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Phil Mushnick sees that silver lining again

In dire times like these, a column by Phil Mushnick is likely the necessary pick-me-up that's been missing from your everyday life.  Cherish the ride:

By late spring, you'll likely hear and read that a couple of NBA
and NHL teams are close to suspending operations, unable to make rent
and payroll, that corporations that bought arena naming rights and
businesses that bought big-ticket advertising are behind in payments.
There will be more layoffs than layups, more undertakers and no

There will be no new vanity-purchase buyers, no consortiums with
which to consort. Even the new reliable among team investors and
sponsors – casino owners and operators – are bleeding millions.

It was right there on TV, Wednesday, just behind and all around the
Knick game. Beginning of the end or the end of the beginning, there's
lots more less to come.

This reads like depressing text that might follow the end of an emotionally harrowing documentary, possibly with a Richard Dreyfuss voiceover for good measure:  "By late fall, the factory was shut down and John would be facing criminal charges for armed robbery just one week after losing custody of his three children.  His accomplice…"

Talk about turning that frown upside down.  Thanks Phil!


  1. zen wizard

    November 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    They should name arenas after recession proof businesses, e.g.:

    Everything’s A Dollar Stadium, Repo Joe’s Arena, Second Chance Consignment Clothing Coliseum, etc.

  2. Stonehands

    November 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    @ZW: That last one is shorter than most current names.

  3. tamtam

    November 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    @ zen wizard: i dont know about you, but i’d think twice before going to see a game at a place called “repo joe’s arena” or “second chance consignment clothing coliiseum”. you know the economy’s bad when even the arenas have d-sounding names

  4. kevin

    November 17, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    What a great “well somebody had to say it” face.

  5. Von Kaiser

    November 17, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    That pose is off the charts.

  6. zen wizard

    November 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    I admit you might hesitate driving up the parking ramp of Repo Joe’s Arena…

  7. Joe Divola

    November 17, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    I would love going to a place like Repo Joe’s Arena.

  8. Joe Morgan

    November 18, 2008 at 8:09 am

    I believe I’ve been there once or twice.

  9. Amani Bloomer

    November 18, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Mushnick spits truth nuggets, but man, he’s bringing me down.

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