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Most embarrassing work stoppage in pro sports history

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08:25 AM ET 01.04 | So much for a tidy end to what has already become a long, drawn-out, frustrating process. The most embarrassing work stoppage in the history of pro sports has found a way once again to show it might also be the most irrational ever of its kind. A week that produced the most movement in the entire process, proposals and counteroffers moving each side closer and closer to a deal, was grounded to a bizarre halt Thursday with the two sides not resuming full bargaining. Well, what the hurry, right? ... The only thing stopping the union from dissolving itself now is a deal getting done in short order. And stop the presses, despite all the negative tone Thursday, lost was the fact that the past few days before had produced meaningful progress.

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January 4, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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94 MLB, 04 NHL. This isn't the worst until a championship is cancelled.

agreed...but this one seems to me (in spite of my initial optism in August) to have been planned like this, and I need to ask why?
It's like listening to the politicians here (I don't know if your guys in Canada are as fractious and party-blinded as ours are here) The only results that matter are not only winning, but making sure the other guy loses.

January 4, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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agreed...but this one seems to me (in spite of my initial optism in August) to have been planned like this, and I need to ask why?It's like listening to the politicians here (I don't know if your guys in Canada are as fractious and party-blinded as ours are here) The only results that matter are not only winning, but making sure the other guy loses.

Exactly, it's no different to the partisan BS being spewed by politicians worldwide. it's sickening.

As for most embarrassing, I'll go with Danny on this one, until the cancel the she-bang, it's not quite there yet.

January 4, 2013  09:15 AM ET
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agreed...but this one seems to me (in spite of my initial optism in August) to have been planned like this, and I need to ask why?It's like listening to the politicians here (I don't know if your guys in Canada are as fractious and party-blinded as ours are here) The only results that matter are not only winning, but making sure the other guy loses.

I agree with you Spiny. Its kind of suspicious to see the players coming back home from playing in Europe now.

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January 4, 2013  09:29 AM ET

I don't know how to post photos, but here is a link to an NHL Lockout Flow Chart.
http://www.postsbypanos.com/2012/10/nhl-lockout-flowchart.html

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January 4, 2013  09:45 AM ET
January 4, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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I don't know how to post photos, but here is a link to an NHL Lockout Flow Chart.

[url]http://www.postsbypanos.com/2012/10/nhl-lockout-flowchart.html[/url]

BF the flow chart is too large to post but if you add the tags that I added in the quotes at least the people too lazy to copy and past an address might click on it. :-)

http://www.postsbypanos.com/2012/10/nhl-lockout-flowchart.html

January 4, 2013  09:51 AM ET

*past = paste

January 4, 2013  10:06 AM ET

They should be embarrassed, but they're not.

Millionaires and billionaires fighting over money, and the fans & people who depend on the season for their livelihood are left out in the cold!

January 4, 2013  10:19 AM ET

how many people see the NHL as a "pro" league. When your games get pulled in overtime for dog shows and bowling id say your a long way from being considered as a pro league... and id guess its actions like this lockout that have alot to do with it.

January 4, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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I agree with you Spiny. Its kind of suspicious to see the players coming back home from playing in Europe now.

It's kind of stinky for the Euro teams that accepted them in the first place.

January 4, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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They should be embarrassed, but they're not.

Any work stoppage is only as smart as the people who engage in it.

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January 4, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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BF the flow chart is too large to post but if you add the tags that I added in the quotes at least the people too lazy to copy and past an address might click on it. :-)http://www.postsbypanos.com/2012/10/nhl-lockout-flowchart.html

My favorite line was miss the phrase Toronto loses again. You can watch literally any other sport.

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January 4, 2013  11:03 AM ET

What's with all the removed comments?

Have you guys been discussing Liquid Plumber again?

 
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