Remember a little while ago when the Flames first signed Todd Bertuzzi, and everyone in the organization went into full damage control mode because the entire city of Calgary was ready to become Oiler fans?
At the time, Flames fans were overwhelmingly against the move, with 54 percent on the Flames’ diehard message board saying it was bad but tolerable, and another seven percent saying they would be boycotting the team until Bertuzzi was out of town. Not even Bertuzzi bringing his adorable son to the meet-the-media presser and refusing to talk about his past, err, indiscretions seem to have dampened Cowtown’s intense dislike for the former Canuck.
It was thought, though, that the furor might die down a bit as time went on.
According to the Calgary Sun, it hasn’t, at all.
The Flames sparked a firestorm of publicity when they signed forward Todd Bertuzzi this summer, but the buzz hasn’t ignited sales of No. 7 jerseys.
At the Sunridge Mall Jersey City, a replica is draped over a mannequin, but not many shoppers are taking notice and sales have been slow so far, said Kris Singleton, a staffer at the store.
“I think we’ve sold one so far,” he said, noting the Bertuzzi jerseys have only been in stock for about week.
I’m sure, as the article states, that a few reasons go into the fact that they’ve sold just one (that to an immediate Bertuzzi family member, one assumes). He’s on a one-year contract, first of all. He’s also kind of got to prove himself to Calgary fans as a changed man, in a way.
What this actually is: a non-story. It’s the crummier of the Calgary papers, the one with the blowhard writers (Eric Francis, this means you) and an awful reputation for rumor mongering trying to dredge up a “grrr Bertuzzi” story that will surely have the thicker-skulled Calgary fans angrily shaking their fists and breathing heavily.
What this story isn’t: meaningful. The Sun, for some reason, is trying to run Bertuzzi out of town on a rail, presumably because he won’t talk about the whole Steve Moore thing.
Still, only one jersey? That’s rough.