212 Reasons The NHL Should Take Basille's Offer For the Phoenix Coyotes

Martin AverySenior Writer IMay 16, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 02:  Scottie Upshall #8 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates with teammate Petr Prucha after Upshall scored a third period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 2, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 2-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The amount offered by Jim Basille for the Phoenix Coyotes has not been questioned or commented on.

Why would he offer $212.5 million for the team?

Why not  $200 million even?

The number does not seem to be related to any estimated value about the team or its losses. It is a much bigger number than the one offered by Basille's rivals.

It might be symbolic. You know what they say; at 211 degrees, water is hot, but at 212 degrees, it boils. "And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train."

At www.just212.com, there is a lot of information about two twelve. It looks like a movement and its slogan is "One extra degree = Exponential results."

But the Balsillie offer isn't $212 million, it's $212.5 million. Maybe that's how you get to be a billionaire. If it's that one extra degree gives exponential results, why not go 1.5?

Maybe there is another reason for that dollar amount.

Two Twelve is a New York City-based graphic design firm that seeks sustainable solutions to problems of wayfinding, information and visioning. David Gibson of Two Twelve created The Wayfinding Handbook.

Dialing 555-1212 is the number for directory assistance in many places.

Area code 212 is a telephone area code in New York City. New York was originally given 212 when area codes were assigned in 1947, because it is the fastest area code that could be dialed with a rotary dial given the numbering plan.

Today, only the borough of Manhattan retains the 212 area code. The makers of the BlackBerry understand area codes.

The 212 area code is one of the most-recognized American area codes. Among some Manhattanites, it is considered a "prestige" code.

The 212 code was parodied in an episode of Seinfeld, "The Maid".

How much is 212 million dollars?

Virginia's Mega Millions lottery has reached $212M.

The European Commission approved under EC Treaty state aid rules a €212 million German film support scheme.

Registered users of the eBay auction site have risen 26% to 212 million.

Nokia made a 212 million dollar deal to expand into Thailand.
Burundi got 212 million euros in aid from the European Development Funds.

Brazil exports 212 million pairs of shoes.

Tesco hoped to secure at least €212 million from the sale of Golden Island shopping centre in Athlone and Artaine Castle shopping centre.

Indonesian produces 212 million metric tons of coal in a big year.

The Baby Photo Digital Search Engine Database allows you to search 212 million infant baby pictures.

The Xerox 212 Multifunction Printer once reported a $212 Million profit.

The World Bank approved $212 million worth of credits for Tanzania to use in programs that promote growth and governance.

In hockey 2-1-2 describes a very aggressive offensive pattern. It means you send two wingers in deep to forecheck and keep the center in the slot. The New York Rangers used a 1-2-2 offense under coach Tom Renney, but changed to a 2-1-2 when John Tortorella took over.

Balsillie tried to buy two other NHL teams by playing conservatively and following all the rules of the NHL's board of governors. That didn't work, so now he's trying a more offensive approach.

The 2-1-2 is often used late in a game when you are in need of a goal or at specific instances that will allow you to take advantage of your opponents' positioning or weaknesses, such as a bankruptcy.


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