I just finished reading the local news section in this morning’s Times that included a glowing story, on the front-page above the fold, about how smart and fan-centric new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is.
The guy has been smart. He moved here, he dumped a ton of money into local charities, he changed the feel of the brand and the look of the uniforms, and then he privately financed a renovation of the arena to make it more fan-friendly. That makes him local good guy number 1.
The weird thing is, outside of moving to town, Stu has done all those same things.
I know it seems like I defend Stu too much here, particularly in light of his recent comments, but I see a definite trend developing in the Times’ coverage. Vinik = good guy. Stu = bad guy. The only open question seems to be, what does that leave for Papa Glazer?