The thing is, I'm respecting both sides' concerns as an adult. As heart-broken as I am that my favorite sport and pastime is gone, I can appreciate the concerns and needs on both sides and understand them trying to work out a deal that everyone can agree on.
The lockout process is the ugly byproduct of these necessary negotiations. Could a lockout have been avoided? Of course. But it would have taken both sides cutting the crap and posturing, and I don't think either side ever had the intention of doing so until (apparently) some time in December.
So far, just a few gems from the NHLPA:
1. "We'll play hockey under the Current CBA if we can't come to an agreement!"
They know damn well that no negotiating would ever get done if there wasn't a lockout deadline. And what's to stop them from going on strike right before the playoffs to screw the owners out of tons of money? Also, what happens the following year, do we just keep playing without a CBA? This was unrealistic and stupid. Without a CBA in place, there couldn't and shouldn't be NHL hockey. Both sides know that, and while the NHL was setting the date, the NHLPA was trying to spin it like they had no choice.
2. "We wanted to negotiate today (last day before the lockout) but the owners won't let us. :("
Again, really? You are hundreds of millions of dollars apart and haven't even begun to scratch the surface on many smaller issues because of the huge money and ideological gaps. But the season can be saved in a 24 hour period? Complete nonsense designed again just to make idiots believe the league is being the "bad guy"
3. This obnoxious video: "We love hockey and love you fans. We know you are the ones suffering the most. Why do the owners keep doing this too us? :("
This video is complete propaganda garbage. It is a ****ing embarrassment. And that is why I made my initial post that you responded to. Instead of saying "we know this sucks for the fans, and we are sorry, but we have to stand up for what we believe in", it's this "Bettman is so mean we just want to help everyone and compromise" bull**** that is treating us fans like we are ****ing idiots.
BOTH SIDES want what is best for THEM. That doesn't bother me, that's human nature. What bothers me is that only one side is trying desperately to hide it.