There are some aspects of this general managing gig Neal Huntington doesn't do well.

As Alan Saunders wrote Wednesday, communication is an apparent weak spot. Hey, we all have at least one. Huntington's just happens to be in an aspect that's particularly troublesome in our media-saturated world. And as Alan nailed, ineffective messaging can cause internal organizational harm just as easily as public-relations trouble.

It used to be that a General Manager could let his actions do the talking. Not that Huntington's actions have been epically great in recent years, but as "retooling" efforts go -- his word, not mine -- the past two years haven't been disastrous from a 'controllables' standpoint.

Bear with me for a moment, as the following things have been said before, but there was p...

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