“When you get the phone call and you’re told you can’t play for the Lightning, it was pretty rough on everybody. My family, and myself, I’ve been there 14 years so it was definitely — and still is — very hard,” said hockey player Vincent Lecavalier, He was recently bought out by the team management to reduce their salary cap. In this rarified world each NHL club can buy out two players prior to the end of the 2013-14 season
To assuage his hurt feelings the 33 year old player will receive $30 million from the Tampa Bay Lightning—to get lost. He is free to shop his wares elsewhere. And like all mercenaries Lecavalier will look for a winning team.
Yesterday he found the Philadelphia Flyers.
Now today we see his shopping has been profitable.He just signed for about $ 5 million a year.Now we know it’s not Vinny’s fault that the whole system is corrupt but what the hay?
Such is the sick culture we swim in.
But wait.There is more.
Philly goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will get $23 million over the next 14 years (two-thirds of the remaining $34.5 m salary) to get lost.
New York Islander goalie Rick Dipietro will rake in $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years Bye bye Rick.
All these contracts are monuments to stupidity and show us how out of whack Sportsworld has become in our time, a perfect mirror of the greed culture of distraction which envelops us. Thank God, we have sports to distract us. The purity of it all, a welcome relief from the bad news all around.
Sports of course is no different from the mad world of the hedge fund trolls or the bankers, the new role models for the young, restless and greedy.. However you’d never know this from the star struck writers who peddle this version of the dream factory.
As the old song goes, “seldom is heard a discouraging word.”