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Friday, June 23, 2021

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It’s been a fine year for the National Hockey League. So fine, in fact, that unexpectedly higher league-wide revenues of $2.1 billion will lead to a significantly high salary cap for 2006-07, to $44 million instead of this season’s $39 mil.

Some might say this validates the institution of a salary cap in the NHL. I wouldn’t. But that’s a debate for another time.

I guess I can stop worrying about how the Lightning are going to field a competitive team next year. Although Tampa Bay is already working on that, focusing on trading for the No. 1 goalie they’ll need to get back on top.

And consider: The NHL raked in all this dough with no television money to speak of (sorry, OLN; not sorry, NBC, despite the decent playoff ratings). If the league can actually build upon this apparent momentum next year, it might be able to get a broadcast TV deal that pays. Scary thought.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/23/2006 12:12:33 PM
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See that menacing stormcloud on the horizon? That a cue for you to not only seek shelter, but also to rip that wireless phone from your ear: British studies indicate that talking on the phone in inclement weather increases the likelihood and severity of lightning strikes on humans.

I’ve always wondered if there was some sort of connection here. Wireless phones are nothing more than fancied-up radios, after all; if they can pull in transmission frequencies, it stands to reason that they’d attract atmospheric electricity, too. It sounds like an urban myth, but I guess it’s true.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/23/2006 11:48:03 AM
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Arrived late last night for the start of my Tampa Bay weekend getaway.

The flight was as pleasant as it could be. I didn’t get the full al Qaeda patdown security treatment, as I’d half-suspected I’d get. I guess I’m looking somewhat less terroristic these days.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out my Delta flight turned out to be on a Song jet. This, despite Song being folded by parent Delta months ago (a bit of obfuscation on the Song website to claim that it’s “joined forces” with Delta — the discount flyer was a Delta subsidiary from day one). I guess the brand is undergoing a gradual phase-out.

But despite what it said on the ticket, we got the full Song treatment: Sassy-talking flight attendants, in-seat entertainment monitors (there wasn’t much to watch/listen to, unfortunately), and onboard drinks (I had the mojito — it was far from great, but what do you expect at 30,000 feet up for five bucks?). So it was an unexpectedly enjoyable trip down.

This morning, I discovered that I managed to forget to pack one thing: Hair gel. Hello, unruly follicles. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to replace.

Now, time to re-explore Tampa Bay. I don’t expect to keep much more of a log of this until I get back home.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/23/2006 11:21:27 AM
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