The Twitter Effect On NHL CBA


Wow, what a wild couple of days!

The Blue Jays trade is a thing of the past. The Gibbons shocker has set in. The NHL labor talks are no closer to resolution and well the Raptors are disappointing. What is there left to talk about?

Well, the Argos for one right? I mean Loserville finally has a champ.

I can’t wait to see how many “fans” are at the parade, tomorrow….right?

Mayor Ford got the boot this am which took the Argos out of the news pretty damn quickly.

Then the story broke that the NHL and NHLPA had agreed to US federal mediation. Not really a good thing or a bad thing, but in my opinion more a time waster until both parties realize how close to the bring they really are. Of course the news contained the names of the mediators and then all hell broke loose.

One of the mediators has a twitter account and hats off to those who unearthed the guys account which was filled with nasty tweets to a variety of people including comedian Sarah Silverman. Then as quickly as he was appointed, he was given the boot, fired before he even got started.

Mark Spector has a nice rundown on the whole, seriously bizarre thing here:

“Within minutes Guy Serota — sing it (to the tune of My Sharona): G’ G’ G’ Guuuuy Serota! — one of three mediators assigned to the job was outed as one of two things: a man who would tweet racist, demeaning comments towards a Jewish woman, or an upstanding member of the mediation community whose twitter account had been (cough, cough) hacked.

What would mediation mean to the NHL’s negotiation process? Who cares, we asked, when one of the mediators thinks that Kardashians “are what is wrong with this country,” and wears a t-shirt that sports a mohawk wearing skull overtop the word “AssMode.”

It was an all-out reporting offensive which, against all odds, found a new level of ridicule inside this NHL labour situation.”

Can you imagine the call Guy Serota made to his wife (assuming he has (or had) one)?

“Guess what honey, I am going to mediate the hockey lockout!”

1 hour later….

“Oh, that job? I didn’t want it anyways”

I mean wow, how do you explain this one????

I love the, my account was hacked excuse. As if.

It’s hard to imagine in this day and age a federal mediator could be so careless with their own social media profiles.

We all should thank the guy for breaking what was otherwise going to be a very dull day.


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Steve from Waterloo
Steve from Waterloo
November 27, 2012 12:19 pm

Not sure a judge should have a twitter account….#inappropriate

Another Steve
Another Steve
November 27, 2012 2:04 pm

On Mark Spector’s creativity: I just heard him on Tim and Sid, twice trying to bring in the My Sharona “joke” that you cite from his column. For his next number he’ll be telling knock-knock jokes.

On Mark Spector’s cultural awareness: does he even know who Sarah Silverman is? I am hardly defending this mediator fellow, but I am guessing that Spector doesn’t know anything about Sarah Silverman – and that her act mostly deals in “meta-racist” material – so it would be more apt for him to keep his mouth shut because he clearly thinks that she is an innocent sweet virgin and not someone whose material can be quite offensive. Come to think of it, people who don’t know what “meta-racist” means probably shouldn’t even be allowed to comment on this matter.

mike in boston
mike in boston
November 27, 2012 6:38 pm
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On Mark Spector’s creativity: I just heard him on Tim and Sid, twice trying to bring in the My Sharona “joke” that you cite from his column. For his next number he’ll be telling knock-knock jokes.

seriously. i literally groaned when i read TSM’s post.

honest question: are any of’s people worth reading? I have not made a habit of checking out their original content, but my impression is that it’s basically a make-work project for their in-house “experts”.

TSN is not any better, though for different reasons … i think Naylor had a post from July up as his most recent blog post when i checked last month.

I understand that sports networks want to increase their web presence, but most of what they publish is wasting valuable space in the tubes.

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