It all got started a few weeks ago. In a span of one minute, I saw a TV ad for Scottrade, then heard a radio ad for Nationwide insurance. Those are two companies with naming rights to NHL arenas, and it got my brain churning. Truth be told, I was already sort of thinking about this anyway, but it got the ball rolling.
There's something funny about that Nationwide ad, though. Next time you hear one of their ads on the radio, pay attention to the disclaimer at the end. Part of the disclaimer is "Coverage not available in all states". Nationwide insurance, then, is not available nationwide. Go figure.
Some of the arena names raise a few eyebrows and a few snickers, but I promise you that some of those names aren't as funny as they seem at first. Most have very strong ties to their local communities, even if the name suggests otherwise.
At the end of the day, the only ones that don't make any sense at all are the Staples Center and General Motors Place. Most of the others have a very strong connection between the name of the arena and some company with major business in the area.
Carolina will have another day off on Thursday, and unless there's a major trade, I don't anticipate writing anything that has anything to do with actual hockey.