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Good morning, everybody and welcome to F P C.
Radio Live is Wednesday.
It is May the 27th were just flying through this fifth month of the year 2020.
And we got some big news.
The NHL yesterday, Gary Bettman came out announced the return to play plan, uh, in place to to hopefully attempt to finish off this 2019 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.
There's something to talk about their some sort of light at the end of the tunnel if everything goes well.
So I'm not gonna waste too too much time because we're on the air pretty late today.
You know, politics and technology happens and, you know, and then it happened to me in and hurt me.
But that does not mean we do not have my co host.
And yesterday I must apologize.
I took it a little overboard.
It turned from a what I thought was going to be a good intro to essentially an insult of my good buddy and and I don't want that to happen, So I'm going to kind of make it up for him.
today because, really, there's no way I can insult this guy.
You know the guys, Mr Rhode Island.
You know, he's a big shot up in the Northeast.
He's he's, you know, Mr Patriot.
But first and foremost, the guy.
It's really just a common man.
That's right. He's Mr Mike Debate.
He's just a common.
That's right, Mr Mike.
Debate might way doing today way are doing great looking.
This being introduced to the common man, the American tree, Dusty roads quarantine last any longer than today's close around here.
I'm gonna start resembling Dusty very operation for this to be on it.
But I know what we're both putting on massive amount of weight.
We might as well celebrate the most the most drive walking the most like him.
The most groovy guy the most like a biggest guy with a whole bunch moves.
That's right, Mr Dusty Rose.
The American dream, dusty roads, the late, great dusty roads.
And now is Yeah, just Oh, yeah.
I mean, this'd Viguerie.
So soaking info soaking in because all the sun in I got you know, I just had that feeling right now.
See, here comes Oh, it's great.
And you know what would be honest with all the times that we talked about? Like, um, talked about? I don't worry.
That's not the first time or the last time I'm going to Ah, plate.
Well, actually, that was the first time.
But it won't be the last time I played that song.
But But seriously, we thought we always talk about, like, our favorite wrestling songs a lot and ah, I can't believe I've never brought up dusty roads and and and it's easy.
I mean, it's I mean, come on, anyone who's never heard that before.
I mean, who just got up out of bed that that's what Honestly, I was talking to you off the air and tell the folks out there, but having some problems of my alarm clock, I'm waking up late now.
Could just be me sleeping through the oclock.
It could just be me convinced myself that I actually set the clock the alarm clock.
Either way, I've been having to wake up late.
So my idea, cause I'm just gonna set my alarm to that because, like, come on, imagine you're in a dead sleep, Mike, you're just laying there.
You're dreaming about whatever dreaming about the bronze glow on your statue And you know how the how the lights gonna hit it and all that stuff and dead asleep And you know, you hear this All the sudden your eyes pop open you sit up in bed and all the sun and you're ready to start your day right, You now.
So you can hear you can actually, like, see Dusty and a sweet sat by ako Yeah, that groovin rockin along dusty rocking the polka dots That folks, you will never see me, Yuri.
And where? Polka dots.
Well, I don't want to put words in his mouth here, but you will not see me wearing polka dots.
It just will not be a pretty sight, but, uh, Dusty rock them.
And he he was He was truly one of a kind.
Really, Just like an absolute legend.
You know what you know? You know what? And the fans air speaking.
And Kyle says it was a little It was a little low.
You thought he thought this song was little low.
So maybe we got a Should we play it one more time.
Or at least giving a given a feel for what we're talking about here because, well, I mean, he may be Canadian, but, you know, this is the American dream right here.
Way taking your E and oh, man, e just come on.
It is It's just a great song.
I mean, come on.
I want the call bell.
It's Yeah, you gotta have it.
Oh, man, I wish I had that.
So I can't imagine think, think, think, think.
Imagine less cow bell in my life than what you've given me this morning.
I hate a prescription.
And the only prescription is more cow bell.
See if you don't turn Mike, switch off.
He just keeps going.
Okay, he's good.
He's good, he's good.
But now we'll get no restriction.
I, um I any reason I couldn't can and will play that song.
Oh, well, you know what up, K, Kyle.
Whatever you say, Cow Bell.
With any reason I can't replay that song.
