Silver Nuggets: Collective Bullying Getting Me Down

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League leaves the podium after addressing the media at Crowne Plaza Times Square on September 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Oh, sorry, should that title say Bargaining?

I disagree. I think from now on, CBA should stand for Collective Bullying Activities. It doesn't really matter in which realm we are talking. Sure, for us here on this site the owners demanding the cattle players give back money they already signed contracts for before considering opening an NHL season is the biggest example. Did anyone here watch any football last night though? The NFL locking out its officials and going with the farce that is replacement referees is an absolute joke. Watching the Sunday night game between the Patriots and Ravens (always an incredible matchup) and its hard to say who got screwed over more by the referees in that game. And all because the NFL doesn't want to give 10 million to officials over a span where the league will make almost 9 billion.

Maybe (like me) there are some people on this site who are (or who are going to be/married to) teachers in Ontario. Sure, teachers were making out like bandits, but again in this case, the side with all the power is going back on things that were negotiated.

In the case of the NHL, the powerless fans are without hockey. In the NFL games are skewed and players and coaches suffer with the fans. All because people inherently want as much as they can get plus that little bit extra. It is called bargaining people, not bullying. You have to give, you have to negotiate, you have to try your best to get a deal done, because people's livelihoods depend on it. This posturing and bullying helps no one and hurts everyone. But I guess when you are in the position of power, you think if you hold on long enough you'll win.

Makes me sick. And its getting me down.

End rant.

Links after the jump.

Sens News:

  • Ken Warren tells us on twitter that in the Senators informal skate today, Jason Spezza is skating on a line with Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek. Will we ever see that again? [Twitter]
  • Peter gives you A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE [SSS]
  • Erik Karlsson probably heading to the SEL now that they have lifted their restrictions. Fun fact, he was wearing this Pirates hat when I saw him at the Ottawa airport in May! [SensExtra]
  • Nichols on the SEL opening up and on Patrick Wiercioch and his less than linear development. [6thSens]
  • The Senators Foundation is still kicking along with this Plane Pull. [Sens]
  • Lastly, a more positive story, a local Junior B goalie got to play with the Senators at their informal skate that was also joined by Claude Giroux. [SensExtra]
League News:
  • Goal light alarm clock? Pen? Pizza-cutter? So so so cool. [PD]
  • Why NHLers shouldn't be allowed to play in lower leagues. Shame on you Thomas Plekanec. [PD]
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