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Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:18 AM

As the Blues score another fat public subsidy, the scorecard is clear: Taxpayers lose

On May 15, those of us who bleed blue were worried about the fate of our hockey team.

That night. our Blues lost 5-4 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks to fall behind 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals. The big story was that officials had blatantly failed to stop play for an illegal hand pass that led to the Sharks' winning goal, one of the most famously terrible non-calls in NHL history. It felt like our 51-year curse was living on.

"It was so unfair that the game ended that way. The wrong way," NHL Executive Vice President Colin Campbell said, with stunning candor. The league took the extraordinary step of removing all four on-ice officials for the rest of the playoffs.

As perhaps you've heard, we eventually won the Stanley Cup. It's all good now. But something else unfair happened May 15 with regard to the St. Louis Blues. That was the night Missouri's inept General Assembly made a horrific hand pass of its own: It dished out $70 million in taxpayer dollars over a twenty-year period to the Blues along with $60 million in handouts to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals sports franchises.


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