A vast conspiracy

See, Gary Bettman wants Alexander Ovechkin in the Stanley Cup finals.

The NHL president hates Canadian teams.

In fact, he hates Canada and would rather soak up the rich tradition and redolent hockey atmosphere in Phoenix and Nashville.

And Bettman will do anything in his considerable power to make sure American teams advance as far as possible in the playoffs.

Consider the latest evidence of Bettman’s perfidy:

An explicable video review stops the Canadiens momentum after Andrei Kostitsyn scores to make it 4-1.

Mike Knuble interferes with Jaro Halak on the goal that put the Capitals back in the game.

L.A. wins after Vancouver is penalized for too many men in OT.


I think not.

Alex Kovalev was put on the DL because he knew too much.

Always remember:

Paranoids have the facts, and just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the NHL isn’t trying to screw you.



  1. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    *Completely agree* in the sense of several events coming together to help us develop a conspiracy (real or imagined). Nevertheless, we DO always think it’s us against the world and that Gary has something against the success of Canadian teams in favour of his biggest money maker Alex Ovechkin and US based teams in general. After all, the “Grand Derangement” to the US and expansion of franchises in the US WAS Gary’s mandate, and be they successful or not in the long run, will certainly be his lasting legacy as commish.

    _____________________ To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  2. habsfan1001 says:

    This theory may sound ridiculous but it may not be far from the truth. Vancouver amd Habs games last night might not be just a coincidence.

  3. salshabs says:

    The company men that patroll the ice in NHL stripes don’t explicitly have to be told what’s best for the game of hockey in the US, they do it because they get it…no Canadian Teams get to the finals, end of story.  It’s bad enough that Refereeing in the NHL is now so brutal that all you can do is throw your hands in the air. Add to that, the the “Primary Directive”, and the picture begins to take shape.  They can hide the whole thing behind their incompetant officials…beautiful!!

    There’s no need for the direction the NHL wants to go, actually stated outloud, to the Refs, or any one else for that matter. It just makes sense. Control of the game of hockey, and the direction that NHL hockey will go in the future, has been completely turned over to the Americans, and they only understand one thing, money rules.

    Edmonton/Calgary in the finals was a disaster, only mitigated by the fact that Tampa/Carolina won the Cup. The Olympics garnered a big fat 0 on the bump scale. Canada is off the radar.  We love our hockey, bad refs and all. The NHL does not need us to expand their base, we already at capacity.  I for one am starting to lose patience, but, GD it, I love the Habs. Still, we all know in our hearts, something is drastically wrong, and it’s not coming back anytime soon.

    Hab fans have to hold the refs to the fire the next two games, scream, yell, rant, rave, everytime they display their bias.  If a Caps player runs Halak/Price even once, go CRAZY!! The Habs, when they are on their game are NOT an 8th place team in the east. They can play with any team, if they show up. Go Habs!!

  4. HabmanSanDiego says:

    Get over the ref issues.. since the Rocket Richard riots, this team has faced adversity from the anti-Quebec ownership consortium that runs the league. Don’t blame Bettman alone.

    We would benefit from a coach who is more vocal though.. its obvious the Caps had a plan to run Halak in game two, and JM did nothing to stop this.

    Unfortunately I think it rattled Jaro, and his game suffered in the third period and OT.



  5. habsfanmandy says:

    Sighs. So you’re saying if we fans boycotted the Bell and nobody showed up for a few games he’d be on his knees, begging for our favours (read: money)?? Well, then, we have a plan.

    Now try convincing 21,273 fans to not show up at a Habs game.

  6. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    Completely agree Boone. Other ridiculous examples include, but are not limited to:

    – penalty on Gill for taking the body?

    – non-call on Green for tripping Gionta in OT because the Habs had the first PP in OT, and of course the same team can’t get 2 in a row in OT…not in the playoffs

    – Varlamov intentionally knocking the net off as he pretended to be unaware of the puck’s location

    – repeated incidents of Halak getting bumped

    Just another hurdle to overcome if we have any chance of advancing, but hey, nobody said it would be easy.


    To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  7. HUDSONHAB says:

    The NHL wants to do this OV/Crosby thing with total disregard for the fact that OV wasn’t the best player in the game or even on his team. Crosby did his magic in game 2 and the powers that be wanted soo bad for OV to respond so they can continue their virtual fantasy match up.

    Sad but true.


  8. showey47 says:

    Even if the whistle wasn’t blown in time for ovy’s goal. There is a rule where a goal can be called off if there was intent for the ref to blow the whistle to call a play dead before he actually blows the whistle. But this is obviously a discretionary rule. I don’t know why the ref never called it since the ref was in no position to see it. But then again had darche not made such a weak play in the first place it never would have happened.

