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2012-11-02 01:04:19 PM
F*ck you, Gary Bettman.
 
2012-11-02 01:06:55 PM
It's not even breathing hard.
 
2012-11-02 01:29:46 PM
I wonder if they will just push it back to 2014 and still try to hold it in Ann Arbor, or if this was a one-off deal and won't be possible in the future.
 
2012-11-02 01:37:43 PM
F*ck you Bettman!
 
2012-11-02 02:32:36 PM
TO: Gary Bettman, NHL "Commissioner"
FROM: David Stern, NBA Commissioner

Dear Gary,
Enclosed please find your Christmas Bonus check -- it's a big one, but, boy have you earned it. I can't believe there's ANY hockey fan left on earth who thinks you actually give 1/100th of a fark about them, or hasn't made the obvious connection that you never stopped working for the NBA. You've done more for pro hoops than Magic, Bird and Jordan combined, and I'm glad to have you on our side. See you at New Year's!
Love,
Your REAL Boss, Dave.
 
2012-11-02 02:33:20 PM
If a headline should ever be in all caps, this was the one.
 
2012-11-02 02:36:27 PM
nnnnnnnnnnnnffgghhhhhhhuuuhhhfnnfffff
 
2012-11-02 02:38:26 PM
So, Hockey has pissed away pretty much chance they had of becoming a major sport in the US?
 
2012-11-02 03:11:56 PM
I am really not happy about these shenanigans.
 
2012-11-02 03:21:31 PM
Everyone involved in this lockout can choke on rotten cocks in hell.
 
2012-11-02 03:22:51 PM
[wellbye.jpg]
 
2012-11-02 03:35:34 PM
Does Gary Bettman even like Gary Bettman?
 
2012-11-02 03:38:51 PM
www.gannett-cdn.com

I find it interesting how the height of the commissioners correspond accurately with their respective leagues popularity in the U.S.... although if it was proportional Goodell should be about 4 feet taller and Bettman another 2 feet shorter.
 
2012-11-02 03:52:01 PM
You know nothing, Gary Bettman.
 
2012-11-02 04:22:54 PM
img.photobucket.com

The reports of the Winter Classic no longer coming are fabricated. See, Winter Classic is still coming so make us all rich by buying heating products
 
2012-11-02 04:30:09 PM

FirstNationalBastard: So, Hockey has pissed away pretty much chance they had of becoming a major sport in the US?


Again. Anytime it starts to take traction this crap happens. And remember, this is a lockout, not a strike, the players are willing to play as negotiations continue.

WTF Indeed: F*ck you, Gary Bettman.


This.
 
2012-11-02 04:33:53 PM

CommieTaoist: FirstNationalBastard: So, Hockey has pissed away pretty much chance they had of becoming a major sport in the US?

Again. Anytime it starts to take traction this crap happens. And remember, this is a lockout, not a strike, the players are willing to play as negotiations continue.

WTF Indeed: F*ck you, Gary Bettman.

This.


This Bettman guy doesn't seem to know his ass from a hole in the ground.

The NFL knew they had to get their season going in 2011. The NBA dicked around for a while, but they knew better than to let a whole season go.

You don't piss away an entire season, and the biggest game of your season. That kind of shiat nearly destroyed Baseball.
 
2012-11-02 04:42:19 PM

FirstNationalBastard: You don't piss away an entire season, and the biggest game of your season. That kind of shiat nearly destroyed Baseball.


I was about to say this:
"That says something about the NHL though that the "biggest game" of the baseball season is the World Series (and the "biggest game" of most leagues are it's playoff finals), and the "biggest game" of the NHL season is a random regular season game that just happens to be played outside."

But, I think you were inferring "that kind of" meaning things like that, not that literally baseball threw away the biggest game of its season in 1994, as will the NHL this season. I assume you meant the biggest regular season game of the NHL season.
 
2012-11-02 05:05:58 PM

cK-MidnightFreak: F*ck you Bettman!


WTF Indeed: F*ck you, Gary Bettman.


One more for the chorus...
F*ck you, Gary Bettman.
 
