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Friday, June 26, 2021

I never thought I’d lament the absence of rumor-mongering and mostly-clueless talent assessment, but that’s exactly the void I’m feeling heading into the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, which starts tonight.

I mean, it’s been extremely quiet all week. All that’s cropped up is an iffy Phil Kessel-for-Tomas Kaberle trade proposal from the Bruins to the Maple Leafs, and scattered speculation about the chances of the Islanders not picking John Tavares first overall. No other wheeling-and-dealing in bids to move up or down in selection order, or to tinker with rosters before free agency hits next week.

I know why I’m feeling shortchanged: Comparatively, NBA teams completed a flurry of transactions before and during their entry draft yesterday, including the trading of marquee names like Shaquille O’Neal. NHL teams are more constricted by the roster-based hard salary cap they operate under, but still, why should hoops fans have all the fun?

I suspect the hockey world will see a buzz of activity starting right about now, before the Draft begins at 7PM in Montreal. But it’s been a dull lead-up.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/26/2009 03:47:55 PM
Category: Basketball, Hockey, Media, SportsBiz
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strange fruit
Yesterday, an uptick of traffic to this old post and its related Flickr page solved the mystery behind the above photo. Turns out that those strategically-placed Post-It Notes belong to The Orchard, a big-time music and video licensing company. Their offices are behind those windows on Lafayette Street (although their actual physical address is around the corner, on 4th Street).

Accordingly, I guess I’m wrong about that pixelated fruit being the bonus-points orange from “Pac-Man”. It’s actually The Orchard’s corporate logo, which, from the looks of it, is supposed to be a peach. That would make sense, as peaches do grow in orchards, while oranges grow in groves. (Although this Post-It creation could be doubling as both, just to fit in better with the “Space Invaders” alien and spaceship.)

This art display was still in place as of a couple of days ago, which is the last time I walked past. Hopefully my online exposure won’t spook them into tearing it all down.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/26/2009 01:30:13 PM
Category: Comedy, Creative, New Yorkin', Photography, Videogames
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