  9. vic says:

    How in the hell did they play with one ref now two sckating around like prima donnas and not making calls when looking right at it

  10. Chuck says:

    I love consipracy theories. I don’t believe in many of them, mind you, but they’re certainly good for generating some interesting conversation!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  11. coachdoug says:

    Could be the Gazette team spent that money on liquor and loose women…that’s my theory

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  12. Danno says:

    He’s mad at us for generating all that money that goes to support those franchises with no fan base.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  13. NaturalizedCanadian says:

    On the NHL’s offcial websit: Video of Ovi scoring his frist goal but not a whiff about Andrei’s hatrick. Obviously, there is no conspiracy going on but the NHL probably would prefer the Caps to win this series. Ovechkin is more marketable the Markov.

  14. habsfanmandy says:

    Is there some kind of petition we can all sign? Organize a protest, perhaps, along the usual route? This is insane reffing.

    Although, is there a hint of sarcasm in your post, Boone?

    Vancouver game’s reffing was such a load of crap. Who is this Bettman and what have we done to piss him off this badly? 

  15. HabsFanInKorea says:

    As far as the goalie interference on the 2 goals – I was watching on Gamecenter, so I had the Washington TV station and commentators. The first one, they did find an angle that shower that Hal Gill pushed whomever it was that knocked Halak’s stick out of the way. The Ovechkin goal where he jammed his stick into Halak’s crotch was BS. The puck was under Halak – the whistle shoulda gone. However if you watch it you will see that Ovi jammed his stick in and then the D-man gave him a shot from behind – kinda helping him stuff it home. You gotta get the guy outta the crease, but don’t push him into your net. Gill was unlucky on the first one, and honestly Halak would probably been interfered with either way (if Gill hadn’t have pushed him).

    The Washington net being taken off was BS too. I agree with everone who says that if that the teams had been reversed in that situation it would’ve a penalty shot. The second one Varlamov looked like he fell into his net and didn’t take it off on purpose…. but do players shoot the puck over the glass on purpose!? Call a delay of game on that.

    Halak played well for the most part. I’m crushed by this loss, but hey… we got one in Washington. That’s better then what most people (even on here) expected. Shame on all you nay-sayers by the way. We don’t have to be like Chris Farley and friends on SNL (DA BEARS) but if you don’t have faith in your team then cheer for somebody else. Stop posting on here about how the Caps have this and that and MTL has no chance. We all saw the standings and know the Habs are the underdogs. Believe. If you don’t, then shut up.

    Sorry for the long post. GO HABS GO!

  16. Da Hema says:

    It also could be all the frickin’ ads about cougars and acne and erectile disfunction plastered all over the site.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  17. habsfan0 says:

    Gary Bettman aka Jack Ruby?

    Jaroslav Halak aka Lee Harvey Oswald?

    One suspects another Warren Commission whitewash is in the offing…

  18. punkster says:

    These chumps couldn’t call a square dance.

  19. coachdoug says:

    Mike…the real topic we should be discussing is this junk “not ready for the playoffs” HIO Server…Do we need to have a charity event to buy you guys a new one?…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  20. usversusthem says:

    Conspiracy or not, strange things are afoot. Hands up, all you mugs who called these two stats 2 games into the playoffs:

     – Jaro Halak would be tied for the lead in goals allowed (8)

     – Andrei Kostitsyn would be tied for the lead in points (5)

  21. coachdoug says:

    A new low Boone…I think conspiracy theories are crazy and have no business on HIO…

    Bettman is really an alien…If I wear my tin foil hat just right during games I can hear him channeling Chris Lee into the refs working Habs games…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  22. timkbryant says:

    I am all for conspiracy theories. I myself have accused Bettman of much the same.

    That being said, part of me finds that photo just a tad in poor taste.

    Just my two cents.

  23. Da Hema says:

    I think the issue here is not conspiracy but competence. As Ian Cobb and some other posters have pointed out, the current two-referee system created a quality problem for the NHL with respect to its officiating. Sometimes the simplest explanation is the best. I would like to see the NHL go back to the one-referee system (which would allow the league to get rid of the 8-10 unqualified referees) and empower linesmen to impose penalties for selected stick infractions such as highsticking.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  24. Mark C says:

    Here’s a fun conspiracy theory, I haven’t seen mentioned today. During the post Pouliot partial-breakaway-subsequent-net dislodging, Ovechkin and Markov trade shots. Out of the five on five, potential donnybrook, which ends in a Gomez Poti fight, one player is escorted away from the heart of action and to his bench by an official. That player was Ovechkin.  Why was Alex essentially protected by an official (the official blocked Alex from Gionta and then Gomez, then skated Alex to the bench area)? Was he being protected from being hurt or from doing something crazy, like he’s done before?    

