We’re all hoping that we’ll have at least some Red Wings hockey games this season and it looks like the magic date is one week from today – Friday, January 11th. Most everybody agrees that if a contract deal isn’t reached by that date, the season will be cancelled. But if the two sides can come to an agreement between now and then there would be a shortened 48 game season.

Talks between the filthy rich players and the ultra rich owners resumed yesterday and then broke off. New talks have been penciled in for today.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says he’s concerned that if a deal isn’t reached soon, the NHL could suffer the same fate as the PBA. PBA bowling used to be a huge sport in America but has faded into a secondary sport now.

One really sad repercussion of the lock out was the cancellation of the biggest hockey game ever to have been played in world history. The Red Wings were to have hosted the Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on January 1st. However the hockey gods promise that next season, the game will be played in Ann Arbor.

Even President Barack Obama blasted both sides of this dispute a few weeks ago saying that he shouldn’t have to be telling the “rich players” and the “rich owners” to work out a settlement.

Like most, I’m angered over this whole can of worms. I don’t feel sorry for the players or the owners, though. They’ve got enough dough to last however long it takes even if they have to miss an entire season. It’s the “little people” I feel so sorry for. I’m talking about the people who work the concession stands at the Joe, those who operate parking lots, restaurant and bar workers, etc. They cannot afford to be idled by this dispute.



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