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08:22 AM ET 11.28 | And so it has come to this: mediation. The other way to end it is public, explosive, confrontational and expensive. It is called decertification and litigation. And it may be the next step if mediation does not work. The fact that mediation, decertification and litigation are at the center of the NHL lockout shows clearly that the owners and the players are staring into the abyss of the loss of another season. There may be some hope that results from the mediation attempts this week in Washington, D.C. But the real reason the owners and the players are participating in the mediation is that they could not possibly have refused to participate. ... There is no quicker way to become the bad guy in a dispute than to refuse to participate in mediation.

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November 28, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Call me when it comes to medication.

November 28, 2012  08:35 AM ET

The Abyss....otherwise known as the inside of the Buttgoblin's head.

Or, the Irked One's nickname for his gallon sized whiskey glass

November 28, 2012  08:54 AM ET

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYPcLYPoaxo[/b]

Maybe that's the answer. Aliens.

November 28, 2012  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYPcLYPoaxo[/b]Maybe that's the answer. Aliens.

Fail.

November 28, 2012  09:21 AM ET

"Owners, players staring into the abyss"

They're all staring but .... they can't see nothin'!

November 28, 2012  09:48 AM ET

This whole thing is getting sadder by the minute.

November 28, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"Owners, players staring into the abyss"They're all staring but .... they can't see nothin'!

They're giving the Dwarf a colonoscopy?

November 28, 2012  10:10 AM ET

Just get me to the December World Juniors tournament , if i pvr all of that and gorge on hockey for 2 weeks , i can comfortably tell both sides to screw off !

November 28, 2012  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Fail.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was in it, an almost naked scene if i remember.

November 28, 2012  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was in it, an almost naked scene if i remember.

Yep. I remember both of them very well. :-)

November 28, 2012  10:46 AM ET

I don't necessarily want destruction to come to the league, but at the same time I would love for this to become a cautionary tale for future negotiations between a league and its player associations.

November 28, 2012  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Just get me to the December World Juniors tournament , if i pvr all of that and gorge on hockey for 2 weeks , i can comfortably tell both sides to screw off !

after xmas it's all about world juniors and bowl season...Notre Dame on jan 7th.

November 28, 2012  11:00 AM ET

this year's slogan is 'nothing's better than something'.

November 28, 2012  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

after xmas it's all about world juniors and bowl season...Notre Dame on jan 7th.

Notre Dame sure misses ole Chuck don't they ;-)

November 28, 2012  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I don't necessarily want destruction to come to the league, but at the same time I would love for this to become a cautionary tale for future negotiations between a league and its player associations.

Any decertification idea's by the players thinking that it will get them back on the ice this year is ridiculous.
Oh...I love the part too where they dissolve the NHLPA to do it...then put it back together afterwards.
Here, pass me another piece of cake to eat will you Mr. Fuhrer.

November 28, 2012  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Just get me to the December World Juniors tournament , if i pvr all of that and gorge on hockey for 2 weeks , i can comfortably tell both sides to screw off !

I agree. That tournament rounds out the holiday nicely

November 28, 2012  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Notre Dame sure misses ole Chuck don't they ;-)

The concessionaires sure do.

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November 28, 2012  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Notre Dame sure misses ole Chuck don't they ;-)

I still have a Notre Dame t-shirt with weis' likeness on it. I bought it while attending a game back in Weis' first season as HC. I keep it in a plastic zip lock way up in my closet. I was going to toss it in the garbage a few years ago, but then I figured that I wanted to be able to pull it out in the future in order be able to talk about supporting the Irish during those bleak years. It seems that the future is now. Btw, this is not a joke.

 
November 28, 2012  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

The concessionaires sure do.

Mrs. Weis: Do you really have to follow us everywhere?

Vendor: Lady...that man's putting my kids through college.

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