End of World or New Beginning? Hockey 12-12-12
Outside the NHL "secret location" for talks, there is "secret optimism" among many NHL teams that a deal will be closer by the end of the day.
Some NHL sources tell me the end of the Lockout is more likely than the end of the Hockey World as we know it and scrapping the season.
US Mediation and Conciliation reps will join with the NHL and NHLPA reps on what could be a fateful day---12-12-12.
In the spirit of saving the season, CJAD listeners suggested a Gary Bettman rendition of the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Here's what we came up with:
"Twas the nite before Christmas when all thru the house
not a Bettman was stirring, not even a louse.
"The skates were all hung by the chimney with care,
save those who went to the KHL on a dare.
"The fans were all sleeping snug in their beds,
while visions of hockey danced in their heads.
"Bettman spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
filling hockey socks with coal.....what a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his make-whole
made off with more millions...Don Fehr says he stole.
"Now PK! now, CAREY! now,GOMEZ and PRUST!
On, GIO! On, BOUILLON! on MARKOV---NO RUST!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
"Gary sprang to his sleigh, to the team gave a whistle,
then they all dropped the gloves for a bench-clearing tussle.
But I heard Bettman exclaim, as someone punched out his lights....
"Happy Lockout to all, and to all a Good-Night!"