The municipal government has dumped on Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in two major ways:
- The city turned down help to Melnyk for a Major League Soccer franchise and stadium which the Sens owner had in the bag;
- It denied Melnyk and his consortium a chance to bid on an OLG gambling franchise. In fact, Mayor Jim Watson released a document praising the amount of money coming from Rideau Raceway through gambling. The horse track got the OLG franchise without bidding which made Melnyk very angry.
But now it is playoff time so it is in Watson’s no-lose position to get behind the team despite the fact that the Sens owner must curse everytime he hears His Worship’s name.
Photo above: Watson takes the easy playoff position of supporting the Sens.
The hypocrisy on Watson’s part is awe-inspiring.
This is a release from the City of Ottawa:
The Stanley Cup Playoffs start tomorrow and the City of Ottawa wants hockey fans to stand up, make some noise and support their hometown team.
Ottawa Senators fans are invited to join Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Jody Mitic, the City’s Sport Commissioner, Tom Anselmi, President of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, and SPARTACAT when they raise the Senators flag at City Hall tomorrow to cheer on the Sens in their quest for a Stanley Cup.
Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Nelson Mandela Square, Heritage Building, Elgin Street entrance
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Elgin Street will once again be designated The Sens Mile.
Whether fans watch the games live, at home or in their local restaurant, the Mayor will issue a proclamation declaring the City of Ottawa is#ALLIN on the Senators’ playoff run.
Now we await the cheesy bet between the mayors of Ottawa and Boston. Start baking the Beavertails.
We also await the tricks of Watson when it comes time to approve the new home of the Senators on LeBreton Flats.
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