Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Hey everybody. This is Domenic Christopher Caputo. Son of Mario & Jaime Caputo. Mario of Mario OCHO Fame, you know.
Sunday June 19th at 4:44PM. He came in weighing 8lbs 8oz and was 20 inches long.
He looks like MARIO!!! Mario, you got a "Mini Me".
And I thought I was a Schoolyard "Sully"...not a "bully". But really...I think the thing that separated me from the score of "Smart Ass" is that I've been in more than three physical altercations (in my aduly life). Actually I think it's been only three but Three is the magic number.
Husk took this same test (actually got the idea to take these foolish tests and their links from his LiveJournal...in the featured links to the Right page margin here on OCHO). Husk scored "Smart Ass".
You are 42% Rational, 85% Extroverted, 71% Brutal, and 28% Arrogant.
You are the Schoolyard Bully! You focus more on feelings than
rationality, and thus tend to be driven by your emotions. You are
probably easy to anger or annoy, for instance. You are also an
extrovert who wouldn't mind having a lot of attention, although you may
not always get it. Another character trait you possess is your
brutality, manifested by the fact that you tend to be aggressive and do
not care about the well-being of others. Also, you exhibit signs of
humility, leading one to conlude that you are actually insecure,
because very few people are truly humble AND brutal. Thus, like any
schoolyard bully, you seek constant attention for yourself and have no
issues with administering beatings because you are quite emotional and
easy to upset. Not only that, but your insecurity may be a prime
motivation for your brutality. As psychologists have noted, most
schoolyard bullies only pick on others because they have a negative
self-image. This could possibly be true of you. In short, your
personality defects are your brutality, extroversion, irrationality,
and your possible insecurity. Go pick on someone your own size!
1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.
2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.
3. You are more BRUTAL than gentle.
4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.
The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.
The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.
The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.
The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.
The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.
The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.
The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.
The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.
The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.
The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.
The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.
The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.
The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.
The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.
The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.
The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.
My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
|Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid|
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Besides that pretty uneventful. I worked the day as I can't really afford to take time before the trip in August. Ma knitted me a scarf, which I have to say is gorgeous. And seeing as she hasn't made me anything since I moved back from the States, I was pretty thrilled. Chris has been sick too - bad ear infection.
A big rugby match this weekend. The first of a series b/w the Lions(England/Scotland and Ireland) and the All Blacks. Catch it if you can - should be a bit of a blood bath.
Anyway, I'm at work and should probably go back to doing something productive. Catch you boys later. XOXO
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
In any case, there's a group from a local shop heading up to Cape Ann tonight, so I'm going to meet them there and pair up with some random diver. Hopefully someone who isn't a hoover, tiller, yoyo, stroke, or any of the other flavors of assclown in the diving lexicon.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
By Phil Coffey | NHL.com
June 8, 2005
TORONTO - Cam Neely, the Boston Bruins' forward who helped define the term "power forward" during his NHL career is now a star for the ages.
Neely leads the Class of 2005 that will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.
The Hall of Fame's Selection Committee announced Wednesday that Neely, Soviet standout winger Valeri Kharlamov and Hockey Canada's Murray Costello will join the Hall at November's induction ceremonies.
Neely, a bruising 6-foot, 185 pound forward, is one of Boston's most beloved athletes, and with good reason. During 10 seasons with the Bruins, Neely showed skill, stamina, incredible perseverance and a mean streak a mile wide as he became a fearsome force.
Neely, born in British Columbia, was originally drafted by the hometown Vancouver Canucks with the ninth overall selection of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft after a tremendous junior season with the Western Hockey League's Portland Winter Hawks. But after three somewhat average seasons with the Canucks, including a rookie season in 1983-84 in which he scored 16 goals and 15 assists in 56 games, Neely was traded to the Bruins in a deal that still elicits sighs of regret in Vancouver and cries of joy in Boston.
Neely and a 1987 first round draft pick that became defenseman Glen Wesley were sent to the Bruins in exchange for center Barry Pederson, whose contributions to the Canucks were limited by injury.
