This is my hockey gear. All of my t-shirts and rally towels. The only things not in the stack are my Brooks Laich jersey and my hats. Because my closet at my parents house is so small, and my hockey gear takes up so much room, it gets folded up and stacked in the top of the closet during the off-season. Today should have been like Christmas. I should have been able to take all of this off the shelf in order to pick out the perfect outfit for tonight's first pre-season game. Instead, I'm sitting here in the living room, watching baseball and writing this post. My mother taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all, so this will be short and sweet.
This whole lockout mess is ridiculous. If either side was fighting for anything other than money (player safety anyone?!) I might be able to justify it. Unfortunately, this is a fight over money, and at the moment it would appear that neither side is willing to meet somewhere in the middle and compromise. So both sides are being stubborn, and currently all pre-season games in September have been cancelled. Considering today was the first day they've held meetings in two weeks, it's likely that there will be an announcement regarding October's games very soon.
In the meantime, the fans are angry (pissed off season ticket holder, party of one....right over here!). The last time the NHL had a lockout was the 2004-2005 season, and all of the games were cancelled that year. They lost a lot of their fans after that, and they've just recently began to recover most of them. Not only are the fans angry, but did anyone ever think about the arena employees who now don't have jobs until this is all over? Or the businesses surrounding the arenas that thrive on game traffic? It doesn't appear that they have. So, for now, I'm just going to be an angry fan. If you need me, I'll be in my room, staring at my closet, wishing I had a reason to put my hockey gear back in my wardrobe rotation.