|How has this guy not been brutally murdered yet?|
I say this all the time but Roger Goodell is a terrible front man for the league. Everyone hates him and nothing that he’s done or implemented is an honest attempt at improving the game. But even The Rog has to bow down to Gary Bettman when it comes to being the most incompetent man in the history of sports.
Hockey isn’t a huge topic around here but now that the NHL is locked out for the third fucking time in the last 20 years, I feel like we can all band together and laugh at how dumb these people are. This is just amazing to me. The league, even without ANY help from ESPN, continues to grow and that is something that many doubted would ever happen after the lost season. But they defied the odds by getting a fairly nice deal with NBC, lucking their way into a slew of marketable stars that the diehard fans loathe, and having the massive market teams go deep into the playoffs. It wasn’t easy to get back on their feet, but they were standing again to the surprise of many.
Yeah, that’s over now. And this entire situation makes ZERO sense. It basically boils down to NHL owners wanting a bigger piece of the revenue pie from the players and complaining about salaries getting out of control. From what I’ve read, it is entirely the fault of the big market teams who want to piss and moan about this shit (like the Flyers) and then offer Nashville’s Shea Weber a 17 year/nine figure deal (the Flyers actually did this). Basically, Bettman and the owners are making the players stay home and eat shit because they can’t control themselves in the offseason. These dumbass contracts were a big reason for the lost season lockout and they are the #1 reason this time. The people running this sport can’t stop themselves from out dumbfucking each other so now they want the players to roll back the salaries THAT THEY AGREED TO GIVE THEM!
OMG, this entire situation is so stupid and unnecessary that I just want to mail a box of diarrhea to the league office in Toronto. All the goodwill that the NHL has built over the last five years is gone. It isn’t the fault of the players AT ALL either (although with Donald Fehr involved, they will surely fuck this up, too). This is all big, rich Canadian asshole and his buddies that are fucking up a good thing.
I don’t care if you like hockey or not. I do and that is all that matters. The fact is that the live experience of hockey (yes, I’m talking about the Blue Jackets) is still wildly enjoyable and it doesn’t take much effort to get into the arena for free (or at least dirt cheap). Figure this fucking shit out before Columbus loses the goddamn All Star Game and I lose my taste for $9 Labatt Blues. Hockey is a great game that just can’t seem to get out of its own way. Gary Bettman is the absolute fucking worst commissioner in the history of commissioning things. I’m sure that I missed quite a few “Bettman Blows” highlights that hopefully one of you can add to in the comments.
It just amazes me that a guy responsible for three work stoppages is still allowed to run the league. The only explanation I can think of is that everyone just loves watching him get boo’ed mercilessly at arenas throughout North America. I know that it always makes me laugh. Fucking dork. They need to get this resolved though because, while Red Wings fans are assholes, even they don’t deserve to have to focus their entire attention on the Pistons.