Around the Arena: District Detroit – The Beginning (w/ an Ending)

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"The Joe" Home of the Red Wings. Photo by: Darryn Horvath

September 25, 2014 will be a day forgotten in time to most people. There are some though that will remember it as a day of beginnings and endings, none more than Detroit Red Wings and Tigers fans and the owners of both franchises Mike and Marian Ilitch. It was an interesting day in Detroit for sure, with many story lines. The Detroit Red Wings hosted their first home game of the pre-season, the Detroit Tigers were winding down there last couple games of the season at Comerica park and trying to preserve their lead in the division, and construction of District Detroit (the single largest development in Detroit’s history and home to the future arena of the Detroit Red Wings) officially got underway yesterday.

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Is the NHL Responsible for Brain Damage?

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Parros-Orr

With as many as 10 000 litigants, the NHL is facing serious consequences for the concussions of their players and former players. The players are attempting to prosecute the league for not making them aware of the dangers of concussions. Did the NHL withhold information about the dangers of concussions in order to keep the league profitable? Or is this situation one where the league could not have possibly known about the affects of concussions because the research did not yet exist?

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Homer’s Odyssey

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“Homer”

Someone who shows blind loyalty to a team or organization, typically ignoring any shortcomings or faults they have.
“That guy is a total Broncos homer, they haven’t done anything good all season!”
by Scott F , www.urbandictionary.com

As noted in my Bio, I am a rabid Philadelphia Flyers fan. I admit, it’s probably to a fault. I am a hockey fan, and I love the sport in general, but I do find myself foraging for anything Flyers in most of my free time on the internet. Well at least initially. I can’t quite explain it, but something about the Orange and Black has my complete attention. I never really thought too much of it until I met one of my friends who happens to be a Montreal Canadiens fan. Much of our friendship is built around a solid foundation of mutual interests, but more than anything hockey seems to be at the core of a lot of things. We often get together at a local pub, usually while there is a game on (NHL/NFL/MLB…doesn’t really matter). We talk a lot of sports, but the conversation almost invariably will end up talking hockey. Regardless of anything else, we usually settle into a discussion of the Habs and the Flyers. At some point during the conversations, we usually have some sort of disagreement about a player/issue. I’ll offer my point, and my friends reply has a number times been to the tune of, “That’s because you are an unbelievable homer.” Which always gets me thinking. I know my friend doesn’t mean that as an end to the discussion, because many of our discussions go far beyond this, but I have thought long and hard about what this means.

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Around the Arena: A Series on NHL Arenas

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Joe Louis Arena

Madison Square Garden, Maple Leaf Gardens, The Old Red Barn, The Madhouse on Madison, The Garden, The Forum. Bring up any of these storied arenas to any avid hockey fan and you can be sure to hear many stories. These stories rival those of fantasy novels, stories of hope, loss, and triumph. These NHL arenas are things of legend. What has made the arena an icon in our modern day cities, a permanent part of cultural lore, the place of myths, and the home of legends? This series will take a deeper look into the places our favourite teams call home, the arenas of the NHL (past, present, and future).

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The Loser Point Part 2: “Losing” Myself in 2013-14

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In my last post I discussed my problem with the NHL Awarding a loser point for Overtime and Shootout Losses. Admittedly, my last post had a lot more to do with my feelings and perspective on how games played out. I decided to break down the end of the years stats and see how different situations would have played out minus the extra points awarded to each team. For a point of reference, here are last years final standings:

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The Impending Paradigm Shift of Hockey Night in Canada

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The impending paradigm shift for hockey broadcasting this year is going to make this hockey season one of the most interesting in the history of the sport for Canada. Of course I am talking about the 12 year, 5.232 billion dollar CAD acquisition of broadcasting rights of the NHL in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet. This brings a slew of changes that are going to affect how we Canadians consume this national icon.

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The Loser Point Part 1: I’m a Loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?

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I have been a lifelong hockey fan, however, my serious interest in hockey really only picked up at the end of high school and into my University years.  I can still remember learning about Pro Line, and being the Starving Student that I was thought to myself “if I just put $5 a week on all the long shot games, I could easily put together some money to spend”.  So I would wait all week, and on Saturday mornings, I would walk to my local Convenience Store and place my bets.  Among the choices, I always remember the option of choosing a tie.  This always seemed like a ridiculous option.  After all, who hopes for ties (looking at you soccer… err, sorry football). Nonetheless, choosing a tie almost always paid higher, meaning that I would choose that every so often, me being the starving student that I was.  Then I would go home and wait…

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