2012-11-02 05:17:32 PM
Owners,

You can't have EVERYTHING. Not yours.
And when you've farted away the season, it's going to take a lot longer for the newer fans, you know the ones responsible for that record season you had last year, to come back. if they ever do.
You will be losing a few died in the wool fans too, but with that shiny new tv deal locked up, who cares about the fans, right? It's not like they ultimately pay the bills, right?

A Fan
(that will no longer be buying any merchandise or tickets)
 
2012-11-02 05:53:47 PM

sno man: cK-MidnightFreak: F*ck you Bettman!

WTF Indeed: F*ck you, Gary Bettman.

One more for the chorus...
F*ck you, Gary Bettman.


One of the most glorious sounds I've ever heard as a hockey fan was at the draft last year (in Minneapolis) when that dork took to the podium and he was roundly booed by all of the fans in attendance.
 
2012-11-02 06:18:33 PM
Oh, whew, it's just hockey.

For a second, I thought "Game of Thrones" got canceled.
 
2012-11-02 06:27:54 PM

WTF Indeed: F*ck you, Gary Bettman.


Done in one
 
2012-11-02 06:29:57 PM
Blah.

Well, on the plus side, at least Buffalo gets to hold on to the record for largest-ever crowd at an NHL game, and I can still say I was part of the largest crowd.
 
2012-11-02 06:31:17 PM
NHL now stands for the No Hockey League.
 
2012-11-02 06:32:25 PM
Meh, Go Pioneers!

www.prosportscolorado.com
 
2012-11-02 06:33:25 PM
Stupid, stupid hockey guys. They really do want to destroy the sport, don't they?
 
2012-11-02 06:34:17 PM

wxboy: I wonder if they will just push it back to 2014 and still try to hold it in Ann Arbor, or if this was a one-off deal and won't be possible in the future.


Assuming there's still an NHL in 2014, it's still in Ann Arbor.
 
2012-11-02 06:34:29 PM
I've defended Bettman more than most. I favor the salary cap and rule changes he's won. I appreciate the work he's done to stabilize small market ownership situations (Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Ottawa, Buffalo, Nashville, etc.). I think the league has made strides on TV.

But I've finally come around to the idea that its time for him to go. The league's collective bargaining relationship with its players is obviously broken, and he's part if the problem.
 
2012-11-02 06:34:53 PM
I for one, will not be watching any hockey the next time they come back on...

/i'ma lock you out of your lock out!
//locked
///out
 
2012-11-02 06:35:25 PM
Nothing inspires blind rage quite like the dwarf commish.

Not saying he doesn't deserve it - just that he's the shortest effective lightning rod I've ever seen.

FirstNationalBastard: So, Hockey has pissed away pretty much chance they had of becoming a major sport in the US?


Sadly, yes. Again.
 
2012-11-02 06:35:26 PM
Fark the owners
 
2012-11-02 06:45:25 PM

Doc Daneeka: Blah.

Well, on the plus side, at least Buffalo gets to hold on to the record for largest-ever crowd at an NHL game, and I can still say I was part of the largest crowd.


Same here.
 
2012-11-02 06:47:05 PM

Raging Whore Moans: Fark the owners


Word.

Last time I checked, Gary Bettman was employed by the owners. So fark them too.
 
2012-11-02 06:54:23 PM
You ... bastards. I'm not a huge hockey fan, but I have LOVED the Winter Classic each year. I can't believe they cancelled it.
 
2012-11-02 06:55:22 PM
The NHL is like that friend you had back in high school that was everyone's friend, fun at a party and just an all around great guy, but he gets a DUI or slugs his shop foreman every few years, and is destined to be stuck in his hometown/crappy jobs for the rest of his life.
 
2012-11-02 06:56:04 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: TO: Gary Bettman, NHL "Commissioner"
FROM: David Stern, NBA Commissioner

Dear Gary,
Enclosed please find your Christmas Bonus check -- it's a big one, but, boy have you earned it. I can't believe there's ANY hockey fan left on earth who thinks you actually give 1/100th of a fark about them, or hasn't made the obvious connection that you never stopped working for the NBA. You've done more for pro hoops than Magic, Bird and Jordan combined, and I'm glad to have you on our side. See you at New Year's!
Love,
Your REAL Boss, Dave.


