from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What about Mike and Marian Ilitch?
The Ilitchs are icons in Detroit for their unwavering support of the beleaguered city. When it was first proposed that the Red Wings host the 2013 Winter Classic -- an event that looks more and more like it will be a casualty of this battle of stupidity -- the Red Wings insisted that the bulk, if not all, of the events take place in Detroit as opposed to Ann Arbor, where the game is set to take place at Michigan Stadium.
Yet they, too, remain mute, quietly complicit in the potential destruction of another season.
In a blue-collar community that has been hit as hard by the recession as any in the U.S., it must be galling for fans to see the NHL and their beloved Red Wings fritter away all the good will built up since the last lockout by trying to bully the players into accepting concessions to help fix a system the owners demanded and got seven years ago.
In general, fans and, for the most part, the ...