Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you’re looking for a balanced discussion of arena or stadium funding issues, don’t bother reading the sports pages. And if you’re looking here for another sports guy to carry water for an ownership group as it attempts to hold a mayor, a city and a civic election hostage, I’m the wrong person for that. And this is the wrong place for you.

You will hear a great deal of gibberish and economic hocus-pocus from Calgary Flames ownership – or, at least their president and chief executive officer, Ken King – in these next few weeks, as they attempt to paint Mayor Naheed Nenshi into a corner and force a “partnership” on the taxpayers of Calgary that will see them foot the overwhelming majority of costs for a new arena to replace Scotiabank Saddledome. And there will be no shortage of fellow travellers willing to take up their case.