NHL cracking down on... everything


NHL cracking down on... everything

By Justin Aucoin

Fans and the media give the NFL a lot of hell for being the No Fun League but the NHL is well on its way to become something similar this postseason say the No Humor League.

It started mid-April when NHL officials issued a crackdown on octopus tossing.

"The throwing of objects onto the ice surface is prohibited by the National Hockey League and persons caught doing so may be subject to prosecution for violating local and state laws.''

Tossing ol eight-legs cost one fan 500, according to DeadSpin.

Its not the first time the NHL has decided to crackdown on object throwing on the ice.

Maple Leafs fans for a few games this season threw waffles on the ice in protest of their team tanking another season in the Kessel Era. One Leafs fan faced a fine and prison time but was able to get out of it. We can only imagine he offered Bettman some sweet Canadian maple syrup in exchange for freedom.

Whats next? Banning the hat trick hat throw?

And its not just object throwing thats getting the NHL all hot and bothered. In Vancouver, the NHL has told the infamous Green Men to not touch the glass.

We knew the penalty box was nicknamed the Sin Bin but we didnt know it was that kind of sin bin.

Watch the CBC video segment and see reporter Glen Healy get on his high horse about the Green Mens crotches and ass. What a tool.

And in Boston apparently its no longer ok to heckle the opposing team with the giant foam claws the team sells in its own gift shops.

Amazing. We can only imagine the Montreal organization is somehow behind all this since it and the Habs fans want to turn the NHL into a proper English tea party (ironically enough).

And now Zdeno Chara is being told by the NHL that he cant drink Coke on the bench since Pepsi is a major NHL partner.

The guys just looking to get a little boost of energy between shifts and he gets slapped with a warning Pepsi or Bust. Bummer. We were really hoping for that Chara-Coke marketing campaign, too.

When will the madness stop? Who knows? Goal music might be next on the list of no-nos. Maybe no signs to games? No mascots? No ice girls?

How about no Bettman?

Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures


Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures

In recent days and weeks, the Red Sox have lost their general manager, their vice president of amateur and international scouting, an assistant director of amateur scouting, a member of their analytics department and their mental skills coach.

But Dave Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball operations, insists that the team is not in danger of "brain drain.''

"No, not at all,'' said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in a conference call with reporters. "We've lost some good people, but it's also a situation where we have a lot of good people and I think when you have a good organization, if you're winning and you expose people to situations, (a certain amount of exodus) happens. I think the other part of it is that we're more than capable of filling some of those roles from an internal perspective. We've got some quality people and I think the thing that's great about it is, it allows people to grow.''

Dombrowski announced that, in the wake of the departure of Amiel Sawdaye, the former VP of amateur and international scouting who left Monday to become assistant GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Sox were promoting Eddie Romero, formerly the vice president of international scouting, to the position of senior vice president/ assistant GM.

Romero, the son of former Red Sox utility infielder Eddie Romero Sr. will help Dombrowski in personnel matters and player development, while Brian O'Halloran, who has the same title as Romero, will continue to handle administrative matters including salary arbitration and contactual negotiations.

After the departure of Mike Hazen, who left to become GM of the Diamondbacks last week, Dombrowski interviewed Sawdaye and Romero as Hazen's potential replacements before determining that neither had the necessary experience yet to become a major league GM.

Dombrowski said there would be additional internal promotions and adjustments to announce in the coming weeks. He added that senior advisors Frank Wren and Allard Baird, each former general managers, would see their responsibilities increase when it comes to conducting trade talks with other organizations.

Sawdaye's departure is one of several this off-season for the front office. Earlier this month, Steve Sanders, who had been the team's assistant director of amateur scouting, left to become director of amateur scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Also, Tom Tippett, a longtime member of the team's statistical analysis staff, will leave soon too pursue other opportunities. The team recently informed mental skills coach Bob Tewksbury that his contact would not be renewed, according to the Boston Globe.

Dombrowski indicated that Laz Gutierrez would be promoted to take the place of Tewksbury.

In other news, Dombrowski revealed that the entire coaching staff -- hitting coach Chili Davis; assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez; first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr.; third base coach Brian Butterfield; bullpen coach Dana LeVangie; pitching coach Carl Willis; and bench coach Torey Lovullo -- had all agreed to return for 2017.

That, of course, is subject to change since Lovullo is believed to be a target of Hazen for Arizona's managerial vacancy.

Dombrowski said the Diamondbacks had yet to request permission to speak with Lovullo, though that may happen soon now that Hazen has hired Sawdaye to fill out his front office.

When Hazen was hired by the Diamondbacks, he was limited to hiring just one member of the Red Sox' Baseball Operations staff. But, Dombrowski added, that limit didn't apply to uniformed staff members such as Lovullo, who would be leaving for a promotion.