Rumblings Of A Fall Lockout

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.

6 thoughts on “Rumblings Of A Fall Lockout”

  1. Hey Dennis,Bettman has ruined hockey for the likes of us by empowering the owners to make fortunes as well as the players too.The quality isnt there anymore with the rule changes that take place every year,what was wrong with the game twenty years ago or even thirty years ago,let it evolve on it’s own.They seem to be pushing for changes every year, kinda like trying to breed dogs that clean up their own shit.

  2. I love the idea of you doing another kind of blog. There are way more interesting things to talk about……. Maybe you can motivate fans around the continent to boycott NHL hockey, even if there is no work stoppage. While they are at it, boycott petro-can and esso and if people really want to do something good for their countries, don’t vote. Not for anyone… anytime….. Of course I could go on and on.

  3. God I really hope there’s not another lock-out. I don’t want to wait another 6 months or a year for it to come back and we all pretend everything is wonderful again. I’m a hockey fan and I love the sport but some of this stuff really kills that passion.

    With the new head of the NHLPA we may be in for one hell of a long wait until we see hockey again. They are picking up serious steam lately (the NHL) and this will really stall that and send them back a couple of years I’m sure. So they’ve got the big-wigs over a barrel and I’m sure it’s going to become a game of chicken.

    It’s so sad that everyone is so greedy now. And what’s worse is some of these greedy people don’t deserve a buck, not to mention the millions that they get.

  4. It’s very sad, Darth. We’re going to be more than upset if this comes about. But I’m going to try and stay positive. Maybe it’ll all be fine.

  5. Maybe Stephen Harper and the minister of Labour Lisa Raitt can pass a special law ordering the NHLPA back to work – like they do with virtually any union that threatens to go out on strike.

    The same logic that has been used by the government for every other labour dispute applies, i.e. it will have a negative impact on Canada’s fragile economic recovery etc.

    But because the NHL is based in the USA, it is highly unlikely the Canadian government will take any action at all to intervene. Plus it’s a bunch of rich guys fighting, not just ordinary workers.

    Maybe the Governor General can ask Garry Bettman to give him back the Stanley Cup as it is property of the people of Canada not the NHL.

    This legal issue was raised during the last NHL lockout and remains unresolved to this day.

    http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/index.php?section=article&articleid=94

    I’d love to see Bettman have to give up the Stanley Cup along with the formation of an all-Canadian professional hockey league.

  6. Great points, Danno. And an interesting link also. There should definitely be some sort of legislation forcing these people to work and quit whining. A bunch of zillionaires acting like babies. And by reading that link, unless something’s changed since 2005, it sure seems that tecnically, the Stanley Cup is Canadian. So if these spoiled brats don’t want to play, give it to a senior team or beer league team in Canada. If there is a lockout, I hope there’s a much bigger outcry than last time. We sat back and took it, and this time we shouldn’t.

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