Originally, my plan was to detail my reactions to the interview of Norm Green that was aired on a local news broadcast here in the Twin Cities yesterday. Unfortunately, the geniuses at KARE 11 threw a wrench in my plan when they elected to spread the interview over two newscasts: Tuesday night and Wednesday night. KARE 11, it appears, is willing to do anything during “Sweeps” to get ratings; even if it involves giving this dickmonger more air time.
Now I could go on and on about how much watching these two segments infuriated and troubled me. I was in high school at the time of the North Stars move, which I believe is the prime age for being a sports fan. When you are that age, being a fan is easy. You love your teams and that’s all there is to it. As we all know, as one gets older, it is so easy to become more jaded and cynical about the teams you choose to support. Shit, most of us can look at our dads and see what years of fandom can do to a person.
The point is (and I’m already getting long-winded here), when the North Stars left, it broke my heart, along with hearts of all the other North Stars fans Green obviously didn’t give two shits about.
After the jump, I will briefly discuss both of the segments that aired. I don’t think it will get too ugly.
Note: I highly recommend watching the videos of the interview. It is really the only way to truly experience the douchebaggery of this jizzslosher. You can find links to all the videos associated with the report on KARE 11’s website, including an article written by reporter Scott Goldberg here.
The first part of the interview played out just as I expected. Minnesotans should be thanking Green for moving the North Stars. The North Stars departure “woke up” the hockey fans in the state and without them moving, the NHL wouldn’t have awarded the state with an expansion franchise. I don’t quite understand the back-asswards logic of that, but whatever.
I’m paraphrasing here, but in the interview Green states how he would have loved to keep the North Stars in Minnesota. He then went with the old standbys that he was losing money, the support for the team wasn’t there due to an eroding fan base, blah, blah blah.
True? Partially. The team did go through a period when they were only drawing 8,000 or so fans a game but after the run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1991, the fans came back. Shocking. It’s amazing what happens when you put a quality product out on the ice, right Norm?
He went on to whine about the construction of the Target Center for the Timberwolves and how if he would have been allowed to move the team downtown to the Target Center, the North Stars would still be in Minnesota. Unfortunately for Norm, the arena wasn’t designed to accommodate hockey. The shit is really getting deep now.
Tuesday night’s segment of the interview continues at this nauseating level for its duration. As I mentioned above, watch the interview. Words can’t do it justice.
The second segment of the story that aired Wednesday night was equally annoying. The only redeeming aspect was they gave some air time to Lou Nanne, a former player, coach and executive for the North Stars (note: for those interested in the history of the North Stars, and the NHL in general, I highly recommend Nanne’s book on the topic. Even if you aren’t a North Stars fan, there are some fascinating stories about the “good old days” of the NHL contained therein).
Perhaps the most irritating aspect was how they allowed Green to brag about how the new owner of the Stars, after Green sold the team, gave him a Championship Ring after the Stars won the Cup in 1999. Good for you, you knobgobbler. I hope the ring is too small and when he can’t get it off his finger, it causes an infection and he gets gangrene and needs to have his arm amputated. You know, after the amputation they could call him Norm “Gangrene” Green. A miserable (and fitting) moniker for a despicable man.
As I have already exceeded how much I wanted to write on the topic, I will draw this to a close. It is likely that most of you reading this could probably care less about the North Stars moving to Dallas in 1993. Ancient history, right? Not so fast.
In a way, the story of the North Stars should serve as a cautionary tale to anyone who is a fan of any professional sport – whether it’s hockey, football, whatever: the owners of these franchises don’t care about you one bit. If a situation presents itself that can prove to be advantageous to their bottom line, they are going to do it without giving you a second thought.
Myself? I feel after watching this report and going through the range of emotions (anger, bitterness, regret, nostalgia, etc.) that it caused me to feel, I think I may have come to some sort of closure regarding the issue of Norm Green and the legacy he left behind in the state of Minnesota.
You know, maybe life is too short to hold onto years-old hostilities. Maybe it is time for me to move on. Come to think of it, I have a new team now to support that plays right up the road from me in Saint Paul…what’s their name again?
Ooh. That was close. I almost mentioned them.