Tuesday, January 22, 2008


The Midnight Special

They had not gone far before they saw the Mock Turtle in the distance, sitting sad and lonely on a little ledge of rock, and, as they came nearer, Alice could hear him sighing as if his heart would break. She pitied him deeply. ‘What is his sorrow?’ she asked the Gryphon, and the Gryphon answered, very nearly in the same words as before, ‘It’s all his fancy, that: he hasn’t got no sorrow, you know. Come on!’

So they went up to the Mock Turtle, who looked at them with large eyes full of tears, but said nothing.

‘This here young lady,’ said the Gryphon, ‘she wants for to know your history, she do.’

‘I’ll tell it her,’ said the Mock Turtle in a deep, hollow tone: ‘sit down, both of you, and don’t speak a word till I’ve finished.’

So they sat down, and nobody spoke for some minutes. Alice thought to herself, ‘I don’t see how he can even finish, if he doesn’t begin.’ But she waited patiently.

‘Once,’ said the Mock Turtle at last, with a deep sigh, ‘I was a real Turtle.’
--Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

All I learned from the EIG Stitch & Bitch on Monday is that Bill Butler appears to be a real downer. Could he come up with a more curmudgeonly reason for not allowing Daryl Katz into the meeting? Or give a more evasive answer about a second ownership bid and a potential conflict of interest? Yikes. Smile, guy. Plus, dude wears mock turtlenecks under his suit jacket. For this reason alone I find him unsuitable for ownership. People who wear mock turtlenecks under suit jackets--no, with anything--scare me. It's especially troubling if they are millionaires. What's the excuse, people? Rotary Club pins work on crisp dress shirts too, you know. You know who wears mock turtlenecks? Scott Boras. Enough said. No. I just can't get behind that. No. I'm sorry. I can't do it. I won't do it. No. Stop it already. No.

In other news, top prospect and Edmonton native Tyler Ennis was just on Global Sports, talking about how excited he was to play "in this building" on Wednesday. He couldn't have meant Literally Crush, could he? What the hell is so special about that building? Doesn't he know about Candy Mountain, and the move this city is about to make up the Global Urban Food Chain? We're going to be like Columbus, man!!!

And finally, Peter Gammons has an interesting post up on ESPN about sports blogs. You might not be able to see it, as it's behind the ESPN wall (said wall is composed of thousands of men in mock turtlenecks and khakis. Seriously. Look it up). He talks about the changing media landscape, and the value-added sports coverage is getting from non-MSM bloggers. If you can't see it, trust me, it's good. Not great, but good. I especially liked this line at the end: "but as we begin the 2008 season, our information, understanding and thought processes have been dramatically altered from the days when a Sunday newspaper notes column seemed significant. And, as fans, we are so much better off for all the work that is being done." Amen, Peter, amen. Now give me a job.

John MacKinnon has his take up on the Mock Turtle.


So, I was reading your site and then I went out for a smoke and wound up reading The Sun's "The Cards Are On The Table" article in which Mock Turtle unintentionally nailed it for me.

In my mind this captures why a single owner will always be better compared to a group.

"We all came together ten years ago. There was a lot of respect in the room and clearly the differences of opinion may be because people have come to different stages of their life.
"I got a sense that everyone was eager for new info. and was listening, but I didn't get a sense of anything beyond that."

A team is properly run by one (extremely rich) man who, when HE comes to the stage in HIS life when HE no longer has the time and passion to run HIS team HE sell it to another rich dude.

Not FORTY different people at FORTY different stages in FORTY different lives.

Point being, I guess, is that one man with more money than Jesus and a singular vision will always be better for the team, shareholders and community, when opposed to forty people all trying to keep it together AND worrying about the bottom line while attempting to worry about the stage of their life they are in too.

Or something like that.

Man, this guy makes Cal Nichols look slick...

AG: I'm not even joking here, I've always called Tanguay "Turtleneck Tanguay" because he used to wear one as an Av and I always hated Jiri Slegr for said same decision. Also, Tomas Plekanc.

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