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Your Lockout Update: The NHL Waited Until December to Be Reasonable, and A Possible Reason To Momentarily Not Hate Sidney Crosby

Ryan Gillon - December 5, 2012

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It "started" with a seemingly bogus report from CBS 4's Steve Burton in Boston:

 

Despite Bill Daly refuting the report rather quickly, here we sit two days later with assorted shreds of optimism that the NHL Lockout may be coming to an end.

Whether or not Burton truly has the inside track regarding the progression of talks is beyond me, but I'm not really here to delve into it either. The possibility exists that we may see NHL hockey before Christmas, and that's what matters.

Having said that, as you check your Twitter feed and watch the combined 44 seconds of ESPN SportsCenter coverage tomorrow during their six live hours of Tebow/RG III bullshit, remember that the lockout isn't over… yet.

Part of me is asking where the this effort was in September when the CBA was about to expire. I also wonder why Gary Bettman and the owners opened negotiations with such a lowball offer sending pessimism running through the veins of the hockey community. And then I read this piece from the Edmonton Journal's David Staples, pointing to a strategy reportedly executed by the NHL during negotiations:

“Apparently Gary is ready to get a deal done,” [Nick] Kypreos said. “He wants this thing done Friday. Friday!”

On Sportsnet’s Hockey Central show, Kypreos debated the issues withtwo other NHL insiders, former NHL GM Doug MacLean and sportscaster Daren Millard.

MacLean said that six weeks ago, he heard the NHL’s position, that “it is knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out until December 1st, and then at December 1st we’re getting a deal done.”

 

Fucking terrific. It was absolutely worth losing three months of hockey and thousands and thousands of fans. That's not even considering the cash cow that is the Winter Classic. All-Star Weekend in Columbus is also a goner, but hey, it's December 1st, the NHL is ready to negotiate!

Ironic is the fact that the most progress has been made without Bettman and the NHL Players Association's Donald Fehr. In addition to 18 current players and six of the league's owners, the aformentioned Daly sat in for the NHL while Donald's brother Steve represented the players. The move could prove to be a blessing considering the widespread resentment that the players have for Bettman.

What may be the most painfully odd factor for Flyers fans in all of this is the reported impact that Pittsburgh Penguins dickbag Sidney Crosby is having in all of this. He and Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle flew into New York City together, were present in yesterday's meetings that lasted more than eight hours, and are both participating in tonight's activities.

Rob Rossi of the Pittburgh Tribune-Review even went as far to write that "Burkle and Crosby were described by participants in the five-hour talks as voices of reason. 

Ugh.

So, where are we? Well…

The Players Association delivered an offer to the owners this afternoon, and the owners came back with a counter quickly. What's different about these proposals is that we actually know nothing about them. Nothing has leaked or been made public by either side. Although we're obviously curious, the lack of information available to us is probably a good thing and means that both sides are taking this latest round of negotiations seriously.

Meanwhile, Tim Panaccio is reporting the Board of Governors discussed a season that would feature anywhere from 50 to 60 games if the lockout ends. Ren Lavoie of RDS in Canada mentioned this:

 

So, if you've been paying attention, that would mean the NHL's next lockout will begin in September 2023.

As of this writing, the owners have just left the negotiating room, and there is no indication if talks have finished for the night or if they will continue. The NHL has set up a podium in the past hour, so we are expecting some sort of announcement, but there's no guarantee it's coming anytime soon.

Stay tuned…

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El Wingador Arrested for Cocaine Distribution

Kyle Scott - June 19, 2012

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In news that is completely unsurprising and perhaps even a bit expected: Bill Simmons got arrested this weekend. No, not that Bill Simmons– Bill “El Wingador” Simmons. He was arrested by New Jersey State Police on Friday for cocaine distribution: [NJ.com

The stop was prompted by a month-long investigation conducted by the NJSP and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.

Using search warrants, police seized approximately $8,000 worth of cocaine, about $4,000 in cash and the Kia Soul Simmons was driving.

Simmons was lodged in the Gloucester County Jail in Woodbury in default of $100,000 full-cash bail, said Jones.  

 

Last we heard from Simmons – away from the eating ring (court?), at least – he was promoting self-branded wing sauces from Rastelli Direct, a local food packager. That press release, sent in 2011, presented a slightly better version of the now accused criminal:

After 3 years in the dark, El Wingador, Bill Simmons, is rising back into the light like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, to conquer the 2011 Wing Bowl.   The new El Wingador has improved his strategies to become a stronger, more than life -size, chicken-eating machine.  One of his strategies is to combine forces with Rastelli Direct, a 5-star restaurant qualify meat/seafood supplier.

