It figures the shrill whine of the blowhards in the NHL labour dispute would reach a crescendo just as Grey Cup week gets into full gear.

Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned about hockey players and owners it’s that they live in a bubble, insulated from the outside world by thick wads of green, and oblivious to the collateral damage their little fights cause.

Arguing over the hard-earned dollar of the blue-collar fan like school kids pulling at opposite ends of a toy, they’ve now resorted to stealing headlines and attention from something that represents this country far better than they ever could.