Over his first five seasons with the B's, Neely scored 36, 42, 37, 55 and 51 goals as he became one of the toughest players in NHL history.
The 1991-92 season saw the start of a decline for Neely, one that was brought on by serious injury. Over the remainder of his career, he appeared in nine, 13, 49, 42 and 49 games. But the 1993-94 season was one that exemplified his great courage. Limited to 49 games, Neely nevertheless scored an incredible 50 goals and 24 assists.
For his career, Neely appeared in 726 regular-season games, scoring 395 goals, 299 assists and 1,241 penalty minutes. In 93 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Neely had 57 goals and 32 assists as well as 168 penalty minutes.
Valeri Kharlamov was one of the great stars of international hockey playing for the Soviet Union. Speedy, smart and crafty, he burst upon the North American scene during the 1972 Summit Series with Team Canada, where he dazzled seasoned NHL pros with his speed and scoring touch.
"He was fast, so hard to defend against out there," Team Canada defenseman Don Awrey recalled. "I admired the way he used to come from behind and how he kept everyone on their toes. he was simply outstanding!"
He died in an automobile accident before ever having the chance to play in North America.
A former NHL player, Murray Costello made his greatest contributions to the sport after he retired. He finished law school and joined the Canadian Hockey Association, serving as president for 19 years. Costello also was a member of the Hall of Fame's Selection Committee and Board of Directors and was an active member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
Costello debuted with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1953 and was traded to the Bruins in 1954. In 1956, he was dealt to the Red Wings.
The 2005 Induction Weekend will commence on Friday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 6 with the Induction Ceremonies taking place on Monday, Nov. 7.
The Hockey Hall of Fame Selection is chaired by NHL Senior Vice President Jim Gregory and includes Al Arbour, Scotty Bowman, Colin Campbell, Ed Chynoweth, John Davidson, Eric Duhatschek, Mike Emrick, Emile Francis, Dick Irvin, Stan Mikita, Richard Patrick, Marty Pavelich, Yvon Pedneault, Pat Quinn, Serge Savard, Frank Selke and Harry Sinden.
Previously, Bill Hay, chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced that long time New York Rangers analyst Sal Messina will receive the 2005 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding work as an NHL broadcaster and that Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott will receive the 2005 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for distinguished hockey writing.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
More ranting later - I have to get back to work.
Monday, June 06, 2005
The Comics Gnome ran across news that the DC "Identity Crisis" Event will be collected into trade paperback on September 7, 2005. 264 pages for $24.99. You should be so smart as to get this and wait in line...camp out in front of the Funnybook Bodega overnight as we used to for all 6 covers of the Jim "Insert Angelic Choir Here" Lee X-Men and Frank Miller "Daredevil". This tome is about the SuperFriends who have grown up with you.
ID Crisis TPB Cover
Judo CHOP!!! : ^ P
Compliments of Warren Ellis Dot Net. Link Featured in the column to the right.
She went to New Zealand Years ago because Life dictated it to so be. ^_~
Hey everybody, with that thought in mind...The Barneses' are leaving for Seattle at the end of this month. Bust out the hankies. It does take a village...or at least a family to raise a child. Or a fussy one. It's time to move a family. James returns to Seattle 13 years later with the Mission Accomplished as Menelaus did. A Red Sox Ring, A wife and a daughter.
continuing with that thought...Aimee Berger-Girvalo and family (Jeff & Gracie) moved to Westchester Co., NY State eariler this month. We can happily send a young Red Sox fan, born in Boston into Yankees Country. Amen.
Furthermore...Dan & Sara Ring are moving the Sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" Style out to Southern California looking for Gold in Dem Dar Hills shortly. Emmy Gold. Oscar Gold. Grammy Gold. This duo could do it too.
In Addition, the Left Coast got a little more snide with Jason "Husk" Kiss moving to La-La Land last week to live. It was part of the Judge Joe Brown settlement and he was put into "Witless" Protection. Har-har.
Here's a cool one...Edwin Corbin, my girlfriend Deedee's friend (and now one of my own) won a Fullbright Scholarship that he's taken to Caracas, Venezuela. He left Saturday. he goes to further his Theater training. He adapts and produces Stage performances and is an Emerson graduate. He's a really good and sweet man with a really big head of hair.
