Australia is: The Land That Time Forgot - think about it for a few moments. One of the most popular bands in the world right now is AC/DC, perpetually stuck in the 70's these lads aren't in to the latest fads. Other recent bands to make it big from the land down under Jet, a bit more glam. Airbourne, these guys may as well be the bastard children of Angus et all. Wolfmother, the look and sound like they shop at the the Jimmy Page boutique and are styled at the Robert Plant salon. Don't get me wrong, I love AC/DC and Airbourne and I love that their style and sound is a little bit "back in time." Not too mention everyone there seems to have a tan despite the fact the rest of the world has learned about this thing called "skin cancer" in the last 20-30 years.
Not Convinced, just look at their cars, big rear wheeled drive v8 beasts, and they still make the el camino and ranchero down there, but of course they call em "utes". It's entirely possible that they still have dinosaurs hidden down there somewhere, which would explain why they still drive big v8's, they will always have a supply of fuel as the dino's keep dying and turn into crude as part of the "Aussie circle of life".
J.P. Ricciardi - If I were picking a fanatasy league team I would follow his advice, but the catch here is that fantasy leagues are not real. This guy probably spent a lot of time in high school playing strat o matic baseball along with being stuck in the locker by the jocks.
Strat o matic explains why he thinks players who hit 20 homeruns in 80 games and have never played a full season are better than players who have never been hurt but only hit 39 home runs in a full season. He looks at the 80 game guy and figures he's worth more because in a full season he would hit 40 homeruns, which is 1 more than the proven player who never misses a game.
Being stuck in a locker often probably explains why he doesn't really like "star" athletes, what did he have against Delgado who was a proven performer, and would rather have the unproven players that have never played a full season, but have the "potential" to light it up.
Wayne Gretzky - Everyone should just lay off the poor guy, for quitting as coach. Wayne has been used by people of questionable character since he left "the soo". First is was Peter Pocklington (look up douchebag and you'll see his picture), then Bruce McNall (con artist and thief) and now Gary Bettman (who is just a dirt bag lawyer who excels at nothing but lying).
I think it would be safe to bet that buttman forced Wayne into the Phoenix situation the same way he made the NHL owners believe that southern expansion was too good to miss, by outright lying. "Don't worry Wayne, with you in Phoenix there is no way hockey can fail and you'll make millions of dollars" or something similar is what buttman probably told him.
Now that it is clear that whoever owns the Phoenix team has no plans for him, one of the parties being the same group that put him in Phoenix to begin with, can you blame the guy for not wanting to be where he's not wanted? Never mind the fact that he is probably tired of being used by these douches for the last 30 years or so.