If a lifetime can be likened to a day, then this is Happy Hour!
What is this. . . the second time in, what - eight years? - that they're threatening to cancel the season?I say, let 'em fold the damn league, and start over with owners and a commissioner who aren't morons (special waiver exemption for Mike Ilitch). . .Honestly, half the bind they've gotten themselves into is that they've got at least 10 too many teams, most of 'em in places where ice ain't natural to begin with. A hockey game between Phoenix and Tampa? Srsly??So blow it up, put all the players in a hat, and let somebody with a brain start over. . .
I read a proposal exactly as you recommend yesterday and I nodded my head north-south in complete agreement. This lockout makes me sick to my stomach and I really, rilly, seriously hate frickin' Bettman.I also find it hard to believe Mr. Ilitch is 100% behind Lockout 2012 but the gag order placed on owners by the league prevents him from speaking out. One assumes... mainly coz o' what happened to Holland when he shot his mouth off earlier this year.
Mr. I at least knows that the fans are where his money comes from. He's always been a 'fans owner' - he's about winning championships, not hangin' onto his dough. . . Wish there were more like him. . .And glad he owns my Tigers, too. . .
Funny, from what I've seen of the way that minor-league hockey is received/attended in the South, I would think the South-East, at least, would be prime expansion territory..But talk about stepping all over one's fore-skin with canx seasons...the NHL leadership/owners must be serious S&M freaks..
Atlanta failed to support the now Winnipeg Jets, Nashville has issues (or had, until last year), and Phoenix is a perennial basket case... just to name three. I have no idea how Tampa Bay and Florida are doing, but I suspect not well.
Hear Hear! I too saw Craig's proposal elsewhere. Agreed with it there, agree with it here.At least the P-Bruins are still on the ice, minor league is better than nothing.
You're right about minor league hockey... it can be a LOT o' fun! College, too, as Jim notes.
As The Sarge points out, some places have hockey, just not the NHL. Living in New England, we can always catch plenty of top shelf college action. And the minor leagues are rolling along. I feel for you, Buck. I know this is your number one sports passion. At least you have Notre Dame to look forward to.
I watched the home and home between Boston U and BC last weekend, followed by a game between Denver U and Minnesota. The NBC Sports Network finally got wise and is broadcasting college hockey... Notre Dame and Michigan State play tomorrow night!
Just be polite... that's all I ask.