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  1. I hate to get in the way of a good Hollywood script here but... for better or worse (depends on how you look at it I guess) prisons take measures to see that the pervs are protected from "jailhouse justice." It's highly unlikely that Sandusky will spend any time among the "general population." Yeah, he's not going to Shawshank. Though, he did say "I wish I was dead" when confronted by one of the victims' mothers back in 1998 (or was it 02? I can't remember) so I wouldn't be surprised to see him take care of himself.
  2. Wait... Are you saying that cheering on Penn State is the equivalent of supporting child molestation? It's not equivalent as the players on the field didn't rape any little kids, but I'd have a really hard time supporting the program that allowed this to happen.
  3. If I'm a Penn State fan and I have tickets to the game against Nebraska, there's no way I'm going to the game on Saturday.
  4. So it's pretty clear that "Second Mile" was created under the guise of a community outreach program, but was actually created so the sick would have a constant pipeline of little boys to feed his depravity. I'm usually pretty desensitized to terrible things that happen in the news, but this story has stuck with me. This is one of the more disturbing things I've heard in a long time. Also, he's got a wife and kids and they never had any idea? How f***ed up would that feel to learn that your dad was raping all those little kids you thought he was mentoring?
  5. The bobblehead is John McCain wearing a suit with a coyotes jersey over it. It's like they were at one point Matt Hulsizer bobbleheads and he dropped out so they said, "What are we gonna do with all these Matt Hulsizer bobbleheads? Uhhh.........John McCain night! Just paint the hair gray."
  6. I dunno, "creative financing" has become kind of a euphemism for "bullsh-t," and not wrongly so. I mean, this isn't exactly the found money it's being made out to be, either. You can say that this isn't directly taking away from money earmarked for public services, but operating under the premise that government pretty much always runs a deficit, what happens if actual public services require additional funding while tax dollars have already been committed to buying a playplace for a sports team? What happens if the casino doesn't bring in the projected tax revenue? There are hidden costs and unintended consequences with everything once you start getting the government involved in sports facilities; none of this can ever be as cut and dried as "we took out a loan and paid it off" like Palace of Auburn Hills/United Center/TD Garden/etc. Maybe this is just the simple cheapass midwesterner in me that can't comprehend what them there fancy number men in tall towers do. Maybe, but you just kept calling it a tax-payer bailout and it's not. So, that's that.
  7. Just to be clear, the proposal in Columbus is not a "tax-payer bailout". They're using a small portion of the will-be tax revenue from the new casino to purchase the arena. Nobody will have to pay more taxes to buy the arena from Nationwide Insurance (so that the Blue Jackets aren't handcuffed by a lease twice as much as other teams pay). Nationwide is also investing 52 million of its own dollars into the team to become a 30% owner. Noone is going to pay an extra cent in taxes to "save the Blue Jackets". They're decreasing the burden of the financial problems onset by the arena expenses towards the team and they're doing it without increasing taxes and without taking away the money previously earmarked for schools, fire, police etc. They'll all get theirs too. It's actually a pretty creative solution if you ask me and nobody is really hurt by it.
