Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/22/05 at 09:30 AM ET
Bad news from the hockey front: Bob Goodenow and Gary Bettman aren't going anywhere. They said so yesterday, with solemn faces. They aren't leaving. They aren't quitting. They aren't walking away. Hockey is coming back and so are they. The bully and the bull-artist, in business again, starring sadly as the two most powerful men in the National Hockey League. Not understanding how much they are despised. Not comprehending how much they are mistrusted by the small world that still cares passionately about big-league hockey. Not in any way realizing how their fingerprints are all over this sporting carnage. What a stage and what an opportunity there was for Bettman and Goodenow yesterday to start the NHL anew. All they had to do was smile, shake hands, make the obvious announcement that the new collective bargaining agreement had been ratified by the players (as if they had any choice) -- and then say goodbye. Just like that.
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