Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Being the great sport it is, you'd think I'd still have plenty of hockey to watch and enjoy in the great State of Minnesota. Even with the Wild not playing, there's college hockey, excellent high school hockey and even my son's Pee-Wee team to get behind. There's so much puck here to watch, you'd expect I wouldn't miss the NHL at all, right?
Sadly, the NHL lockout has soured my hockey appetite on all levels. I try to watch my beloved UMD Bulldogs and can't get interested in them. Last Friday I watched most of the Notre Dame v. Michigan State game and came away unimpressed. I've attended two high school games and it just didn't seem as fun as it used to.
Even by 13 year old's Pee-Wee team doesn't capture my attention anymore. Sure, I still attend all of the practices and games, cheering like a hockey dad does, and sure I give my son pointers after the game about being more aggressive in the corners, but my heart isn't in it.
I'm at a total loss about why this is. One would think that just because the NHL is locked out that my love for hockey at other levels would not be effected and that it might even increase. After all, I've got much more time now to devote to watching the college and high school levels. But for some reason, the lockout has poisoned the sport for me. I guess Ben Franklin was right when he said something about cutting off the head and watching the body die a slow, grisly death. Man, that Franklin was one smart, albeit messed-up, dude.
Friday, December 07, 2012
Throughout the CBA negotiations I've tried to keep a positive attitude by telling myself that this is all part of the process and that they'll get there eventually. Through all of the rhetoric, bad meetings and premature speculation I have honestly tried to keep my game face on. This is how the NHL does things, for better or worse.
But as time moved on I've become very angry. Why is this the way? Why does this happen?
I'm reading twitter today and many people are starting to remove themselves from the game. "I'm done with the NHL" and "I'm calling the Wild and cancelling my season tickets" are somewhat common tweets and I'm wondering when (and if) I'd approach that level of anger. As of today, I'm still on the NHL train, but if the season were to evaporate, I can't make any promises.