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admin
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  09:12:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Poll Question:
What is your biggest issue with Gary Bettman?

Choices:

His lack of passion for the game
His demeanour
His level of competence
His spin doctoring
What issue? I love the guy!

(Anonymous Vote)

Mikhailova
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USA
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  09:18:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
His lack of competance. (And the fact that he looks like Dracula )
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Ryan Harper
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Canada
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  09:32:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He was in Vancouver last night and was about as arrogant as it gets when he was asked about his contract being extended to 2012. HE was basically saying that it was old news (even though TSN reported it for the first time yesterday) and when he was asked about the length of it he said somthing like "I dont keep track of the exact details". If I was the reporter I would have kicked him in the nuts.

He screwed up royally by thinking he was a big man standing up to ESPN. Now he is on Versus and nobody watches it. ESPN doesn't even really carry NHL highlights. His expansion to the Southern US in hopes of a national television contract sure hasn't panned out. A 1994 Sports Illustrated column announced the NHL as the new 'In' sport. Way to run with that one Gary.

I could go on and on about it but it just pisses me off too much.


"Some people skate to the puck. I skate to where the puck is going to be."
~Wayne Gretzky
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leafsfan_101
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Canada
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  15:58:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
God I Hate the Guy. That should really be a topic to vote on. He screws the NHL and he is in charge of it. Think about it, the NHL is a standing joke in the USA. If he had gotten a little less money and signed with ESPN, the new NHL would probably be a success. He is a little migit who thinks he is tall.

~You play to win the Game~ Herm Edwards
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ultimatetitman
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Canada
244 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2007 :  17:23:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He's an idiot. He knows a little bit about basketball, and thought that was enough to run an entire league. I sincerely doubt he had even seen an NHL game before he took the reigns.
How's this for a conspiracy theory?... David Stern basically ran the campaign to get Bettman into his NHL position in a deliberate ploy to have Bettman ruin the game, thereby promoting basketball. Before you scoff, look at where basketball was 10 years ago, even with Michael Jordan returning after his 1 year gambling suspension... er... retirement. It was about as popular as herpes at a high school prom. Meanwhile hockey was indeed the "in" sport in the U.S. and Gretzky was in New York, where the game's marquee player needed to be to sell the game there.
Now, the NBA far surpasses the NHL in every way in the U.S. and Bettman is STILL running it. Somebody really needs to Bertuzzi that rat Bettman!
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semin-rules
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Canada
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  17:25:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hate him for all the reasons ultyman said..

hey Admin...do you like him?



~~~~~GO STARS~~~~~
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Mikhailova
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USA
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  18:15:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I guess we could say we hate him for all the reasons on the poll (except the last one, lol)
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Guest4009
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  18:19:41  Reply with Quote
I don't hate the guy, I just think he has the personality of a dead cat. Every time Ron MacLean of CBC interviews him, he gets snotty because he realizes he's sitting beside a guy who knows the game better than he does, so he acts like a five-year-old.
I think he did a decent job with the lockout, actually, but has dropped the ball on more ocassions than not. The scheduling issue of late is a good example. He tells MacLean that he knows hockey fans prefer the schedule the way it is now. What a load of garbage. I don't know one person west of Toronto that thinks the schedule as it is is any good. What other league with 82 games a season would purposely keep it's best star players isolated in one zip code? I don't think he's a putz for having an opinion, he's a putz because he thinks he knows what real hockey fans want.
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bablaboushka
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Canada
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  19:15:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sure he's had his share of moments that make it easy to pick on him, but instead I'll focus on a bit of positive: the game today. I don't mean the TV contracts, or the schedule, or the lack of filled seats... I mean the GAME. Something needed to be changed about the way it was about 4-5 years ago and thank god he did. I'm not saying he didn't clean up his own mess, but I don't care how my Big Mac is made as long as it tastes good when I get it, if you know what I'm saying.

Also, the salary cap is the best thing that ever happened to the NHL. Before the All-Star break, 27/30 teams were in reasonable playoff contention, you can't get any better than that. As it stands now, 25/30 teams are within 5 games of the playoffs.

Don't bother arguing with me about this stuff, I just wanted to point it out. I know he may have screwed up more often than improved the game, but I know that I sure as hell like what I see on the ice.

Edited by - bablaboushka on 02/08/2007 19:15:52
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Beans15
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Canada
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  20:25:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Babs, I agree with you 100%.

And like him or hate him, he's got the grapes to make changes.
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Reiko24
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Posted - 02/08/2007 :  21:04:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't really like him because he is too much about economy and not enough about passion.
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Canucks Man
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Canada
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Posted - 02/09/2007 :  08:37:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dont mind him, he can be annoying in interviews, but people seem to think every little thing that they dont like about the game is his fault. Like the schedule every team was on board for a three year plan 2 years ago A THREE YEAR PLAN im impressed that the guy didnt just give the majority of the teams what they wanted and stuck with the original plan.

CANUCKS RULE!!
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Mikhailova
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USA
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Posted - 02/10/2007 :  07:06:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Beans15

. And like him or hate him, he's got the grapes to make changes.



Often bad changes
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Guest6296
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Posted - 02/10/2007 :  08:55:34  Reply with Quote
Bettman is an arrogant little puke! The schedule for the west sucks, out here, we see the young up-coming stars once in three years. That alone sucks the big one If the attendance is up, why is Pittsburgh struggling to keep thier nose above water? They have two of the best young stars in the game right now. Maybe thats not his fault, but I still think he stinks!!!!
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Beans15
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Canada
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Posted - 02/10/2007 :  11:04:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He had the cones to fight off the NHLPA and the guts to shut down the league for a year. Lots of the rule changes have been argued, but I think the changes that were made with the CBA as well as the rule changes will make the league viable for a long time and help the players stay healthy for longer careers. He isn't responsible for all of that, but he is the head of it.

I personally think the sport and the business of the sport are much healthier now than 10 years ago. For that, he get's some props from me.
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Ripley
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USA
341 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2007 :  15:55:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So to sum up this thread goes something like this:

He looks like Dracula (which is a very important point)
He is a VERY smart man
He is a very devious man
He screwed up but has fixed some of his mistakes
He has little man's syndrome
He made the game marginally more interesting
He is an annoying interview
He is an arrogant little puke
He has no passion for the actual game
He has fooled himself into thinking he knows what the fans want
He introduced the Cap = good
He has the "personality of a dead cat" (also a very improtant point)

I'll add one; his body twitch is creepy.
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Guest8058
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Posted - 02/10/2007 :  20:17:05  Reply with Quote
WAT A LOSER
HE THINKS HE KNOWS HOCKEY BUT HE IS GAY
GO DETROIT GO DETROIT
ALL THE WAY
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Guest5015
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Posted - 02/11/2007 :  09:31:58  Reply with Quote
is it just me or does the officiating in the nhl seem like something out of professional wrestling..i truly believe the officials are more competent than what they are showing on many nights, and many bad calls seem to go in favor of the home teams...if this is mandated than i am truly digusted!.....this would mean the commisioner has ruined the integrity of the entire league..i like alot about betman, not the least of which is his knowledge of the need to preserve canadian interest in nhl... i only voted lack of competence because i percieve that the officiating has been tampered with by his office..that would be the worst thing any official could ever do..i hope i am wrong..but i call it as i see it.
hoteghdf2@yahoo.ca
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Mikhailova
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USA
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Posted - 02/11/2007 :  17:12:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Guest4009

I just think he has the personality of a dead cat.


Then, in other words, he has no personality...
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