Many Predator fans have been wondering where Pred's blogger PredJoe has been this off season. This article pulled from wire reports answers this question.
- While the international dispute continues over young Alexander Radulov and his NHL and KHL contracts one American is also seeing if, he too, can strike gold in Russia.
PredJoe has been blogging about all things Predator for the past two seasons on his own blog site www.predjoe.wordpress.com
as well as the popular Hockeybuzz.com site but saw an opportunity he couldn't pass up.
"I was thinking that maybe, just maybe, I too could make some big bucks by coming over here," said PredJoe.
So he packed up his bags and he moved to Ufa Russia where he found life a bit different in the Republic of Bashkortostan than that in his home state of Tennessee.
"Well the first thing I noticed was all these long lines. At first I thought it was to see the new Batman movie until I saw people walking away from the line with blocks of cheese and toilet paper," said PredJoe.
Still having a dream PredJoe began knocking on doors asking for a Radulov type payout. First he stopped by the local paper where he was refused job because he did not speak Russian. "I really thought that they would think outside the box and see the opportunity that I was bringing them," said PredJoe.
Next he stopped by the local TV station hoping that his good American looks could translate into a big Russian payday but, there too, he was met with resistance.
"Apparently in this part of Russia having two eyebrows is looked down upon," said PredJoe after leaving the TV station.
PredJoe would not be denied though and searched on for his millions. He went to any media outlet he could find begging for an opportunity to strike it rich but was finding nothing but rejection until he met Yiri.
"When I met PredYosef I knew that he would be the perfect fit for our firm," said Ufa executive Yiri Kachkayev. "He has strong mind and big head so we offer him job right away."
So with that the hockey blogger from Tennessee had his gig in Ufa. Although not exactly what he wanted when he arrived and far from the millions he expected to find in the land of plenty, PredJoe is living his dream.
"I will be working daily with Radulov at Ufa Arena where his team plays. Right now I am director of fan satisfaction but it is just the first step of what promises to be a lucrative career here," said PredJoe as he loaded another tray full of cheap Vodka for the vendors to sell in the arena to the rabid hockey fans. "Me and Rudy will make good team."
While PredJoe believes he is living his dream, this reporter was saddened by the quality of life this young blogging star will living under in Ufa. He did not find his millions but seemed content sipping an occasional Vodka while pouring them for fans at Ufa Arena. Hopefully, someday soon, PredJoe will realize that Russia is no place for dreams to come true. No place for poor men to become rich. No place for bloggers to blog.