Monday, January 28, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Subban contract impasse has reached the point where there's open speculation about a possible trade, but there's absolutely no pressure on general manager Marc Bergevin to consider anything other than an offer that he absolutely couldn't refuse. Even if another team tabled a qualifying offer to Subban as a restricted free agent, the Canadiens would have the option of matching the offer or accepting a king's ransom in draft choice compensation. They have all the leverage, and Bergevin is exercising sound business and hockey judgement by following standard negotiating procedure for a promising player coming out of an entry level contract.
With or without P.K., the Canadiens aren't going anywhere - in more ways than one. They're a marginal contender for a playoff spot whether or not Subban is in the lineup, and while his presence would considerably enhance their prospects for the post-season and the financial windfall it brings, they're not going to go out of business without him. The Canadiens are a century-old institution. As much as Subban is a modern day marketer's dream as the potential face of the franchise for the next decade or more, he can't outlast the franchise, either existentially or contractually. Subban might be larger than life, but no one is bigger than the team, especially THIS team - not even P.K.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Those might not be his exact words, but reports say in an interview recorded yesterday for broadcast this Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network, disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong finally owned up to using performance enhancing drugs. Many questions persist, not least of which is "Why Oprah?" Well, aside from the fact that she's the self-appointed High Confessor for maudlin public displays of celebrity self-flagellation, Oprah is presiding over a struggling television enterprise that needs a boost. A Lance Armstrong mea culpa is the ultimate performance-enhancing interview for a network that's riding near the back of the ratings peloton. And don't think for a minute that leaked details of the interview didn't come from Oprah's people. Everything Oprah does is calculated to benefit Oprah, and the leaks represent a deliberate strategy aimed at capitalizing on a three day promotional window and making sure as many people as possible tune in for the spectacle. What's in it for Armstrong? That's hard to say. He could have a financial agreement with Oprah - Lord knows, she can afford it - or he might just be cutting his losses in the face of overwhelming public pressure by coming clean in a controlled environment with a kindred self-seeking spirit.
The Church of Oprah meets the Cult of Lance - two megalomaniacs who were meant for each other, although calling it a match made in Heaven wouldn't be giving the Devil his due.