El Wingador and Rastelli Direct have created a champion product line ranging from wings, and  sauces to  poultry and meats. This team effort is important to Bill, because it is healthy and provides a healthy training regiment to prepare for the Wing Bowl. Rather than eating huge amounts of cheese steaks, piazzas  and burgers, El Wingador is eating pounds of sushi grade Scottish salmon,  all natural Black Angus filets and  free range chicken.  

 

Or distributing cocaine. 

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We're still trying to confirm if this is a current mugshot

I guess El Wingador’s arrest begs the question: Will he be able to rise back into the light once again like a phoenix rising out of the powder ashes? 

We shall see.

Video: Tampa TV Station Visits Bill Conlin

Kyle Scott - December 22, 2011

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Video after the jump.

H/T to David for sending

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Two More Bill Conlin Victims Come Forward

Kyle Scott - December 22, 2011

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Uhh

As you might have imagined, more alleged victims of Bill Conlin are coming forward. 

Wait, Kyle, you’re telling me that an always uncomfortably weird guy* who had “the look” and was accused of penetrating little girls with his fingers and touching boys in the 1970s probably had other victims over a 40-year time period?

Yes, that’s what I’m telling you.

*Once, when I was interning at Comcast SportsNet in 2004, Conlin showed up for an episode of Daily News Live wearing some sort of rabbit’s foot on his ear. The reaction from the interns and video editors in the back was “what the fuck is Conlin doing?" That seemed to be a normal response to Conlin– whether he be in-person, print or on TV.

Late yesterday, two more victims came forward. 

The details, from the Inquirer’s Nancy Phillips, whose phone is probably ringingoff the hook with interview requests… and stories of young girls losing their innocence long before nature intended: [Philly.com]

LINDA STELLA said that she was just a girl when Bill Conlin pulled her onto his lap and began "flexing his leg muscles" during a family birthday party at his house in South Jersey. She leaped off his lap and looked back. She felt confused when she saw the wet spot at the crotch of his white pants.

"I was a kid, I didn't know what it really was," Stella told the Daily News last night. "It looked like he had peed in his pants."

 

Ew…

More from Stella:

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Bill Conlin Calls Inquirer Reporter a “Beatch,” Says He Was Bigger to Daily News Than Sandusky to Penn State, Hints at Suicide

Kyle Scott - December 21, 2011

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Of course this story gets weirder.

On Monday night, Gawker (Deadspin) editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio had an email exchange with Bill Conlin. The two had been friendly over the last few years, and when Inquirer reporter Nancy Phillips called Conlin about the child molestation accusations against him, Conlin emailed Daulerio. The two had lengthy phone and email conversations, and Daulerio offered Conlin a platform to deny the accusations. Conlin declined.

Yesterday, Daulerio heard from Conlin’s lawyer, George Bochetto, who asked that Deadspin not go public with the story that the Inquirer was about to drop a bombshell. Shortly thereafter, Conlin resinged.

Then Deadspin published their story. 

Then the Inquirer published theirs. 

Today, Deadspin published the entire email exchange with Conlin. 

An excerpt: 

Conlin to Daulerio (10:26 p.m.):

There are no e-mail questions from Phillips—only a request to call her to discuss a "sensitive issue." I was forwarded an e-mail from one of the persons who allegedly had knowledge of the alleged events. She basically scolds Phillips for a reneged promise by the two accusers to keep her and her family's name "out of this." And asks Phillips to not contact her again. I don't wish to do anything that could blow up in my face should they decide not to run the story. I am a lot bigger to the Daily News than Sandusky ever was to Penn State. But I don't have 19 years of heinous molestations involving children in my care that were covered up at many institutional levels. My daughter used to babysit Carlton's and McCarver's kids in spring training. Kalas' kids and my sons are still close. They were home-schooled by the same spring training tutor.

Sent from my iPad

Daulerio to Conlin (10:50 p.m.):

So you don't want it out there before the grave , newspaper version hits?

