I’ll take “Bad Ideas” for $1,000 Alex

Wanye
September 19 2008 12:35PM

(3) Bad ideas currently being considered in the NHL

1. Bringing back Manon Rheaume to play an additional game between the pipes for the Lightning

2. Steve Moore “non-bobbling” bobblehead night in Colorado

3. Putting a team in the winter wonderland that is Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to Pierre LeBrun:

The NHL will have a team in Las Vegas. It's going to happen. It's just a matter of when. Bettman briefly touched on expansion during yesterday's board of governors meeting, only to reiterate to his owners that right now the league isn't ready to deal with expansion. But I'd be shocked if Las Vegas doesn't enter the picture within the next five years.

Hmm. This can’t possibly be a bad idea can it?

Follow me through this sequence of events Nation:

1. The NHL puts a team in Las Vegas. For the sake of the story let’s call them the “Las Vegas Scandals”

2. Eventually an NHL player collects the typical 12 figure NHL paycheck whilst playing for the Scandals.

3. Flush with this cash he looks for something to do on an off night and notices the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip.

4. Curiously, there is a line of limos waiting outside his door, sent to his house courtesy of every casino in town.

 

At this point you can choose your own adventure:

1. It could go like it did for this guy. Rumoured to have lost over $10 million gambling in his life, Charles Barkley is what is scientifically referred to as a “degenerate gambler.” The NHL could look forward to colorful memoirs written in the future as players fondly remember their days spent gambling in Vegas. “How I lost it all” by JF Jacques would look good on bookshelves in 2015.

 

2. It could go like it did for this guy. He was accused of financing a nationwide sports gambling ring based in New Jersey in which several current NHL players wagered. He ultimately pled guilty to conspiracy and promoting gambling in a US court and was sentenced to two years probation. He incredibly still found time to enter the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, a mere two months after being sentenced. I’m sure a team in Vegas would be of real interest to him.

 

3. It could go like it did for this guy. In 1998, when Quebec police raided the Hells Angel headquarters near Montreal, they found photos of Theodore posing with the local Kaiser Sosas. He would continue to be dogged by reputed ties to Quebec Biker Gangs and Gangsters. Seven years later, his father Ted and Jose’s half brother Nicholas were convicted on weapons and loan sharking charges in Montreal and were fined over $50,000 between them. Over 50 other charges against the goalie's father were dropped as a result of the two accepting a plea bargain. We are sure that at the very least his family would love to come and visit him in Vegas.

 4. In a perfect world it could go like it did for these guys. The 1919 Chicago Black Sox live in infamy forever after eight members of the Chicago squadron were banned from baseball for throwing the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. What gave them this idea? Gangsters who were heavily involved in gambling convinced some of the less educated and saavy Sox players that throwing the World Series was a gentlemanly way to spend a fall and make some extra money to boot.

Now what exactly has changed since 1919? Are athletes making less than they did in those days? Are they less prone to making stupid mistakes? Go ask the Cincinnati Bengals. They had 8 players arrested in a single off season two years ago. Go ask the NBA who is currently dealing with Tim Donaghy, the target of an FBI investigation for allegedly betting on games, including some he officiated, over the last two seasons.

Yep, expansion into Vegas is a great idea.

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#1 Brian Fellows
September 19 2008, 01:04PM
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"For the sake of the story let’s call them the “Las Vegas Scandals”"

hahahahahaha

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#2 Ducey
September 19 2008, 01:49PM
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Hmm...the NHL says they are not considering it, so that means they must be considering it?

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#3 1011011
September 19 2008, 01:49PM
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I don't think it is necessarily that bad of an idea. There are plenty of tourists in Vegas who would be exposed to hockey and it would give it some much needed glamour.

If a bunch of rich athletes want to empty their pockets why should we care?

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#4 Tony Romo
September 19 2008, 02:23PM
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Is the 1919 Sox where shoeless Joe Jackson played?

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#5 The Towel Boy
September 19 2008, 02:26PM
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I have to admit, it would be kina handy to plan a trip to Vegas and catch the Mighty Oil beating up on the Scandals...and after the game, go lose next month's rent money! VEGAS BABY!

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#6 Wanye Gretz
September 19 2008, 02:39PM
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Now imagine you lived there Towel Boy. And imagine you made tens of thousands of dollars a month. And imagine you had the "brains" of say Regehr.

You get the picture. Bad idea.

