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This Is About Bettman

from Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated,

Steven Spielberg has a new movie called Lincoln coming out soon. I hope it is historically accurate and includes Lincoln's famous statement: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, and you can bite me, Gary Bettman."

The NHL is locked out again. You may not have noticed this, because NHL players merely play hockey and do not provide an important public service to the United States like call pass-interference penalties. But it's true: Another lockout.

The NHL just canceled two weeks of the regular season, though the games could be made up if the league and its players suddenly decide to agree on everything. I wouldn't hold my hope out for that one, though. This is a negotiation between Bettman and Donald Fehr, those two lovable porcupines, which means you can expect blood.

We're going to be here for a while. It is even possible the whole season will be lost. I find that unlikely, because it would be colossally stupid, but hey, let's not underestimate Bettman. Or overestimate him. Whatever the right term is. The man has a remarkable ability to divide and not conquer. Bettman could get a five-year-old girl to hate her favorite doll. He could even get the doll to hate the girl.

Bettman would argue about the range of issues at stake here. And he might be right. But for most hockey fans, this is about Bettman. And it is hard to argue with them.


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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Fool me three times, and you can bite me, Gary Bettman.

That Lincoln was one smart guy. Probably because he was a Republican. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/04/12 at 06:15 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

But seriously, here are the relevant parts of Rosenberg’s article…

How do you cancel an entire season to get the labor deal you want, then end up in the same position just a few years later?

If many owners still aren’t making money after two decades of Bettman’s commissionership, then whose fault is that?

Of course, we all know the answer to that. It’s the players’ fault. If they hadn’t forced the owners to pay them more than the owners could afford, or forced them to play hockey in the Sunbelt, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

Yup. No doubt about it. It’s the players that ruined all of those great things the the Garden Gnome put in place.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/04/12 at 06:25 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

yeah ... we all know Bettman’s an ass and the owners aren’t far behind.

Another wasted season blah blah blah.

I needed more space to express my thoughts so I actually took the time to post it on my blog ...


It wanders a bit but you’ll catch my drift.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 10/05/12 at 12:34 AM ET

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