Three Steps to Surviving the Lockout
As the clock winds down on the current CBA, and with seemingly no progress made in closing the gap between the owners and players, NHL fans must prepare themselves for the possibility of losing months of hockey. Again. Apparently the owners, who have been dolling out big money, long-term contracts and frequently trying to circumvent the salary cap, feel that players are earning too much money and that the salary cap is too easy to circumvent. This is not to say that the players are completely innocent, however; apparently they feel that if two parties agree to a contract, the terms of that contract should be adhered to, and that would be inappropriate for one party to insist that they pay less than the amount that was initially agreed. Ridiculous.
Anyway, it seems that fans could again be without hockey for a lengthy period of time. While this may have its upsides, like less listening to Mike Milbury and PJ Stock, for the most part, it’s bad, and may be tough getting through. Here are a few simple steps that should make this painful, unnecessary process a bit more bearable.
1. Accept the Inevitable
The lockout is happening, and it will likely last a while. Gary Bettman is not going to suddenly become reasonable and step up to save the day, the owners aren’t going to put the sport before their bottom line, and the players are unlikely to give up too much too quickly. Believing otherwise would just be torture, similar to the pain Leafs fans put themselves through each year when they feel optimistic about making the playoffs. Let’s face facts: your ex isn’t coming back to you, the third Batman movie wasn’t as good as the second, and we’re not seeing NHL hockey any time soon.
2. Find a New Source of Hockey
Does your hometown have an AHL team? Watch more of their games! Have a Junior team in the area? Check out hockey’s future stars! Have children? Pit them against each other in a violent sport for your own entertainment! At the end of the day, most of us probably identify as hockey fans, not NHL fans, and there’s plenty of good hockey out there to watch.
3. Try Hockey Video Games
Hockey video games are incredibly fun and could fill some of the void left from not having any NHL action to follow. They’re also incredibly realistic; after the right amount of beer, you may actually believe you’re watching a real game. So why not forget the painful reality that is the lockout and bury yourself in a false, digital existence.
Not a fan of the new-fangled consoles? Then why not go with the ultimate in classic hockey video games? You’re welcome.
Hopefully this helps combat the pain of losing months of hockey and being forced to interact with friends and family on Saturday nights. Any other suggestions? Tweet or comment. Or don’t, I’m totally used to it.