    I know this incident had little impact on the game or the Habs loss, however, to me, it shows extreme favoritism to the Caps and Ovechkin.  If the official and turned around and confronted Gomez, instead and skating Ovechkin to the bench, likely the momentum changing fight never occurs.  Instead the on-ice officials were more worried about protecting “The STAR” from others and himself.

    Video below, action happens about 8 minutes in.  


  25. J. Ambrose says:

    Gary Bettman in the grassy knoll (on a ladder, of course) or Chris Lee in the library with a candlestick? There is no global warming; man never landed on the moon; and aliens are abducting our players at night for rectal implants. All, of course, orchestrated by the NHL head office. They are just that efficient. 

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    Gary Bettman is not just a cheat but a bad one.

    He favours the Southern and small market US Teams.

    An he rigs the outcome of games.

    Yet look at  the records of Atlanta, Phoenix, Florida, Tampa, Columbus in the past 5 years.


    Corrupt and incompetent. What a combo! He should run for the Provincial Liberals.

  27. SPATS says:

    Yeah the ref was distracting Darchebag when he made the turnover, which in turn led to Jaro yelling at the ref for doing so which distracted him from the 20yr olds soft wrister. Seriously, for some reason our D started to backup and Jaro had no choice but to stay deep in his net…why? The refs fault for sure

  28. Da Hema says:

    Mike is a journalist, so he observes an issue or alleged problem, and then tries to pour fuel on the fire. Welcome to the world of journalism!


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  29. showey47 says:

    Believe in conspiracy theories or not. Does anyone else think we would have gotten off scot-free if we continually ran varlomov all night in the caps building? In game 1 if ovy was tripped on a breakaway in overtime does anyone think it would not have been a penalty or penalty shot?

  30. 24 Cups says:

    A question about boxscores for hockey games (as found on the TSN site).  It would appear that in the playoffs, goalies do not receive credit for a win or a loss in overtime.  That seems strange to me.

  31. Chuck says:

    I don’t know about the corrupt angle, but it’s hard to argue that the refereeing is wildly inconsistent in ALL games, not just ours. Heck the NHL even had to answer questions about how their referees could have missed a number of blatant, blood-drawing high sticks in several of the series openers.

    To be corrupt, you need to know what to call and what not to call.. and when to make/not make those calls. I believe that’s far above the talent level of many NHL referees.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  32. MikeL says:

    This is a bit overboard.

    Not in any way do I feel there is a conspiracy, but, that doesn’t mean I liked the officiating last night. They let Washington, and Ovechkin in particular, run around and do whatever they want. The obvious interference on the first Backstrom goal. The near goal on the blatant interference by Poti to end the 2nd period. They missed an obvious high stick to Markov about 30 seconds before Carlson scored. They make that call and we’re up 2-0 in the series. So, no, I don’t think there is a conspiracy. But, I have every right in the world to be completely upset up the officiating last night.

    I particularly don’t understand the intent of this post when Boone himself was all over the officiating last night.

    “Underdogs never get a break. Not from the refs, who let the Washington Capitals run roughshod over Jaroslav Halak.”

    Mackenzie:’Some of this stuff is borderline.’ Please.”

    3P Break: Crazy game. Caps have got away with a lot.”

    2P 6:30: How long till the refs make this a closer game?”

  33. Rugger says:

    Which is easier to believe, Bettman is corrupt or the NHL cannot find 30 competent fair ref’s in North America?

  34. nova scotia vees says:

    Oh Boone…sad that you can’t or won’t admit that the NHL does have an agenda.  Are we really just a bunch of paranoids?  You don’t know me…so why discount my opinion?  Umpires don’t cheat…basketball refs have never cheated…players have never cheated (drugs and gambling)….hockey refs are the salt of the earth and would never be biased!!!

    Why is it that we all can accept that cheating and corruption can invade even the highest office…can taint the Olympics…can cripple the business world…BUT NEVER HOCKEY!


  35. bp says:

    Check out Gallagers take from the province. He’s by no means a habs booster but questioned the questionable refereeing.


    Sometimes the refing is so inconsistant, you have to suspect bias or incompetance. I’m sure a grad student in stats could find similiar biases in the NHL to the ones they find in college hoops.

