Insomniac ESPN Moments

by Ryan

I know the moment Sean Taylor died I thought to myself, “What’s his cap hit?”

Good freaking God, what is wrong with Len Pasquarelli? I mean, how do you do the research for that column and not get that icky feeling in your stomach? I feel sick just reading it.

Also, from Bill Simmons’ marathon chat:

Tony (Toronto): Hey, Bill – just wondering if there was anything that could happen to the sport of hockey to get you interested again, or if you’re totally and eternally done. Thoughts?

Bill Simmons: I would come back if they completely re-invented the league – 22 teams, 11 in Canada, 11 in USA.

Honestly, if that’s what it takes to get you back, thanks but no thanks. Not only is that the worst realignment idea I’ve ever seen, I’m pretty sure executing that idea is impossible. It’s a heck of a nice way of saying “never”, though.

3 Comments

  1. dave in Rocha

    Lets see, 11 teams in Canada? I’ll give it a try:

    1) Montreal
    2) Toronto
    3) Ottawa
    4) Edmonton
    5) Calgary
    6) Vancouver
    7) S. Ontario/Kitchener/Waterloo
    8) Winnipeg
    9) Quebec
    10) Halifax? It might work.
    11) Saskatoon? Red Deer? Medicine Hat? Kamloops? Moonbeam, ON? (actually, any of these cities would draw better than FLA and NJ)

    Bill Simmons is an ass. It scares me how many people hang off his every word.

  2. RJ

    From later on in the chat…

    Eric, Boulder: For the SGNHL: Canada (11) – Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, and Halifax US (11) – Boston, New York, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, and Los Angeles That sound about right?

    Bill Simmons: Yeah, I think that would work really well. Canada should have as many teams as possible, it’s the national sport there, I don’t know… seems like a good idea…

    I’m certianly down with having more teams in Canada in some fashion, but not to that extent. Plus that “plan” would take teams out a market like Columbus (great attendance).

    Also, it would be absurd to keep two teams in the NYC area, and I doubt Isles and Rangers fans will ever root for the same team…

  3. dave in Rocha

    “I’m certianly down with having more teams in Canada in some fashion, but not to that extent. Plus that “plan” would take teams out a market like Columbus (great attendance).”

    Oh I agree. If i was god for a day, I’d relocate the Panthers, Coyotes, and Thrashers to Winnipeg, Quebec and Hamilton. I just found it to be an amusing thought experiment to think of what the 11th-biggest market in Canada might be. Forgot all about Regina.