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#7 outKast
September 19 2008, 03:00PM
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GOOD IDEAS

1. Weekly Nation Girl/ Guy per week the way the Sun has sunshine girls/boys. This should solve our girl problem. Example:

Nomination for the first Nation Girl: - Elisha Cuthbert. Why? Because she likes hockey boys. - Rachel Bilson. Why? She's hot and she likes sports in general. - Megan Fox. Why? You know why.

Nomination for 1st Nation Guy - Steve Carrell. Why? Because he loves the Wilkes Barre/ Scranton Penguins (Oiler's former farm team) and he loves to play hockey.

BAD IDEAS - more cowbell.

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#8 outKast
September 19 2008, 03:02PM
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As an aside:

http://upload.moldova.org/movie/actors/m/megan_fox/thumbnails/tn2_megan_fox_2.jpg

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#9 Wanye Gretz
September 19 2008, 03:32PM
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Great Beard of Odin - the last thing we need is a Nation Guy.

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#10 The Towel Boy
September 19 2008, 03:34PM
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...Regehr...that cheap shot, late hitting, good for nuthin #(!@#&^*!

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#11 The Towel Boy
September 19 2008, 03:36PM
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More Megan Fox pls.

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#12 outKast
September 19 2008, 04:07PM
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Wayne - we gotta rep both sexes. Carrell for example is the type of dude some dudes have a man crush on. Why? He's the type of guy you can share a beer with. He likes to play hockey, probably watch it too and he can make you laugh.

He makes you say, "Hey i wanna hang out out with that guy."

Lol and as for Megan... look at that article. She can cook too! What a hottie.

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#13 Wanye Gretz
September 19 2008, 04:30PM
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Great Hammer of Thor outKast. Are you discussing man crushes on this fine internet outpost??

I'm not debating whether or not we need girls, I'm pondering how to get them involved without looking like the Sun. If we did that we would have to start putting in 100 pages of car ads for every actual article like the Sun does too. That would be annoying.

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#14 outKast
September 19 2008, 04:49PM
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lol

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#15 Matt
September 19 2008, 06:38PM
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Barkley, Tocchet, Theodore and Donaghy all managed to find themselves in trouble without living/ working in Vegas.

Are you telling me that there aren't any bad elements or distractions in LA, Vancouver, NY or any other city for that matter.

Do you think that the LV Scandals would be a worse franchise than say, the Predators or the Panthers. Casinos would buy up the tickets like crazy to give away and (as mentioned) what a great weekend destination trip for hockey loving Canadians.

I am all for trying something new with some of the crappier franchises, but not expanding. The talent pool is thin enough when Owen Nolan still cashes a check.

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#16 Wanye Gretz
September 19 2008, 06:53PM
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"Are you telling me that there aren’t any bad elements or distractions in LA, Vancouver, NY or any other city for that matter."

Certainly not. But have you ever heard of NYC being called "Sin City?" Ever hear Los Angeles market itself internationally as "what happens in LA stays in LA" insisting visitors get up to secret (read: bad) stuff while visiting?

Was Vancouver founded by the mob as a means of laundering money via massive gambling operations?

C'mon Matt - you must realize that its a bit different in Vegas than elsewhere. Don't let the publicly traded companies that now own the casinos or this unbelievably whitewashed wikipedia entry fool you:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Las_Vegas

Vegas is still the city founded by Bugsy Segal.

Ah the Las Vegas Scandals. At least when their owner starts doing shady stuff in the business world it will be welcomed!

Dang. I ranted again. TGIF Nation

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#17 Fiveandagame
September 20 2008, 10:47AM
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BAD IDEAS - more cowbell.

Outkast you are ...ummm outkast for that remark. COWBELL and MORE of it is ALWAYS a good idea.

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#18 Chris.
September 20 2008, 11:24AM
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Would they call it a game or a show?

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#19 Dav
September 20 2008, 02:02PM
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Good for the league, perhaps. Good for Dave and his buddies that try to get to Vegas a couple of times a year, absolutely.

I'm torn.

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#20 Dav
September 20 2008, 02:03PM
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Good for the league, perhaps. Good for Dav and his buddies that try to get to Vegas a couple of times a year, absolutely.

I’m torn.

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#21 The Towel Boy
September 20 2008, 04:10PM
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You can say that again!

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#22 1011011
September 20 2008, 06:59PM
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LOL

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