Here’s a brief thought on yesterday’s report from WBZ’s Steve Burton that the NHL lockout is due to end within the next 48 hours.
It’s true that no major, NHL-focused reporters—especially out of Canada—have been able to corroborate Burton’s report. But at this point, after months of both sides getting slammed by the media, maybe the parties involved don’t want to. Maybe this is their way of getting back at NHL writers everywhere who have been just as stubborn in their coverage of the lockout as the owners and players have been in creating it.
If you’re gonna slam us, we’re gonna have an outsider make you look foolish.
Burton’s good. He’s the guy who first reported when Phil Kessel was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and he’s been with WBZ since the mid-1990s. He doesn’t have a history of making stuff up. And it’d be just dapper if a Boston reporter, especially one who’s not exactly focused on hockey, scooped the end of a lockout caused by a Boston owner, who’s also not exactly focused on hockey. Let the speculation begin.