You're newsletter...I want a lifetime subscription.
 
2012-11-02 06:58:22 PM

fatalvenom: Mr. Coffee Nerves: TO: Gary Bettman, NHL "Commissioner"
FROM: David Stern, NBA Commissioner

Dear Gary,
Enclosed please find your Christmas Bonus check -- it's a big one, but, boy have you earned it. I can't believe there's ANY hockey fan left on earth who thinks you actually give 1/100th of a fark about them, or hasn't made the obvious connection that you never stopped working for the NBA. You've done more for pro hoops than Magic, Bird and Jordan combined, and I'm glad to have you on our side. See you at New Year's!
Love,
Your REAL Boss, Dave.

You're newsletter...I want a lifetime subscription.


Fark..."your".

Ehhh.
 
2012-11-02 07:00:28 PM
Go f*ck yourself, Basketball Lawyer.
 
2012-11-02 07:06:43 PM
I like how hockey fans think Bettman convinced the owners not to take whatever deals, like he has control over whether they agree to things or not.

Anyway, I had a solution:

Every time there was supposed to be a game, 10-20,000 people in each city swarm all over the owner's houses (or wherever they are) - after all, apparently they think you used to go to games because of what they do - and you just watch them and scream for three hours at random. The local media should harass them all the time, report on their every movement, just like they often do to athletes, and you should just basically be putting them on house arrest every other night with a mob.
 
2012-11-02 07:08:50 PM

WTF Indeed: F*ck you, Gary Bettman.


THIS. THIS. THIS. THIS.
 
2012-11-02 07:16:19 PM
@NYP_Brooksie:
When one side establishes unconditional surrender as a condition to meet, sorry, the other side is not to blame for refusing the invitation.

I would also like to add a sincere....
Fark you Gary Bettman
 
2012-11-02 07:21:12 PM
Fark Bettman, fark the owners, and fark the Board of Governors. (Fark Fehr, too, but not for this.) If these idiots want to fight so hard over a shrinking pie, let it shrink to nothing. Let the National Hockey League fold and its name be spoken as a curse.
 
2012-11-02 07:21:53 PM
Oh, and the people that act like Bettman killed the NHL and is the reason the NBA is ahead of it...before Bettman became commissioner, the NHL wasn't even on TV in America (maybe locally).
 
2012-11-02 07:29:48 PM
is it possible we could convince the NHL to disband so none of us ever have to hear about hockey again?
 
2012-11-02 07:32:16 PM
It's really interesting watching a whole league commit suicide. I just do not, and cannot make myself care any more. They are just SO oblivious to the state of the world and their place in it. Frak them all.
 
2012-11-02 07:36:38 PM

dletter: [www.gannett-cdn.com image 559x421]

I find it interesting how the height of the commissioners correspond accurately with their respective leagues popularity in the U.S.... although if it was proportional Goodell should be about 4 feet taller and Bettman another 2 feet shorter.


Goddammit, one grenade could have gotten them ALL!
 
2012-11-02 07:41:31 PM

Doc Daneeka:
But I've finally come around to the idea that its time for him to go. The league's collective bargaining relationship with its players is obviously broken, and he's part if the problem.


Along those lines I found this to be a rather enlightening read Link.
 
2012-11-02 07:43:49 PM
this is scary. i feel really bad for the businesses in downtown san jose that depend on the sharks. this deal needs to get done soon
 
2012-11-02 07:45:45 PM
I wonder how long it will be before the players wise up. Pool their money, make a 10 team league and start their own shiat and say Fark you to their obviously good ole boy slave masters who give not a fark about anyone but the next dollar in their pocket.

Players, listen up. Ditch them. The fans will follow you. Nobody .. NOBODY is going to watch the maple leafs, the habs, the rangers or the bruins or the flyers with replacement Grade D players.

we want the best. We will follow you.
 
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