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Both sides are sinners, and we as fans are being sacrificed

I should be watching hockey tonight.

Instead, I'm switching between baseball games and football, because there's no hockey to watch. ESPN trolled us with that farce of "play-by-play" that Levy and Melrose did during the KHL broadcast yesterday. I'm surprised they didn't discuss what was in the ESPN cafeteria during lunch, as I believe they were probably adding their audio in between bites. With the lack of physical play over there, it was harder for me to keep interest. I nearly fell asleep, to be honest. It's just not the same.

I should be watching hockey tonight.

What I should not be doing is looking up tweets to see if any progress is being made in CBA negotiations. Why are we even at this point? Because both sides are guilty of deadly sins:

1. Pride. Neither side wanted to look "weak" by suggesting beginning talks earlier than June 29. If the issues were so great and both sides felt it needed a lot of time to talk it out, why on Earth did they wait so long? The only people who get anything done through procrastination are college students and journalists (and they're generally good at it because they're always on deadlines...I know, because I am one).

2. Greed. Neither side wants to concede what, ultimately, is a small percentage of the pie. Nobody with any sense could have thought that either side's opening offer for the players' share was going to stand, so we're realistically dealing in a range of six to eight percent. Truth be told, it's probably going to wind up in the area of, oh, I don't know...50 PERCENT! And even if it doesn't land right on the midpoint, it'll be close, making both sides look like bumbling idiots ("Hmmm, you know, we probably could have gotten this done sooner"). If you want to meet in the middle, find it and get there. Quit jerking everybody around and get to the point.

3. Anger. This one's on the players. They don't like Gary Bettman (and honestly, not a lot of people do), but he has presided over an era where their salaries have grown exponentially and jobs were added (expansion franchises, including the one we all come here to discuss). But the players can't really do anything to get him out, since Bettman works with and for the owners. So their anger is probably clouding their judgement somewhat, since rubbing it in his face seems to be a prevailing theory here, instead of lacing up the skates as soon as possible.

4. Gluttony. Both sides are guilty. By definition, gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires. I bolded that statement because it's millionaires and billionaires fighting over money, and they don't want to lose any part of the luxury that they have because of the game they are involved in. They want the lavish, but forget that they are PLAYING A GAME. They don't realize just how good they have it. I know not all players are like this, but there are some that are.

They're also guilty of envy, but this kind of envy isn't a deadly sin, since they envy the other three major professional leagues and their current states (though the NFL and NBA had to struggle to get there, too).

I should be watching hockey tonight.

Instead, I'm recalling how Craig Leipold opened his checkbook on July 4 for Suter and Parise, then opened his mouth with other owners crying poor.

My crosshairs are squarely on Liarpold's mouth, the same piehole that made the noise about how Nashville wasn't a good hockey market. I have no use for that "man" (more like a snake) and hope his investments short change him in not leading the Wild to the playoffs. He might have kept the Preds out of Balsillie's hands, but that's the only nice thing I'll say about him now.

We should be preparing to see the Predators open their season against the Red Wings. Instead, the only NHL action right now is happening in New York boardrooms and the last time I checked, those things don't have ice.

I know that venting is the only real thing I can do about it now (since I was refunded the money I paid for opening night tickets), but I can do that just the same. If this sounds like I'm angry, you can bet the farm that I am.

Because I should be watching hockey tonight. Just like the rest of you.

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