WhalerChad

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  1. It is going to be interesting to see how much $$$ the general *****embly's new budget plan comes up with for the Xl center reno.
  2. You'd better bring your "A-game" when you talk to my Dad. He's forgotten more about politics and business and sports and history in Ct then most of us will ever know. And by "most of us", I mean "all of us'
  3. I don't have a kid. And I don't eat ice cream because I'm a diabetic. I'm kidding. I'm not diabetic and I love ice cream. But I don't have a kid, so you didn't by mine a new gym.
  4. But should you expect a bunch of people who may or may not eat ice cream to have to pay taxes to renovate your ice cream stand? Maybe the person who makes and sells the ice cream that is being sold from your ice cream stand should have to pay to renovate your ice cream stand. Maybe if you're going broke owning the ice cream stand than you should sell your ice cream stand to the person who makes and sells the ice cream from your ice cream stand. If you're going broke owning the ice cream stand than it may just be time to get out of the ice cream stand-owning business. Especially if you have a lot of other more important things that you are responsible paying for besides the ice cream stand. Sorry. The ice cream stand analogy just seems **nny to me.
  5. It is great to have hockey back! My Dad and I went to UConn's exhibition game against St. Francis Xavier at Freitas. We also went to the Huskies game against Scared Heart down in Bridgeport. Tough loss for UConn against Sacred Heart. The goalie for Scared Heart had a great night. He stood on his head and made the saves. I mean UConn easily outshot Sacred Heart by what seemed like a 2 to 1 margin, but the SH goalie had a heck of a night. Wolf Pack is having no problems scoring goals. Problem is they've had a couple of games where they gave them up in bunches. Still, I'll take a 3 and 1 record to start season. Crowds for the last couple of games were light. Big drop off between opening night and then last Friday. Spoke to my cousin in Providence the other day and it sounds like we're not holding a candle to the crowds the P-Bruins are pulling in so far. Providence is averaging over 7500 a game. Crazy crowd for return of hockey to Worcester last Sa****ay night. ECHl team up there pulled in more than 12000 people!
  6. I am sure NHL would always want potential team owner to pay $500M for expansion team instead of potential team owner paying a lower relocation fee. Then again NHL would want all its existing teams to be stable and problem free and making a profit. The NHL would like to do nothing but add expansion teams at $500M a pop to 31 stable and profit making and problem free existing NHl teams. But if existing NHL team in market like Arizona or Carolina is a problem for the league that needs a quick solution and Fertitta in Houston says he wants NHL team and has a state of art arena like Toyota Center ready to go, will NHL be in a position to turn Houston down for relocation? I mean you are always saying that Hartford can be a quick solution to an NHL problem. So why wouldn't NHL accept Houston as quick solution to an NHL problem? Especially if Ct state budget problem ends up costing Malloy the money he wants for XL Center renovation? All I know is that Houston wasn't a threat for getting NHL expansion team or relocated team when the Rockets old owner was in charge because the Rockets old owner wasn't interested in having hockey in the Toyota Center. This new Rockets owner Fertitta is very interested in bringing NHL team to Toyota Center in Houston if he gets the chance. Like you say he has money and a state of art arena and he is interested. That makes Houston ready to take NHL team NOW if it had to. That makes Houston a threat to Hartford's NHL dreams NOW. That bums me out, especially with state budget situation the way it is. We need to get our act together here in Ct.
  7. Well my college roommate told me that at Houston Rockets press conference this week the team CEO Tad Brown said that Larry Tanenbaum of Maple Leaf sports and Entertainment is excited to meet with Rockets new owner Tilman Fertitta and talk about the NHL's interest in Houston and NHL's position on having a team in Houston and the things that could possibly happen with NHL in Houston. Tanenbaum is chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment that owns the NHL Maple Leafs and NBA Raptors and MLS Toronto FC. And Tanenbaum is on the board of governors for NHL and NBA and MLS. I think he also owns the CFL Toronto Argonauts and is on the CFL board of governors. So he would be a pretty important guy to have in your corner if you want NHL team. Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is another important NHL owner who has been talking about how he would love to see a NHL team in Houston for a couple of years now. At Bruins media day last week Jacobs mentioned Houston and Seattle as interesting markets for the NHL to get into. Jacobs is also influential owner in NHL. How many other NHL owners agree with Tanenbaum and Jacobs? I guess we'll see. I am sure NHL would always want teams to pony up $500M for expansion instead of a team paying a lower relocation fee. But if team in market like Arizona or Carolina is a problem for the NHL that needs a quick solution and Fertitta in Houston says he wants an NHL team and has a state of art arena like Toyota Center ready to go, will NHL be in a position to turn Houston down? I mean people are always saying that Hartford can be a quick solution to an NHL problem, so why wouldn't NHL accept Houston as quick solution to an NHL problem? Especially if Ct state budget problem ends up costing Malloy the money he wants for XL Center renovation? The good thing is that the NHL isn't going to up and move a team mid way through a season, so it isn't like a team is moving to Houston tomorrow. But, Houston is still ready to go with a state of the art arena and owner who is enthusiastic about bring NHL to Houston. Makes me nervous. More competition.
