December 20, 2004

MakeADealYouD*** "We the fans are at the end of our motherf*****g rope. You arenít talking. You spend more time in front of microphones spouting off crap to inflame the situation than you do in a room trying to make a deal. Newsf****gflash! Negotiating happens in a room together, not at a press conference. We donít want to hear form any of you d***s unless itís to say youíve got a deal. We donít want to see Trevor Linden until he puts a Canucks jersey on. Keep Bill Daly locked in the f****g room like he is supposed to be. We donít want to hear another player, NHL executive or owner on another f****g talk radio station. Underf*****gstand? Bottom line: we are the fans and weíre not coming back unless you d***s make a deal and save some semblance of a season."

posted by docgonzo to hockey at 12:18 PM - 15 comments

(Censored to protect those working in a less-than-permissive environment....) Hockey fans: Are you at the end of your rope? Are the league and the players more interested in posturing than problem-solving? What will it take to get the season back on track?

posted by docgonzo at 12:19 PM on December 20, 2004

1. Yes, depending on your definition of "rope". 2. Yes, pretty much. 3. Nothing that hasn't been hashed and re-hashed on SpoFi before. Sigh.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:25 PM on December 20, 2004

*uckin* *ick*!

posted by yerfatma at 12:27 PM on December 20, 2004

Good rant, good articulation of a lot of issues. The problem with it is that like just about any "We, the people" manifesto, while the author may indeed have a highly accurate finger on the pulse, he/she has almost certainly done nothing to actually enlist the practical support of "the fans" in any of these "we're gonnas" and "we're nots". Someone with real passion and a will to work might be able to organize some kind of fan action, but until someone does, the NHL/PA aren't going to listen to rants like this -- no matter how well articulated they are, no matter how on target they are. It's common sense. It's stuff that the NHL/PA knows about. If the points made in the rant were gonna move 'em, they already woulda. The only thing new is empty threats, and that's not gonna move anybody.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:33 PM on December 20, 2004

what Dr John said... I've already given up. fuck'em all. Even when they do come back, they're not going to solve the all-clutch all-the-time issue that has crept up.

posted by sauril at 12:38 PM on December 20, 2004

I read the first paragraph and saw "Jager" and the whole thing lost its impact right there.

posted by mkn at 12:54 PM on December 20, 2004

Also, five days until the World Jrs! Fuck the NHL.

posted by mkn at 12:55 PM on December 20, 2004

What is this "hockey" you speak of? I'm mainly irritated because for once the Capitals actually have a player that has a chance to be great (hello, Mr. Ovechkin) and we DON'T GET TO SEE HIM! Ugh, being a Washington sports fan is painful.

posted by sashae at 02:04 PM on December 20, 2004

Did anyone check out the Larionov Farewell:World vs. Russia game last night? I watched EPL highlights instead.

posted by garfield at 02:10 PM on December 20, 2004

garf, They showed that locally the day it was played. I watched it, of course, because it was also as close to a farewell game for Stevie Y. as we're ever going to get... As for the original post, I'm spending too much time watching 12-year-olds on weekends play hockey to worry about the NHL any more. These games are fun to watch, and mean something to every kid on the ice. They're playing for the love of the game, coached by guys that love the game, and are being officiated by guys that love the game...and all their expenses are paid for by companies and parents that, surprise, love the game. The NHL owners and players need to get back to that...

posted by MeatSaber at 03:44 PM on December 20, 2004

I'm finding it hilarious how the networks are scrabbling for content to air instead of hockey. They're dragging cameras to every friggin' bush league you can imagine just to say they can say "LOOK! WE HAVE HOCKEY! PLEASE DON'T LEAVE!" I'll stick to playing ESPN NHL 2K5... Better than the real thing.

posted by Drood at 08:08 PM on December 20, 2004

Anybody watching the WJHC exhibition on TSN? Canada-Finland? Boy Wonder scoring on the power play to put Canada up 1-0? No? Well, you should be.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:38 PM on December 20, 2004

Naw, hockey is blowin' up! L: bugmenot P: startribune Seriously? Broomball? I had to look it up, eh . . .

posted by geekyguy at 06:23 AM on December 21, 2004

The Rangers arenít sucking ass; Jagr isnít underperforming. This is the only good thing about the lockout.

posted by blarp at 08:53 AM on December 21, 2004

ideology or greed or both?

posted by garfield at 01:26 PM on December 21, 2004

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