Thursday, 18 October 2012

Hockey Lockout? Yawn

So hockey commissioner Gary Bettman has rejected the players latest counter offer. Yawn. Oops, did I say that out loud? Sorry, it seems that my inside voice got out.

NHL lockouts and strikes are nothing new. The only thing that is new is that now I am even less interested in the game than I was after the last lockout. That last one soured the game for me; this one made it worse. Now I'm at the point where I no longer even care if there is a hockey season this year, next year, or ever again, regardless who is to blame. Sorry, but enough is enough.

All I can think of is, you poor dears; owners and players alike. Still not making enough money, are we? It must be really difficult for you to get by on your little seven and eight figure salaries. Times are tough, I understand. It makes sense to fight for another sack of nickels and dimes, ultimately at the expense of the fans who are forced to pay higher and higher ticket prices because of it. Give me a break!

In my opinion, if the hockey season were somehow rescued, it would be really neat if the fans returned the favour and boycotted the games as payback. Could you imagine that? Oh, I am not suggesting that this be forever, but just for a little while. I mean, by now we are more or less used to not having a game to go to, aren't we? Imagine an NHL game in which no fans showed up. Imagine if every team's first home game or two after the lockout had no fans to cheer them on. Wow! Now imagine the message that would send to the league. Hmm.

Maybe that's all just wishful thinking on my part, for no doubt many would ignore the message and attend the first game anyways, and that's their right. But if enough people start spreading a similar message, if posts calling for a boycott started to go viral, sending the message far and wide, who knows what might be accomplished? At the very least attendance numbers would be greatly reduced and hockey arenas would begin to look like baseball stadiums ... full of empty seats.

So if you're starting to think like me, if you're thinking enough is enough, then I challenge you to spread the word, return the favour to this already overpaid and obviously still very greedy National Hockey League, and boycott at least the first few games once this mess is finally settled.

That's the way I see it anyways. Hockey lockout? I've already pretty much locked them out from my interest list and wallet too since I've discovered that life is possible without the NHL.

Hockey Lockout? Yawn.

Postscript: For a lighter side to all this NHL lockout nonsense, check out this video.

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  1. I've already committed that I will not watch hockey, pay for a game or pay for hockey merchandise for as many games as are missed by the lockout.

    1. I think that's a fair way of dealing with it, Bart. Thanks for the comment.