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Agree To Agree

from Ken Dryden at the Globe and Mail,

We have become better and better at difference. We hire more experts to push our own case. It’s their job to win, their only job. Nothing else matters. It’s black and white, winning and losing, winners and losers. Grey is boring. Conviction is good. Compromise is weak. Compromisers are spineless. The media decide what’s worthy of attention. The media love difference. There’s drama in difference, drama in conflict. There is no bigger interest. There are only interests.

So we fight for as much as we can get.

What are the losers – the fans – to do? They could try to stand up together, develop a strategy, stay home from games. As unlikely as that is, big surprises happen, and the strong are never as strong as they seem.

Or the players and owners might say, this is going nowhere good. The way we live isn’t about total victory, about being the only one left standing, the only one who wins. An economy, a society, politics, sports don’t work if only a few win. With no overwhelming issues, NHL owners and players have agreed to disagree.

They need to learn how to agree to agree.


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Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Such a smart and pragmatic man. Kenny Dryden would be good for Hockey. Maybe, too good.

What if there was a Season and nobody came? I would be willing to hit them in the bank account, since it seems to be the only thing they understand.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In’13

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 09/14/12 at 12:55 PM ET

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