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Don’t Go Praising Bettman

from Kevin Engstrom of the Winnipeg Sun,

The unlikely return of big league hockey to Winnipeg has caused an even unlikelier thing to occur.

The thing I’m referring to, of course, is a handful of Winnipeggers saying NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — the guy who ushered our beloved Jets out of town 15 years ago — perhaps isn’t such a bad guy after all.

Heck, some obviously inebriated or otherwise medicated Winnipeggers even had the gall to call Bettman a — gasp! — hero.

No, really. A few people said it.

Of course, this is utter nonsense. In his dream world, Bettman’s plan to export Canada’s national pastime to the U.S. Sunbelt would have been a giant success with full arenas and giant ratings, allowing him to forever turn his back on small Canadian markets like Winnipeg and Quebec City.

Unfortunately for Bettman, that scheme had about the same chance of long-term success as Kim Kardashian’s upcoming marriage: Little to none.

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So by allowing the team to go back to Mumbletypeg he is a jerk? I guess I can agree with that.

Posted by timbits on 06/05/11 at 11:48 AM ET

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