Video source: NHL.com.Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. That's what I hear when Gary Bettman (NHL) and Donald Fehr (NHLPA) open their mouths or make statements. What they say makes no difference to me. I don't trust either of them and I have no confidence that these creeps want to start the NHL season on time.
I think that these two morons should have been smart and tried to capitalize on a great 2012 season. Instead, I think these clowns will find a way not to capitalize on the momentum gained from last season. I believe that the players and the league don't care about the people who pay their bills. Those people are the fans.
Why don't I have confidence in Bettman and Fehr? For one, Bettman engineered the last NHL lockout. I think this donkey lives for the moment he can flex his wimpy muscles. The guy is an egomaniac and I don't like it. For another, I don't trust Donald "Duck" Fehr. This guy was at the helm of the MLBA (Major League Baseball Players Association) during the last MLB stoppage.
So we have two men with huge egos and who are extremely selfish. Instead of working out a deal that would benefit the league, I believe that these two people are trying to one up the other side and they are greedy.
I understand that that both sides have an agenda and both sides represent parties (owners and players) who are equally as selfish. They both want to protect their piece of the pie. The problem is that there may be no pie left if these sides don't put their differences aside and don't work together. If there is a work stoppage, I fear that fans in the USA will turn their back on the league.
There is more than just NHL hockey for the American fan to tune into. The NHL is at a unique place in its history. It saw a unique growth in its ratings from a US viewer standpoint. Viewers also tuned into the NHL playoffs in record numbers.
The timing of the expiration of the NHL CBA is unfortunate but it did provide both the NHL and NHLPA with an opportunity to do something that they're not accustomed to doing. That is working together to build an even stronger league.
Funny thing is that I feared that both sides would be greedy and not work together, even thought that is what's needed. Both sides are acting like idiots. That's too bad. Why are they idiots? Only a dummy could find a way to not capitalize on a season that was extremely successful. Only an idiot would blow that opportunity.
So the next time I read another comment from either Bettman or Fehr, I will read the comments as Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah!