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The Hypocrisy Of Hockey Fans
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The Hypocrisy Of Hockey Fans

Hey, have you heard? The NHL season is back on! The owners and the players have reached a deal and it’s “game on”. Granted, it will be a short season but at least it’s a season and not a total write off, right?

During the “strike”, or whatever it’s called in the sporting world, there were countless fans who were annoyed and even angry that these two parties would dare squabble over their contract and the money, bonuses, and perks each side would get. While important to them, these things were not as important to the fans.

So the fans revolted, at least that’s what seemed to happen according to the news headlines.

• They ranted and raved,

• Made accusatory comments,

• Took on the victim role,

• And huffed and puffed

Whether it was in the formal news or posted on ubiquitous social media sites, the fans made their displeasure known. How dare the millionaires fight among themselves while “Joe-blow”, making minimum wage and just trying to put food on the table, had to miss their favorite hockey team on the ice.

Then the deal was made! The parties shook hands and announced the abbreviated season for 2013. Hockey was back on the ice and specials and promos and all kinds of extras were used to bring the fans back to the arena.

And guess what…the fans came back! Those that had moaned and cried the blues and compared their wallets to the millionaires…came back. You can see them on the TV screens and in newspaper articles and, again, in the social media celebrating the return of their heroes, their teams.

I don’t get it? The fans were upset when the strike was on and often claimed that both the owners and the players make too much money. They chastised, swore, and pronounced the iniquity of hockey…but they came back to watch. They watched from their TVs, their phones and, most importantly, at the very arenas so they could see their heroes “live”.

But the fans had other options:

• Totally boycott hockey following the strike. There are lots of other professional sports teams (if you can ignore the fact that those owners and players are, for the most part, millionaires as well).

• Only get the basics – don’t purchase food or alcohol at the arena. The unfortunate outcome of this is those that work in the concession stands might lose their jobs should the arenas downsize.

• Don’t buy into the promo the NHL is trying to woo you with, such as video games based on the 1994 NHL season.

• Get help. Even for Canadians there is more to life than hockey.

While I’m not an avid hockey fan and have actually never played a game in my life, I do understand the joy and excitement of watching a great game. Heck, I was a huge Edmonton Oilers fan during the Gretzky years. But even with that, I had to chuckle a bit to myself when I saw the anger of people I knew towards the strike…and then they promptly returned to the arenas with the players and acted like the strike hadn’t occurred.

And they cheered and booed…just like they did before, during and after the hockey strike. I think there should be a two-minute penalty for “unsportsman-like-conduct”.


Street Talk

Excellent writing and a great ending.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks for your kind comments. My brother posted some interesting things which was the springboard for this article. Can't have it both ways I think.

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