With the 4th labor dispute in the last 20 years, ---well
that just don't really mean 'squat' 2 any decent hockey
fanatic, ---who's gonna' hafta' look outside the NHL, 2
get any satisfaction... &, this maniacal story appears :
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A hockey game promotion poking fun at America's largest bankrupt city
has caused a tiff between fans and newspaper columnists in California's Central Valley.
The Condors, a Bakersfield minor league hockey team, advertised its game against the Stockton
Thunder on Dec. 27 as ''Our City Isn't Bankrupt Night.'' The team promised to give away "phony"
$1 million bills and a few brand new Rolls Royce automobiles.
''Bakersfield isn't bankrupt, but Stockton is. They're in town and we're going to show 'em just how
much we're rolling in the dough,'' the original promo said. ''We're all about lending a helping hand
Stockton residents were not amused. The city filed for bankruptcy protection, in June, making it
the largest US city ever to go broke. Stockton was pushed to the brink by high foreclosure rates,
expensive investments and generous retiree benefits.
Thunder officials and Stockton columnists tore at their opponents for making "fun" of that city's
financial woes. They called the promo classless & tasteless, even urging a boycott of the game.
Flabbergasted fans vented on the teams' Facebook pages.
The promo is not out of character : the Bakersfield team had once put the Stockton Thunder's
logo on the end of toilet plungers. It also handed out rolls of toilet paper with a Fresno team's
logo on the sheets, & Condors' officials have since apologized repeatedly for the latest prank,
saying they didn't intend to poke "fun" at people who had lost their jobs.
The team has also changed the promo to ''Boomtown Bakersfield Night'' offering a two-for-one
ticket sale for employees of any city in recognition of those who've lost their jobs in Stockton.
The night will still feature phony $1 million bills and a luxury car giveaway.