Re: Your most personal, comical moment at a Bruins game
posted at 5/18/2013 3:30 PM EDT
In response to BassFishingII's comment:
Jacobs wouldn't turn on the AC. And the sad part is, he didn't have to because the B's were one and done basically every year in the 1980s with the penny pinching and lack of aggressiveness, as he raided fans pocketbooks.
That's why when the Lakers or any other NBA team not used to playing in the Garden that late in the year (Houston in 1986 for example) were shocked how hot it was in there.
It turned out to be a great advantage for the Celts in that regard, but we find out in May of 1988 vs the Oilers what it meant with the lights going out. Not really ventilation related, but Jacobs put no money into the renovation of that building at all. He knew he could make his profits with hosting 3 or 4 home games in Rd 1 of the playoffs and go home every year, counting his pennies up in Buffalo.
When he bought the team in 1975, one of the first things he did was shrink the cup size for beer and raise the price of the beer. He would count the cups used as a way of seeing how much he was making, not the amount of kegs. My dad's cousin worked one of those stands and he told my dad and his friends to keep the cups and just come back with the same one as a way to stick it to ol Jeremy.
I have other issues with how Jacobs handled the new building and completely disrespected the old building, which is why I really respect the Sox owners a lot.
But, that place was special. Big time. I still get chills thinking about how loud it would get in there, not at all shocked if a beam or something would fall to the ice due to the noise.
It smelled like a combo of pisz, hotdogs, peanuts and beer and I loved every minute of it.
You just described Maple Leaf Gardens' mens washroom during the era of their slanted, white porcelin trough. So Boston Garden did have the ability to ventilate but owner Jacobs refused to activate the system? Didn't know that. I'd always heard the Garden could be heated but not cooled.