I write this week with a heavy heart, as I’m sure you all can relate to. Week 1 of the lockout has seen no forward progress but rather the cancellation of pre-season games and the firing of our beloved Stanley C. Panther. It is difficult to remain sane in these tough times, especially knowing that there is nothing one can do as fan to bring hockey back. The only way I’ve been able to cope is to find the slightest bit of humor in this mess.
In no way am I suggesting that I am making fun of the game or being insensitive to those who have already suffered true impact from what is a very serious work stoppage. But, at the end of the day, I am a merely a fan who is hurting. A fan who wants to scream at the top of her lungs as the clock ticks on with no relief. Maybe I’ve already started losing mental stability, but I ache for some sense of escape from this nightmare. That said, I present some light-hearted NHL memes that might echo how you are feeling as well: Read the rest of this entry
Livid. Frustrated. Concerned. Exhausted. Sick. Helpless.
If you’re like me, the above emotions describe exactly how you’ve been feeling over the last few months. You’re nauseated over the site of Gary Bettman at a podium. You hear the words “wide” and “gap” paired together and you suddenly want to punch the nearest wall. You imagine an October with no hockey and you want to crawl into a hole and not come out until play resumes.
But most of all, you feel completely and utterly helpless. That’s the worst part of this never-ending labor mess for me. I have friends (some hockey fans, some not) come up and ask “so how are things looking, you think?” and all you can do is shrug and muster a “not good.” That response has not changed during any point of the CBA negotiations. Perhaps in some twisted sense, it’s better that way seeing as how we haven’t really had reason to get our hopes up. At the same token, though, enough is enough. When is there going to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the die-hards? Read the rest of this entry