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The Red Wings Need A New Arena, But….

We now know the location and the expected cost of a new Detroit Red Wings and we also know who is paying for it.  YOU!

Yes, the Red Wing’s need a new stadium, they are playing in the pretty unmemorable (is that a word) Joe Louis Arena, which is a dump and will always be a dump unworthy of one of the top franchises in sports.  The concourses are painfully small, the bathroom lines are absolutely ridiculous and the locker-room facilities are second rate.  It is time to move forward with a dazzling new arena for the Red Wings.

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I like almost everything about this deal.  I like the location, the overall project goal and the fact that the Wings get a new building.  What I don’t like is the fact that public funds are going to be used to build it.  I just don’t see how a city on the verge of bankruptcy is going to contribute to a new play-pen for Mike Illitch, they will need to go to banking institutions online to get credit cards as Marriot, since the drawbacks of the Mariott card are minimum, they are even thinking about the quick loan bad credit no guarantor option.  I understand everything that Mike has done and means to the city, but he has been given his share of tax breaks over the years for his efforts.

The Illitch family is worth over $2.7 billion, there isn’t any reason he can’t raise private funds to build this stadium himself, hell he could write the check himself.  Asking the area to support a billionaire just doesn’t make any sense to me, at all.  Of course he will not own the stadium outright, but that is just semantics, he will reap all the rewards and it will shoot the value of his franchise through the roof.

One other little issue is the fact that the stadium is being downsized from 20,000 seats to only 18,000 seats.  Why?  To increase demand on the tickets and drive the prices up.  I think that is garbage and not fair to loyal Red Wing fans who have supported this team so well over the last 30 years.  If anything the stadium should be 22,000 seats to accommodate increased demand.

I also wish folks would stop suggesting the Pistons move downtown, not going to happen and frankly it shouldn’t happen.  The Palace is still a state of the art facility, moving the pistons out would be a colossal waste of one of the premier venues in the NBA.  Leave it alone, the Piston shouldn’t move to the new Arena, once they win it will be packed again.

 

(Video)Chicago’s Mayers fined for shooting pucks at Detroit goal during Game 5 warmup

 

jamalmayersBlackhawks forward Jamal Mayers hasn’t played in a game this postseason, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting fined for on-ice antics.

 

Mayers, who took the pregame skate with the ‘Hawks prior to Game 5 of the Detroit series, has been fined a half day’s pay (roughly $1600) for shooting pucks into the Red Wings goal during warmup, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

 

“I was trying to get under their skin,” Mayers told ESPN’s Craig Custance. “The league fined me and took the appropriate action.

 

“I’ll pay the piper.”

Mayers shot around four or five pucks into Jimmy Howard‘s net, all from Chicago’s side of center.

It was a territorial-marking/gamesmanship move and, if you’re looking to somehow make what Mayers did relevant, the Blackhawks did win 4-1, scoring more goals in Game 5 than they did in Games 2-4 combined.

Of course, Mayers didn’t actually play in Game 5, and nobody from Detroit reacted to him firing pucks at their goal.

See The Video Here!

(H/T: Pro Hockey Talk)

 



Chicago Press Is Turning on Jonathan Toews!

Check this out from the Chicago Sun-Times!

There was something a tad much about what Jonathan Toews said Thursday morning. Something overboard, something overdone. Something too too, if you know what I mean.

“When you put it all together and we play the right way, we’re an amazing, amazing bunch of guys,” he told reporters.

It didn’t sound like the understated captain we know. It sounded like a guy working on self-esteem exercises, Captain Serious morphing into Captain Chamber of Commerce.

“There was a reason we made it this far,’’ he said. “We’re a good team — we’re a really good team.”\

Read More Here!

There is no doubt Chicago is in trouble, but they are capable of beating Detroit three straight!