That’s where Sports Business Journal pins Bridgeport, just above the midpoint, in its ranking of 239 minor-league markets. We can quibble with some things (“Norwich-West Haven”? Markets without big-league teams include “Long Island”*?), but hey: Take that, Schaumburg!
Hershey tops the rankings, quite fairly. Peoria, Rochester, ManchVegas and Albany (!) make the top 20. Glens Falls sits at 235, but maybe the advent of the Phantoms helps that. Here’s their notes on methodology.
Rick DiPietro’s rehab either is on schedule or isn’t where the Islanders said it would be by now. Speaking of goaltenders, just saw (hat tip: USCHO) this St. Cloud Times report that Islanders draft pick Jase Weslosky is leaving St. Cloud State for academic reasons and is transferring to Bemidji State.
Chris Holt! (to Bingo)
Third String Goalie gets around to those Canucks uniforms.
As Twitted (Tweeted) (whatever) earlier, they played the Sixpence None The Richer remake of “There She Goes” at the Pilot Pen tonight. Nice to hear the song. Wish it was the version by The La’s. An OK music night. “A Hard Day’s Night” during the second night match. And earlier, “All the Time” by Green Day off “Nimrod” — including the two bad words, unbleeped. As Zheng-Kuznetsova dragged into the night and Stamford’s deadline creeped up, “Having the time of my life/watching the clock tick” got more appropriate.
(I need a Twitter etiquette crash course. Like, when retweeting, are you allowed to edit for space/clarity/other? Changed an “I” to “(Els)” when RTing Elsberry over the weekend, for example, just because I thought it looked weird when other people used “I”… If get to too many characters, can you drop in three dots?)
A sweet Seth Davis visit with John Wooden over at si.com.
And finally, well, there’s this. So Luis Castillo**, like the Darryl Strawberry from a cast of ringers, is the only one left — unless he has fallen into the Springfield Mystery Spot***.
**-OK, maybe Daniel Murphy, too, after the position shift.
***-Would have been more appropriate to the source were he wrongly sent up the river to serve six life sentences, but hey, that’s too harsh. All the guy did was sign his name.