That's right folks. Big Shooter has been away for a while, but don't fret... it was all for work. With news that Mr. Blackberry has resurfaced and trying to move the Yotes to Southern Ontario, I jumped on a plane to get the scoop up in Hamilton. Here is my exclusive interview with Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger:
BS: Fred, thanks for taking time to sit down with me.
BS: So, big news about the Coyotes possibly on the move to Southern Ontario. Where does Hamilton stand on this issue?
FE: You betcha we are excited. Balsillie has tried to get a team here before, and we hope he is successful this time around.
BS: The NHL seems dead set on stopping him. That would have to be a big disappointment for the folks of Hamilton to come close and lose out again, would it not?
FE: Eh. But this time we have a back up plan. This Monday I plan on meeting a group of investors from Atlanta that are looking to move the Toronto Maple Leafs to Hamilton.
BS: Wow, that is big news! Although, with the state of the Leafs the last few years, this shouldn't really come as a surprise. Does it make sense though to move a team just one hour south of it's current location?
FE: In this case it does. I overheard a guy saying the Leafs were up for sale because the team has been bad the last few years. And ownership and what not. There are no fans with the lack of history of the Leafs, they haven't won a Cup in like 50 years, eh. Let's face it, teams that don't win the Cup have to move.
BS: What does that mean, "ownership and what not"?
FE: Yes, that's right... exactly.
FE: Look, don't argue with what I overheard some guy say.
BS: Well, Fred, thanks so much for your time. Will you keep us updated?
FE: Sure, you betcha. I'm meeting with a third group from Nashville next week that wants to move all six Canadian teams to Hamilton and combine them to one team. I'll let you know how it goes. They even have a website, http://www.makeitone.usa/
BS: Nice, I'll go check it out. Thanks again Fred. Please thank your lovely wife Martha for the homemade Maple Syrup. Talk to you soon.
Well, there you have it kids. Big news out of Hamilton. More on this story to come...
For The Blueland Chronicle, I'm Big Shooter.