Originally posted on The Pensblog  |  Last updated 12/12/12
From reader Amy T.  Twas the Night Before Christmas - NHL Lockout Style ‘Twas three weeks before Christmas, and all through the league   What once showed promise, now showed fatigue Players’ stockings were hung by the chimney with care   In the hopes that St. Don would bring paychecks to spare The owners were nestled all snug in their beds As their billions earned interest and the players’ funds bled   And Fehr with his ego and Bettman with his cap Both prepped their sides for a long season’s nap     When out on the Twitter arose such a chatter   Maybe to someone, this season does matter! Away to the table, they flew like a flash!   Owners and players would divide up the cash! The money now added to the new-proposed deal Gave the luster of hope, this **** almost seemed real   When what to my wondering eyes should appear But a call for a presser by one Donald Fehr!     With a little optimism, so lively and quick   The fans knew in a moment, the deal would soon click More rapid than tweets, the updates they came   A few more key issues! And he called them by name! “Now contracts! Transition! This could end in a day!” “Progress is here! My guys just want to play!”   “We’ve agreed on dollars! This is practically it!” “A new CBA with a five zero split!”     As The Cup on the first day that it’s set to fly   When the fans heard the news, spirits rose to the sky So on to the forums, the fans flocked. Yes, they flew.   To revel in the joy of a season past due And then, like a flurry, came reports on the web Predicting, punishing. More to be said.   As over and over we all hit refresh The truth. Misdirection. A show for the press.     Words dressed all in spin, from beginning to end   A Grimm fairytale, a game of pretend   A hint of belief, Fehr had flung to the crowd   While knowing full well, it would not be allowed Gary’s eyes, did they flash! His response slightly scary! He reacts with emotion? Oh goodness! How dare he!   He drew himself up to his full lacking height The commish seemed to care on this cold, winter night     Gripping podium tight like the reins of a sleigh   He hastened to address the famed “magic day” “There was a clear date when we wanted this over”   “It comes after ten and starts with October.” He felt cheated, was livid – like a broke, ripped off ***** But I cheered when he spoke, in spite of unsettled scores   There was a wringing of hands, a shake of his head The only whistle we heard were talks whistled dead     He tried to speak clearly, went straight to the gist   Owner limits not present? More games will be missed. A punch in a hockey brawl where blows don’t suffice   In a holiday season less sugar than spice One thing is for certain, when the game does return Most love it too much to find lessons to learn   But they’ll give us something for paying the price Another heartfelt ‘thank you’ painted on the ice
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