I'm only moving to East Boston in a few weeks. After all that, mine's pretty lame. ^_~
'Namaste, my diaspora. All my Agape, Philia & Storge goes with you.
PS Matt's moving to Quincy though so the "lameness" burden gets a little lighter. Tee hee!!!
The Top 10 Most Harmful Books of the 19th & 20th Centuries. From a national Conservative Weekly (since 1944AD...I mean 1994CE...check out their banner ads too; Hannity, O'Reilly, et al.)
No fiction though! Don't they know the power of "Catcher in the Rye"? ^_~
For comparison also check out what they suggest are the "10 Books Every Student Should Read in College".
Friday, June 03, 2005
Thursday, June 02, 2005
FYI: The Plan is to meet up at the DeLuxe Cafe on Clarendon Street for a pre-show brew & quesedilla at 6:30PM and then at the Black Box Theater down the street by 7:30PM for tix and seats. General Admission, no seat numbers. ^_^
See you there!!!
"Everything’s Coming Up Rosie for the Czechs"
aka This Year the Seventh Player Will BE…???
June 2, 2005
The Czech Republic won over Team Canada in the 2005 IIHF World Championship of Hockey Gold Medal Game. Canada was shutout 3-0 by the Czechs and brought Silver back to North America. The Czechs eliminated Team USA on their way to Gold plus Bronze was won by Russia over Sweden. Team Canada’s Super Line of Joe Thornton, Rick Nash and Simon Gagne failed to even make a dent on Nashville Predator goalie Tomas Vokoun but led the tournament 1-2-3 respectively in scoring Points. Their line was +7 in Plus/Minus and Thornton was awarded the MVP Honors. Team USA left Austria the country intact and themselves peacefully. With the World Championship settled and the Providence Bruins failing to advance to the AHL’s Calder Cup, this might be the last Smoking Puck until there’s something "Hockey" to talk about besides the Labor Lockout, which nobody really wants to talk about. Let’s leave that elephant in their room.
The Providence Bruins pressed the Philadelphia Phantoms into a Game 6 but were beaten 4-1 in Pennsylvania. The Phantoms now go to face the Chicago Wolves, the Western Conference Champions and the second-best regular season Western Conf. Team with 105 Points. Philly finished with 103 regular season points in the East meaning the Wolves have Home Ice Advantage. This year’s AHL Calder Cup should surely be action packed pairing these talented two teams. The Chicago Wolves used to be one of the premiere teams of the now defunct IHL, the Independent Hockey League before coming over to the American Hockey League in 2001 when the "I" dissolved due to Money Woes. Established in 1994, the Wolves proved that a Major city could sponsor both an NHL and a Minor Pro hockey club evident in Philadelphia’s Phantoms, the "Farm Team" to the parent club the Philadelphia Flyers not only in the same city but also across the Street from each other. They set up shop in 1996 at the old "Spectrum". The Wolves won the Calder Cup in 2002 and the IHL’s Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000; the Phantoms have not been League Champions since 1998.
