More and more in the last couple of weeks, we’ve been hearing about the distinct possibility of another lockout in the NHL, including a good explanation about the situation at HIO Lockout Ahead.
Say it ain’t so, you NHL numbskulls. Greedy pricks. And if they do close the doors, I hope so many fans stay away when it finally ends that it will bring owners and players to their knees. Owners might even have to stop lighting their cigars with dollar bills. Maybe give up their expensive mistresses.
It’s way too hard for my little pea brain to understand this type of thing. But I know that both sides, owners and players, are an out-of-touch bunch who vastly underestimate the most important factor in this – us. The ones who buy the ridiculously-priced tickets, pack the joints, wear the jerseys, drink the shitty beer, give these millionaires free meals in our restaurants and ask for their shitty scribbles that they spend a split-second signing and which no one can read.
Another lockout? Twice in eight years? It makes me want to spew my meatloaf. In fact, I can feel it coming.
Go ahead and do it. See what will come of it. The league already sucks in many ways, with generic buildings, signs telling us to make noise, and far too often often, boring hockey that I’m sure works out to maybe one good game in five. We gather around the TV, or fight traffic to see it live. And see and hear what? Guys floating, staged fights, ridiculous and arrogant commentators, commercial breaks, players coming out for the three stars selection, skating three feet and then disappearing, players telling us they make 400 grand or more every two weeks after taxes, owners signing players to 12 year contracts, players playing like they rather be anywhere but there, and pathetic annual awards shows in Las Vegas.
We love hockey, we love our teams, and we cheer our players. Now we’re being threatened with darkened arenas this fall because the fat cats upstairs and the rich-beyond-their-wildest-dreams players can’t agree about how to get richer.
Ther NHL and NHLPA better get it together and make sure they figure out a solution. Players’ salaries apparently take 57% of revenue now, and if that isn’t good enough and should be more, then it’s a sure sign that hockey and pro sports is, as they say at the pool hall, fucked.
If these rich pricks deny me of my hockey because they can’t agree on things, maybe I’ll just move on and be done with it. Maybe write a travel blog. I’m too old to put up with such nonsense. If both sides are reaping the riches, what’s the problem? And is this what we have to look forward to all summer – whether we’ll have hockey or not in the fall? And if we do, how much more is it going to cost us?
I can’t stomach it. The closer we get to a lockout, the closer I’ll get my back up and say the hell with it.