Twice in the past week I’ve heard somewhere that it’s entirely possible the NHL in 2012 could go through another lockout and there could be no hockey for a season like we endured in 2004-05 – Lockout.
So twice in one week hearing about this means some rumblings have rumbled and as we move closer to the fall of 2012 the rumblings will become thunderous farts.
So I ask you – What does a hockey blogger blog about for an entire season when no hockey is played?
I’ve got some time to prepare for the worst, and I’m thinking I might do a Dear Abby-type thing.
“Dear Kane. My wife has left me for another man. What should I do?” Signed – Miserable
Dear Miserable. Buy hookers with the extra money you’re going to have.
There was a lot I didn’t understand; Cost certainty, revenue sharing, Gary Bettman’s smile. I’m just a chump who likes hard hits and pretty goals, and I would have pushed both sides over the Grand Canyon. I cringed when I saw Bob Goodenough and Trevor Linden and player reps say they were going to stand firm and not give in, and I suppose I wondered how much hitmen cost when I saw Bill Daly and Gary Bettman on the other side saying the whole thing was simply impossible and the league was closing down.
I’m not ready for another one of these. So I’m saying now to these people, get your shit together and make sure this doesn’t happen. You almost lost me and thousands of others, and next time we might not be back.
And I don’t want to have to do a Dear Abby blog.
I know one of the reasons I stayed a fan was because I thought salaries might start to become less outrageous. That’s what I thought was the meat of the whole mess, and then I see $100 million contracts being thrown around, and the lockout did what?
Don’t be stupid, NHL players and owners. Fix it or you’ll hang yourself.
If you want to read more on this depressing subject of no hockey in 2012, just click this – Is it too soon to worry about another lockout