So, what do Ilya Kovalchuk and a vuvuzela have in common? What’s that you say…they both have made themselves out to be an annoying nuisance this summer?
No, no, no…that’s not the answer I was looking for. What I was getting at was both of them got B-slapped in the NHL community Tuesday night.
League Says No-No To Kovy’s Contract
In the case of Kovy, the league office nixed his newly inked 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. As TSN reports, the league rejected the deal saying that it circumvented the salary cap rules.
Under the contract, Kovalchuk was to earn $10 million per season over the next eight years, $7.5 million for the following two seasons then one mil per year throughout the course of the final seven years.
I guess The Great Kovy Signing Saga of 2010 continues.
No Vuvuzela For You, Sir!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…the Atlanta Thrashers banned the use of vuvuselas in Philips Arena. In case you don’t already know, vuvuzelas are those obnoxious sounding long stadium horns that gained notoriety during the recent World Cup tournament that was held in South Africa.
The horns were fashioned after a kudu horn, which was used to call out to surrounding villagers to gather for community events. But they sounded like giant bees swarming overhead while watching an otherwise very entertaining tournament that ended in Spain hoisting the World Cup trophy for the very first time.
They made such an “impression” in the wide, wide world of sports that the Thrashers organization are now telling Thrashers fans, “No vuvuzela for you”!
The banning of vuvuzelas at Thrashers games is...
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Located under the Fan Conduct heading on the Thrashers web site, fans are provided a list of items that will not be allowed inside Philips Arena for Thrashers game. The seventh bullet item down reads, “Prohibited entry items such as containers, food & beverage, airhorns, vuvuzelas, weapons and laser pointers. Cameras, video cameras and audio recorders are prohibited when posted for certain events”.
Some may disagree with me on this subject, but I for one welcome the news. It’s one thing for thousands of fanatic soccer fans…excuse me, football fans…gather in a large outdoor stadium and blast the bloody things for two hours or more. But it’s quite another to have these things buzzing your eardrums inside an enclosed hockey arena.
So, giving vuvuzelas the boot from Thrasherville is a good thing, in my humble opinion. And I think it’s something the NHL league office could support as well.
You know, unlike the Kovalchuk deal with the Devils.
Hey guys, you ever ask a young lady out on a date only to have her respond, “Yeah…when donkeys fly!” Well…here ya go.