...and so it goes for the embattled commissioner of the NHL. Whenever a hockey fan sees something that they don't like, the fall guy is always that diminutive, ex-NBA lawyer, Gary.
He's hockey's top exec. He supposedly hates Canada, looks out for only his U.S. based pals, ruined the league by insisting on putting teams in Miami, Atlanta and Nashville, makes up rules to punish the teams he doesn't like, and was/is willing to cheat every other team in the league to help Pittsburgh win the Cup every year. There is also insider rumblings about how this little, evil-genius is planning to make all regular season games into 20 minute-long shoot-outs, with glowing pucks for Prime-time, American (East Coast only) TV audiences!
Take a look around the interwebs. You will find examples everywhere of all the horrible things that Commissioner Bettman has done, is doing, or is planning to do.
Bear in mind, most of this is all based on misinformation and speculation... but who cares? It's Bettman's fault for not being a former player, or Canadian, or something.
Well Gary?" Please, please, please don't get me wrong, I read these blogs on a regular basis because they are good stuff. I point it out because I strongly disagree with taking the Commish to the wood shed every time someone gets injured.
The following except says it all:
Knee-on-knee, knee-to-thigh, forehead to lower back. Whatever the case may be, the Franzen/Orpik thing is being ignored by the league. Professional sport’s most inept commissioner has opted to do nothing and the reason he’s made that choice is because it was a Pittsburgh Penguin who attempted to injure a Detroit Red Wing.Why shouldn't a Red Wings fan be upset at the hit that endangered one of the team's biggest stars? Especially after reading what Franzen and Coach Mike Babcosk had to say about the collision after the game:
Is that the truth? It makes no difference whether it is or not because perception is everything in the eyes of the fans. And the fans are the people you continue to alienate Gary. When’s the last time a knee-on-knee wasn’t at least addressed? Why no statement? Why not at least announce that no suspension is in order? Why not tell us that since no video of the incident occurs, an accurate assessment can’t be made?
Because Little Gary Bettman is running the show and I’m here to tell you that this show sucks and continues to get worse...