"I was looking at some ratings numbers at my desk this morning and was shocked and horrified by what I saw," said Bettman. "So I called Mark [Custance] in and asked him to explain the dramatic drop. All he had was excuses, so I let him go. Excuses don't work at this level. This is a professional sports league. For some reason, I have to keep reminding everybody of that."
Due to the NHL lockout that now looks likely to cancel the entire 2012-2013 season, the NHL Network has been forced to fill its schedule with rebroadcasts of old NHL games or live junior and minor league hockey action. Custance said he reminded Bettman of that when they spoke this morning.
"I'm not sure he understands that there are no NHL games right now," said Custance. "I think he thinks they're trying to negotiate a contract but that the games are still being played. Actually, I'm fairly positive that's what he believes. He is easily the dumbest man I have ever met or worked with."
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The razor blades on his feet is what makes it fun!
"I am great at resurfacing ice, but this is a very specialized field," he said. "There are only so many employers that offer work for Zamboni drivers, especially here in Nashville."
Thompson's inability to get supplemental Zamboni jobs is not without a lack of trying. He has plastered telephone polls and bulletin boards throughout his community with fliers advertising his Zamboni driving surfaces. He sits outside Home Depot every morning with a sign that says: "NEED ZAMBONI WORK?" He has posted his resume all over online job sites. He has even started going door-to-door asking people if they need any ice resurfacing odd jobs done around the house.
Picture NHL Finally Honest with Its Fans
Gary Bettman is great at marketing!
O Little Town of Buffalo
Oh, little town of Buffalo
how still we see thee lose.
Why do you go to all these games?
The only reason's booze.
Do They Know It's Christmas? (SEC Edition)
There's a world outside your conference
And it's a world of misery
Where the only bowls they're winning
Are the Belk and Liberty
And the athletes that play there
Are so slow and full of doom
We'll, tonight, thank God, it's them
Instead of you
Our kids would beat up their kids at Lake Placid.
Maybe the NHL can get a TV contract with TBS.