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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:01 pm 
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Scathing Athletic piece about the new ownership group. The Meruelo Group stiffs partners they owe, tons of people have quit, the rest are afraid of being fired, no one knows why they drafted a kid who bullied a disabled or why they reversed course after, a Yotes employee was sexually harassed and there's a law firm trying to figure out if they've fabricated their finances.

Steve Sullivan got lawyered up, as did a longtime employee who hasn't received backpay. Current GM Bill Armstrong is positioned as a good hockey guy but also a social climber who wanted the title.

What a fucking mess in the desert. Again.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:15 pm 
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I'm reading it now--shocking to be sure, but not surprising.

Notably, the NBA vetted Meruelo's finances prior to his purchase of the Atlanta Hawks and said "Uh...no." But Bettman couldn't wait to sink his claws into the guy, and that's precisely what guys like this, Viola in Florida, Barroway in AZ before Meruelo, and so on all have in common. They're all shifty, flaky guys with more money (or reported money) than sense. Bettman appears to be fine with these dingbats so long as they agree to prop up these two smoking tire fires of franchises, and he doesn't have to admit defeat and just let them be sold, moved, or worst-case scenario, folded up and contracted.

Also...what the fuck do they teach in Harvard anyway? Gutierrez, Meruelo's right-hand man, got his degree there. So did Chiarelli. So did Benning and Weisbrod. I don't know if they actually give you an education, or if it's just an expensive ticket into an Old Boys' Club that gives you an endless amount of lucrative allies and opportunities, no matter how utterly incompetent you might be.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:59 pm 
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Baseball writer and scout Keith Law went to Harvard and he was once asked what it got him and if it was worth it. He said "education for the money, no. The connections I made, yes."

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Burke went to Harvard Law School. Says he didn't enjoy his time there at all, but just got through it so he'd have a Harvard degree.

And this all sounds like Spano Light to me.

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The threat against Strang and the Coyotes response...just comical.

Strang is one of, if not the most important, sportswriters of our time.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:36 am 
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Bosc wrote:
The threat against Strang and the Coyotes response...just comical.

Strang is one of, if not the most important, sportswriters of our time.


She's great.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:51 pm 
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Chris18 wrote:
Bosc wrote:
The threat against Strang and the Coyotes response...just comical.

Strang is one of, if not the most important, sportswriters of our time.


She's great.


I forgot that she was on the Isles beat for a couple of years.

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Bosc wrote:
Chris18 wrote:
Bosc wrote:
The threat against Strang and the Coyotes response...just comical.

Strang is one of, if not the most important, sportswriters of our time.


She's great.


I forgot that she was on the Isles beat for a couple of years.


I wasn't going to bring that up. I'm aware that I'm Isles-centric and am trying to cut back. :lol:

Or were you hinting that I'd only know of someone who has a history with the Isles- because I'm Isles-centric?

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Chris18 wrote:
Bosc wrote:
I forgot that she was on the Isles beat for a couple of years.


I wasn't going to bring that up. I'm aware that I'm Isles-centric and am trying to cut back. :lol:

Or were you hinting that I'd only know of someone who has a history with the Isles- because I'm Isles-centric?


No, just a statement :)

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Bosc wrote:
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Bosc wrote:
I forgot that she was on the Isles beat for a couple of years.


I wasn't going to bring that up. I'm aware that I'm Isles-centric and am trying to cut back. :lol:

Or were you hinting that I'd only know of someone who has a history with the Isles- because I'm Isles-centric?


No, just a statement :)


Boring. I was hoping for an argument, even if it was a joke/all in good fun. :lol:

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