"real dollars" means inflation and currency fluctuation adjusted.
i actually think Bettman did a good job holding his ground while MacLean tried to tear apart franchise after franchise.
Yeah, on the surface it'd seem as if Gary held his own. But he's one of those people who is a (semi) smooth talker, and can change the subject when he needs to, quickly avoid what he doesn't want to address and make a compelling argument or counter-argument for absolutely anything and make it sound right.
The right mouth can argue for or against anything and make it sound right.
But when you read between the lines, and within context (his attitude, his tenure as commish), he got absolutely thrashed and he deserved every ounce of it. How dare that sack of s*** accuse Ron McLean of using weasel words when Bettman has made a career out of them.
Read this: http://en.wikipedia....iki/Weasel_word
And tell me that's not what Bettman's been guilty of his entire career. Propagating totally fabricated bulls*** claims that "people have told me they love _____" or "Many have said they enjoy the new _____". Pay close attention-it's usually when an arguably poor idea is being questioned. Gary Bettman is a proud, stubborn fool with "little man syndrome" who does not, under any circumstances, tolerate being questioned.
Which is not only a stupid, but dangerous attitude, even if he is just a puppet.
Ron wasn't tearing down franchises, that was obvious but if it wasn't, what would make you think he'd want to? Suddenly after this long he'd just say "f*** it" and go after a slew of teams for no good reason? He's asking questions, in a fair, but firm journalistic manner. Questions that are long overdue and it's about time someone, face to face, live, confronted that slimy little prick. Teams are in f***in shambles and this game is quietly going to hell, and to Gary, publically, the most successful teams automatically represent the entire state of the league. There's far more to it than that, but he'll conveniently stop at whatever point is helpful to his cause, obviously making the league look better.
If Gary was confident in his responses and the state of his teams, he wouldn't have gone off. It's that simple.
Good for Ron for socking it to that imbecile. Ever notice Bettman never admits or acknowledges anything negative happening in his league unless he practically has to
? To hear him admit they couldn't fix a problem in the Peg or QC was amazing, and it was still a half assed backhanded admittance. He used to remind me of Michael Scott, just minus all of the funny.
Nowadays he just reminds me of the guy who can quit drinking anytime he wants, and doesn't believe it's a problem. Those people always need to admit there's a problem before anything will get resolved and they can truly move forward. Gary, with his perpetual spin jobbing and tinted glasses outlook, will ensure nothing truly moves forward while he's at the helm.
Edited by zackmorris, 03 June 2010 - 03:20 PM.