Friday, October 12, 2007

NHL to Roll the Dice on Expansion?



1) The intelligence of whether the NHL should expand or not aside, (its almost a done deal they will!) one has to wonder how they could possibly entertain the possible location of a new/moved NHL franchise in Las Vegas? Do the owners and Gary Bettman not learn?? Its not like they have to go back in time long to recall how gambling affected the league! Add to that the very recent problems Mr. Bettman's old employer, the NBA had with a gambling referee


2) Yeah, having a team in Las Vegas would draw major headlines. Expansion would also help the league realignment, possibly allowing Detroit and Columbus to switch to the Eastern Conference. This switch/expansion might easier allow the new owner(s) of Nashville a chance to move the team to KC. That said: Vegas is a terrible place to expand. The people are as deserving of a franchise as many other cities, but does the league want an organized gambling presence right in a franchise's face 24/7/365?

3) It also isn't all that long ago that MLB had its own Problem: To place a franchise within the city limits where almost anything goes is beyond inane. We can say with total confidence that what would take place in Vegas would NOT stay in Las Vegas!!

12 comments:

Antzmarching said...

1. It is just when you dissaude us from discussing Janet Tocchet, that you refer to her again... You are sending mixed messages here, Faux... Of course, I agree with your assessment that you can't teach an old BUTTman new trix... A franchise in Vegas sounds so cool, but the practicality and responsibility of such a decision is lacking...

2. The realignment is insignificant in the context of overall good for the NHL... People in Vegas have so much going on and so many distractions... They don't even support the UNLV Rebs when they are good - there is no way they will care about hockey after the newness fades...

3. How long would it be until the likes of Keith Tkachuk and Jeremy Roenick get themselves into major trouble in Vegas? They couldn't even represent their country in the Olympics like adults... And, Ed Belfour would be maced EVERY time his team played in the desert... However, it would be fun to see Theo Fleury make his NHL comeback in Las Vegas...

Hawk said...

Hey Jintzie, didn't mean to annoy someone who had devoted their life to their country like myself.

I actually have a few friends who I have worked with in the past who were in Korea too.

Where were you stationed? What battalion did you serve under?

The Dark Ranger said...

Hey faux...

I AGREE that the expansion Las Vegas team is a terrible idea.
I AGREE that it will a corrupt haven for such tainted folks like referees,
I AGREE on most of your points, but...

I would be there in a heartbeat. I love the place and if there is any chance of my combining two of my favorite things, then I AM THE MAN!!! (just need to talk to the wife about that first)

tdr

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Dark: We agree, hard core hockey fans who also like to gamble, etc would love the idea. Its the unfortunate aspects that we listed in our piece that would make Vegas a poor choice for expansion
2) Hawk: A new low, even for you! If we didn't know for a fact that Jintzie was away for a week in Aruba we'd of deleted that beyond hateful/stupid post of yours!
3) Antz: We didn't recall that UNLV wasn't given good support during the Tarkanian years. Perhaps its NOT a good sports city. Dark makes some good points that it probably would be. But its all moot to us anyway. Its just a bad idea for far too many reason!(Which of course means Bettman is considering it) LOL

FAUXRUMORS 2 said...

1) Hey Faux, and the rest of the crew and loyal readers; Great to be back into the mix. As faux alluded. we'll be doing the Power Rankings as well as periodic posts throughout the season.
2) Holy Geez. We can't believe Hockeynutz, now preferred to be known as hawk actually had the gonads to question our good buddy Jintzie's service to his country?? If we didn't read it for ourselves we wouldn't believe it
3) The guy won The Distinguished Service Cross for Christ's sakes! He is so shy about his heroics that we had to almost drag it out of him that he won the honor when he was a part of 9th Infantry Regiment at some battle they called Bloody Ridge

VLAD THE IMPALER said...

What an asshole for even bring up the subject of his military action. From someone here who did his time in the Air Force, I salute you Jintzie! Thank you for your service!
Anyways I have a different take on Vegas. If they can support a team I say why the hell not have a team there? Its not like you can't gamble almost anywhere these days anyway. All you have to do is turn on a computer. Pete Rose didn't need to be near a gambling town to have a big problem. Neither did the gambling NBA ref. If someone is a bad egg it doesn't matter where you are. Any big city has illegal gambling and gangsters who run it. The only difference there its legal.

PowerPuff said...

Ya know Hawk is the type who would take the handicap spots in the parking lot. What am I thinking, he probably has a legit permit with his mental issues
I don't want any more expansion. I don't care where they want to put the new teams. There are too many teams now.

FAUXRUMORS 2 said...

1) Thanks guys/gals-? We're sure Jintzie would appreciate the support, though knowing him he'd be very embarrassed about the whole affair
2) Many folks have made some good and valid points about Vegas being a good expansion city. FAUXRUMORS also made good and valid points. The opinion we agree most with is powerpuff and her-? vote to not even expand! LOL

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Wow, the hit counter police continue to crawl out of the wood work. Now, he's all 'concerned' that Jintzie's picture isn't showing up. LOL Talk about someone crying out for a life!
2) Thanks to everyone for their input/opinion. We agree with FR2 and Power, that expansion in of itself is a bad idea. However, and we understand that gambling is everywhere, having a team right in the middle of Vegas would be asking for trouble. We could name 6 better choices for expansion/relocation than Vegas

Hawk said...

OK I'm SORRY already. I looked up and found that everything that they said was true about this guy I besmirched

You see its my job to make sure everyone in the world is telling the truth.

Sorry. Sometimes I'm just a dick

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Again, we are here with mouths agape/speachless. We aren't going to argue with your self assessment, but would like it if you stayed medicated all the time! LOL
2) Along those lines we want to thank the many who have written to us privately to express their wishes/support for our buddy Jintzie. The egregious attacks against his character have elicited unprecedented numbers of e-mails.
3) Sorry to those who have asked for he and Theresa's private E-mail. They are very private people and would prefer to be left alone. We will send along your MANY wishes though!

Antzmarching said...

By the way, in building upon what I posted earlier, the Las Vegas AFL team has relocated... I don't think this city can support a professional sports franchise... A great place to visit - an adult Disneyland, but not a pro sports mecca...

 
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