Rev. Sully Revs Up the Smoking Puck Way Back Machine:
Vladimir "Rosie" Ruzica, coach of the Gold Medal winning World Championship team for the Czech Republic steps down the following day (source:) after winning the IIHF World Champion Gold medal. The ex-Bruin was a One Hit "Oneder". Meaning "Rosie" was for one season the toast of The Hub and then slunk off into nigh-obscurity. This has happened before. The media and fans alike sink their teeth into a player that seems to catch the mood of the season. P.J. "@$$kicker" Stock brought a sense of humor, waving to the crowd after a fight. John Carter reportedly brought his flask to the Garden Ice before leaving disgruntled and with a Seventh Player car to boot. It was the Dawn of the 90’s and Vladimir Ruzica had come over from the Edmonton Oilers. With his English was as broken as an Alcoholic Home and resembling a living Polack Joke, the local Sports Illuminati coined his nickname as "Rosie". "Rosie" scored 39 goals in 91-92. I remember throwing my own cap onto the Garden ice after a Ruzica Hat Trick while at the old barn. An old friend bought a Ruzica #38 Home Sweater. "Rosie" was a hit. In 1993, "Rosie" left Beantown, dished to the Ottawa Senators. A few seasons later my old friend cleverly sewed a Black & Gold felt "Question Mark" over his Name & Number and it would be another 5 years until I saw "Rosie" again. "Rosie" had done what so many other "Lesser Lights" of Boston’s Celebrated Sports Scene had done; fallen off of the Map. I stumbled into him on the Tele one day, centering the 1998 Winter Olympic Gold Medal winning Czech Republic hockey team in Nagano, Japan. Remember the NHL took a three-week break so their players could represent their countries? Remember how Team USA were called the "Ugly Americans" after losing in the quarterfinals and trashing their hotel rooms & leaving without apologizing (they did not reside at the Olympic Village)? Nevertheless here’s to "Rosie" Ruzica and anyone who did purchase one those jerseys that year. How about those fans who bought P.J. Stock sweaters a few seasons ago too.
ESPN Drops NHL for 05-06 Season. According to a May 27, 2005 Yahoo Sports Link (Source) ESPN, the Worldwide leader in Sports is declining to televise NHL Hockey in the 2005-06 Season (if there is one). Apparently the NHL has a two-year deal to televise Pro Hockey on Sports-Starved NBC. NBC Sports is trying to get back in business and fluff those peacock feathers with getting Sunday Night NFL Football and now NHL Hockey; if, when and in whatever form it returns to the ice. One can see why ESPN would not want to commit to the NHL. They need to sell advert space and schedule programming in those time slots in order to showcase those ads. ESPN moved its deadline up to June just in case there could have been Hockey, it allowed for the possibility of airtime. This I hope is a Cold Shower. NHL Hockey was dreadful on ABC Saturday & Sunday afternoons after the All-Star Break. Who’s at home watching TeeVee on a Weekend afternoon? CBC still has it "right" with their Saturday Night Game, Hockey Night in Canada.
Speaking of Televising Hockey Games: The Seventh Player award, now given by NESN the New England Sports Network started as the fan award on regular broadcast television WSBK TV38. One could see all the Bruins games on free UHF Television. Eventually, the award moved over to NESN when that broadcaster became the primary then sole source of televised Bruins ice hockey. The Seventh Player was given by the TeeVee station in conjunction with a local car dealership (the Advert angle) to the Bruin most deserving of special recognition who isn’t a "Starter" or on the Top Line, the "Lesser Light" opposed to the "Superstar". There are 6 players on the ice, the "Starters"; the goalie, 2 defensemen and 3 forwards. After that there is the "Seventh Player". This fan-voted player got a trophy and a car or truck and lately a few prizes have been Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Sometimes, the award is a popularity contest as it was when fans awarded Billy Guerin 2 years in a row. He then took his two Harleys and rode off to Texas as a mega-million free agent to the Dallas Stars. We wanted him but he didn’t want us...but I digress... Sometimes it’s well deserved such as 2004’s Andrew Raycroft, only the third goalie to win the award but also went on to win the NHL Rookie of the Year honors, 2003’s Mike Knuble or 1980’s Ray Bourque, who also went on to win Rookie of the Year that year. BTW: Vladimir "Rosie" Ruzica was the Seventh Player in 1991-92.
Hey...did ya hear about the Hullabaloo in New Jersey over the team’s name the "Devils"? For real! Check this out and then run for the Hills. I got this link to a Blog off a random Search Engine query. It has served me well twice here on this Smoking Puck. Thanks, stranger...Blogging is the coolest thing. And thanks to you too, Stranger. That’s why I nominate YOU, the reader as the NESN Seventh Player this year. Me myself included. The fan who paid attention. We deserve it...and the car it comes with.
