The Ombudsman

At the risk of overstepping bounds both as working partners and as friends, with word rapidly circulating around the community, this needs to be addressed, though I’m sure Sam will do so on his own when he finds the strength and time.

Last night, Sam’s older brother Adam, better known as “The Ombudsman”, both in jest and in official title for this and the print publication for the way he kept Sam and the rest of us honest, passed away. Adam and Sam were best friends, and I considered Adam a friend of mine and fortunate to have known him. The Fels men are cut from a more unique, wry and witty cloth than most, and Adam was no different. Though that never precluded him from being kind and friendly, even as he and I would butt heads on hockey and music and I’d progressively and predictably get more red-assed within the conversation.

Anyone who met Adam will miss him greatly, and my heart currently aches for both the friend of mine still here along with he who has departed.

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Friday Foofaraw: The Convention

Well, at least the temperature is down this weekend, so the sweaty quotient of those piling into The Hilton should be lower than it has been in previous years. John McDonough’s lovechild of self promotion kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend. I used to do this in the Convention Issue of the Indian, but seeing as how I’m not doing summer issues this year I’ll take you through all the sessions all this weekend and get to the truth to what’s really going on.

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Ein Minuten Bitte… Again

I suppose that with it being summer and the Hawks having already made their signings and not yet a trade to clear cap space, we have more time than we should to study the narratives they are pushing. It’s not something I consistently want to do, but they keep putting this stuff out there and some of it is just wide of the mark. And those who are supposed to stand watch and call it out are once again passively accepting and even echoing it themselves.

During yesterday’s press conference, the Hawks and the sycophants who cover them couldn’t wait to tell us that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane took less money so that they could keep the team together (even though the team is already over the cap). Their agent told everyone that they could have asked for the maximum $13.8 million per year.

That’s nice. I’m sure they could have asked. And Stan Bowman could have laughed them out of the room.

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