Lack of progress leaves everyone speechless

Originally Published: January 20, 2005
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

We live in a television-centric world when, in times of crisis and despair, a few chosen words from a man or woman of historical significance change the tide.

Or at least that particular episode.

If only a perfect quote from Thomas Paine -- "these are the times that try men's souls -- or Socrates or John Mill could do such a thing for the NHL, we'd have a fractured season beginning in a matter of days.

But the NHL isn't a television show -- even in real life, not a well-viewed ...

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