Friday two cents: No hockey, that’s Ok


As a Canadian male, hockey has been a part of my life from the moment I strapped on a pair of skates as a kid and played on a frozen ice rink in my neighbourhood park.  I love the game and I am (sorry to say) a Toronto Maple Leaf fan but I am tired of all this labour unrest ever since Gary Bettmin became the Commissioner of the NHL.

Since he has been commissioner from 1993, we have had 3; yes three lockouts in 19 years.  I for one have had enough.  The last time they canceled the 2004-05 season, I made it a point to never buy tickets to a NHL game again and I never have.  But the hockey lover in me would not refuse free tickets or to still cheer on my team or follow the Stanley Cup playoffs.

This past week the two sides in the labour dispute teased the fans that an agreement was just around the corner and many were optimistic.  But as quickly as you please they break off talks and put out that the season is in jeopardy of being canceled, AGAIN!  Well I say cancel it and we fans will move on and find other places to spend our entertainment money.

I for one rediscovered my love of baseball.  I have always loved it since I played little league.  I even run a softball and T-ball league in the school where I teach and it has enhanced my love of the sport even more.  I have children coming up to me saying thank you for teaching them how to play baseball even though they thought they would not like it.  I even have parents saying thank you for getting their child interested in baseball so much they do not want to play hockey, just baseball.  They love this because baseball is a lot cheaper than hockey.

I too have put my entertainment dollars away from hockey and placed it at baseballs’ door step.  Now I go see 3 ball games at the cost of one hockey game.  More bang for my buck as it were.

So I say let the NHL cancel the season.  If the NHL doesn’t want my money, that’s ok.  Come February spring training starts and my steady old friend baseball will be there to welcome me back.  And I will be more than happy to pay for the games without the worry of the Millionaire players and Billionaire owners squabbling like kindergarten children arguing over who is the leader in line, when neither are.


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