The Smoking Puck from here until the beginning of the 2005-06 Hockey season will be published intermittently. Hockey season would be done anyway with the Stanley Cup Finals sorting themselves out in a Game 5 about this time of year. It would have been chock full of Who’s the Best Goalie, the Best Rookie? Who led the league in scoring and points? About who do you have to trade, to trade for? For Bruins fans we all must wonder somewhere deep in our souls if this could have been the year…with the Sox and Patriots winning, that their energy, their "chi" would bring a Cup to the Garden. Remember: the Bruins did come in 2nd place, 2 points behind Cup winning Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference in the last regular NHL 2003-04 Season. Now is time for Fenway Franks (you get ketchup with them now) and beer in the bleachers, steaks on the porch with Joe & Jerry on the AM Radio. Hockey is a Winter’s Sport. Thanks for tuning in and I’ll be seeing you here and there when there’s more to mention regarding Hockey but for now…go Sox. Don’t forget to bring a towel.
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Duplex, Forget Herostratus!
BY LIZA WEISSTUCH
Listen closely. There’s that hum again, that tormented whine of angst pitched in A major — a major confusion, that is. Yes, the characters in Duplex (at the Boston Center for the Arts through June 11), a world-premiere musical by Alarm Clock Theatre Company, are confused — about relationships, about careers, about their future. They’re so confused, they’re driven to impulsive acts of desperation. If you think this sounds like your average Gen-X movie, hipster novel, or indie-rock — or even metal — love song, you’re right. But Alarm Clock, which was founded in 2002, constructs Duplex on a solid foundation, giving promise of better when composer Peter Fernandez applies his talents (he wrote the book, music, and lyrics) to less well-trampled narrative terrain.
Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer-winning Rent is spun around a landlord out to evict the artists in his building in order to develop the property. Duplex is more rent-controlled. The tenants in Larson’s East Village rewrite of La bohème have serious, sometimes life-threatening problems; here the difficulties derive from self-involvement. Perky go-getter Katie Jane (Amanda Meehan) and scruffy, juvenile Bobby (Joseph Pelletier) are twentysomethings who shack up together with illusions of cohabitation bliss. They rent a Somerville apartment from Gordon (Tim Douglas) and Suzanne (Sally Dennis), thirtysomethings who’ve been married for five years and are experiencing connubial complications. Tossed in as the Greek Chorus are a busybody elderly couple, fixtures in the neighborhood, who editorialize about the goings-on and explain how modern society has made relating a thorny exercise.
By juxtaposing the younger couple and their rose-tinted notions of relationship against a pair grappling with the reality of marriage, Fernandez creates a ripe set-up. And he has on his side Luke Dennis’s direction and Josh Tobin’s set, which places the pairs’ living quarters side by side so that both households can be seen at once.
But good theater shows, not tells. So when Bobby exclaims "Oh my God! I’m an adult" in an early scene, any mystery as to where this musical is headed is dissipated. Feeling alienated from their industrious, overachieving mates, Bobby and Suzanne develop an awkward interest in each other, but its basis is flimsy. What starts out piquing your curiosity devolves into a musical sequence of mood swings and regret that feels borrowed from everyone from Larson and Patrick Marber to John Irving to Nick Hornby to Bright Eyes to The OC’s writing team.
Despite the derivative plot and the prolonged spells of mawkishness, Fernandez proves a competent composer, peppering his lyrics with Cole Porter–esque humor and working in a range of styles. Swinging from upbeat rock numbers to impassioned ballads to calypso to traditional Broadway, and well performed by a four-piece outfit, the score supplies the cast members with plenty of material to flex their vocal muscles, and Dennis is particularly good as Suzanne, who’s stuck in the virtual-reality worlds she designs for video games. (If the symbolism isn’t obvious, her duet with Bobby, "Virtual World/Never Again," spells it out.)
While Somerville couples try to forget past mistakes and figure out the future, the Theatre Cooperative, in Somerville, reaches into the past to examine the importance of memory. Forget Herostratus! (through June 11) is by Soviet playwright Grigory Gorin, whose works were seldom performed during the Communist era in which he wrote. Vladimir Zelevinsky has adapted Herostratus, and he directs it with an unsteady hand.
