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‘Covering’ The Lockout

from Bryan Curtis at Grantland,

Last Wednesday, as the temperature dipped below 25 degrees in New York, a bunch of Canadians were staring at a door. The door is located at 1185 Sixth Avenue. Behind it are the offices of the National Hockey League. The Canadians wore heavy parkas. They carried notebooks and mics and they shivered and sipped coffee. People stopped and asked what they were doing, staring at a door. The Canadians told them: They were waiting for Bettman.

Gary Bettman is the commissioner of the NHL. (A lot of people on Sixth Avenue didn't seem to know this.) NHL players had been locked out for 100 days, the third work stoppage of Bettman's tenure, and now the whole season was in jeopardy. (Some passersby looked skeptical and asked, "Is Obama in there?") For NHL reporters — and me, an uninvited embed — the lockout had entered its surreal final days.

"It's absurd," said Darren Dreger, a reporter for the Canadian station TSN. "We're standing on a street corner in Manhattan, in sub-zero conditions, waiting for a kernel of information."

"It is soul-sucking," said Pierre LeBrun, Dreger's TSN colleague and an ESPN contributor. "It really is soul-sucking."

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Evilpens's avatar

when has it been “Subzero” in Manhattan during the lockout !? hahaha Someone is Gilding the Lilly

Posted by Evilpens on 01/07/13 at 07:17 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

EP, it was sub-zero in Celsius, which is what they use in Canada, which is were Dreger is from.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 01/07/13 at 07:37 PM ET

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Poor media.  At least now they can write their cloying, brain-dead screeds from the comfort of their own basements rather than having to go out in… ohmigod… public to… ohmigod… actually report on something instead of just rushing to be a bunch of reactionary blowhard nincompoops based on something they got from Twitter or a TSN/ESPN highlight.

Hey, wait a sec, they did that anyway.

Yeah, now I see why they were pissed.

If there’s ever been a sport that deserves less respect for it’s Commissioner, PA and Media than hockey I’ve never heard of it.  That’s quite a Trident of Suck we fans get to deal with.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/07/13 at 07:57 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

when has it been “Subzero” in Manhattan during the lockout !? hahaha Someone is Gilding the Lilly

Posted by Evilpens on 01/07/13 at 06:17 PM ET


Subzero in Manhattan during the lockout.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 01/07/13 at 08:11 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

^^awesome.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/07/13 at 08:30 PM ET

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Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 01/07/13 at 07:11 PM ET

Hahahaha.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/07/13 at 08:51 PM ET

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Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 01/07/13 at 06:37 PM ET

D’OH !! that’s right ! rolleyes

Posted by Evilpens on 01/07/13 at 08:56 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Trident of Suck would be a great name for a band.

Posted by Savage Henry on 01/07/13 at 09:15 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Also: this story would have been better if a couple of mean New Yorkers had taken their wallets or kicked slush in their faces.

Posted by Savage Henry on 01/07/13 at 09:15 PM ET

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EP, it was sub-zero in Celsius, which is what they use in Canada, which is were Dreger is from.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 01/07/13 at 06:37 PM ET

Eh, the article’s kind of confusing. He uses a fahrenheit figure in paragraph one then switches to a celsius figure in a dreger quote in paragraph 3. He should have modified the quote with a parenthetical. The way the article looks is as if there was a 26 `C or 50 something `F drop that day.

However, I had a good laugh at the idea that Canadians are easily identified in New York because they’re the ones wearing heavy parkas and shivering in 80 `F heat.

Posted by larry on 01/07/13 at 09:27 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Did EP just admit to being wrong?

Is it a full moon or something?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/07/13 at 11:32 PM ET

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