  36. The M says:

    Haha Boone

    Gary Bettman does suck though. Everyone’s tired of his little circus show

  37. Rugger says:

    Go ahead mock the conspiricy, but you know if Ovie had been tripped in the first OT like the Hab was, it would have been a penalty shot.

  38. Danno says:

    A few little things that affected the game’s outcome:


    • Two

      goalie interference incidents on Halak not called.

    • Washington
      was offside for the tying goal.
    • Many,
      faceoffs won by Montreal were waived off and restarted by the refs.
    • Two

      needless and momentum-stopping reviews. One on Gionta’s good goal the
      other on the Poulliot miss

    • Ovechkin given a free pass and carte
      blanche to hack away with no penalty
    • Caps net was lifted on
      Gionta’s potential game-winning goal – no call
    • Another occasion
      Varlamov obviously lifted his net to stop play
    • Markov hit in the
      face with a high stick – no call
    • Bullsh*t call against Hal Gill
      on a legal check
    • There
      are probably others that I missed…
    • Feel free to add your own,
      I’m running out of cyber ink…

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  39. The M says:

    I agree the reffing was biased and horrible, but Jacques Martin didn’t say anything to the refs during the game so obviously he didn’t have a problem with Washington crashing the crease

  40. habsperspective says:

    The Gill penalty was the sickest thing ive seen in a long time!

  41. Bob_Sacamano says:

    That´s pretty lame. Making fun about conspiracy theories is one thing. I have no problem with that. On the other hand it´s once again disappointing that you don´t have the balls to write that the Habs got clearly screwed by the refs last night. After three goals down the Caps got so many major decisions going their way, it was just sick.

  42. showey47 says:

    Just hope chris lee doesn’t get involved in this series because the new york society library would have a better chance at retrieving over 220 years of late fees from books taken out by george washington then the habs would at winning the game.

  43. Da Hema says:

    Few love the Habs as I do, but there is no way I will blame last night’s loss on the officiating. Did the officials screw the Habs when Pouliot hacked down a Capital in the offensive zone? Was Cammalleri screwed when twice he broke the stick of a Capital with a slash (and on one of the delayed penalties the Capitals scored) and the opponents’ broken shafts lay on the ice for all to see?

    I agree the Gill call was questionable (to say the least) but that call did not turn the game. I also will concede the referees allowed more than the usual amount of goaltender interference. But it is the playoffs, and so long as the referees allow our forwards to go hard to the net, then I am fine with that.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  44. Danno says:

    For your dartboards folks:

    Dan O’Hollaran and Brian Pochmara.

    They are now officially
    inducted in the Chris Lee NHL Official’s Hall of Shame.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  45. avatar_58 says:

    It pisses me off because Hal rarely checks so nicely……this just makes him second guess it next time :( I want that man HITTING and HITTING hard. 😀

  46. habsperspective says:

    All that crap happening, but yet, if Darche, and Hammer dont give the puck up in there zone on soft brain dead plays, the spin is completly different, as we win this game 5-3!

  47. mrhabby says:

    you gotta be kidding boone….lmao…come on now…ya need to get outside more and stop thinking about that dwarf bettman.

  48. habsperspective says:

    Replay of the game on NHL network on now, with CSN (Washington) announcers, lets here there take!

  49. mrhab says:

    I don’t know if the refing was biased but I will say it was bad.  How the two goals where the goalie was allowed to be interfered with i dont understand.  At leat one should not have counted


  50. habsfan1001 says:

    Of course officiating is butally bad in every game. I am just Red Wings and Phoenix and a couple of calls in this game is beyond me. Calls that a referree in your local arena would no better not to call.

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Strange part with the Detroit-Phoenix and Pittsburgh-Ottawa calls is I’m still a little confused about who the Refs want to win, the inexplicable calls are all over the place and the Pens are getting roughed up a lot more than I would expect, doesn’t another golden boy team of the league mean special protection from officials?



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  52. Josh says:

    Or how about just biased reffing? Because that’s certainly what it looked like towards the end of the game(eg: Gills weak interference call, Markov getting high sticked in front of the ref and no call, and Halak being pushed completely out of his crease with no call). Then take a look at that brutal Avs-Sharks game where the Avs got completely screwed over by biased reffing.

    Biased reffing exists and it probably always will. Posting sarcastic and overexaggerating stories doesn’t do anything but make you look like a complete tool.

  53. habsfan1001 says:

    So what  do we do allow the officials  determine the out come of the playoffs .  

  54. ArmyFan says:

    1. The NHL is a business, not a “fair play forum”.  As with all businesses, their goal is to maximize profits — period, full stop.


