Drew, as this MO stalemate drags on, I am beginning to understand your insight that the players should model their response on that of Pittsburgh. They need a model that will work. The connection you seem to be making is not artistic, but financial.
Tony Ross, in his PBS interview, said that he preferred the MO to be compared to Cleveland rather than Detroit. That, imo, was an artistic comparison, when the issue is to find a comparable financial situation.