Friday, October 12, 2012

My (belated) thoughts about the NHL lockout...

By now, I’ve had plenty of time to let it sink in that there probably won’t be an NHL season this year. I think I've put off writing about it because denial is funny that way.

I like to tell myself it will give me more time to write but we all know that it’s difficult to feel inspired when the one thing that inspires me and my books is wrapped up in a big corporate mess.

The issue is money and whether you blame the players or the owners or the commissioner (we all know how much everyone loves Bettman), someone is being a little too greedy. 

One thing is for sure: The fans are getting the short end of the stick. We are the ones shelling out hundreds (yes hundreds) of dollars to watch the sport we love on TV, in person and don’t even get me started on how expensive fan merchandise and parking is.

Hockey already seems to be the most expensive sport to watch and/or play. Out of curiosity, I looked up how much baseball tickets are and couldn’t believe the low prices. Compared to the almost 150 bucks HP Pavilion charges to be near the glass at a Sharks game, the A’s and Giants are practically giving their tickets away!

No matter how irritated I am with the NHL right now, I refuse to switch sports. There just isn’t enough room in my brain for a new set of player names and stats!

I suppose I’m bitter about the whole lockout especially after seeing how much fun the players are having at the meetings. While they joke around, play golf and jet off to Sweden and Russia to play for other leagues, we wait on pins and needles for negotiation news.

I guess there is a brightside to the lockout though. Fans of the other leagues across the world are getting to see Ovechkin, Chara and others play when they normally wouldn’t, so that’s nice for them.

Either way, these playoff re-runs on the NHL Network are starting to lose their luster. A part of me wouldn’t mind seeing the entire season canceled just so we don’t have to hear about it anymore. (Sorry, hockey gods, you know I don't mean that).

For now, I'll try be content with escaping into my fictional world of Red Valley where Razors hockey starts in October when it's supposed to.

Always yours,

What are you doing to fill the void?

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