I apologize in advance for missing last night’s debate. In my neighborhood, this is a momentous few days, capped by the 4th of Juluau pig roast (poor Piggly II). To kick off the festivities, it’s tradition to hold a cock fighting tournament to help fund the local kindergarten. The tamales were spectacular.
In a Chicago basement, bathed in a sea of blood and feathers, the Glendale debate seemed a world away. From The Moose’s Twitter feed, apparently, I could not be further off.
In a 4-3 vote to retain the dying franchise, the City of Glendale put the (now) Arizona Coyotes – and, really, why wouldn’t they distance the city’s name? – ahead of police and firemen. From Scott Burnside:
For anyone who has followed this tortured saga the past four years, a great and loud “hallelujah” rose up when the council finally tallied its votes and decided it was better to have an NHL team in its building even if it’s going to cost the city $15 million a year in management fees over the course of the 15-year lease to do so.
In a move which harkens the ferry boat scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the Glendale city council removed its only financial protection, a provision which allowed it to walk if it sustained a predetermined level of financial losses after five years. You know, the provision which Renaissance Sports and Entertainment insisted be included on their end.
The truly sad story is drawing to a close. There are still some more politics to endure, i.e. the NHL’s Board of Governors has to approve the sale and the Goldwater Institute has to sign off. The Goldwater Institute, hired as a watchdog agency to protect the City from itself, has shuttered previous attempts at sale. It’s the only legitimately good decision on the council’s record.
Twitter was alight with support for Councillor Norma Alvarez, who called it a “sad day that we’re going to put a [sports team] ahead of the future of Glendale.”
The vote was felt 1500 miles north in The Emerald City that is Seattle. Most folks thought that city the heir apparent to the franchise. This flies in the face of reason as Key Arena is not NHL-ready by any means and there is no alternate building. The Moose has discussed this story in the past.
There is no justice for the City of Glendale. The memory of those 19 firefighters killed in a central Arizona wildfire were invoked. The residents brave enough to speak came across as hapless, sunbaked codgers. The worst crime against The People in America is to come across poorly on television.
If only Dexter wasn’t on more important business in Westeros