I'm going to do it.
So just get used to have folks.
It's It's once again another staple in our time.
But, um, no, we don't want to get too sidetracked because we do have things to talk about today.
And mostly the NHL, because yesterday commissioner Gary Bettman I had a press conference and he announced that the league's four phase plan to return to action, which, if everything goes right, will be towards the end of July with a 24 team Stanley Cup playoff tournament.
So ah, lot of changes, a lot of different aspects to this Ah playoff format then, obviously than in years past.
Ah, the top four teams from each conference will get will automatically get a first round bye.
So what that means is they're gonna end up playing each other in a round robin style tournament which will incorporate regular season rules and will not count towards any sort of regular Stephen stats or anything like that, but will essentially determine the seeding for each of those conferences.
The top at least.
And then the remaining 16 teams will participate in a five best of five round robin play off round and that that will have ah, playoff rules so continuous over time, no tie, job yada yada.
Um And then from there, you know, you combine the winners of that round robin tournament and Thea four teams from each conference, and then you have your 16 team traditional Stanley Cup tournament.
Now the A couple more things before we discuss this, because there is a couple aspects of it that is still a little bit unknown.
Ah, one of which is how are they going to cede the tournament after the first round? Now they shifted from a receding style, or at least a A just straight up, one through eight on each side on.
And then you play a traditional tournament that way.
One verse, 82 for seven yada yada yada.
They've recently switched over to a more tournament style, bracket style playoff format where you play within the division, all that stuff.
So both of those options air in up in the air right now for the NHL.
They're not quite sure how they're going to see thes tournaments, however ill.
In addition, they also don't know the length of the playoff rounds in the 2nd 2nd in what would be the third round now, where there they are.
Traditionally seven game series they may be as low as five.
However, the conference and Stanley Cup final will both be seven game series.
So Oh, take a breath.
I think I've covered everything Ah, you know, with with one caveat be and I'm not going to try to sit here and decipher what the draft is about.
But I will tell you that Ah, the potential first phase of the draft lottery will be June 26th.
If all the seven if all three of the top spots are taken by one of the seven teams that are not in either the round robin or the top of the conference, then it will be easy and clean.
If not, if one of the teams that is participating in the round robin ends up winning one of those one top three spots, and then we're going to get a little complicated here, and it's gonna be multiple phases lovable.
But we won't touch on that.
We're going to touch on the general NHL return to play phase, which again, if if you know, not everyone's going to be happy about it.
I mean, it is what it is.
It's not the perfect scenario for everyone, for example.
You know, as a Bruins fan, I'll pointed Bruins right off, you know, 100 points, eight points clear of the next person.
Next team in the entire league.
They, you know, they have the potential in, ah, in a span of three games to go from the first of the four seed.
Now again, is it a big deal normally? Sure, because, you know, you could lose home ice advantage and, you know, all of a sudden the matchup changes and all that.
But, you know, considering ah, you know, the this is this whole plan is to be done in to, uh, excuse me.
I apologize for losing my voice Too much, Just a dream or a dusty roads.
The American dream, Um, both these.
Ah, these rather these playoff series will be played in to host cities.
So there's really there's no plan.
There's no fans.
There's no ah, home ice advantage, really.
I mean, the only difference is basically, ah, when do you get the long change? Because we all know that the home team gets along change in the second period.
And ah, you know, obviously that's that's something.
It's really not a big deal, so overall, I mean, I like it.
I mean, I generally dislike 16 teams in the playoffs.
I do think it's a little bit too much.
Ah, but I do understand why they do 24.
I mean, first of all, it's a great number, I'm sure there 24 fans just as we are, Mike.
I think that was one of the big reasons why they had 24.
Yeah, well, you know, of course.
Ah, just it made sense.
But aside from the relation to the television show, it also makes sense from the ah standpoint of you can't just give the top teams of by and expect them to be ready to go and face a team that is coming off playoff, Siri, especially after this long layoff.
So the reasoning Gary Bettman gave for having this round robin tournament was was very practical and it made sense and it's something I would have thought of because it's like, yeah, it would be fortunate if the birds dropped down three seed shirt and and it certainly wouldn't be indicative of how their regular season going and and you know what? Tough, you know, beep you know, it is what it isn't and I'm not saying anyone's complaining from the team.
