Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/07/12 at 08:48 AM ET
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Well, what do you say to the fan from Vancouver who may have been a longtime Leafs fan or Wings fan or even a hockey fan who likes Michigan football, who booked his or her flight on Expedia or some other such non-refundable website many moons ago?
Do you say, simply, "Well, you shouldn't have been so stupid as to think we'd actually have a CBA by now? It's your fault for not having been more aware of our lockout history, or how much we expected the players to cave. Did you think the players hired the foremost sports labour lawyer in North America just to accept our first or second offer? Were you tricked by our skyrocketing revenues and deluded into thinking we wouldn't be so stupid as to precipitate a long lockout, because there was too much money at stake? "Silly you. You were the buyer - and everyone knows it's buyer beware."
Knowing what the NHL powers that be must have known, the Winter Classic was a non-starter from the moment it was ever discussed.
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