It’s 356 BC, and Herostratus (a historical figure, weakly played by Dan Cozzens) is in prison for burning down the legendary Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. He’s portrayed as a willowy poet with a shrewd business sense and firm convictions about how history misconstrues reality. In his assessment, his act will immortalize his name (and make high-standing women fall to their knees) while obliterating the identities of the temple’s architects and builders. It’s Gorin’s oblique censure of Communism. Herostratus writes a memoir that becomes a bestseller on the scrolls market. Meanwhile, the governor and the head judge are determined to see justice served and ensure that history doesn’t write his name in lights. They take extreme measures to quash his popularity.
Michael Jackson and O.J. Simpson, and the everyday nobodies who engross society are apt to come to mind. But to underscore the connection, Kortney Adams serves as the Chorus, an envoy from today. She claims she’s there to observe, but her inevitable involvement drags what might have been a sophisticated play down to an elementary level where it becomes forgettable.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Spring Heeled Jack is a character said to have existed in England during the Victorian era. The first recorded claimed sighting of Spring Heeled Jack occurred in 1837. Later sightings were reported from all over England, from London up to Sheffield and Liverpool, but they were especially prevalent in suburban London and later in the Midlands, where they peaked between the 1850s and 1880s. Although some unconfirmed reports claim that it could still be active, it is generally believed to have disappeared after 1904, year of the last recorded incident. Many theories have been proposed to ascertain its nature and identity, none of which have been capable of clarifying the subject completely, and the phenomenon still remains unexplained.
The story of Spring Heeled Jack gained immense popularity in its time due to the tales of his bizarre appearance and his capacity to perform extraordinary leaps, to the point that it transcended the role of a mere paranormal phenomenon and attained the status of urban legend.
ESPN freezes out NHL Broadcasts
By Paul J. Gough
Wed Jun 1, 4:51 AM ET
Even if the National Hockey League returns to the ice in the fall, it seems likely that it won't be on ESPN.
Negotiations between the NHL and ESPN have reached an impasse over whether the cable sports giant will exercise a one-year option for $60 million to carry games if and when next season begins. Hockey's 2004-05 season was canceled in a league-imposed lockout after the players union wouldn't agree to significant concessions.
ESPN's option expires Wednesday, and the company won't exercise it, putting hockey's cable rights into play. Talks have been held with a handful of other suitors, including Spike TV. Viacom's male-targeted cable channel declined comment Tuesday.
But it is unlikely that Spike TV or other channels would agree to pay a significant rights fee for a league whose prominence had been declining in recent years even before the labor strife. Sources said it is likely that any bidder would want the same arrangement as NBC, which has a revenue-sharing deal with the NHL that involves no rights fee.
In a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, ESPN executive vp programing/production Mark Shapiro indicated that his network and the NHL had reached the end of the road. He said ESPN would only consider a deal with no rights fee.
"We're not playing games here; we wanted to get a deal done," Shapiro said. "We wanted to do something long term, but given the damage that has been done given the labor strife ... we really had no choice."
The NHL wasn't willing to go below the $60 million price for the yearlong option.
"When the now-expired contract was negotiated, the $60 million option price took a work stoppage -- potentially a long-term work stoppage -- into consideration," Frank Brown, the NHL's vp media relations, said Tuesday. "We have no interest in further devaluating the product."
ESPN has a history with the NHL stretching back to the early days of the channel in 1979, including a national contract from 1985-88 and from 1992 to the present. But ESPN found that programing it aired in place of NHL games on a month-to-month basis during the canceled season did just as well or better than hockey would have. Shapiro said ESPN didn't want to fill the programing holes one month at a time, like it did last season.
"We're not going to be held hostage like we were last season," Shapiro said. "We have to move on with the future that contemplates no NHL carriage on ESPN."
The initial contract deadline was April 15, but ESPN pushed it back to June 1 when the network thought there was hope to salvage the season, which normally runs from October into April.
One of the key paragraphs : "But ESPN found that programing it aired in place of NHL games on a month-to-month basis during the canceled season did just as well or better than hockey would have." - This is sad, but good supporting evidence to what I have been saying all along - hillbiliies down yonder in Memphis just don't give a crap about hockey. The NHL needs to do more than just negotiate with the players. They need a lot of soul searching!