Couple of interesting twitter battles tonight.
First, Damien Cox and Alan, The Twitter Blocker Walsh:
Damien: “Strange how Andrew Ference led the NHLPA mutiny against Paul Kelly and is now nowhere to be found with CBA negotiations. APB sent out.
The Blocker “Funny how only people in hockey still talking about Kelly are few in media+NHL executives. What does that tell you? @DamoSpin @GlobeKPD
Damien: “@walsha Funny how agents who purport to care for players don’t demand openness, release of Kelly report. What is there to hide? #alltalk.
The Blocker: “NHLPA has never been so open+ communicative. Players have never been so active, involved as right now. Credit Don Fehr for that.
Damien: “@walsha Same line that was used under Goodenow. Same propaganda. And I notice u still won’t demand release of Kelly report. Why? #alltalk
The Blocker: “A bit preoccupied in the throes of an owners lockout. Haven’t heard Kelly demand release of Kelly report, not that anyone cares.
The Blocker:”All I ever heard was Kelly insisting on confidentiality clause to prevent NHLPA from ever releasing facts. Kelly waived clause?
Damien:” @walsha So much for openness. You’re for secrecy, Don’t trust players with info. Wouldn’t want them to think for themselves, huh?
Damien: “@walsha You get that fib from Eric?Or Ian? Or The Donald himself?
The Blocker: “I do see Kelly retweeting Recchi’s call for players to cave in and take deal now, its only going to get worse.”
The Blocker: “Why didn’t you show up for Toronto Star meeting with Fehr? You were only one who didn’t show. You could have asked him yourself.”
Damien: “@walsha Actually, he was invited to speak to editorial board. More facts wrong (purposely) by you. Getting to be a pattern. Try the truth.
The Blocker:”More relevant, what does it say about the former executive director? @Nick_Hand @DamoSpin #NHLPA”
Damien: “So @walsha why not just answer the question? Why won’t you demand release of Kelly report? Just tell us why.”
Damien: “Come on @walsha. We’re all waiting for your answer.”
Damien: “helloooooo @walsha????? Allan?”
Damien “I think we’re done here. What a joke. Goodnight folks.”
Earlier, as word was breaking about the Blue Jays apparent trade, Bruce Arthur tweeted about how Miami residents got totally taken to the cleaners by the Marlins owner who got his stadium built with tax payers money only to blow up the team in this deal with the Jays. Blair took offense to that and a couple of tweet backs ensued. It was good stuff, unfortunately, I can’t seem to be abel to put it all together like I did above, but here a few gems:
Blair: “@bruce_arthur It’s pro sports, baby. If politicos are stupid enough to build stadiums, that’s on them – not the owners, frankly.”
Arthur: “@GloBlair Half-true, half-bullshit, Blair. Criminal behaviour’s still criminal, even if it’s government-abetted.”
Blair: “@bruce_arthur No. All true, unless you live in fantasy land. I moved out of there a while ago.”
Arthur: “@GloBlair Hilarious amorality, Blair.”
Blair : “@bruce_arthur Maybe. I’ll cede the high moral ground to you. You’re comfortable there … I’m not.”
Arthur : “@GloBlair Ground ain’t that high, my friend.”
God bless twitter, great interactions we never would have seen before.