NHL Misses Shot at Another Underdog Story


In the hockey world, 2012 will be remembered, it now seems, as the year the NHL cemented its reputation as an adolescent's unfunny joke of a business. We're four days away from New Year's Day, when the Winter Classic, normally America's reminder that hockey exists, is supposed to take place. But the Winter Classic, like every other hockey game scheduled since June, has been cancelled because of the lockout. Many observers uh, myself included figured the league would never miss a high-profile appointment like that, but our optimism mortifies in hindsight. The league is absolutely going to miss that appointment, and many others. All games are canceled through Jan. 14 now. It appears as though the league will soon miss its second full year in less than a decade, which basically turns...

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