  8. See I take offenSe to that because you're wrong. Pre-lockout the fans were there for some really bad teams and after the lockout we still had decent crowds for some really bad teams. We've sold out entire seasons before, we've been in the top 10 before. We also sold out major hockey events like the frozen four and the 2007 draft. We haven't been "really bad for the whole of the existence". We've been understandably unsupportive of a really bad team, which is not fair to put on the fans who literally don't know what a playoff win is like. If, like Phoenix, the team gets good and people still don't show up, then you're right, but that won't happen. To answer your second question, it was a large untapped market underserved by NHL hockey or major professional sports within a short drive from two large markets also underserved by NHL hockey. And again, for the first 5, 6, 7 years it did really work here before people became tired of just being in the NHL and began to demand a winning team. Have Cincinnati and Cleveland delivered? Not really, but Columbus wasn't serving Cleveland in the 90's when the Cavs sucked. When the Cavs became good, people from Columbus started making the trip north to see Cavs games. Was Columbus serving Cincinnati when the Bengals sucked? No, but in 2005 when the Bengals became good people from Columbus started making the trip south to go to Bengals games. It's the same thing, but in reverse order. If the Blue Jackets become relevant people in those markets will start to support them. We haven't failed as fans, the team's many missteps in hockey operations have failed the fans. As I've said countless times before, give the CBJ track record to any city and there's probably 3 markets in the NHL who wouldn't experience some kind of attendance problems. It's not fair yet to call us a bad market based on what we've been given to support. If San Jose had been forced to deal with this same history, they might not have Sharks right now. thank you. Yeah I didn't mean the fans are bad, I am sympathising with you, in the sense that why would you want to see a losing team. Not being from Ohio I don't understand, so I apologise. Is hockey really that popular in Ohio, that if you had a consecutively good team like the Sharks, you would be filling out your arena? Another question is how many of the 9,000 or so you get a night are corporate tickets? My mistake, I misread your first sentence and shot off. You mean the team has been bad. So we're saying the same thing. To answer your first question, hockey is more popular in Ohio than it is in Tennessee or North Carolina and the Predators and Hurricanes seem to do pretty well with a consistently decent team. So yes, I firmly believe if they iced a competitive team year in and year out, we would be filling the arena. To answer your second question, I'm not sure. I do know that the Blue Jackets report the exact attendance that's in the building. They're one of the few struggling teams who don't exaggerate their attendance numbers ala Phoenix. Though, maybe they should start doing that.
  9. See I take offenSe to that because you're wrong. Pre-lockout the fans were there for some really bad teams and after the lockout we still had decent crowds for some really bad teams. We've sold out entire seasons before, we've been in the top 10 before. We also sold out major hockey events like the frozen four and the 2007 draft. We haven't been "really bad for the whole of the existence". We've been understandably unsupportive of a really bad team, which is not fair to put on the fans who literally don't know what a playoff win is like. If, like Phoenix, the team gets good and people still don't show up, then you're right, but that won't happen. To answer your second question, it was a large untapped market underserved by NHL hockey or major professional sports within a short drive from two large markets also underserved by NHL hockey. And again, for the first 5, 6, 7 years it did really work here before people became tired of just being in the NHL and began to demand a winning team. Have Cincinnati and Cleveland delivered? Not really, but Columbus wasn't serving Cleveland in the 90's when the Cavs sucked. When the Cavs became good, people from Columbus started making the trip north to see Cavs games. Was Columbus serving Cincinnati when the Bengals sucked? No, but in 2005 when the Bengals became good people from Columbus started making the trip south to go to Bengals games. It's the same thing, but in reverse order. If the Blue Jackets become relevant people in those markets will start to support them. We haven't failed as fans, the team's many missteps in hockey operations have failed the fans. As I've said countless times before, give the CBJ track record to any city and there's probably 3 markets in the NHL who wouldn't experience some kind of attendance problems. It's not fair yet to call us a bad market based on what we've been given to support. If San Jose had been forced to deal with this same history, they might not have Sharks right now. thank you.
  10. Looking at the Blue Jackets schedule and with all their injuries, they could easily start 0-10-1, and if that's true things are going to get ugly. There was so much hype about this team in the offseason that the backlash from losing will be felt even worse. People are straight up sick of it and you can't blame them. I'm sick of it. This was the absolute worst time to have the worst start in franchise history. A 14-6 first quarter like the last two seasons would've been ideal.
  11. My criteria was not about which movie based in Chicago was the best. It was just the first four off the top of my head.
  12. Blues Brothers 2000 wasn't that bad. It was a sequel to arguably the most iconic Chicago film, shot in Toronto to save on the budget. It was a PG sequel to an R film. It rankles the locals. It wasn't good by any means. The original is a classic and I know they used the entire Chicago police force and all that, but when I think of Chicago movies, the first four off the top of my head are in order: Ferris Bueller, The Fugitive, Rookie of the Year, and Home Alone. That might be my age and that I'm not from there though.
