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13K in 17 Minutes


The MTS Centre in Winnipeg, the soon to be home of the NHL’s Winnipeg franchise, seats 15,015 people when configured as a hockey venue.  When season tickets went on sale after 15 years of a city desperately waiting for NHL hockey’s return, it took 17 minutes to sell 13,000 of them.  True North Sports and Entertainment, the new owners of what was the Atlanta Thrashers, spent less than 72 hours on their season ticket campaign, met their goal, and guaranteed that 86.5% of tickets for next year are already sold.

To put that in perspective the Thrashers were 28th in attendance in 2010/11 with an average false amended inflated attendance of 13,469 or 72.6%.  Without a puck being dropped, Winnipeg has already topped Atlanta’s numbers season on season.  I won’t even get into how much I absolutely doubt the accuracy of that attendance figure for Atlanta.  Let’s just say the organization was buying its own tickets to make itself look better.  People who went to games there  said they usually saw less than 5,000 people in seats.  The television camera generally agreed with them. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Why Even Play Another Series?


If you ask some hockey experts tonight we should just hand the Stanley Cup to the Vancouver Canucks.  After defeating the San Jose Sharks to win the Western Conference title and advancing to the Stanley Cup final on, without a doubt, the oddest goal I’ve ever seen (watch the replay above).  I’ve seen nothing but the absolute discounting of any potential east challenger by far too many Canadian hockey experts and some hockey fans.   According to @DarrenDreger it’s simply “Vancouver’s year”.  Some fans squawking at me on Twitter are already convinced that neither Boston nor Tampa Bay has a chance in hell against Vancouver.

We should just carve their names into the cup right now.

Why even play the games then?   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 25, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Boobs on the Glass Isn’t All That Funny


Imagine you are a dad five rows back and you see this with your young children. How would you feel?

I’ve given this a lot of thought.  Ever since hearing about a female fan pressing her bare breasts against the penalty box glass late in Game 2 of the West Finals, to the delight of Ben Eager, I’ve been torn on as to if I should joke or chastise.  I’ve come down in favor of the latter and for one simple reason:  I’m a father of two young boys.  I had to sit and think what if I were there.  Well If it were me and just me in the stands I probably would have had a laugh.  However I really don’t think that way anymore.  I think about what if we were there.  We meaning my family.

Look I got bent last summer when Lady Gaga decided to parade herself around the stands of a Mets game in just her bra and panties.  I was the leader of the lynch mob in my circle of friends.  Sure I am all about free speech as a strict defender of the Constitution, but look at the back of your tickets please.  By entering the venue of your chosen sporting team as a ticket holder you are consenting to adhere to certain guidelines.  I am sure that Lady Gaga as well as this flashing Canucks fan were both under the umbrella of such agreements that include consideration for other fans, words about a family environment and decency. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM

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