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Morning Lineup – December 12

Wednesday Morning – The Enchanted Day is Here

Here it is ….. the magical day that the whole world has been waiting for when the clocks and calendars display a long line of 12's.  On the calendar it will be 12/12/12 all day long, but the clocks only have two brief moments when it will be 12:12:12, and we've missed the first one already.  But we have time to get ready for the second magic moment that comes along during the national lunch hour, so get your atomic clock set where you can see it.  Most of them have the date as well as the time on display so you can catch it all.  If you don't have one of those kinds of clocks, the set your internet browser to THIS PAGE and watch it approach and breeze by for the last time in your lifetime.

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The National Hockey League owners and players are inching toward a settlement, but there is still a lot of stubborness and animosity between the two sides.  They're still throwing gorilla dust and walking out of meetings, but they sense that if they lose the season they will also lose their lifeline, the fan base (and their major advertisers).  This is Day #88 of the lockout.

Monday morning the league canceled another block of games, those through December 30.  So now 42.8% of the season has been canceled along with the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game.  Writing in the Washington Post, Katie Carrera tells us:  Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week he couldn’t envision a season of less than 48 games, which would likely require a resolution by early January to save a season. Back in 1994-95, the lockout ended on Jan. 11, 1995, and a 48-game season began on Jan. 20, 1995, though, it’s believed the league doesn’t want the regular season to drag into May as it did that year.

Yesterday it was announced that the league and the Players' Association have agreed to get back to the bargaining table today and will be joined by federal mediators, according to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. The meeting will be held at an undisclosed location, but not in New York City.   And that's where things stand.

Now we have to stand around our equipment and get it checked out for today and I'll stand in front of the Bunn-O-Matic and get more hot coffee juice ready for when we meet back in the day room.

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