No, what's fickle and unrealistic is the fact that people will continue to fill out these stadiums, buy these jerseys, and basically pour a crazy amount of money into a business (and thus lining the owner's pockets quite nicely) that took away months of the game. I'm also not going to cry for the players, considering almost all of them are making AT LEAST six figure salaries. Trying to look at this as anything other than greed on both the owner and the players part is naive. It's been shown time and time again, it doesn't matter how often they do these lockouts and generally flip the bird to the fans who are the primary source of income by doing them, the fans will return and they don't lose a dime in the process because everyone comes back. Don't you feel in the least bit wronged because of this? If your internet service provider went down for several months, you wouldn't be quick to forgive the provider. The franchise should be licking people's boots in apology, but they don't have to because the fans have terribly short memories. End of story.
I also never said it was the players who initiated the lockout, I don't know where you got that from. But to absolve them of blame for this is silly, because they're part of the problem. As for them running off to other countries to play during the lockout, I also think that's bull. That's not telling me they're working hard at the negotiations, that's just telling me that they don't care where they're playing, as long as they're being paid.