I know no one is.
I think everyone's just happy to play.
But if we're going to nit pick and say like, Oh, well, you know this guy, this team kind of got the short and the stick, whereas like a team like that, the Canadians, who were just God awful all season off some inner in the playoffs somehow, which again it's crazy.
But at the same time, this whole situation is crazy.
I'm excited to see it.
I'm excited to see some sort of, you know, options.
Some sort of Ah e you know, just a just a positive sign that, you know, look, this could happen now again.
There's so many hurdles that have toe be, you know, cleared and and and subsequent issues that could arise throughout, You know, each one of these phases.
But the plan is there and and it looks like they're committed to it that committed to investing the money in order to keep it this way.
And, ah, look, if we're all if we're lucky by the other July, we're going to start getting some playoff hockey, so I'm excited about it.
You know, again, there's a lot to a long way to go, but you know, we're getting there.
We're getting there for sure.
That is the most important thing in this.
And the one thing that struck me about this plan is that they are definitely taking the safety of the players seriously, folks, I think a lot of people are looking at these plans to come back and some are, you know, going all about it and all.
You know, all systems go and don't worry about anything else.
We just We want our sports back and I understand that There's also a sec that's very worried about the safety and the health of these players, the personnel and the team around them and also, you know, fans and stands.
Obviously, unfortunately, that seems to be, ah, long ways away, and if that is, then it is for the good of society.
Folks try to remember that, but they do have the comprehensive Cove in 19 testing in place.
There's no question about it.
They're going to be testing these players.
Teams are gonna be limited to 50 personnel is my good friend said in their respective hub city.
Now the hub cities that they're considering.
They're actually considering quite a few.
Believe it or not, I was surprised to see so many cities on the list a Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, which I think is one.
Probably that all of the, you know, players air hoping for But I think a non kidding.
I mean, under the cir***stances, I think they're just It really doesn't matter.
I think they're just looking to get back and put it in the safest environment.
So well, if it's not real quick, Vegas is kind of assumed as because you know the way they want to do it.
And it makes sense is tohave, you know, an East city in the West City.
Because again you think about timing and all that stuff and just the natural, you know, just being able to separate it so you can kind of surmise what the city's air going to be if it Vegas, which again it seems like a a perfect situation for them.
This is a, uh is a team that you can pretty much wipe out the rest of the West Coast there, like adamant in Vancouver.
But, I mean, who knows? They're still working on that.
That's one of the things that's still up in the air as to which actual cities they're going.
Is it going to be? Yeah, and it will be interesting is, you know, it's hard as the United States has been hit by the Cove in 19 Pandemic and I know can.
It has been doing a great job of keeping, you know, their citizens, you know, healthy as well.
It's been a pandemic there, Um, you mentioned and continue mentioned Vancouver.
Toronto is another one of those you know, cities.
You have to wonder if maybe they're considering doing ah, Canadian City.
But there's a lot of political red tape involved in that as well.
So I think there's probably still a lot going on behind the scenes when it comes to things like that.
But we'll simply ah, it's a positive step.
They, ah, they had mentioned Bettman or Bill Daley, that Deputy commissioner, I can't remember which one had mentioned that they are working with the Canadian and American governments because you brought up a good point.
I mean, there's travel restrictions into Canada.
And now Takano is specifically and again you add in all the factors internationally because hockey is is a is a melting pot of international personalities and cultures and stuff like that.
So you know, there's a lot of red tape to get through.
Now there is an agreement, and I'm sure that the governments will be flexible.
You know, this isn't just an exception to Sanderson.
There's a control, uh, controlled aspect to this.
So like if professional team professional players want to come through their steps, that can be taken to assure that it's it's safe.
And you can kind of, you know, allow that to happen.
Whereas, you know, maybe a normal citizen could not just because again the you know.
And here's the thing people like, Well, it's just sports How you Well, you know, you may not like sports, but you know, a lot of people dio and you know it plays Ah vital and very important role in our just culture.
Not only here in the United States, but in the world.
So I I look in and I see these.
These government like the Canadian government, American government, United States government.
