Even if it's not over ... it's over

DAVE 'CRASH' CAMERON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

Gary Bettman. The Yankee laywer we all loved to hate. The guy who couldn't tell a hockey puck from an affidavit. Bob Goodenow. The man who knows a silver lining when he has his hand in it.

Over. Done.

Bettman wins. Regardless of any last-minute wheeling and dealing this weekend.

Have you watched or listened to these men speak over the last few days?

Right or wrong, Bettman is a man, working for his employers, that made a grand stand based on the parameters that the dispute started with.

Bob Goodenow made his stand, too. Except Goodenow's stand was based on ego. His own. And the big-dollar players and their weasel agents that he's used as his platform. Players like Chris Chelios. As a hockey player, Chelios has no respect for his union "brothers." That has always been evidenced by the way the shiv-artist plays.

Bettman said, "That's what we can offer." Whether it's a lie or not, that's the stance.

All Goodenow could respond with was, "It's Gary's fault."

Spoken like a sore loser.

That's what mattered to Goodenow: not the fans, not the game, not the majority of the players - the only thing that mattered was to be able to say, "Nyah, nyah, I won again."

Nyah, nyah. You lost, Bob.


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