  13. In AMERICA, pretty sure Flutie will always be associated with the Bills. Couldn't tell you what team(s) he played for in Canada. I agree in the US he will be forever known as a Buffalo Bill. How about the wrong facemask Did he ever wear that in a game?
  14. Mike Commodore did the same with the Reds before he threw out the first pitch a few years ago.
  15. Hey it's better than something like, "World Champions of AAA". But you're right, "AAA Champions" would've been better.
  16. For three innings yesterday I sat next to the GM of the Columbus Clippers. He was wearing this ring:
  17. The Brewers have been getting really good support lately. I know that much.
  18. Kinda ripped Ron Tuggnutt's splatter motif there, eh?
  19. As part of the sanctions on the football team they have to drop the "Thee" from their name.
  20. Yeah, but we're talking about, like, one of the most monolithic forces in townie goober sports fandom. For every one of you, there are ten of them. It was a stupid, stupid idea for the league to go toe-to-toe with, of all the state schools anywhere, the one that so thoroughly owns its city and state. I'm sure the Arena District or whatever (next to the Hammock District, on 3rd) is nice and all, but the whole thing is ultimately doomed if Ohio State has a virtually identical arena down the street. A. Quality Simpsons reference. Hank Scorpio would be proud. I do know a place down near the North Market not far from the arena where you can probably get a hammock. It'd probably have a picture of Bob Marley or a cannibis leaf or something, but it'd still be a hammock. B. the Arena District used to be a dump prison yard and is now a thriving area with a SWEET new ballpark. City officials would lose it (and downtown) if they lost the team. There would be a fight (by fight I mean something greater than what Atlanta did) if the team was in danger of leaving. C. Value City Arena is only a couple years older and already looks dated whereas Nationwide is still one of the best arenas in North America. Again, worth fighting for. If the Blue Jackets leave, it wouldn't be ideal for OSU to move in and start playing basketball games there. The whole point of building two separate arenas was because OSU wanted their oh so important on-campus facility. D. It is so townie goober sports fandom I lose my mind on almost a daily basis and it's only gotten worse since the Tressell thing. I've dealt with one yokel saying "we need to distance ourselves from scumbags like Pryor". Replace "scumbags" with the N-word. Note how he said "we" and "ourselves" when it's likely that he never set foot in a college classroom. If the Blue Jackets leave I'm probably gone with them, if I don't beat them out of town. That said, there's a large white collar population and the city has a history of getting behind winning hockey teams. I still believe in the people of Columbus if you give them a chance.
  21. I've heard some noise about 3 ten team conferences. I don't know how the playoffs would work, but the idea of that is interesting to think about.
  22. Ohio State. That is all. For real, though the Blue Jackets may be one beneficiary of OSU imploding itself. I still think the City can turn it around. There's hockey fans here and city officials understand the damage that would happen if the team left. They'll figure something out, I hope. What Columbus did was very similar to what Phoenix did as well in terms of stupidity. Give an arena deal to expansion team in an untested market and make them the only tenants. Why they didn't build an arena for Ohio State and the Blue Jackets, I'll never know, because like the Coyotes if the Blue Jackets bolt Nattionwide Arena is going to very quickly turn into a white elephant. Atlanta was smart enough to at least make sure that the Hawks and Thrashers played in the same building, so that now they don't have a 18,000 seat arena sitting empty. The Blue Jackets tried. Gordon Gee and OSU were the uncooperative ones. Like we said, OSU. Not everyone in this city is gaga for the Buckeyes. Some of us are actually quite sick of that massive agricultural institution.
  23. Ohio State. That is all. For real, though the Blue Jackets may be one beneficiary of OSU imploding itself. I still think the City can turn it around. There's hockey fans here and city officials understand the damage that would happen if the team left. They'll figure something out, I hope.
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