Thursday, December 5, 2013

the NFL changes timezones and Markham's rink gets a setback

From where I sit it looks like the NFL is trying to make London an expansion destination...


How else can the kick-off time be explained? To be honest it's really the only league that has the ability to make a European team or two work. The NHL and NBA have such hectic schedules that integrating a team overseas is almost impossible. However, the NFL could do it. With a full division it's plausible, but a stand alone team in London is ridiculous. Those players would be at a major disadvantage on every road trip...but pick up a massive boost with every home game. All thanks to the time change. What does that have to do with the kick-off at 9:30 est? It's 2:30 pm in London. Perfect time for a kick-off for any kind of football.

Meanwhile, thoughts of another Toronto-area NHL team may be in jeopardy...


That is a big setback to the Markham Arena.  To be honest, I agree with council wanting more private funding.  This isn't a situation like Edmonton.  There is no team.  There isn't even a promise of a team.  Yes, Winnipeg built a new rink before the NHL returned, but they already had the minor-league Moose.  This is a rink being built for nobody.  There may be a chance of an NHL team, someday.  But, Quebec is the most likely next destination for the NHL in Canada.  Besides, it's bad enough with one team in Toronto, two would be insufferable.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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