No jerseys for you

- September 14th, 2012

The lockout is about to get a little nasty.
The Senators players skating at the Bell Sensplex were asked to hand back their practice jerseys today. Let’s make one thing clear: Ottawa isn’t the only team doing this because the Edmonton Oilers are as well.
The lockout will officially begin Saturday.
I understand why teams are doing this. The players are locked out. I guess the last thing teams want it is a picture of one of the players in the newspaper with the club’s logo on.
This is still a labour dispute folks.
The practice jersey might seem like a small thing but there are messages being sent at every level of this dispute.
I say there’s a good way to solve this: Chris Phillips should get some nice practice jerseys with the “Big Rig Brewery” logo on them and hand them all out to the boys at the informal skate next week.
Hey, nothing like a little publicity during the lockout.

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14 comments

  1. OD99 says:

    I was thinking about this yesterday when TSN showed clips from several teams practicing and I wondered why the players would have their team jersey’s on to begin with.

    Why would a player want to promote a team at all when it is locking him out? They should have NHLPA jersey’s on or something.

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    That’s a good point Dave and…why couldn’t the players themselves host a charity golf tournament (the annual Sens Charity Tournament will be boycotted by the players). As you suggested Dave, the players could participate on behalf of the NHLPA. I understand the Calgary Flame players did the same.

    I think the entire affair smells all the hell and both the the players and owners disgust me. I wonder why the league has 30 teams with many floundering. Why share revenue with teams that are destined to fail? I do not appreciate all the ramifications but cull 6-8 teams and deliver a much better better product!

    57% of revenues going to guys to play a sport they love seems out of whack to simple SOB like me. These rich owners make bums and super stars rich and richer and they are the bad guys??? I don’t get it.

    I loved a Simmons line in an article he wrote; he wrote how Lord Burke “doesn’t give a rat’s ass about TSN, Sportsnet, Hockey News, Hockey Night in Canada, ESPN”! For a guy who doesn’t give a rat’s ass…he must park his sloppy ass down to read and watch em!!!!! He is the most disinteresting man in the world….stay angry my friend!

  3. Mike8888 says:

    Fehr and the players just don’t seem to get it. They keep sending offers to the owners that would radically change things. These changes will never happen. They should just be trying to modify the owner’s offer more in their favour. In what world will the owners change to a revenue share system proposed by the players?

  4. Daniel Murphy says:

    Re: Charity golf tourney. I think it clearly demonstrates that so called charity put on by NHL players is all a show and nothing more than a contractual obligation for the players. Otherwise, if our heroes were truly charitable in nature, they would have went ahead with the tourney. What about the poor individuals or organizations that depended on the proceeds from this so-called charitable event? It is sad that a bunch of millionaires would turn their back on the needy. Sad…sad…sad…..

  5. ChokerHater says:

    Bobby, your right, Simmons does hit the nail on the head with Burke, and he nailed Bettman too,
    I think it’s the same article

    QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE: it’s his way, his voice, his condescension, his verbal cadence, his don’t-you-understand-I’m-the-smartest-man-in-the-room vibe

    are you saying Burke is more disinteresting than The Shawville Chicken Farmer….I think not, at least Burke can get the media to listen to him for more that 10 seconds

  6. Bobby Goodman says:

    Absolutely Dan; somewhere along the way we (because of the media) have lost the meaning of what a heroe really is. Just today in the other news paper it is suggested we need more golf heroes…GOLF HEROES!!!!! Has there ever been one…anywhere? Perhaps a golfer idol. We make NHL hockey players Heroes yet, when there is an opportunity for them to do something on their own (not compelled to because of a contractual obligations) they are no where to be found. I have noticed the “you know who I am campaign” has been “rebooted”. I guess God is back in town doing heroic things…again.. A man gets killed by a psychotic lunatic and he becomes a heroe. A fireman/soldier dies performing their job and they are labelled heroes. Do they have to die to become heroes? The definition of a hero is the following:

    - distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities;
    - has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act; and
    - there is a hero sandwich.

    Now I ask you, who are the heroes? The definition must have changed to include men/women being paid gaudy sums of money to play and only participate in a function when told to. Couldn’t these multi-millionaires play some golf to help out a cause? When have they done something on their own that was brave and noble. It is good for business to participate in charitable causes and that is the only reason we see the Bells and Senators of the world in that space. Are these companies and are the players heroes…. or are they heroes. One describing people who demonstrate nobility, courage and acts of bravery the other a long crusty bun filled with lots of meat and cheese.

