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Friday, September 14, 2021

Leave it to the Motor City to push for a re-alignment job on this goofy National Hockey League unbalanced schedule. Citing softer attendance of late, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch promises to push the league to abandon the hyperdivisional scheduling that eliminates most potential inter-conference matchups.

“It’s been a hot topic for us in Detroit for awhile,” [Wings General Manager Ken] Holland said. “Being that we’re in the Eastern time zone, we’d like to be in the Eastern Conference but that’s not going to happen, so we’d like to play more games against the Eastern teams and the rivalries we have with some of those teams.”

This is playing out like a classic appeasement strategy inside the NHL: To pay back Detroit for sucking it up and staying in the West, it gets its way in having the schedule revert back to pre-lockout formula. It can count on support from other clubs, particularly the Canadian teams who want to ensure they all play each other annually.

Granted, the empty seats at Joe Louis have more to do with the hit the local economy is taking from the auto industry’s woes. But certainly, it can’t be helping ticket sales when potential walk-ups see the same teams coming to town with such frequency. It’s been my chief complaint, and I’ll be glad to see it remedied.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 09/14/2007 05:31:25 PM
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Technically, the national anthem of Spain is not sung in Spanish.

That’s because there’s nothing to sing. Owing to the country’s divisive history and fragmented regionalism, an instrumental-only anthem is used to avoid contentious debate.

That means Spaniards can’t break into song whenever national pride strikes them — they have to just hum or da-da-da the song’s melody. At least there’s no running joke material when a pre-game singer flubs the lyrics, as is the case in the States.

There are efforts to add words to Madrid’s theme music:

Meanwhile, Telecinco, the television station, conducted an online poll and came up with its winning entry, by the poet and journalist Enrique Hernandez-Luike. It’s a piece of “simple metaphors and accessible musicality,” Telecinco said.

It opens with a paean to “Mother Homeland, arms entwined in a sign of peace,” and invokes the flag, freedom, the constitution, “an ensemble of cultures” and “the hand of Europe.”

One thing it does not mention: Spain.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 09/14/2007 08:17:02 AM
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