It’s time for another SinBin.vegas Guest Post. We will always strive to be the voice of the Vegas Golden Knights and take great pride in providing a platform for not just our own opinions, but yours as well.
This next one is from Rob Patti, and he would like to have a word with all of you who still don’t like the team name.
Since the Vegas Golden Knights team name/logo was announced it has gotten mixed reviews, to say the least. Everyone has the right to their own opinion and I get that. What I don’t understand is why some of the locals have been so quick to judge. If you hate everything about the Golden Knights and you are not on board, that’s fine. But know that if your hatred for the team is based solely on the name, you will come off looking entitled. All I ask you entitled folk is to let the people whom are excited and grateful at the fact that Vegas finally does have a pro sports team be happy and have their moment.
As a supporter of this team, I can tell you personally it’s been mentally exhausting trying to defend this whole situation and frankly I am dumbfounded that it has gotten to this point so quickly. Its pretty sad that many locals of a city that finally got its first major pro sports team are already willing to ditch them. We are making ourselves look petty, plain and simple.
Bill Foley is a business man, from day one of this entire process he has always been straight with us. He stated many times over that he doesn’t know hockey very well, but he wants to learn. He wants to assemble a front office that he can count on to get the job done, because no billionaire goes into a venture they are paying a half a billion dollars for with hopes to fail. But if you thought Foley wasn’t going to make mistakes along the way, then you were obviously living in another dimension.
The guy did all this and didn’t ask for a dime from us. Do you understand how valuable and unbelievably rare that is in sports? In addition, he’s building a world class practice facility (again with his own money) wanting to start leagues for our local kids so we can have a strong foundation of hockey to build on in this city. Sorry, call me crazy, but that doesn’t sound like a guy who only cares about tourists because he dropped the “Las” in favor of “Vegas.”
What people don’t seem to get is that we aren’t your “normal” city. Yes, regular people like you and I live here on a daily basis that have lives outside of the strip. But let’s step out of the box and think about this from a reasonable perspective. This city was created, built up, and has survived because of the “Strip” of hotels that sparkle down Las Vegas Boulevard. Not to mention back when the recession of 2008 hit our city…we went into turmoil. Casino profits were down due to lack of gambling and shopping…why? Because without tourists, Las Vegas doesn’t exist.
So yes, as a 20 year native of this city, I believe Foley should consider this as not only a local attraction but a tourist attraction as well. He’s going global because that’s how this city operates, whether you or I like it or not. This is the entertainment capital of the world and if Foley plays his cards right this franchise will be one of the most recognizable and popular sports franchises in the world, which sounds fantastic to me. So maybe you should think twice before you bash Foley because he is doing something that seems totally unfaithful to the locals. It’s the city, not Foley. He is doing what the organization needs, whether you chose to believe it or not.
So again, if you don’t like whats happening with the team that’s your right, but all I ask is you try to think outside the box, give this thing a shot (or not, your choice) and just enjoy it! We have pro sports! And quite frankly, that’s all that should matter right now. Because whether you love or hate the name, the logo, or “Las” being excluded..if this franchise works out it will pave the way for your Raiders, that NBA team you’ve been longing for, or even that MLB team one day. So maybe you shouldn’t be so quick to hope to see this thing fail. Because if it does, sports in this town are doomed. That much is certain and to me sounds much, much worse then having a team with the wrong name, logo, or heaven forbid, is missing the three letter Spanish translation of “the.”
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