    2. Gary Bettman is the “CEO”, if you will, of the NHL. It is his job to see that profits are maximized.  It is clear that his business model (agree with it or not, and most of us don’t) is to attempt to solidify/expand in the U.S. market, particularly in non-traditional hockey markets within the U.S.  His personal reputation is also pegged to this business model, which motivates him further.


    3. NHL officials are employees of the NHL.  Their boss is Gary Bettman.  As in any business, employees get paid to do what they’re told. And, normally, they get told to do things by their boss(es) that contribute to ensuring the current business model is successful.  As with employees of any organization, if they don’t do what they’re told, they will soon find themselves looking for another job.


    That NHL referees may be getting direction from higher to officiate in a certain manner is definitely only a theory at this point (as it is not proven), but it is not a conspiracy theory.  It is a plausible explanation that is consistent with the NHL’s current business model, and is supported (although not proven) by numerous examples.

  55. Da Hema says:

    Your analysis that the NHL is “just a business” is oversimplified. The NHL, like the NFL and MLB, is not treated by US and Canadian federal law as any old business. These leagues are exempted from standard US and Canadian anti-trust and anti-competition laws based upon the nature of the service they provide. The reality is the NHL is expected to be a “fair play forum” precisely because of these exemptions. Why do you think the US Congress intervened with the steriod issue in baseball? That was because MLB is in fact accountable to the US government. Professional baseball, football, and hockey have a legal obligation to ensure their practices are consistent with fair competition in light of the fact they are legally-sanctioned oligopolies.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  56. notbigbird says:

    Ah Boone, you’re such a clever little ahem disturber.

  57. rogieshan says:

    Having a huge 4-1 lead in the game made it easier for the refs to turn the tide against us. Dan O’Halloran was in line to make calls on Knuble and Poti on successive plays, but lacked courage before a home crowd. 

    Still, it shouldn’t have had to come to that. Pouliot and Cammalleri drew blatant penalties with their sticks late in the game.     

  58. Flabadagub says:

    Paranioa’ll destroya….. and also the penatly on Gill was super BS.

  59. Big Ted says:

    Boone, the way you wrote that blog, it sounds like you’re almost mocking those of us who think the NHL is corrupt. I know you’re a fan, but as others have said, your post-game pieces are always more reflective and politically-correct than the blogging yiu do during the game. I’m not saying there is or isn’t any kind of conspiracy, but the truth is that if Bettman (or other high-ranking officials) wanted to direct the chances of one team or another, they could. I don’t honestly think all the players are blowing games on purpose, so there’s no way Bettman can assure one outcome, but he certainly has never hidden the fact that he feels the NHL’s success in the southern US is a personal goal and a measure of how he judges his own contribution to the game. He also knows that he has unwavering support for the game of hockey in Canada and that he has very little to lose there. As a business-man, it makes sense for him to favor the cities in which there is more growth-potential. We have all heard the stories from Jose Canseco in baseball and from ref Tim Donaghy in basketball. Sure, these guys have their own financial aspirations, but I am inclined to believe there is truth to their claims that the sports we love are much more corrupt than what we are able to find out. A lot of Jose’s original claims have now been validated by others.


    So you can make fun of paranoia all you want, but don’t be surprised if there is back-room direction of how games and playoffs and story-lines are supposed to play out. Heck, how many WWF fans are there in the States?… and everyone knows it’s fake. Bettman knows the common fan can never prove anything is going on, but in the past 2 seasons, the “quality” of officiating (both refs and linesmen) has gone way down and a lot of the calls, for the Habs and for other teams, has been extremely suspect. If it’s not Bettman who’s directing this himself, it should at the very least be his responsibility to make the officiating process more transparent and to make officials more accountable for their actions. Instead, players and coaches are not even allowed to criticize their work. There is zero accountability and zero desire to improve this aspect of the game, and that makes me suspicious that they don’t care for a reason. As a fan, I pay to see games and support my team and I expect them to have an equal chance to succeed. Equality and justice are fundamentals that we base society on, and while they aren’t always achieved in real life, a sports league should be easier to control. I think the least we can reasonably expect is a fair shot, and I cannot honestly say that I feel we have ever had that under the Bettman reign.

  60. showey47 says:



    the last sentence in the second paragraph caught my attention.

    “a drive to throw games for their favorite teams and players”

    But there is not chance this could ever happen in the nhl,right? But didn’t bettman use to be the nba commish?

  61. Stuck_in_To. says:

    You can poke all the fun you want at that idea, but I have watched both Ott-Pitt games, a NJ-Phil, now a Pho-Det game in addition to both Habs-Wash games … and the refereeing is beyond shit.

