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When keeping it real goes wrong: Dan Ellis' bad night on Twitter

Sep 7, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

Sometimes when you’re having a tough night and want to sound off to an always-willing-to-listen audience it helps to be aware of who makes up your audience. Last night, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis was getting down about how much money he and other players in the NHL lose out on because of escrow and 33dellis1.jpg

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All right so at the very least Ellis dials it down a bit and realizes that being a hockey player is nothing like being a soldier or a firefighter, so he’s got that going for him. What tends to really chap people’s asses is when you pull the “Gotcha!” move and claim you were just goofing around. At least Ellis didn’t go that route…

33dellis4.jpgOK so he did go there. At the very least, Ellis realized that he may have grossly misjudged his very public audience that is now saluting him with either quotes from Biggie Smalls or a brand new hit Internet meme.

33dellis5.jpg All right, so what is our lesson here. Fans don’t like to hear from guys that make more money than most people will ever see in their life talk about financial hardships. That’s a given. We’ve also found out that sometimes players forget how good they’ve got it and getting a dose of reality in a bitingly cruel and sarcastic manner can get both annoying and hilarious so long as you’ve got the sense of humor to handle things.

While Ellis got angry about things and said that he’ll keep things really, really boring if that’s what the fans want (they don’t and guys like Bobby Ryan and Paul Bissonette are proof of that) but this is more about knowing and respecting your audience.

Regular NHL fans aren’t generally rolling in dough and fans spend their extra cash to buy tickets, cable or satellite TV and merchandise while trying to keep a roof over their heads. NHL tickets and merchandise aren’t cheap and all those things go into the big pot to help their favorite teams have the money to spend on players.

It’s one thing to try and identify with your audience by talking about common issues,having Uncle Sam (or Uncle Gary Bettman) take a chunk of your money is a universal gripe, it’s another thing to forget your place in life and realize that you don’t have the same sorts of problems those folks have.

  1. NYRFTW - Sep 7, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    He has a right to be pissed. He will only make that kind of money for maybe 10 years of his life, so it’s not that much money. My career in the financial industry is going to be a lot longer than his in the NHL. It’s not like he is getting paid 7 million a season to be able to lose 18% of escrow. Lets be serious, I would be pissed as well. According to capgeek he only makes 1.5 million a year and he is a UFA in two seasons. He is already 30 years old. Would you be happy if some jerks were taking about 1/5 of your salary if you had to live the rest of you life not knowing how to make income? Think about it, the 3 million total that he gets in the next two years might be the rest of the good money he earns in his life. What is he going to do after being unemployed by 32? Nothing! That’s a long life to live with just 3 million in the bank. These guys have lifestyles they want to keep. Lets be serious. Cars, house, wife kids etc. Get the picture. I would be complaining about 18% as well, wouldn’t you? I will make more than him and in the long run just like millions of other people will! I will also have constant income, something an NHL, or any other professional player can’t say. Unless your a megastar, you should be complaining! I obviously agree with Dan 100% It’s not about greed, it’s about security! Do you expect him to move into a one bedroom apartment in the ghetto after his career is over?

  2. JoJo - Sep 7, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    NYRFTW: If you are in the “financial industry” then that explains how we got in this recession, dip$hit….

  3. Gianthatr - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    NYRFTW: Dude seriously? This guy an idiot. I agree he won’t make more than a certain amount and be done but then why buy and live the stupid high life knowing that? F Dan Ellis. He’s a douche and I can’t believe your defending a millionaire who’s crying about taxes…if he lives in a normal house, 300k-500k range, and doesn’t go crazy guy will be fine in life seriously…He lives in Omaha, Nebraska in the off season…Can he really be that hard off in life. What he can’t work? How about a goalie coach? Personal trainer? Plenty of stuff a guy can do after hockey.
    Please don’t feel bad for millionaires..

  4. Mike - Sep 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    He tweeted a link showing off his new shiny sports car back in July after he signed that 2 year, 3 million dollar contract with Tampa. Life cant be that bad.

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