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The owners’ commissioner is well-suited to the villain’s role

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers many lockout-related thoughts in his Sunday column, but his main thrust involves the fact that while both the NHL and NHLPA shoulder blame for the third lockout of a certain owners' commissioner's regime, the true Chairman of the Board has clearly mastered the villain's role:

Almost every time Gary Bettman opens his mouth, I have this tendency to want to slam my fist right into it.

And I’m not, in any way, what you’d call a violent person.

It’s his way, his voice, his condescension, his verbal cadence, his don’t-you-understand-I’m-the-smartest-man-in-the-room vibe that makes him so impossible to believe or trust.

So here we are again, held hostage by the NHL boss for the third time — a distinguished record of most work stoppages by one commissioner — with an absolutely unnecessary lockout, his league with record revenues, the players with record high salaries, fighting over increments and percentages. And this time, without a need to change the game, without a philosophical argument, with Bob Goodenow long gone, there is no one to truly detest from the players’ side.

But instead there is — and should be — disgust from hockey lovers and disappointment across the board with both sides and the knowledge that this is Bettman’s NHL, his fight, his personal lockout, his private contempt for the paying customer.

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

But instead there is — and should be — disgust from hockey lovers and disappointment across the board with both sides and the knowledge that this is Bettman’s NHL, his fight, his personal lockout, his private contempt for the paying customer.

His arrogance knows no bounds. I do not even know this man, and, I can honestly say I cannot stand him.

His very countenance reveals his dislike for the fans, and, the every day Joe six-pack. There is no NHL without the fans who watch and support it.

Suck it, Bettman. I will not spend one more dime to support anything to do with the League. I only have empathy for all those that are affected by this lockout. The concession workers, the ushers, the everyday people that keep the arenas up and running. These are the folks that will be hurt the most, and, I am sure that there will be no retroactive pay for any of these hard working folks.

These millionaires and billionaires have had years to reach an agreement. They just don’t give a damn.

So as always, Fuch you, Gary. A$$!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In’13?

 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 09/16/12 at 09:40 AM ET

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