What are we going to write about, with the Flames being dead and the media refusing to ask uncomfortable questions?
Diss Andrew Walker?
Who? Don't worry, if you don't know that name you are in the same company as Peter Maher. His coworker.
(And our last shot - Boomer & Warrener this morning, sans Walker, was much better than normal. We know some of the Domebeer-aholics have questioned the use of Warrener, or more specifically the overuse of Warrener, but we don't know, with just Boomer and Warrener there, they sound more natural, like it's a more natural flow. That's the format we would go with. Save the 24 grand you pay Walker (is that too high an estimate?) and get Ric Lafitte an expensive whore.)
Anyways...the Flames. No news, huh? It's getting so bad we even went to Calgarypuck to look for news. And even they got nothing. It's a drought.
Actually, we did hear about the Flames when we were listening to the AM1060's child cancer charity drive thang they were doing the other day. Turns out the Flames, predictably, are involved in a lot of the stories of the sick kids; Giving out tickets, the players lending their time, etc.
You know who is behind that shit? We guarantee you that it is Ken King. Damn you and your charitable inclinations, Ken King. Humanizing yourself in our eyes, and shit. Hate that.
What was Classic Country doing, anyways? Trying to make grown men cry?
Watching those playoffs; Wow, are the Flames far away.
Here is your depressing stat for the day:
List is from capgeek.com. Ales Pig Ugly Kotalicksballs isn't on the list, for whatever reason. Anyways...holy shit this is a mess of our own making. And by 'our' and 'own' we mean Murray Edwards, and his enabling of Ken King, and then Kings enabling of Darryl Sutter. The two '*' belong to shitface Hagman and Tommy K, who we love here at Dome Beers.
But just look at this list. The Flames ownership group, Mr. Murray Edwards, are (is?) on the hook to pay the bums on the roster One Hundred Twenty Five Million Dollars. How Murray Edwards can look at that is beyond us. Is there enough Pepto Bismol in the world?
Oh right, he doesn't actually know all that much about hockey, so Ken King is still able to con him on the potential of 27 year old Matt Stajan.
And six years to Bourque...what the fuck were people smoking?
Look, it's obvious as hell, so why don't they come out and say it? The Flames fucked up. They operate under a system that has a cap on the amount of money they have to spend on salaries (which may or may not be good), but at the same time guarantees contracts (which is fucking retarded). Which means the organization can't simply cut the dead weight on the team and spend it's way to prosperity.
Which in turn means that next year is a write off year (Ken King not being fired for this travesty is stupid). That's fine, but have the 'intelectual honesty' as an organization to tell the fans. We know it's shitty marketing, but it will cause less damage in the long run. You have people running around this city with the crazy notion that the organization will actively try to make itself better for next year, and that is just not the case, and when those people see that they will get cynical. And cynicism will corrode a fanbase.
For instance, take the Cubs. Everyone who vaguely follows the Cubs knows that the team isn't trying to win this year (insert Cubs-Lose-All-The-Time joke here). Because the fanbase knows the score, and the score being that they need to let some ill thought out contracts expire and get off the books before they can legitimately contend (which is in no way analogous to the Flames current situation at all, no sir), the fanbase isn't going crazy over the fact that Carlos Pena currently has 3 more RBI than John McDonald.
We will take it further: One of the reasons the fanbase isn't going crazy (over Pena and other shit) is because ownership was upfront and honest with the fanbase when it pertained to the future direction of the club. In the Cubs case, us Cub fans can sit secure in the knowledge that we will be watching either Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder man first base for us next year.
To conclude this mini-rant: It's unsettling to know that the Cubs have a plan for the road ahead, and the Flames, by all indications, do not.
Can we fire Ken King yet?
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.