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Agree with Oiler 100%. When I say I sympathize with the players, that doesn't mean that I think their actions were excusable. It's not because I think the fans 'got what they had coming'. I sympathize with the players because just about everyone (the media, the public, the league) seems to be laying the majority of the blame on them, and I simply do not agree. That's all there is to it. Equal responsibility.