Interpretation is one of the most aggravating words in the English language. Everyone knows what is being said in a certain situation, and then you hear that it’s all in the interpretation. So many people interpret the same words totally differently.
For instance, take this November 14th proxy the League and Mr. Mays are having fits over. You see, it’s all in the interpretation of the words. And hanging in the balance are the people of Hamilton, Ontario and of Phoenix, Arizona. It is really too bad that a document can be interpreted in so many ways. What really makes this situation sad is that it is getting more publicity than the Wings vs Hawks classic original series.
We have players like Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Johan Franzen for the Wings; and Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Patrick Sharp for the Hawks. I could go on with many more players’ names, but you get the drift. But instead of me getting info on game 2, I was glued to the computer for every update on the proceedings in Phoenix, Arizona. When you think about it -- how sad that the League is getting more publicity for its stupidity than for the game itself.
What makes it even sadder is that this is just a macho stand-off between Balsillie and the NHL, all because Jim hurt the feeling of the old boys club. No, I am not picking sides. Jim needs to respect the rules, or to put it in layman’s terms, to play the game. Well, he decided not to not play nice, so now he is no longer invited to the tea party, and everyone is forced to watch this silly court battle, which I predict will turn into a soap opera. (If it has not already turned into one).
You want to know my interpretation of this mess? Give Jim a team. Yes NHL, a new team, so you can have your precious money. Find a new owner for Phoenix and keep them there. Oh yeah, I almost forgot the most important detail; all the owners have to have a meeting to show solidarity while singing Kumbayah. Yes, I am being facetious, but in reality, the League’s most important goal is to portray to the public that they are acting together, that there are no weak links.
Now for something more positive -- how about the Canes and Pens putting up a wonderful game one of what looks to be a great series. The Pens prove they can win in any game, and Ward really proves that he is among the best in the net. What can you say about the Canes’ never-say-die attitude? This will be a classic series. Let’s hope that someone actually watches it.