The headline has nothing to do with the post. I just wanted to write that.
In case you missed it, the Phoenix Coyotes have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Gee, how did we not see that coming? Hockey didn’t make it in Glendale, Ariz.?
Anyway, here’s the statement from the NHL last night:
STATEMENT BY NHL DEPUTY COMMISSIONER BILL DALY REGARDING THE PHOENIX COYOTES
NEW YORK (May 5, 2009) – National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement regarding the Phoenix Coyotes:
“We have just become aware of today’s Bankruptcy Court filing purportedly made on behalf of the Phoenix Coyotes. We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the petition, including the propriety of its filing. We have removed Jerry Moyes from all positions of authority to act for or on behalf of the Club. The League will appear and proceed before the Bankruptcy Court in the best interests of all of the Club’s constituencies, including its fans in Arizona and the League’s 29 other Member Clubs.”
Can I tell you something about the Yankees game last night? Two people in the expensive seats (which seats aren’t?) behind home plate were hit by foul balls because they were talking on the cell phone. Doesn’t that say it all? One was a woman in the little cafe area. The second was a guy on the phone, with an umbrella, and the ball nearly hit him square in the crotch. His umbrella went flying, but he never stopped talking on the phone, even though he was obviously shaken up by the direct hit and now he was getting soaked by rain. Idiot. It kind of made my night.
Polls close in 24 hours (or less, depending on when you read this).
So get out and vote for the most Mara-like Playoff Beard by noon Thursday. The winner gets his/her choice of a beard trim at Sal’s Hair Station in White Plains or a pack of disposable razors, autographed by me and Jane. We may have some surprise awards, too.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: 2:44 P.M.: Here is the story from NHL.com in which Gary Bettman said the NHL is committed to the Phoenix franchise.
And here are the NHL Players Association’s finalists for the Lester B. Pearson award, which goes to the union’s choice as the most outstanding player. The finalists are the same as the NHL’s Hart Trophy (MVP) finalists.