the Reinsdorf bid "is in jeopardy" and there's a risk it may fall apart. In fact, ESPN says the proposal has now been abandoned.

That's funny, because Glendale city council voted 5-1 against the Ice Edge bid last month.

The city apparently has to guarantee a bunch of things to the NHL (covering operating losses for next season, etc) before the league will sign on to something like selling the team to Ice Edge, and this is where things get even more interesting.

If things don't work out (quickly) with the city of Glendale, there are rumours that the NHL will try to finalize a purchase agreement with Canadian billionaire (no, not that one) David Thomson and move the team to...Winnipeg.

That, my friends, is the circle of life. Hakuna Matata.

Spittin' Mad

I blogged last Tuesday about the on-ice and off-ice tension in the Ontario Hockey League Final between the Barrie Colts and the Windsor Spitfires, which included indefinite suspensions handed out after game three. Well, the Spitfires swept the series and captured their second straight J. Ross Robertson Cup, but things didn't end there.

The Windsor brass is still livid that the Colts selected Kerby Rychel, son of Spitfires GM Warren Rychel, in the OHL draft last Saturday.

They're so mad, in fact, that Windsor coach Bob Boughner and the rest of his staff refused to shake hands with the Colts coaching staff following their series clinching 6-2 win. Boughner later told the National Post that it was the first time in his career as a player or coach that he's skipped the handshake.

Why are they so mad? Warren Rychel apparently sent a letter to the other OHL general managers saying he wanted to pick his son in the second round - which is apparently a normal practice in the league. That didn't happen though, because the Colts selected Kerby Rychel with the final pick of the opening round.

Oh, the drama!

Tweet, Tweet

Isn't social media fun?

I mean, something like Twitter gives people yet another medium to get quick information, keep up with whatever they're interested in and, in some cases, obsess over celebrities/pro athletes that also use the service. The latest example of this comes to us courtesy of the Toronto Raptors.

You see, Raptors star Chris Bosh will likely be testing the free agent waters this summer, which could deal a devastating blow to his current team after a season where they just barely missed the playoffs. In fact, he's one of a handful of big name players that could find themselves wearing different uniforms next season, joining names like LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.

Bosh added some fuel to the fire this week via Twitter - that is, if you're the type of person who likes to analyze, over analyze (and maybe even over over analyze) the details of a person's Twitter profile.

As TSN reports, a week after "tweeting" Should I stay or should I go?," the former Georgia Tech forward changed his location part of his profile from Toronto to "everywhere" and took out the part that lists him as the captain of the Toronto Raptors. Oh no! Is this a sign of things to come? Has Bosh become some type of omnipresent being? Will that affect his basketball career?

So many questions!

A Tale of Two Quarterbacks

After earning $39-million and leading his Oakland Raiders to a mere seven wins in 31 starts (0.22 win percentage), JaMarcus Russell is now looking for a new job.

Yeah, you read that right - seven wins and $39-million for Russell, the former first overall pick, during his stint with the Raiders. According to ESPN, he becomes only the second number one pick since the draft began in 1967 to be released this quickly into his career.

Russell hasn't had an ideal run in the NFL - his career started with a one-year holdout and he's struggled ever since. Most recently, he was fined for being overweight when he showed up to training camp...and then threw just three touchdown passes all season in 12 starts.

On the other side of things: Tim Tebow was drafted 15th overall this year by the Denver Broncos - a move that is already paying off in Colorado.

Laughing in the face of his detractors, the former Florida standout is already leading the league in...jersey sales, which is not bad for a 25th overall pick. He's apparently got the best-selling rookie jersey since the league started keeping track in 2006 and he can thank his alma mater for that as 30% of the orders came from Florida.

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