They're going to be eager to to try to find the best way for this that happen.
So I don't think from a, you know, we're just not going to allow it standpoint.
Ah, this is gonna be impacted.
I think they just I think they're all collectively looking to find the best, most safest way to handle all this.
And, um, you know, first and foremost, it starts with very, very stringent and excessive testing.
And that's kind of what the NHL laid out.
So there's plenty of red tape TB, uh, cut through and get around.
But, you know, I think the motivation to get it done from all parties is there, and I think that's the biggest thing it is.
It absolutely is.
And it does lead into optimism for NHL fans, optimism for sports fans just knowing that there's light at the end of the tunnel and we're going to see professional sports again.
I mean, assuming this all comes to pass because right now let's be very honest folks.
Yes, it has been approved.
Yes, they are moving forward, but until it's actually, you know, concrete set in Stone.
You have to consider it as being tentative, as opposed to being confirmed.
But this is an important step.
It's an important part of getting back to professional sports, returning in not only the U.
S, but also all over the world.
This is something that we've missed.
And, um, I was very much encouraged by this yesterday again, my level of expertise on the NHL.
Anybody that's listen to this show knows it's not extensive.
I definitely defer to my good friend on the other end of the microphone for the details.
But as a fan, I was definitely intrigued by this.
I was definitely encouraged by this.
And yeah, I'm glad that you mentioned Bruce because that they wrote me the wrong way for the first couple of minutes when I saw that and I was like, You know, them, that they should be the number one seed, and all of a sudden they're gonna drop to a number four, perhaps not set in stone folks.
But ultimately, if they're limited to no fans in the stands, it lessens the impact on something like that because everybody's playing on a level playing field, you know exactly.
And There's no travel back and forth.
They're set in one city.
They're setting one hub city.
So seeding and a lot of respects folks is not going to be as important as it usually is or it has been in years past.
Um, I think it's really going to be based on the strength of these teams and for those of you that are looking at maybe some of the lower level teams getting in like in, it said.
This is unprecedented situation in professional sports.
I think what an NHL tried to do is get as many teams as many fan base is involved.
It's possible to make it based on mirror.
You know you don't want to just open it up and have everybody make the playoffs.
But I think the teams they selected the 24 limit, I think was a very smart move for them to make and I think it's gonna help keep a lot of these fan base is engaged and let's face it, some of the teams that were on the lower I hate to say the lower at level, but they some teams that were on the bubble of not being able to make the playoffs fan bases like Montreal and and the Rangers.
And you know teams like that in the Blackhawks and and, you know, Minnesota, Winnipeg.
There's stark raving fan bases in those regions, and for them to be able to make it in and have a shot and be able to follow their team again, this year is big.
It's big for the NHL that had to factor in.
So I think overall, the more I look at this plan, the more I like it.
I think they did a good job.
I think they covered all their bases, were just waiting to plug in the official dates here to make these plans official.
But I think the plan that they've laid out is a pretty good when I think they covered everything they needed to cover here.
Yeah, their goal is, and like I mentioned, there's four phases to it.
So the start of face three would be the start of a training camp for the teams participating in the tournament, and their hope is that by the end of ah, you know, by the end of June that can happen and you know once, once you go through that 2 to 3 week training camp to get your you know yourself, Freddy, get back on the ice, all that stuff and kind of, you know, the procedures they're talking about also includes more and more testing as they go on, which again, at the end of the day, eventually you're going to get to a point where, like, you know, if the players to be in quarantine and tested, then there's not gonna be any ah risk when it comes to, you know, plain it because again, if if they're all being tested and the results of being turned around before you can even have contact with anyone, then you can greatly control this in a very controlled environment, cause we're not We're not talking about a traditional Oh, go play your game that maybe go out with the boys Are, you know, go home and sleep at home type of thing we're talking about like your kid.
You go into a hockey tournament three states away and everyone staying in the same hotel room on the same floor.
Um I mean, look, some of these guys, they're in their thirties and forties, I don't know if they're gonna play, be playing many hockey in the hallways of the hotels.
But that's what we did when we were 10 and 11 years old and we created a ruckus.
So So maybe they do that.
