Thursday, January 18, 2007

Start mixing the mortar

Non-Edmonton media have finally heard Edmontonians' cries and started complaining about the shithole that is Rexall place. Via TSN, from the CP, this article almost reads like the Oil are currently playing in a natural ice arena with chickenwire for glass.

Here's a taste. Let me point out, though, that none of the following excerpts are from anyone associated with the Oilers—rather, this is the CP reporter was parroting had to say (all emphasis added).

"Built in 1974, Rexall Place is the oldest Canadian home in the NHL and third-oldest in the league, behind Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home to the New York Islanders. In Pittsburgh, failure to reach a deal on a new rink has left the future of the franchise in doubt in the Pennsylvania city."

"Between periods, patrons lining up for the washroom snake out the door, becoming a human dam for a streaming river of fans shuffling, elbowing and bumping along to grab food and souvenirs."

"The Oilers have 67 luxury suites, and LaForge believes they could sell 40 more. The locker room is tiny, media facilities need upgrading and TV trucks are forced to wedge in under the seats with no room to spare."

Two things: first, let's hope those 40 extra luxury boxes generate enough extra revenue to put a nice down payment on their arena.

Second, the Laforge's comments later made me laugh, at least in light of the first quote I pulled there: "[The owners] aren't going to be showing anyone pictures of Portland or Houston."

Why on earth would they have to, when Canadian Press will do it for them?

Though, again, all this complaining is moot so long as Edmonton doesn't contribute a dime.

Also, apparently we're playing Anaheim tonight. Prediction: 7-2 Oilers. Lupul gets four, Hemksy, Nedved and Sykora get the rest.

GOILERS!

5 comments:

mike w said...

EDMONTON (CP) - Asked if the Edmonton Oilers needed a new building before their lease expires in seven years, Patrick LaForge held back no punches.

"The place is a fucking shit hole," said LaForge, "we're talking Katrina Superdome shit hole. Ever try to take a piss in that piece of shit building? It's an absolute disgrace. Fuck!"

(also: even at half capacity, goddamn 50, 000 seat Skydome has overflowing lines to the bathroom -- a likely outcome when 20,000 decide to pee during breaks in play... But I guess LaForge is going for the hard sell on this one)

Jim said...

Between periods, patrons lining up for the washroom snake out the door, becoming a human dam for a streaming river of fans shuffling, elbowing and bumping along to grab food and souvenirs.

That sentence really makes me want to pee.

Andy Grabia said...

Man, I worked on a monster post all day, confident in COI apathy. But you scooped me by about two hours. Fuckers. Good thing mine is really, really long. Really long automatically equals really awesome.

mike w said...

Ha! You both even bolded the same sentence.

Andy Grabia said...

I know. I laughed when I saw that. It clearly bugged the shit out of both of us.