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Name: owl
Location: merryland
Gender: fowl
Member since: October 13, 2003
Last visit: February 08, 2006

owl has posted 11 links and 76 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 0 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Vancouver Canucks are my boys. Well, ok, they are really some billionaire's boys, but I have been following them faithfully since 1974.

Recent Links

Business Week Votes Bettman among the worst managers of 2004: A fairly scathing review of Bettman's performance, and not just this year. He is in good company with luminaries such as Eisner (Disney) and Scott Livengood of Krispy Kreme.

posted by owl to hockey at 06:03 PM on January 04, 2005 - 9 comments

Dissecting the Levitt report: An economist and a hockey fan looks at the Levitt report.

posted by owl to hockey at 07:25 PM on March 30, 2004 - 6 comments

Sweden yay, Ave's nay: reports in sweden indicate that Forseberg is set to go to Modo again next season, in the event of of a lockout. Colorado denies it. well, wouldn't they?

posted by owl to hockey at 08:43 PM on February 29, 2004 - 8 comments

NHL standings and magic numbers. : a different way of looking at the standings, as well as projected finishing positions, using magic numbers. it's not as esoteric as it sounds.

posted by owl to hockey at 09:55 AM on February 18, 2004 - 7 comments

Recent Comments

Sharapova has lost "N" match points

what luckygirl said. sorta.

posted by owl at 03:28 AM on January 28, 2005

Australian Open temperature rises

i think thats a pretty fair assessment. federer doesn't exactly seem to be off his game right now, tho. speaking of close matches owlhouse, nalbandian/hewitt fit the bill pretty nicely...

posted by owl at 05:15 PM on January 26, 2005

Australian Open temperature rises

it was a let down in a way, but it did serve (no pun intended) to showcase federer's dominance, you're right. plus, i got to bed an hour earlier than i thought i would, so thats good... i don't think anyone can outlast him, but safin might be able to outpower him. how bout that nadal? damn good run against hewitt.

posted by owl at 09:51 PM on January 25, 2005

Australian Open temperature rises

im very much looking forward to the agassiz/federer match tomorrow. wish i were there.

posted by owl at 01:29 AM on January 25, 2005

H-E Double Hockey Sticks

both the vancouver province, and the vancouver sun are reporting that goodenow and whats-his-name are meeting over this weekend (past). but who knows.

posted by owl at 01:46 AM on January 17, 2005


an intersting mefi post. perhaps a bit overdone, but the meaning is clear, and i am consistently being drawn to what should be an obvious conclusion: we are all taking this too seriously. i mean, who really cares if a man pantomines mooning a crowd? did it hurt you? who cares what the players get paid? if they get paid less, will it help you? who cares what happens in the grump between the league and the PA. if it means you dont want to watch anymore, or play anymore, than dont. hockey wont miss you, sports wont miss you, and i wont either.

posted by owl at 03:57 AM on January 14, 2005

Play stick cricket:

that was harder than another cricket game i played...more fun.

posted by owl at 04:10 AM on January 12, 2005

Business Week Votes Bettman among the worst managers of 2004

odds seem to point to the latter?

posted by owl at 03:06 AM on January 05, 2005

World Jrs. Final Tonight

go canucks!!

posted by owl at 06:03 PM on January 04, 2005

Dissecting the Levitt report

camcanuck, the nba sets them at whatever rate they want and nobody plays by the rules...as i noted half of the teams pay luxury taxes, and they kick in at 61%. it sure does look like the tv deal is going sour. but a lot of teams are developing their own distribution channels, they should make up some of the difference.

posted by owl at 04:45 PM on March 31, 2004

Dissecting the Levitt report

i don't think it was that poorly written, but i will agree he does not come across as someone who had an open mind about the numbers going in. that being said, what each player gets is irrelevant. what is relevant, to be profitable, is to keep salaries at some percentage of gross income. the nfl sets that at 64%, the nba sets it at 48%, but half of the teams pay luxury taxes that kick in at 61%, so they are kind of comparable. the nhl claims that salaries are 75% of gross income, which is out of whack to the other leagues. the article linked points out some dubious accounting practices that even with limited access to data suggest its closer to 72%, and that other factors could lower it even more. in that case, we are looking at comparable percentages accross all the sports, _independant_ of what the source of gross income is. eg, tv deal or not, although loss of that income would obviously change things. so yeah, chicobangs, i agree, lets get a decent tv contract.

posted by owl at 11:37 AM on March 31, 2004

sorry, grum that was only a joke...thought it would be obvious.

posted by owl at 08:50 AM on March 22, 2004

why are you defending this fiend grum?

posted by owl at 11:28 PM on March 21, 2004

"A hook is a hook. I don't care it it's the first period of a regular season game or the second overtime period in the finals. It should be called. Don Cherry would be upset because the 'we should let the players decide the game', but what he fails to grasp is they are. The players know the rules, if the refs would just called them consistently I don't think the players would mind." camcanuck, you were so right on here i couldn't quite believe that you also said you liked the glowing puck! ;)

posted by owl at 07:11 AM on March 19, 2004

"Dryden is not only a vice chairman with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Toronto, but also a lawyer, a social commentator, a former NHL goaltender, a hockey administrator, a former Youth Commissioner for the Province of Ontario, a prolific author and a man who moves comfortably and ably on both sides of the US-Canadian border." he was also, by reputation, one of the most gentlemanly players of his era.

posted by owl at 06:59 AM on March 19, 2004