World Cup, Toews Signing BonusShareThis
Finally, the good part of the sports year can get started – World Cup baby!
…..Yeah that was saracastic.
I watched the entirety of this morning’s South Africa/Mexico match as a preemptive strike for ”you haven’t even watched a game” comments. I’m well aware they’re coming, since I plan on telling people I don’t like watching it.
I feel like when people say they don’t like watching a sport, it’s because they don’t understand it (in my experience this is especially true with US football), but I understand soccer just fine. And I LOVE playing it. But like baseball, it’s just not that fun for me to sit down and soak in.
I respect the game enough, and I can see why it might be fun to be a fan of (other fans, plus soccer highlights are awesome), but without any personal connection to it, it’s just not for me.
So, I thought the biggest post-Stanley Cup story to come out was that Jonathan Toews gets a 1.3 million dollar signing bonus for winning the Conn Smythe, which counts against the Hawks salary cap next year (yes, bigger than the “Pronger is gay” story). As Joe Biden might put it: that extra cap hit is a big f**kin deal.
I wonder how Toews feels knowing that his good play somehow managed to hurt his team for next year. Gotta be mixed feelings, right? I’d be rattled that I’d have to feel bad for earning a bonus. Turns out that offering that incentive in the first place wasn’t very well thought out.
I watched some of an old hockey game last night (an Oilers/Blackhawks fiasco) and I refuse to believe players have less respect now. I saw a large number of humans get crosschecked in the head, and goalies getting slashed.
I did have to chuckle at the evolution of goaltending though. The topic is well discussed, but when Roenick scored ON THE ICE glove side and the commentator called it “the perfect shot”, I enjoyed my giggles. YOU’RE ALLOWED TO GO DOWN, RANFORD!
As we wrap up a few of the final tidbits from the NHL season (the Blackhawks had a parade, yay!), I’m turning my focus to our yearly Fantasy Camp. The thing is, frankly, awesome. We get more than our share of “best week of my life’s” and are trying to fill the last available spots.
You can register at www.bournevents.com, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just send me a signed, blank check and I promise I’ll totally call you when I get it. I go by “Director of Operations”, because it’s our company and I get to pick my name, so there.
Should a guy ever drink out of the straw in his mixed drink at the bar? Strictly for stirring, right?
Today kind of marks the first day of my free agency as a writer. While still employed by hockeyprimetime.com, who I contribute to next season is completely up in the air. I’m hoping by the time our fantasy camp is over in mid-August, I’ll have something solid locked down for the 2010-2011 NHL season. Ideally something that gets me out of the house more, and comes with health insurance.
Have a great summer weekend! Think the ‘Hawks are?