It seems that the Mayan’s were right about one thing, 2013 would be the end of the world as we know it, because it appears that the NHL and NHLPA would rather implode themselves and sacrifice a century plus of history to squabble over make whole and contract length and rollbacks.
I, like many people work everyday, collect my paycheck and save for my retirement on my own. I can’t hold my boss hostage and say I refuse to work under these conditions until you pay me more, and pay me this much in my retirement, and you have to employ me for this long (yes – I could join a union, or unionize my fellow workers, but that wouldn’t get me very far).
The coverage of this lockout has been tremendously large, its all over facebook, twitter, the ease at which a site can be launched allows the passionate fan to talk about their favorite sport easily. Look how much information we have – and how many of those sites have fallen into disregard because the fan doesn’t care anymore.
Pathetic, mistrust, far apart, unable/unwilling to negotiate – these are all the buzzwords we are hearing, either because that is what they want us to hear, or that’s what we are told we think we should hear.
The bottom line on this rant, is we are one week away from having the entire NHL season blown up again – and it doesn’t appear that a deal is going to get done; no amount of internet positive, regardless of how close they are to a source, is going to convince me that we are going to have a hockey season.
Next Thursday will come and go, and one thing will happen, either Gary Bettman announces that a deal has been completed and we will start seeing hockey on the 19th – or that the NHLPA demanded too much, and negotiations will continue in earnest when the players want to come in good faith to the owners. Maybe we will have hockey in 2013-2014.
Thank you Donald Fehr, for crapping on the hockey world and leaving your anti-sports message.