  8. New owner of Houston Rockets is a guy named Tilman Fertitta. At press conference yesterday, he said he is looking into bringing Nhl team team to Houston to share Toyota Center with the Rockets. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/new-rockets-owner-interested-bringing-nhl-team-houston/ One of my college room mates was from Houston, so I called him about this. He said that at the press conference the Rockets CEO said that he had been in touch with Larry Tanenbaum of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Tanenbaum is on board of governors of both Nhl and Nba. CEO of Rockets said that Tanenbaum is very excited to meet Fertitta and talk about possibilities for Houston team in the Nhl. As Bart Simpson would say, "Ay caramba!" I will be ticked off if we end up seeing Arizona Coyotes move to Toyota Center in Houston, Carolina Hurricanes move to Videotron centre in Quebec City, and Seattle get Nhl expansion team when Key Center finally gets renovated.
  9. If there was private investor willing to pay 62% of $250 million Xl Center renovation cost, why would governor malloy and crda keep that a secret? Why would malloy still be trying to get Ct general *****embly to approve public bonding of whole $250 million Xl center renovation plan if there was a private investor willing to pay $156.1 million of the $250 million? I mean if there was private investor willing to pay 62% of cost of Xl center reno in Hartford the way a publicly known private investor is willing to pay 62% of cost of new arena in detroit, then malloy would only need to convince Ct general *****embly to publicly bond $93.9 million. Why would malloy want Ct state budget approving process to drag on and on and on and on, including possible approval of bonding of money for XL center renovation, if there was a private investor willing to pay 62% of the reno cost for Xl center? Use your head. It does not make any sense. And planned Xl center renovation only costing $250 million compared to $862.9 million price for new arena in Detroit is so much more favorable that Malloy hasn't been able to get Ct general *****embly to even approve the public bonding of the $250 million, but the $862.9 million new arena in Detroit is opening this September. Wow! The cheaper reno price for Xl center is so "much more favorable" that we still don't know if Malloy will even be able to get Ct general *****embly to agree to publicly bond the money. Meanwhile Detroit is opening a $862.9 million arena in just over a month and got a private investor to pay $538.8 million of the price tag.
  10. And his point was that in Detroit a private investor that is known to the public and already owns NHL and MLB teams in city of Detroit is paying $538.8 million of $862.9 million price of building the new arena, which is 62% of new arena cost. In Hartford, governor Malloy wants general *****embly to publicly bond $250 million renovation of Xl Center. In Hartford there is no publicly known private investor who has publicly committed to paying for any of $250 million Xl center renovation. Only one private investor is publicly know to have even made expression of interest in Xl center reno project. And that company didn't even make a specific proposal, just said it was interested in exploring options. If there was publicly known private investor willing to pay $156.1 million of the cost of governor Malloy's proposed $250 million renovation of Xl Center, then Hartford situation would be like situation in Detroit. If there was publicly know private investor who could guarantee that a NHL team was committed and approved to play in renovated Xl center, then Hartford situation would be like situation in Detroit.
  11. You cannot say that for every team on attendance sheet. That is not true. Maine and UM***** Lowell and Providence all saw average home attendance go up in 2016-2017. So UConn was not trending like Maine and Lowell and Providence. Can you not read or do you just ignore things that do not agree with your opinion?
  12. We also go to see Trinity games. Outside of Hartford we'll get to a few Sound Tigers and Titans and Whale games. Plus we also try and check out a hand**l of other college teams like Quinnipiac, Yale, Sacred Heart, Fairfield, Connecticut College. Prep schools too sometimes.
  13. Excuse me. I meant that until a Hartford Nhl team is on the ice at Xl center, then Malloy and House are just talking.