Jackets 2, Sharks 3 (SO) and the arena stuff is back again

Every year there’s at least one game that just reinforces for me why I loathe the shootout so deeply. Jackets get behind twice to one of the best teams in the game, twice crawl back out of the hole, work hard and play smart to keep it even through 65 minutes…and then go home losers on a frigging gimmick. I realize the points are the same in a tie as an OTL, but it just doesn’t feel the same at all. Hopefully some day we as a society can progress beyond the maturity of seven year olds who “need a winner and a loser in every game” or else they haz a sad, and undo this blight on the sport.

On an equally soul-crushing note, I was sitting in line for the drive-thru at Tim Horton’s this morning and could just make out the headline on the Dispatch in the newspaper box: “Saving the Jackets.” I need new glasses, so I was kind of hoping maybe I was reading it wrong, but no, the “we need public money to restructure our lease OR ELSE” story is back. I’d been wondering when that would rear its ugly head again, since we hadn’t heard a peep about it since the earlier proposed deal fell through. I’m skeptical as always, but maybe we can split the difference and people in Cincinnati and Cleveland can vote to amend the Ohio Constitution to tear down the Schott and build a Buckeye Hall of Fame Casino on the site…

Anyway, I haven’t had the time or desire to read it yet, but the Chamber of Commerce report can be found here.

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One response to “Jackets 2, Sharks 3 (SO) and the arena stuff is back again

  1. “…people in Cincinnati and Cleveland can vote to amend the Ohio Constitution to tear down the Schott and build a Buckeye Hall of Fame Casino on the site…” Well said, Sarah. Your point has just the proper amount of sarcasm in it.

    All of those pro-casino ads that ran before the election that told me of all my Ohio friends and neighbors going out of state to lose money should have watched the good people of Michigan and Pennsylvania travel here to spend their money on a hockey game. Both of those states have gambling, so I must be missing something. According to the casino folks, people only travel to gamble.

    Enjoy all those casino security jobs, FOP.

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