Will Kansas City make a play to bring the Scouts home?
Remember this lovely quote from Mayor Sly James:
““Let me ask you this,” James said. “Which would you rather have, the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Phoenix Coyotes? Who do you think would make more money for the city in the long run?”
Well, Mayor James, let me ask you this, do you think the Devils would make more money for the city? You see in the last 25 years, the Devils have more Stanley Cup Finals appearances than the Penguins. The Devils and Penguins have the same number of Cups — 3. Seems to me they would make as much or more money for the city.
Soooo, the Devils are the type of franchise you are trying to lure to Sprint Center, right? Well, the NHL will soon own the Devils and the franchise will be for sale.
Oh, wait, the Devils have a nearly ironclad lease at their also new-ish arena. Hmmm…so let’s break this down:
-In the last 13 months we’ve learned KC is closer on the hockey front — “”I’d say, if anything, we’re closer on the hockey front than we are the basketball front. There’s a cohesive hockey interested group.””
-Yet, KC is not going to pursue a team that is distressed because, well, “Which would you rather have, the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Phoenix Coyotes? Who do you think would make more money for the city in the long run?”
-This quote also rules out an expansion team because any knowledgeable sports fan knows that expansion teams are terrible for a long, long time.
-The former KC Scouts are now the newest team on the auction block, but their arena is 15 days YOUNGER than our new-ish arena.
Now, before some hack at that Star tweets that this means I “despise” Mayor James — IT DOESN’T!!! I like Mayor James.
It simply means that if he were to back up his own words, he’d be throwing all kinds of resources toward bringing the Devils back home. He’s not and won’t. You see, this is what journalism is supposed to be. Holding public officials accountable for the words that they use. Granted, a professional would do it with a bit more tact than an overweight, beer league hockey player with a p.o.s. laptop and a WordPress account, but you get the point.