Vancouver putting the "a-s-s" in embarrassment


Vancouver putting the "a-s-s" in embarrassment

By Justin Aucoin

Remember when the Boston Bruins beat the President Trophy Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 to the score of like 100-0? Remember when the entire city of Vancouver went ape and turned their town into a burning wasteland?

Remember when the Vancouver police said that it wasnt Canuck fans but organized anarchists cleverly disguised as Canuck fans?

Yea, well, all that pillaging and burning is apparently the NHLs fault. Or so the city of Vancouver is saying.
In spite of four Stanley Cup riots in the last five years, the NHL has no approach, no policy and no apparent strategy to work with host franchises and municipalities on this issue, reads part of the lengthy internal report. This clearly threatens the value and perception of their NHL brand.

Yep. Good ol Canuck Country decided the riots are the NHLs fault because it hurts the leagues brand. Thousands of dollars in property damage and Vancouver boils it down to a bad marketing move by the NHL.

Beside that just being one of the more ridiculous ideas weve had to contemplate recently, the City of Vancouver fails to notice that its own policy, approach and strategy to preventing and stopping riots is unsatisfactory at best and nonexistent at worst.

Of course, this is not unlike Roberto Luongos game seven performance.

Obviously, its not the leagues job to rogue wrangle the rioters and protect the citizens. Thats the job of the government be it Canadian or American. Thats why we all pay taxes. Thats why we have police departments. Hell, thats why we have riot police in the first place.

We do, of course, have two ideas for how the NHL Riot Police would look should such a foul department ever took place:

The report reads "four Stanley Cup riots in the last five years" Edmonton (2006), Montreal (2008), Montreal (2010) and Vancouver (2011). Notice a trend here? Apparently our passive friends up north arent as passive as we all thought.

You know whats coming next right?

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.