Sent from my iPhone

Conlin to Daulerio (11:10 p.m.):

No, because that makes it a transparent move to cover my ass and which could be construed as a tactical plea bargain. In either case, I will have no choice but to either retire or resign from the Daily News. My "old, red, eyes," as you described them in your generous piece in PhillyMag, have seen more than enough. I will be 78 in May and should have fucking retired 12 years ago. But because I continued to attract more readers on average than any writer on either paper they gave me a sweetheart deal I could not refuse. But I make enough in pension and SS to walk on my salary to retire comfortably. I just do not wish to exit with an undeserved "P" on my chest.
If the piece this beatch writes paints me as a Jekyll-Hyde without identifying the "accusers," their names need to be out there next to mine—since they bought houses from my wife, drank my vodka the night of her viewing and decided after 40 years it was Sandusky Time to come out.

Sent from my iPad

 

The whole story is here. As you might imagine, it is of the must-read variety.

Audio: Conlin’s Lawyer and Inquirer Reporter Who Broke Story on WIP

Kyle Scott - December 21, 2011

Nancy Phillips, the Inquirer reporter who wrote the story about child molestation allegations against Bill Conlin, was a guest on WIP with Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow today. 

Here’s what she had to say about what happened when she called Conlin:

“I’m sorry to say we didn’t get to talk. He hung up on me. We had an email exchange in which he directed me to his lawyer.”

 

This morning, Conlin’s lawyer, George Bochetto, was on the WIP Morning Show. He said that Conlin wasn’t alerted of the story until Monday, and he was given very little time to gather evidence to defend himself. Of course, you know, if you didn’t do something, you wouldn’t need time to find holes to poke in a story. But hey, that’s just logic.

Both interviews are after the jump.

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Daily News Editor Weighs In on Conlin

Kyle Scott - December 21, 2011

Daily News editor Larry Platt, a long-time colleague and friend of Bill Conlin, addressed the accusations on Philly.com.

An excerpt:

I have known Bill Conlin since 1990, and before that, I knew him as a legendary voice on the page. I simply do not know how to reconcile what I've read with the man I know. I spoke to him today. He offered to retire and I immediately accepted. I knew I'd never be comfortable running his byline again.

For a long time today, we struggled with how to best acknowledge this story without knowing the facts or reporting on it ourselves. It is a strange and sad time in the newsroom, and we will do our best to cover this as if it were any other high-profile figure in Philadelphia. But of course it is not just another high-profile figure in Philadelphia.

Conlin has been synonymous with this paper for five decades, and to pretend that we know how to approach a story like this is to insult your intelligence. All I can promise you is that we will attempt to be as thorough and fair as we can possibly be – not just to the facts of the story – but also to you, our readers. And that means being as open and transparent as we can be. 

 

Full article here.

Rounding Up a Crazy Day

Kyle Scott - December 21, 2011

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I had a run-in with Victory’s Golden Monkey last night… just so you know where I’m coming from today.

The GMs were a way to unwind from what was a wild day yesterday. So, if you missed any of it, here’s a full roundup of some stuff we got to and some of the stuff we didn’t.

– Bill Conlin is being accused of child molestation. This is a summary of the accusations, which have passed the statute of limitations. Here is what Conlin wrote about Jerry Sandusky.

– An NBC correspondent was reportedly arrested after leaving Joe Amendola’s house, following a party thrown by Sandusky’s lawyer. Crazy story.

– The Philadelphia Wings are going to put their Twitter handles on jerseys.

– Former St. Joe’s center Todd O'Brien wrote an article on SI.com ripping Phil Martelli for not letting his NCAA transfer go through. St. Joe’s folks bring up this story about O’Brien as a reason why.

Ilya Bryzgalov’s Winter Classic mask features Mike Schmidt, Reggie White, Julius Erving, Veterans Stadium, an “HK” patch, the Phanatic (who needed to be explained to Bryz), and will soon be finished up with Bobby Clarke, Joe Frazier and Gene Hart’s “Good Night and Good Hockey” tagline.

– Malik Rose joins the Sixers broadcast crew and the new anthemist, we like her.

– Ruben Amaro hires Ed Wade, has nice beard.

Fire Andy signs at Monday Night RAW.

This is how the Winter Classic rink is being built.

Stuff we didn’t get to:

– T’was The Night Before Christmas: Eagles vs. Cowboys Edition.

– The Sex for Tickets lady got off the hook yesterday.

– Claude Giroux may play tonight.

 

That’s it. Your daily snark coming right up… just as soon as I get some coffee, and an IV.