    What kind of league is the NHL where the refereeing in the playoffs becomes spectacularly craptastic?

    Bettman should hang for that alone … never mind his anti-Canadian sentiments.

    Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

  62. phillyhab says:

    Ottawa-Pitt was obnoxious — we we’re watching it casually at band practice, but it seemed like every Ottawa goal was followed by a Pitt PP within minutes.  And that Ottawa won the game despite that made me smile.  Phoenix won their game 1 on PP’s and we won our Game 1 on PK’s.

    However this series goes down, I am fed up with this league.  Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers, whomever: OUR NEW RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  63. ArmyFan says:

    Excellent points.

    Personally, I agree that the NHL, or any professional sports league, is different from any other business. It is essential to the long-term success of the league that fans can expect fair competition. This is my view as a fan.

    From the perspective of those who run the “business” of the NHL, however, profitability is key, thus my argument above.

    As for antitrust laws, I am not and will not pretend to be knowledgable on this subject. However, I am not aware of any legal obligation on pro sports leagues to ensure that the outcome of professional sports games must be “fair”, aside from the illegality of contributing to “fix” a game for personal financial gain (i.e. betting). I may, however, be wrong on this.

    As for the MLB Steroid Inquiry, it is questionable whether or not the U.S. Congress had any authority or mandate to investigate steroid use in MLB. It was mostly for optics, and no charges or new regulations were imposed on MLB (other than those they voluntarily implemented).

    Anyways, don’t want to get into a prolonged debate. Hopefully les boys can bounce back with a big win on Monday.

  64. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Boone, you probably think the U.S. landed on the moon!…but since then we haven’t returned nor have we  figured out how to withstand the lethal deadly VanAllen belts of radiation…

    and that JFK was killed by one assasin, because that 3rd shot didn’t come from the front? even though a monkey can tell the bullet hits the front of his head….

    Or the twin towers on 911 being the first buildings to totally collapse to dust from a plane hit! including that building #7….and no tail or plane or bodies wreckage at the pentagon!… o ya, some guys in a cave did it, and we are still fighting them….good thing there is some oil over there….thank goodness! otherwise gas would be so expensive…

    what about the H1N1? did you run and inject yourself with that poison as the media told you to?

    it goes on and on…. but heaven forbid that a little hockey game could be slighted slanted one way……

  65. punkster says:

    HP, I’m speechless.

  66. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    well it is a conspiracy thread isn’t it!

    oh, by the way…all those items i touched on are factual!

  67. Chorske says:

    must be a a full moon out tonight

    crazies out in force

  68. thirdstone says:

    What poison was in the H1N1 shots?

  69. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    h1n1 vaccine ingredient list: mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum hydroxide aluminum phosphate ammonium sulfate amphotericin B animal tissues: pig blood, horse blood, rabbit brain, dog kidney, monkey kidney, chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg calf (bovine) serum betapropiolactone fetal bovine serum formaldehyde formalin gelatin glycerol human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue) hydrolized gelatin monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    neomycin neomycin sulfate phenol red indicator phenoxyethanol (antifreeze) potassium diphosphate potassium monophosphate polymyxin B polysorbate 20 polysorbate 80 porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein residual MRC5 proteins sorbitol sucrose thimerosal (mercury) tri(n)butylphosphate

    sound yummy!  enjoy!


  70. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    sorry, didn’t mean to turn your world upside down… don’t think for yourself,  just believe what you’re told… how dare you question the ‘official’ story.

    in all honesty, i don’t believe all i read or research from both sides of the debate, but i do question everything….just like the recent news on Fluoride… that poison they put in our drinking water here in Ontario, but not in Quebec or 90% of Europe…something about reducing cavities by drinking it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    p.s. you can by water and toothpaste without Fluoride.

  71. Kwanzaa.. says:

    Wow, I wonder who tempered with your deoxyribonucleic acid to make you write intelligent comments like that! 

  72. TheLogician says:

    yeah, it’s a real stretch to think the league can, and does, influence game results. it’s not as if it ever happened in the NBA. oh right, it *did*. or maybe mr. boone knows more about so called silly “conspiracy theories” in pro sports than does Tim Donaghy, former NBA ref? check out the excerpt from his book below. keep in mind that Betman was head of NBA marketing during much of time time that Donaghy writes about. yeah, a real stretch indeed to think we’re getting the raw deal. grow up people, this ain’t NeverNeverLand.