Maybe they they you know, they hearken back to the, you know, the times of youth hockey, where, you know, you would do these tournaments, you would spend every waking second in the hotel or with your teammates, and that was about it.
And then you go play in front of a a a very, uh, spiritually ah filled arena.
And that's gonna be the case here.
So, look, I think these players are just happy to be playing.
Um, I think the teams that aren't in this tournament, I think, realized like a there was zero shot for us to make the playoffs anyway.
So, you know, you know, I'm talking about teams like Detroit.
Uh, you know, it It is what it is.
They're there, you know, they they just They were bad this year, so they couldn't even get into the scenario.
But look, teams like Montreal in New York, you got a chance and you know what I did predict the Rangers make the playoffs at the beginning of the year.
Now, I didn't expect them to get in is like the 11th or 12th seed.
That was not that that was not the plan, but But, um, I'll take it.
And ah, you know what? At the end of day, I think, you know, hopefully, maybe a few years from now we can all look back and just talk about how fun this whole tournament was because it was such a different just a different feel in general.
And just how much this impact impacted us for a couple of years.
And then again, you know, maybe maybe it'll be entertaining.
Maybe this will breathe.
Just just Ah, incredible.
Just mad rush for, you know, for for a turn a bit.
And we talked about all the time with hockey.
I mean, in hockey, it really doesn't matter where you were in the regular season, how you played.
I mean, if you hit the right stride in the postseason, you can make some noise.
So, hey, if you got some, you know, 101 odds out there unlike the Rangers or a team like that.
Or like the Black Ox? Yeah, maybe.
Maybe about just saying, I'm just saying I'm you know, you know, it's true.
And I'm so glad that you mentioned that because in hockey, maybe even above all other sports seeding and playoff positioning is probably I'm really I'm hesitant to say this, but I don't know if it's as relevant as in other sports.
I think again what we've shown what history has shown, especially in the NHL, is once you're in, you have a chance.
All you need to do is hit your stride at the right time.
Catch a team at the right time.
If you can get hot, thes guys can all play.
There's no question about it.
And that's true.
Of all the major per sessional sports, you know, you're you're professionals for a reason.
You can play at this level.
But if a team is capable of making a run and all of a sudden they're able to get hot when another team starts to struggle, it can really lead to some, you know, some exciting opportunities.
So, yeah, I think there's a shot for any team right now in this tournament, whether it be, um, you know, teams that just about got in because of their their playoff seeding, and because of the way this happened, it gave them a shot.
It gave them a chance.
And because they have that chance, they're gonna These teams are gonna be hungry to make the most of it on.
They may have the most approved, so this could be interesting.
And it could be a lot of fun to watch, so I'm looking forward to watching it. I know.
Ah, you know, hockey fans all over looking forward to watching it.
And you have you touched on this not too long ago.
I really look at this is an opportunity for the NHL to gain viewers to gain followers, to gain fans that maybe they haven't had before.
Or maybe they haven't had in quite a while.
This is an opportunity for people to see how great this sport is, how great this game is and how captivating it is.
Ah, a lot of times it just takes a little bit to get into it and watch it and you realize eyes Exactly.
Just why you know it has the following that it does so It's a good opportunity for the NHL and just hoping for the best in all you know situations.
But looking forward to seeing how all this is going to play out, it's gonna be different.
But it doesn't mean it can't be great, folks.
Yeah, and look, I mean, we just saw a two verse two golf game get like the highest ratings coffins ever. Gun.
Ah, you know, just the other day Now it helps that, you know, you have guys like Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Phil ****elson and ah, Eli Manning's brother participating.
Um, but at the same, you know, at the same time, I mean, you can just see how you know starved folks are for sports and and I think, Look, I think the NHL we'll see a similar impact because, look, we're not trying to, you know, tricky.
And to say in the sport is good.
It's You got to give it a chance, give it a chance and watching playoff hockey, and you're gonna be mesmerized.
And I think even, you know, maybe without the crowd and maybe without all the distraction, you can focus on the game or and learn the game or because, you know, that's the issue with a lot of people in hockey.
And a lot of people with a lot of sports is, you know, it's hard to get into something that that you don't necessarily understand.
And I'm not, you know, saying that people are incapable of understanding.
It's just looking, you know, you don't grow up around that.
