As we enter day nine of the NHL lockout, things are very quiet with no talks taking place, and most of us wondering if there’s any even scheduled. Our greatest fear is that the longer this goes, the worse it becomes, and the threat of a lost season comes at a time when the game is at the height of popularity. Both sides want the other side to feel some sort of pain, however in order for this settlement to happen, each side is going to have to walk away hurting, and give something up. That’s how battles like this eventually resolve themselves. Neither side is going to walk away after this is settled and say “yea baby, we got exactly what we want”.
Trying to take sides in this matter isn’t helping either. I truly believe that until you realize that both sides are wrong, greedy, and foolish in their own way, you’ll continue to drive yourself crazy trying to figure out who’s more out of line. It’s not worth it. You probably have a better chance of scoring through the legs of one slick haired goaltender from the western conference before you can reason with one side or the other. And maybe that’s why I’ve become a bit “numb” to some of this. Sure, I’m upset that this past weekend fans across North America who should have been attending the opening of training camps, were likely glued to televisions watching another weekend of college football, and professional football that was being supervised by replacement officials. Or maybe you were watching your favorite baseball team cling to their playoff chances (like me). Point is, that you’ve temporarily found something else to occupy yourself, and while you do that, you’re forgetting for those moments about the lockout.