    Studying under Dick Bavetta for 13 years was like pursuing a
    graduate degree in advanced game manipulation. He knew how to marshal
    the tempo and tone of a game better than any referee in the league, by
    far. He also knew how to take subtle — and not so subtle — cues from
    the NBA front office and extend a playoff series or, worse yet, change
    the complexion of that series.

    The 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers
    and the Sacramento Kings presents a stunning example of game and series
    manipulation at its ugliest. As the teams prepared for Game 6 at the
    Staples Center, Sacramento had a 3–2 lead in the series. The referees
    assigned to work Game 6 were Dick Bavetta, Bob Delaney, and Ted Bernhardt.
    As soon as the referees for the game were chosen, the rest of us knew
    immediately that there would be a Game 7. A prolonged series was good
    for the league, good for the networks, and good for the game. Oh, and
    one more thing: it was great for the big-market, star-studded Los
    Angeles Lakers.

    In the pregame meeting prior to Game 6, the league office sent down
    word that certain calls — calls that would have benefitted the Lakers —
    were being missed by the referees. This was the type of not-so-subtle
    information that I and other referees were left to interpret. After
    receiving the dispatch, Bavetta openly talked about the fact that the
    league wanted a Game 7.



  73. coachdoug says:

    HP…nice post but…You never explained where the UFO’s fit in…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  74. punkster says:

    Wow, I’m suprised I’m not dead by now. Well, at least I didn’t get the H1N1.

    (By the way your list is BS but don’t let that stop you from spreading the word)

  75. Danno says:

    Fluoride is a toxic byproduct of the nuclear industry.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  76. Big Ted says:

    It’s going to take someone with courage to bring the true ongoings of the NHL to light. I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out 10-20 years from now what really went on during the Bettman era. We already found out what Gil Stein did when he was in power, and I would not in the least bit be surprised to find out Bettman is running a corrupt ship or turning a blind eye to one. He takes a money-first, fans-second approach and it is very evident. Chris Lee is still an NHL ref and was this year deemed to be good enough to ref in the playoffs, that alone should be reason to be suspicious.

  77. smiler2729 says:

    Gary Bettman is an alien

  78. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    partly correct:

    fluoride is an essential component of atomic bomb production and was declared a ‘strategic and critical’ material by the government after World War II, With fluospar, the usual fluoride source, in short supply, they turned to Florida’s phosphate industry to recover the industry’s captured fluoride. Florida held the world’s largest geological deposits of natural phosphate which contain 3 – 4% fluoride.

    “In a sweetheart deal these phosphate companies are spared the expense of disposing of this ‘fluosilicic acid’ in a toxic waste dump. Instead, the acid is sold to municipalities, shipped in rubber-lined tanker trucks to reservoirs across North America and injected into drinking water for the reduction of cavities in children. (So toxic are the contents of the fluoride trucks that, in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, authorities were alerted to keep a watchful eye on road shipments of the children’s tooth-decay reducer.)” writes Bryson in his heavily referenced book. In return, U.S. strategic planners would have a nearly inexhaustible potential supply of domestic fluoride.

  79. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    come on coach!….i think i covered enough for one day…remember the purpose, that if so many ‘world’ events can be called into question, for whatever reason or agenda… then it is very possible for a little hockey game to be tilted…

  80. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    mike, you have to hire gg for your photoshop work

  81. StevieRay says:

    Marathon hockey today…. all good hard hittin games …but one other thing all  the games have in common….questionable officiating… every game has atleast 2 or 3 bad calls and the same number of missed calls…maybe the refs can’t handle the pressure ….

    one thing i do hate to hear …is ‘ the war room i toronto ‘ ….. it’s as if Toronto is the center of the hockey universe …I don’t think so tim  !

  82. shootdapuck says:

    Bigger joke the NHL has stated that there was nothing “unusual” occuring in the Habs crease last night!

    Don’t know what tapes they were watching but the great Ape was cruisng through all night and knocking into Halak and Knuble on the 2nd goal???



    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  83. Mike Boone says:

    Tried. She’s loyal to her first team.

  84. 21BIGGionta says:

    So heres my theory…. i was listening to a song called Winner By Justin Timberlake and Jamie Foxx when Gomez scored the first game….so i put it back on in OT…and Thomas Pleks scored…i didn’t listen to it during the second game…I’ll be listening to it during the third game don’t worry boys

  85. Big Ted says:

    Along the same line, was wondering if everyone had the same impression of which teams the National Bettman League favors. Here’s my Top 10… agree?

    1. Pittsburgh: Crosby, Malkin, Super Mario. They love the marketing they can do. Plus they know the fans will take off if they don’t win.

