Blackhawks News

Pie Eating Contest

By Keith Schultz

Jan 10, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave a brief press conference at the Staples Center during the game between The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

There are two people I hate the most in all of sports, one is Neil Rackers. I know Neil Rackers is a field goal kicker, but when he decided to shank a 27 yard field goal against the Browns in a game 5 years ago he cost me a 1 in 4 shot at $35,000 in a survivor league.  Kurt Warner was sacked for a safety and my team was eliminated from the survivor pool.

The second person in all of sports that I truly hate is Donald Fehr. He has absolutely no care in the world when it comes to the fan.  He’s great at his job in getting the most earnings for his clients but at what cost? The fans of course are screwed by Fehr and his stubbornness to get the most for his players unions.  He single handedly destroyed baseball as America’s National Pastime. He created the Major League Players Union into such a monster that he was able to get a World Series cancelled.  Now Fehr is the head of the NHLPA and he’s got all his clients in the most solidified state that they have ever been.  They got it handed too them when the NHL was locked out last time and now Fehr has the union out for revenge.

The Fehr brothers are suppose to meet privately with Gary Bettman before the regular negotiations start Wednesday afternoon.  Both sides are suppose to meet about non core economic issues again…..Yawn!  They need to get every suit possible in the room and hammer a deal out!  Maybe it hasn’t hit home for the players yet because they aren’t missing game checks yet?  The players can make a stand for a while but do they really want to sit out a whole season or play in Siberia or on local ice rinks practicing?  I would assume they want to play in real NHL games instead of listening to Donald Fehr tell them their options.

The sad part for all involved is the 3.3 billion dollar pie is getting smaller and smaller thanks to Fehr. Maybe he thinks the pie is Lemon Meringue or Key Lime because it will be gone sooner than the players think.

Hopefully the private meeting between the Fehr’s and Bettman will be the light at the end of the tunnel instead of just being another stop before reaching the end of the line, if not there soon could be a third member of the most hated people in sports on my list and his initial as you might expect are GB!