  7. ChokerHater says:

    Terry Fox was a hero
    men who fight wars are heros
    hockey players and golfers and Olympic athletes are NOT heros

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    Actually Choke, you are right…Bryan Murray is boring (but he is a nice man, I cannot say the same about Lord Burke). I see the Leafs goalie coach pulled the plug. I read there is/was chaos in the dressing room. It is very sad that a frachise that is so rich in Hockey history is managed the way is is today. From Tannebaum down, the organization stinks. They are a money making machine and many suggest that is the reason they are not successful: because they don’t have to be. To me that is just plain silly and simple rationalization.If they are going to throw oodles of money at a GM and players….why not get the best? Lord Burke was allowed to sign tired old tuculent bums…and I don’t know why. Lord Burke was allowed to hire his good buddy Wilson who was a bum; he was allowed to offer him another contract after failing miserably and then he was fired! Burke then hired his old coach from Anaheim who sported a record worse than Wilswon’s…but is given the vote of confidence because……I don’t know the answer to that one. They allowed Lord Burke to purge the team of all the old tough guys…and introduce a new plan….youth, speed, small and soft…and I don’t know why. Now with a soft speedy team, again he is drumming the truculence beat. Exactly what has Lord Burke accomplished in his 5 years at the helm.? Who wouldn’t take Seguin striaght up over Kessel (who apparently is not well liked, a pain in the dressing room and according the the players in the league, the easiest to intimidate). From the Polish Pylon, to Orr, Gigeurre, The Monster and many others Lord Burke has demonstrated confusion and inconsistency and certainly no real “plan” for success. But….he is consistent in his inconsistency…he defends it all with….a truculent flair of arrogance! When challenged, he tries to and is most times successful, in intimidating the media. I know some adults who, when they know they are wrong, get louder and more beligerent…its immature and a sign of insecurity…we witness it all the time with Lord Burke. I guess Choke, you are right, he’s not the most disinteresting man in the world. But, the young laidies like him.

    The Smug Smurph (Bettman) is pill isn’t he? You are absolutely right as was the article…everything he does and all his mannerisms are painful and annoying. He also has those long slow blinks which have always drove me crazy. But Choke, he serves the owners well.

  9. Bobby Goodman says:

    Right on choke! The much Canadian icon, the father of our foreign debt (deficit financing), the author of blingualism, multi-culturalism, metiric system; anti-American (our largest trading partner), anti-Semite (shared core values), anti-UK (our heritage), the author of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (paralyzed law enforcement and freed the guilty – a God send for the recently celbrated Humans rights’s defendor and ambulance chacing lawyer here in Ottawa) is called a hero. Why? Could it be because of the FLQ chrisis (what, 3-4 people were kidnapped and some murdered…it happens every day in Canada and examine closely how the guilty members were treated…hardly harsh). Indeed, this one-time Seperatist made a conscious decision not to fight for his beloved country Canada. When my father lied and enlisted at 16 and fought until the war ended in 1945 the intelectual, despot loving Trudeau was riding a mortorcycle, wearing a German helmet (mostly in Jewish neighbourhoods in Montreal) protesting against conscription. He and his family have been living off of the many millions his father made in the Oil industry in Quebec now for generations.

    My Dad, came home alive after the war…many of his friends fell. He and his buddies were all heroes. We are so starved for people to celebrate we now label celebrities heroes. The line used in the music industry is the “star making machinery”…and it is happening in sports and right here in Ottawa. We are making stars of players before they have even proven what they are capable of at the NHL level (Wiercoch, Butler, Rund’sbad, Da Costa, Sly, Stone, and now Zibby). I am old school…I don’t believe in putting udue pressure on kids. Let them prove who and what they are and…if they end up being a good 3rd or 4th line player, great…even better if all the hype actually pans out. For Timmie and company to suggest that Zibby and his 5 goals scored last year has a legitimate chance to be a 1st or second line winger this year on the big club is asinine! But, I could be wrong, he did shine in a Junior camp this summer.