    2. Washington: Ovechkin. Gotta be there to keep the rivalry alive with Crosby. It’s the NHL’s way of trying to keep up with LeBron-Kobe or Manning-Brady in the US.

    3. Phoenix: They own the team. They want to prove Jim Bailsillie wrong. They want to prove they don’t need Canada.

    4. NYR: big market. A strong NY team gives them a big national audience and more sales.

    5. LA: big market. Has needed a boost since Gretzky left and now that they look more hopeful, you can bet the NHL will be behind it.

    6. Toronto: the Canadian version of NY, at least in the eyes of the NHL. Doesn’t necessarily please the most Canadians, but it gets the Canadian television media support since all they care about is Toronto.

    7. Chicago: young, marketable stars. In my opinion, in process of taking over from Detroit as the league’s go-to Original 6 team.

    8. Detroit: the NHL still loves Detroit. They just don’t need the wings as much as they have over the past 15 years.

    9. Carolina: one of Bettman’s experiments in the Southern US. The NHL did all it could to help teams like TB and Car proceed through the playoffs.

    10. NYI: the NHL is clinging to keeping as many teams as possible in NY state. You know they are hoping Tavares can revive the winning culture there.

    Boston and Philly were deliberately left out, because even though the League loves those cities, you also get the feeling they don’t car much for the dirty play these two teams use that puts the league in a conundrum. Particularly the Flyers, who have done their best to acquire the dirtiest group of players imaginable… Pronger, Hartnell, Richards (good player but dirty player, same as Ovi), etc.

  86. nova scotia vees says:

    More fodder for the NHL is fixed theory…Now I am not usually big on stats, but seriously…how do you explain the following:

    Exhibit “A”.. Powerplays……..5 of the top 10 teams were NON-PLAYOFF TEAMS..The top 3 teams in Powerplays were Carolina, Dallas and Tampa Bay! Others with lots of powerplays were Florida, Toronto and Atlanta…In fact, Florida had only 4 less pp’s than Washington!

    Exhibit “B”….In the differential department…that is power-plays versus shorthanded….

    Dalllas was Plus 40…..Toronto…+27, Pittsburgh…-1, Florida…+22, and at the bottom…Calgary…-37 and Montreal…-50!!!

    Shouldn’t the more talented teams have more P.P’s and fewer minors?

    I’m just saying…… 

  87. JD_ says:

    HP, you’re an HI/O treasure.

    The only thing you might have left out of the Habs-Caps equation last night is the secret role Goldman Sachs played in the eruption of Iceland’s Eyafjallajökull volcano, which has sent Goldman’s derivatives book through the roof due to an aggressively net short position on European airline stocks, and whose profits are expected to counter the fallout arising from the dealer’s role in triggering the collapse of the US sub-prime mortgage-backed securities market, all of which was done to finance Jim Balsillie’s attempted takeover of the Phoenix Coyotes.

    Other than that, you were close.

    Too close, frankly.

    Whatever you do…

    Don’t go changing, to try and please me
    You never let me down before
    Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
    And I don’t see you anymore

    I wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble
    We never could have come this far
    I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
    I’ll take you just the way you are

  88. TheLogician says:

    my ranking would be similar, but with the other california teams replacing detroit and NYI. as you note, the red wings have definetly dropped down the list and based on last yr’s pro-pens calls in the final two games, i’d say they’ve dropped right off of it entirely.

    if the sharks-avs last game is any indication, san jose certainly seems to be getting a push this year. ducks had some major help winning their cup (pronger injuring one key guy per series with minimal suspension). although similar to bruins and philly, their goonery seems to impede their marketability.

    i’d also swap NYR with blackhawks. bettman loves the youth, even if they beat up cab drivers.

  89. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    ha!, brilliant JD…., i was looking for the GoldmanSachs angle!, thanks!….

    you see, everything has to connect, otherwise it just doesn’t make sense!


  90. habbifier says:

    Mr Boone, i applaud your wisdom.

  91. Chorske says:

    and you go ahead an believe any old notion simply because it “challenges the mainstream” (which, more often than not, also means “ignores all factual information”)

    hmm, that sounds familiar

    like the mythical LAROCK EFFECT


  92. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    you’re foolish to think MAINSTREAM is pure factual information…. they operate under the guidelines of an agenda… for national security of course, they are reading from a script…

    we could have used the L-Effect now….instead we are run over and stamped on by WASH…could you imagine what Boston or Philly would do to us….

  93. phillyhab says:

    Washington, Pittsburgh, and Game 7’s in Buffalo and NJ and of course Phoenix — it’s there last best chance to keep that team from flying the coop in 5 years and recouping their losses.


    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

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