December 04 2012 12:39PM
So here we are in December and all we're talking about are meetings. The owners are meeting with the players today. Tomorrow the owners will meet with each other. The players already met with each other just to decide whether to attend today's meeting. I presume they're meeting again just to decide who gets to go in to the meeting with the owners.
All meetings all the time. Well, I can tell you the one thing they aren't meeting is expectations.
November 28 2012 03:45PM
Looks like the cracks in the players' resolve are starting to show.
It might not seem like it, but the more players you have taking cracks at Bettman, the more it shows that the pressure of being locked out, missing paycheques and facing the prospect of losing the entire season is starting to get to them. The growing frustration is evident, and this is exactly what Bettman and the owners are counting on.
You think Bettman is upset when he hears about players wearing Puck Gary hats? Or Ian White calling him an "idiot"? Or Dave Bolland retweeting a fan wishing for Bettman's death? Or even former player Jeff O'Neil's actual death threat? Well, maybe that last one, but all the rest are actually good news for Gary and his masters. This is one big game of chicken and these outbursts do nothing more than encourage the owners to ratchet up the pressure ever so slightly, because it's starting to have an impact.
November 21 2012 08:34AM
Aw, you shouldn't have.
No, really. I mean it. You shouldn't have.
If you take yourself at all seriously about being a "journalist," sports or otherwise, you shouldn't have been in such a rush to "break" a story that you neglected to put some thought into it. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!
Whether you're a hockey analyst or just picking out a gift, it's the thought that counts.
And with both Christmas and the endgame in the NHL lockout both just around the corner, maybe a review of this idea is in order...
November 14 2012 09:38AM
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Lockout is a wholly remarkable book.
It looks rather like a largish sketch pad. It has just one recessed button and a rectangular screen about three inches by six inches on which any one of a million “pages” on the NHL lockout can be summoned and displayed at a moment's notice. It all looks insanely depressing, and this is one of the reasons why the protective cover it fits into has the words Don't Panic printed on it in large friendly letters.
Click past the jump into hyperlink space to read some of the entries...
November 06 2012 05:16PM
Today marks the end of the gruelling campaign for the presidency of the United States. However, unlike an NHL season (remember those?), the winner of this campaign will actually have a very good chance of seeing the Stanley Cup. Multiple times, even.
If only it was that easy for the Presidents' Trophy winner. Sigh.
But I guess winning the Presidents' Trophy is very prestigious just in and of itself. I mean, you not only get the Trophy and a guarantee of two, maybe three home games in the playoffs, but the NHL even has a separate web page to recognize the winners...oh for God's sake.
Anyway, sharing a name for the ultimate prize (oh shut up and just go with it) is not the only thing in common between the NHL and the U.S. political system...