Friday, June 27, 2014

Reactions for Bettman entrance run the gamut

And now for something completely different...

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman will make his first public appearance in Philadelphia since awarding the Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup to members of the Chicago Blackhawks on June 9, 2010.

Never one of this town's favorites among the upper echelon of league management, it's certain that Bettman will receive, let's say...reactions...from a Philadelphia crowd that won't be sitting in their home-ice seats cheering on their club in the traditional sense.

In the interest of irresponsible "journalism," and because the Phanatic didn't want to clog your feeds with a 38th different variation of the same draft issues, profiles and "cheat sheets," we decided to take a different tack and leave the following loaded question in the hands of our followers:

"Gary Bettman will be ___________ upon his first appearance at the draft."

Here are the best and least vulgar responses:












And here was the full-throated reaction of the sellout crowd once their esteemed guest took the podium to kick of the draft in earnest:



Technically, the winner is none of the above. Even though Cade and Mats hit the nail on the head by saying Bettman would be booed, it was one answer I didn't include in the original post which came closest to capturing the typical Philadelphia response:

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