I’m confused. Wasn’t it just a few months ago that the program was losing money hand over fist and being regarded as unsustainable? OK, so dropping it seems to have gotten the attention of some people who want to raise the money to keep it going, but I can’t help but wonder if we’ll be right back here in about 5 years.
Yeah, I think we all knew that, a big part of making the trade to get Rollins was that there was only one year left on his contract, so he was going to be the placeholder. Still, it’s interesting to see how an athlete handles this reality. Rollins seems pretty realistic about it. His comments remind me a bit of watching those Steve Nash documentaries recently. It’s not something most of us have to face in our professional lives at such an early age, but at the same time, we all do face it in one way or another. Someone replaces you, the world keeps going.
Fractured skull? Inability to speak for days? Bleeding? But, in the completely ridiculous tradition of hockey injuries, the Rangers rolled him out on the ice during practice toward the end of the Eastern Conference Finals and talked about him being almost ready to play again, just to make the Lightning think about it. Look, I’m sure there wasn’t a lot of risk of him getting worse by skating around at practice with a non-contact jersey on, but given the seriousness of his injury, would it be ok if maybe we just let him heal instead of playing mind games with your opponents? I don’t feel comfortable knowing that his health was less of an issue as making Tampa prepare for the possibility that he might play.
But maybe that’s just me.