With a hat tip to Mrs Biesinger and Kirk from the previous post (well worth checking out, by the way, if the critical returns hold any water: "stunning; magnificent; transcendent"—Martin Levin, the Globe and Mail"; "truly a thoughtful, engrossing read"—a sock put on my hand and made to sound like this Norweigan guy I once knew): the EIG has rejected (EDIT: As pointed out in the comments, they're simply recommending a rejection; I still don't think that makes the following any less stupid, though) Darryl Katz' latest offer to buy the team.
This is pretty much depressing enough as is, but the kicker has to be this sentence:
"The 33-member group stated their desire to know if Katz would be willing to sign an agreement to keep the Oilers in Edmonton."
I'm going to use capitals in my response, not only to convey the sheer anger and frustration I feel, but also because, evidently, the EIG is made up entirely by people who are going blind, but refuse out of masculine modesty and the inability to recognize the unstoppable march of mortality to get better bifocals:
DARRYL KATZ IS FROM EDMONTON. HE WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH KELLY HRUDEY. HE GOT HIS DEGREES FROM THE U OF A. HE CURRENTLY OWNS AND RESIDES IN THE BIGGEST HOME IN EDMONTON. HE HAS A TATTOO OF EDMONTON'S RIVER VALLEY PARK SYSTEM ACROSS HIS CHEST, STOMACH AND RIGHT THIGH. HE OFFERED $100 MILLION OF HIS OWN MONEY TO BUILD AN ARENA IN EDMONTON'S DOWNTOWN CORE. WHAT THE FUCK MORE DO YOU WANT FROM THE MAN? SHOULD HE ENCASE HIMSELF WAIST-DEEP IN CONCRETE AND COMPOSE AN ANTHEM FOR THE CITY? HE'S NOT GOING TO MOVE THE TEAM, YOU ASSHOLES.
"Most important, we should never lose sight of what our group has accomplished since 1998. Whatever decisions we make should honour the spirit and commitment to Edmonton which first brought us together as shareholders."—Bill Butler, Chair, Edmonton Investors Group
FUCK YOU. SELL THE TEAM. YOU'VE TURNED US INTO THE NOUVEAU LEAFS, CONTENT TO BOTTOM-DWELL SO LONG AS THE REVENUE STREAMS ARE STEADY. SELL THE TEAM. YOU THINK THAT SOMEONE WHO HAS SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN EDMONTON IS A THREAT TO MOVE THEM. SELL THE TEAM. SELL THE TEAM. SELL THE TEAM, YOU INCOMPETENT, BRAIN-DEAD, DRIED-UP HUSKS OF SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MEN. SELL THE TEAM. I HATE YOU.
Quoth The Raven: 'Oh Those Oilers!'
2 months ago