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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Operation Slapshot

First, straight off -- love the name.

Much better than Operation March of the Penguins, which was the CIA's suggestion.

Second, Janet Gretzky, what were you THINKING? Anyone knows hooking up with Rick Tocchet, is an automatic major.

Oh, this is just the start of the NHL-centric betting ring scandal, believe me.

The question on all our minds is: if Janet is involved somehow, even if it wasn't about betting on hockey, can Wayne be far behind?

After the lockout events of the recent year and a half, the NHL needs a Pete Rose-like scandal, like Eddie Belfour needs a hole in his net.

For those of us who love hockey, let's hope the betting ring is not that all-encompassing.

21 Comments:

  • I, like you, hope that this doesn't suck in a flood of other NHL stars.

    NHLers are unique among pro athletes. Despite enormous levels of talent, the majority of them regularly display levels of humility and sportsmanship that are practically extinct in the other sports (with a few exceptions, of course).

    The NHL is a league full of "good guys" who are, for the most part, classy and fun to root for. I mean, the greatest leader in sports that I'll probably ever see in my lifetime is Mark Messier, a man who did everything and always seemed to be crediting everyone else for his successes.

    Yeah. I hope this ends well, too.

    By Blogger Alex Nunez, at Wed Feb 08, 10:42:00 am GMT-5  

  • I just don't get the "allure" of gambling. Yeah, playing some of the machines can be fun for a minute or two, but gambling rings? Does everybody have that kind of disposable income?

    Heck, I don't! If I did, I wouldn't be throwing it away! Sheesh!

    Please, don't let The Great One be involved in any way! I say this as an old "Broad Street Bullies" fan!

    By Blogger benning, at Wed Feb 08, 12:31:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow! Janet Jones will never work in Hollywood again!

    The amount of money probably only affects how much someone puts down on a wager. It was rumoured that Michael Jordan left basketball for that one year because of gambling. Jaromir Jagr reportedly owed $500,000 to an off-shore gambling company.

    I'm surprised they went to these lengths to gamble. Funneling money out of state, New Jersey troopers, the mob, very serious stuff. I'm sure there was a spot at the celebrity poker table if they were that desperate!

    If there's a bright side, its that they didn't bet on hockey and hopefully maintained the integrity of the game.

    By Blogger Renato, at Wed Feb 08, 12:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Benning, if #99 is in any way implicated in this himself, you will be able to knock me over with a feather.

    By Blogger Alex Nunez, at Wed Feb 08, 12:51:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I, like you, hope that this doesn't suck in a flood of other NHL stars.

    I believe Tocchet is meeting with Bettman, as we speak.

    So far, JR (whom I revile) has been named as a player who betted, but stopped in 2004, but I haven't heard more...

    NHLers are unique among pro athletes. Despite enormous levels of talent, the majority of them regularly display levels of humility and sportsmanship that are practically extinct in the other sports (with a few exceptions, of course).

    Absolutely.

    Renato, our resident Canadian, explains that most of these guys come from farms, or from the isolated homesteads in the middle of Canada.

    Farm boys tend to be polite, down-to-earth, without the glossy schtick of suburbanites from big metropolises, or from the coarse inner-city cultures.

    He's right, you'll agree.

    The NHL is a league full of "good guys" who are, for the most part, classy and fun to root for. I mean, the greatest leader in sports that I'll probably ever see in my lifetime is Mark Messier, a man who did everything and always seemed to be crediting everyone else for his successes.

    MESS! My fave NHL'er for YEARS.

    Although I confess to liking that little dynamo, Theo Fleury -- who isn't exactly a classy guy.

    But hey.

    Yeah. I hope this ends well, too.

    God willing, it shall!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 08, 09:07:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I just don't get the "allure" of gambling. Yeah, playing some of the machines can be fun for a minute or two, but gambling rings? Does everybody have that kind of disposable income?

    You know what I keep thinking?

    That I could never be a drugs addict, not only because I have no temperament for it, but because I could never forgive myself, for blowing $20,000 on...blow.

    How does one do that?

    Or drop a wad on the outcome of a mere schtoink?

    That's crazy talk!

    To think of all the books and DVD's I could buy with that...

    Heck, I don't! If I did, I wouldn't be throwing it away! Sheesh!

    Quite. ;)

    Please, don't let The Great One be involved in any way! I say this as an old "Broad Street Bullies" fan!

    Anything but the Legion of Doom...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 08, 09:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow! Janet Jones will never work in Hollywood again!

    *LOL*

    What did she star in, anyways? I don't recall a single film that she was in.

    The amount of money probably only affects how much someone puts down on a wager. It was rumoured that Michael Jordan left basketball for that one year because of gambling.

    Indeed. And that his pops was kidnapped because of it.

    Jaromir Jagr reportedly owed $500,000 to an off-shore gambling company.

    Russkies? ;)

    I'm surprised they went to these lengths to gamble. Funneling money out of state, New Jersey troopers, the mob, very serious stuff. I'm sure there was a spot at the celebrity poker table if they were that desperate!

    No way! You'd have to pry Kathy Najimy out by her cold, dead hands!

    If there's a bright side, its that they didn't bet on hockey and hopefully maintained the integrity of the game.

