A league of its own

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Comparing the NHL and the NBA is like equating apples and oranges.

No time has it become more apparent than when looking at their situations regarding collective bargaining agreements.

Yet too many people lost sight of that when word came out the NBA had brokered a CBA with its players before the NHL could do the same.

Sure, the NHL and the NHLPA should be chastised for their snail's pace en route to the finish line but the comments ridiculing the league as a whole after the NBA and its players came to a new deal were unwarranted.

The roundballers were working off an existing deal that was simply tweaked.

On the other hand, hockey's new agreement had to be done completely from scratch and no steps forward were taken until the NHLPA and the players themselves came to the realization the whole thing would be on their backs.

Blame the NHLPA -- especially Bob Goodenow -- for a new CBA not being negotiated in time to save the lost season.

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RINK RAP: Amazing how Jeremy Roenick can go from refreshingly frank and intelligent -- admitting the players will receive a worse deal than what could have been brokered a year ago -- to Doorknob of the Year in a matter of seconds. Memo to J.R.: Be angry at the league, at the union and at yourself -- however, don't be angry at the fans. They're the ones who've paid those ridiculous ticket prices that have made you a multi-multi-millionaire ... Speaking of foot-in-mouth disease, Chris Chelios recently told the Northwest Herald, a suburban Chicago paper: "I'm a hockey player, not a businessman." Isn't this the same Chris Chelios who has repeatedly said Gary Bettman doesn't know how to run the league?

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GRIDIRON GRITS: A quarterback controversy won't be what prevents the B.C. Lions from waltzing to the Grey Cup. If anything does, it'll be the lack of a consistent kicking game from Duncan O'Mahony ... That said, there's no doubt the Leos -- coached by the washed-up Wally Buono (or whatever Michael Feterik and his gang called him while pushing him out of town) -- are the best team in the CFL ... The new CFL jerseys are mediocre but explain why the ads for the league's new apparel line are so awful. Shameful to see the loop went from 'Our Balls are Bigger' to this ... Too bad Memphis isn't closer to the Stampede City. The addition of quarterback Danny Wimprine -- who led University of Memphis to victory in the New Orleans Bowl, the school's first Bowl-game victory since 1971 -- has raised a commotion there akin to the way the State of Montana flocked to any news of Dave Dickenson when he first came here ... Great guy who deserves the chance to actually coach a competitive team: Jim Daley. Wish him luck because he'll need it with this Winnipeg Blue Bombers squad.

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LAST RITES: Great to see all the up-and-coming LPGA players show their stuff at the U.S. Women's Open. However, we could do without all the temper tantrums, especially from Morgan Pressel. Call it the Tiger factor. Twenty years ago, slow play from everyone was blamed because of the way Jack Nicklaus was so meticulous. Now, we're looking at a new generation of players emulating Woods' ability to slam down clubs when a drive goes into the rough.


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