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A Fan Asks Gary Bettman For Answers

Gary Bettman was willing to talk to me, a fan not a journalist, and I appreciate that.  I really do.

Anyone who follows A2Y knows that the 19 are not kind to Bettman.  We call him Li’l Gary in derision.  We thank him and then call him an ass.  Grown-up stuff like that, and worse.  Much worse.

Gary still chose to let me interview him at the Shanahan Summit.  He didn’t have to, many others wouldn’t, but he did.

And if Gary Bettman chooses to speak with me again, and I hope he does, I want him to understand his interviews will always be given fair coverage at Abel to Yzerman.  Nothing will be taken out-of-context.  Ever.

Gary Bettman, and everybody else, will always be given a fair and biased forum at A2Y to voice their ideas, opinions, and rebuttals. We are passionate Red Wings fans, and extremely biased, yet will treat everyone fairly who comes to talk with us.  Once you had a chance to voice your opinion, the 19 will tell you what they think about it.  They always do.

After the jump, my interview with Gary Bettman.  Unedited.  I comment on the interview later, for now you will hear it as it happened.

If you do end up reading this: Thanks Gary.

If you wish to download the .mp3, here it is.

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Red Winger's avatar

For those keeping score, here is a ‘Best Of’ from the responses so far…

his tone and attitude is extremely pompous and arrogant

Gary sounded honest, dumb but not stupid

Whenever I hear Gary talk, I just feel like I am in kindergarten getting scolded by the principal.


if I have to listen to his voice, I might have to poke out my own ear drums


he phrases everything in such a condescending, arrogant manner

to come chest to face with an evil dwarf takes much skill

the way he answers, he’s such a doucher

Thanks, Gary.  You’re still a dodgy sonuvabitch

Bettman’s prickly responses

little prick

you lie!

he likes to tongue punch Rosby’s fart box

same ole condescending verbal diarrhea!

He’s still an ass.

Fuch you Gary. Fuch you in your shiny purple ass.

His fangs just drip with pomposity

Thanks,Gary. Ass.

Gotta’ luv the 19.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 08/20/10 at 07:53 PM ET

pgoody's avatar

Bettman? I always thought we were talking about Gary Roberts… now everything makes sense…

Posted by pgoody on 08/20/10 at 07:54 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Okay, just got a chance to listen to it.

First, great job, Voox. It’s more nerve-wracking doing that stuff than most people realize.

Second, Gary comes off as such an A$$!!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 08/20/10 at 08:02 PM ET

cmk's avatar

Absolutely fantastic job, VooX.  I admire your restraint—if I ever got within spitting distance of the little ass, I’d be hard pressed to not slap him upside the head.  I cannot believe any person could be so condescending and self righteous sounding as him.  I don’t even think politicians are this bad.  I’m sure to have nightmares for many nights after listening to this…

Posted by cmk from the top part of MI on 08/20/10 at 08:26 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Credit where credit is due, Gary Bettman is a man who never lets his mouth get in front of his brain. People that speak as slowly and as metered as Gary Bettman are either stupid or crafty.

I vacillate between those two conclusions daily.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/20/10 at 09:29 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Great job VooX. Gary chooses his words very carefully, yet still somehow says absolutely nothing. What a douchenozzle. I can’t believe he had the gall to say you had a naive worldview for asking that question, amazing. Such a condescending piece of shit who is completely out of touch with the common fan.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 08/20/10 at 10:38 PM ET


Voox: “We’ve said some pretty mean things about you in the past.”

Bettman: “I’ve noticed.”

Voox: “It’s okay.”

Dude.  Classic.  Pure awesomeness.

Posted by cementslinger from Midland MI on 08/21/10 at 12:29 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Nice job VooX,
You gave him just enough rope to come across as if he was a pretty decent guy before the lobotomy.

I probably would have blown it by asking if he rode the short bus all the way through law school.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/21/10 at 03:27 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Voox, that was masterful….I really think a promotion the Head Bartender is in order.  Your restraint in positing questions left the air redolent with a wafting of…...

Thanks Gary.  Ass.


.....short bus all the way through law school.

  You mean there was a longer bus? Damn.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, Czech out my recliner..... on 08/21/10 at 03:42 AM ET

Andy from FightNight's avatar

Awesome job Voox. Good questions asked very politiely.

Kudos to Gary for doing this, but damn does that man come of as an ass…

Posted by Andy from FightNight on 08/21/10 at 04:12 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

respect the office, despise the man. good balance there, buddy

Posted by Rdwings28 on 08/21/10 at 10:02 AM ET

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