    Apparently, the NHL does allow its participants to gamble on other sports?

    That's what I heard today, anyway.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 08, 09:12:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Benning, if #99 is in any way implicated in this himself, you will be able to knock me over with a feather.

    After I heard and saw his interviews with the press yesterday...well, let's just say, that if he is acting, he's a much better actor than his wife.

    He looked completely blindsided by these allegations.

    Are you kidding me? You think a wife tells her husband everything she does -- especially relating to money?

    Hah.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 08, 09:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • What did she star in, anyways? I don't recall a single film that she was in.

    That may be a good thing. The only movie I remember her being in is Police Academy.

    Russkies? ;)

    Umm, more like Belizians.;)

    As far as I know there's no policy about betting on other sports but Bettman will no doubt have one shortly.

    By Blogger Renato, at Thu Feb 09, 09:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • In terms of other players, after the Pens/Bruins game last night the lawyer for both John LeClair and Mark Recchi (both ex-teammates of Tocchet on the Flyers) made some kind of statement on Operation Slapshot that I missed because I had the volume turned down while I was studying. But if they brought their lawyer, I doubt it was just "Rick is our friend and we feel really bad that this happened."

    By Blogger Pat, at Thu Feb 09, 11:42:00 am GMT-5  

  • Whoops.

    Today's newark Star-Ledger is reporting that Wayne knew.

    They have wiretap evidence.

    No evidence that he was betting, however, but they're investigating whether or not he was placing bets through Janet.

    By Blogger Alex Nunez, at Thu Feb 09, 11:48:00 am GMT-5  

  • A Newspaper has wiretap evidence? An American Newspaper? I cannot believe that! What an infringement of rights! Why, I ... I ... oh, why bother? Newark? LOL Okay.

    "Are you kidding me? You think a wife tells her husband everything she does -- especially relating to money?

    Hah." - Ohhh, Victoria, you have demolished my last illusion. *sigh*

    By Blogger benning, at Thu Feb 09, 12:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • A Catholic Briton med school student living in Miami who likes hockey.

    My head asplode.

    By Blogger SippicanCottage, at Thu Feb 09, 03:18:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "A Catholic Briton med school student living in Miami who likes hockey.

    My head asplode."


    Heheheee! Love it!

    By Blogger benning, at Thu Feb 09, 08:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • My God, finally. Just when I sat down to write my blogpost, Blogger was down.

    It is no way to run a store...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 10, 01:40:00 am GMT-5  

  • That may be a good thing. The only movie I remember her being in is Police Academy.

    What! No way. Who did she play?

    Not that husky blonde cop with the huge jugs?

    Umm, more like Belizians.;)

    I hadn't realised there was a connexion there.

    As far as I know there's no policy about betting on other sports but Bettman will no doubt have one shortly.

    The problem with gambling in the US, is that it involves all kinds of parties like the Mafia.

    This is one of the reasons that, although I have nothing against gambling per se, I voted against the slot-machines resolution during 2004's presidential election.

    The vote in Miami-Dade County was so so tight, it had to be revoted on, in March 2005.

    It was defeated by a more significant margin that time.

    I mean, who wants to see Janet Jones in SoFla, after Police Academy IV?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 10, 03:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • In terms of other players, after the Pens/Bruins game last night the lawyer for both John LeClair and Mark Recchi (both ex-teammates of Tocchet on the Flyers)

    Legion of Doom, blech, blech, hate Lindros, pftui...

    made some kind of statement on Operation Slapshot that I missed because I had the volume turned down while I was studying. But if they brought their lawyer, I doubt it was just "Rick is our friend and we feel really bad that this happened."

    I'm not quite sure what the charges are against him, since I didn't read the papers or watch the news, Thursday.

    Did he launder the money for the mob, directly?

    Or was he a kind of glorified bookie for his old NHL pals, et. al.?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 10, 03:10:00 am GMT-5  

  • A Newspaper has wiretap evidence? An American Newspaper? I cannot believe that! What an infringement of rights! Why, I ... I ... oh, why bother? Newark? LOL Okay.

    Benning, Benning.

    You know, wiretapping leaks are a-okay, if there are Republicans to be shamed.

    It's when eavesdropping on terrorists is involved, is that it's immoral.

    Ohhh, Victoria, you have demolished my last illusion. *sigh*

    I can still use your credit card, though, right?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 10, 03:12:00 am GMT-5  

  • A Catholic Briton med school student living in Miami who likes hockey.

    My head asplode.


    At first, I was all "okay, what does he mean by this?".

    Is it a slam, or a compliment?

    Don't judge me!!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 10, 03:13:00 am GMT-5  

  • Now, Victoria...

    Has discourse really devolved so far that we simply parse any comment, no matter how innocuous, to divine the vague substance of the person behind it, and simply file it under-- for or against?

    I found it to be an unlikely (on the face of it) combination of attributes. But of course the world is filled with such delightful and unlikely combinations these days; I decline to offer a rundown on my own superficially disparate attributes, but trust me, I could trump yours easy.

    You really must always picture me smiling while I'm typing. I always am.

    By Blogger SippicanCottage, at Fri Feb 10, 12:16:00 pm GMT-5  

  • By Blogger News, at Fri Feb 10, 06:24:00 pm GMT-5  

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