    If KIng and God want to be real heroes…why not organize a series of exhibition games with those who will not be playing overseas or the American Hockey League and donate all the proceeds to worthy causes like CHEO, the Food Band etc. Why not host their own Golf Tourney. Why not tour some of the Reservations and see how they live. Showing up for some black tie Gala and doing a commercial is not heroism.

    The reality is, all the kids may pan out but it is far more realistic that only a couple will be good at best. I wish them all nothing but success and we will see what they can do soon enough. The one good think about the lock out is, they will play in Bingo. They wont make the big club by default like many others have in the past (an effort by the management team to make the successful whether they are successful or not).

  10. Daniel Murphy says:

    Bobby, seriously, when was the last time you heard a media type pundit say anything controversial or interesting? When was the last time you heard one of them make an honest opinion, especially on a touchy subject, that was not politically correct. To illustrate how pathetic and boring tv, radio and newspapers pundits have become, McLean yesterday did not have the cajones to respond to a simple question which was what four NHL teams do you think should be closed down. When given a question on whether the cause of something was this or that, without a doubt, the response willl be | “A bit of both”
    Perhaps Don and Bruce can educate us as to why journalists, media etc…bother to interview players, coaches, GM’s, owners etc…

  11. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    I feel the same way about Simmons as he feels about Bettman, to each their own I guess.

    I loved the jerseys getting taken away but I myself am an EXTREMELY petty and vindictive man, throw past slights at people at the opportune time just to prove a point or win a meaningless argument. People have long since learned to hold their tongues around me when I’m not getting lambasted by their opinions, great fun!

    Let’s be serious here guys. Do you think ANY GM will give a crap what the media or fans think? If they do they are out of a job and quick because as much as we might watch hockey and love the game we have NO idea what goes on in those rooms and so on. Now, Burke has made some missteps sure but their “D” looks good with Rielly, Gardiner and co. Not my team anyway, I’m more concerned with the bizarre mix of aging codgers, players entering post-prime and one-way defensemen we have here in the capital and how soon it will click in their heads that hey, you know, this post-season thing/ That’s what really matters. Won’t happen under Murray of course, he hates setting expectations for success.

    Ah well, enjoy the lockout. At least the games will mean something when they resume!

  12. Bobby Goodman says:

    I have to offer one more thought (sorry); I find it disgusting that mulit-millionaire hockey players will go overseas and play in some soft leagues and take jobs away from those who actually need them. Mu twin brother played over seas and we know others who have and it would have hurt them financially to be bounced by a NHL star. No…I do not support the players in this dispute.

  13. ChokerHater says:

    Boy you sure have a hate on for Burke, I don’t hate the guy, but I wouldn’t hire him, he seems to be too involved in the gay rights movement and Afghanistan and every other cause, maybe he should start working for the Leafs franchise

    Slow long blinks hahahaha, I know exactly what you mean, and you know what’s going through his mind every time he gets one of those slow long blinks

    Picture this, as his eyelids slowly droops his mind is telling him

    “I’m the smartest”

    and now the lids are closed

    “man in”

    now they are starting to open

    “the room”

    now fully open again

    “aaaahhhhhhhhhhh”
    Anyone who leads a sports organization into three strikes is not serving anyone well
    He was all smug and beside himself telling everyone and anyone who would listen how he beat the players union down last time
    how’d that work for ya Bettman
    ya I thought so!
    hahahahahaha

  14. Bobby Goodman says:

    Choke mon ami…I don’t hate many in this world and I don’t hate Lord Burke but I do dislike the cad. I will never understand why so many dispicable men are celebrated. Puff Daddy, P/Diddy, and Sean Coombs all have had many children with many women (I know, it is the same guy) but he is universally loved and celebrated. The Kennedy’s were all cads…worse than cads actually. Bill Clinton is a cad. Lord Burke is a cad and a God awful GM. What makes it worse is the drama. Some, in fact many, love it and confuse it for inteligence. Some/many love Yosemite Sam and actually find his behaviour entertaining ignoring the fact that he is a lousy coach and should have had more than the one Stanley Cup his team won for him in Tampa and he (like the many teams in Mntreal back in the day) had very little to do with it.

    Oh, he got involved in the movement only when his done was dead and buried…where was the show of support when he was alive. It reminds my of a song that touched my heart many years ago by Mike and the Mechanics: “…..I just wish I could have told him….in the living years…”.

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