Worst owner of all time?
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10-13-2012, 05:23 AM
Leafs SUCK (again)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In the year 1967
I'll give you one quote that says it all.
According to one investor, “We know he had diabetes. We know he doesn’t follow his diet. We know he’s eighty-three. That’s why I started buying stock.”
In The Game, Ken Dryden wrote that Ballard seemed "like [a] wrestling villain who touches the audience to make his next villainy seem worse."
Xenophobe (calling Russians 'parasites and barnacles who steal our money'), attention *****, criminal, that all describes Ballard.
Destroying Hewitt's gondola? Yep, Ballard.
Spending one year in jail for fraud? Yep, Ballard.
Selling two farm teams full of promising players because of greed? Yep, Ballard.
Selling SC banners? Yep, Ballard.
Losing Bernie Parent because he was cheap and did not consider the WHA a threat, treating Parent like garbage? Parent refused to play for the Leafs any more and was traded to the Flyers. Yep, Ballard.
Treating Keon like junk, sabotaging his NHL career? Yep, Ballard.
Firing Neilson because he was 'stealing' media spotlight from Ballard, rehiring him shortly after a players protest, asking Neilson to wear a paper bag on his head for the first game back? Yep, Ballard.
Trading McDonald to piss off Sittler? Yep, partially Ballard.
The Leafs not signing Europeans because of Ballard's xenophobia? Yep, Ballard.
Constantly calling out players in public after poor games? Yep, Ballard.
I could go on.
That's four Hall of Famers ran out of town thanks to Harold Edwin Ballard.
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