You don't know all the nuances of the game.
So you know, I say that about soccer like I played soccer growing up, But I certainly didn't learn the nuances and like a little details about it, cause it was never, um, you know, all that important to me, you know, hockey was was important to me.
So maybe this is an opportunity for folks to see the game in a very raw fashion in a very unique, different way.
And I think that helps to, you know, the the uniqueness is what's going to intrigue people.
So people are going to tune in just to see that, and then hopefully they stick around for the actual action because again, I think it's the most entertaining and thrilling sport in the world, or certainly the best playoff tournament and uh, even with the changes, I don't think that that is going to change.
You just gonna see different.
That's as what it's gonna be.
It's just gonna be different and ah ah, unique is the word.
And that doesn't mean that's not necessarily bad.
It could be a lot of fun. So I'm excited.
But I am a swell and again, like I said, different doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be Ah, you know, worse or better.
I mean, it could be something that you really enjoy.
It could be something that you actually enjoy watching.
Maybe you're a hockey fan and enjoy watching hockey this year a little more than you have in years past.
Maybe it's because you haven't seen it in so long and you're just hungry for it.
Or maybe it's because something different and it's a story that you'll be able to tell the posterity like you said before in, and I think there's a lot of reasons for it, But, uh, I'm looking forward to it, and I think it's gonna be that's going to be fun to watch.
Yeah and ah, look were 70 5 76 days since the last hockey game in the last 14 event.
So I I think we can all wait another Oh, what could be another month and 1/2? Really? Um, when you when you think about it basically, you know, close the close toe, half of what we've already gone through.
So, um, you know, we're still a ways away, but But the plan is there, and there's something you can plan for and again, or we are going to get the draft lottery next month, so that will break things up.
Yeah, yeah, I apologize.
I don't I don't have enough time to sit here and try to decipher what it all means.
I mean, again, I think people made their jokes.
But some of it, you know, it does, Theo.
Essence of it, I guess, makes sense.
And that's something that we can kind of dive into at a later point.
Ah, you know, and just kind of see how that plays out.
But But look, the NHL is working towards towards ah future Ah, in terms of finishing this season and and look, the other important thing is like I mentioned before the the regular seasons over So Alex Ovechkin and the growing statement.
Pasternak are, ah, share the Rocket Rashard Trophy for most gold scored with 48.
Ah, the Birds are officially the President's Cup winning team as the team with the best record in the NHL.
And they also won the William Jenny's Jennings Award, which is awarded to the goalie tandem that allows the fewer schools in the regular season.
So ah, Bruins had a great season.
Um, unfortunately, a the very least, they're gonna have a chance to compete and win that Stanley Cup, and that's all we can ask or because you know what that is? You have to do it one more time.
Like before I got up there, right? Of course.
Of course you gotta listen.
Just just listen to the Cowboys.
Just a way of telling you nothing.
Nothing hits like a like a late eighties early nineties W W E entrance music coming, Come on, The beat, that the groove, Everything about It was just great.
And the best part was is like whenever he would come out and you would be like that.
The angry, dusty roads like the, you know, confront in the rain and you just walk with a purpose that was my favorite.
Because it's like the Oh, yeah, all business.
He comes out. You know, mate, maybe.
Ah, you know, flicking his nose a little big and ready to hop into the up into the ring.
And then, of course, the dance off at the end.
How classic was that? And that, folks, is what we're going to get from Mike when he finally gets on camera.
So when when the show the first show's over that we do in Mike's on camera for us.
We're gonna play this song, and Mike is going to get up, and he's gonna get do just like Dusty Rhodes and just do a little grooving, a little dancing in the middle of rank.
And I think we're all going to look forward to that one.
So, Mike, I hope you're practicing.
Oh, of course, Yeah.
Practicing. You know, again, the dance moves down.
You know that the knee cross going Absolutely.
I gotta get I'm not gonna have the moves like Dusty, though.
I mean, I was pretty lucky.
How could you not move when you hear that? You hear this talk E.
Come on, I want to move right now, but I'm on camera and I don't want to embarrass myself already.
More than what I've done already.
So? But right now it's like I just want a home phone.
Okay? I can't help myself.
Fill this group.
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