Re: The pot calling the kettle black
posted at 8/9/2009 3:34 PM EDT
One reason is because the "Boys Club" is just like the mafia, there's a certain amount of tribute you have to pay (i.e., buttkissin'), and if you don't try to do things the right way, adios.
Actually wait, let me make another analogy. There's this ultra-swanky private golf country club. You want in, but don't want to file the paperwork, wait for a vote, wait for the 8 month waiting period, get friendly with everyone, etc. You just want in, f__k everyone else. You're the Rodney Dangerfield of golf. But you have a plan. You decide to find one of their members (Mr. Arizona) out in the parking lot, and offer him $212 million for his golf outfit and his car. So what if this plan didn't work when you approached Mr. Pittsburgh or Mr. Nashville? Third time's a charm, right? Thing is, you know Mr. Arizona is a degenerate poor spender and will take all the money so he can pay off his enormous debts. So after you buy his car, clubs and outfit, you put on all his clothes and park his car 10ft. from the front door. Except there isn't a parking spot for you. The newbie parking is way at the far end of the lot. You just wedged Mr. Arizona's car in the 2ft. space between Mr. Buffalo's and Mr. Ontario's cars. Whoopsie! Certainly they won't mind? No need to ask because you don't talk to these people anyways. Then you try to sneak in the kitchen side door, hoping nobody notices. Okay! Four! Anyone? Anyone??
That probably made no sense, but here's a couple of quotes from the article: "This court should put an end to Mr. Moyes' and Mr. Balsillie's jointly devised scheme to force entry into the league through the bankruptcy 'side door,"' the NHL said in its Friday filing. "There is only a front door, and it is now unavailable to Mr. Balsillie in accordance with the NHL's constitution and bylaws."
"Mr. Balsillie's answers during the interview only served to confirm our conclusion that he is not willing to comply with league rules and procedures and would not be a good business partner," Jacobs said.
He's like Mark Cuban, but instead of being a fly by the seat of your pants maverick loudmouth, he's a fly by the seat of your pants maverick dumb_ss. Legally hijacking a team from the NHL is not smart. If he did it the right way and took his time, maybe he'd have a shot. But he got one wrong answer from Bettman (no relocation) and made it a personal mission to legally secure his own NHL team without involving the NHL at all.
So Jacobs was all like:
I just like how Jacob's is Bettman's trump card when he needs to tout "business sense" and "respectability".