There's a whole lot of bull being thrown around to salve the hearts of keenly disappointed, bruised hockey fans. But, remember, amidst all the whining, this is, after all, a concussion sport. And it's a capitalist sport par excellence. Imagine owners of the teams who locked out their hi-priced employees, that is to say, their top employees, with a lot of low-waged body-killed and body-killers doing the hack jobs in the farm teams. Buying tickets is great for the boys at the top of the game, and the top of the investment game too. The idea of boycott by fans sounds delicious. Just get some beers, turn on the TV, and drink and shout the whole gang into oblivion. Really, tho, I'm not into stopping hockey; hockey can't be stopped. Owners and players have powerful says in the game, but really fans don't; we don't have says, we have pays -- pay for tickets, pay per view, pay for team jerseys, and if you go to a game after all, there's pay for the face paint. It's all a racket, always with winners and losers. But, hell, we fans love it. We're addicted; they made us go cold turkey. Yeah, we're turkeys, and we're cold.
Listen to the whining, supercilious stroking of the hockey-fans masses in the so-called sports journalism below (lead writer here for AP Dan Gelston (Philadelphia, I assume), contributors Jon Krawczynski (Minneapolis), Stephen Hawkins (Dallas) Christopher Sherman (Dallas) sports propagandists all -- to be precise, hockey progagandists, a tedious bunch of dissemblers, writing trash like this. It don't matter. We jus' wanna' watch the game.
-- Sportikos, refWrite Backpage sports newspotter, analyst, columnist
Associated Press (Jan7,2k13 12:45 pm EST)
NHL's next step is winning back hardened fans
Detroit Red Wings fans Katie Miller, left, of Toledo, Ohio, and Emily Radwanski, of Roseville, Mich., wear their Red Wings jerseys while hanging out at the Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. With the season on the line, the NHL and the players' association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and save what was left of a fractured hockey schedule. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Guralnick) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT.