Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Collective Bargaining Bullshit

As another day draws to a close without any real progress on the NHL collective bargaining front (both sides offered proposals today, but it's all just PR at this point) I can't help but reiterate what I've been saying for the last couple of weeks.

This is all our (the fans') fault.  All of it.

After the 2004-05 season was cancelled due to collective bargaining bullshit, we fans should have stayed away from the game in droves.  We should have punished both sides for not taking our wishes into account.  We should have made them suffer.  They cancelled the '04-05 season.  We should have cancelled the '05-06 season.

But we did not.  We came back in droves.  We missed our game... OUR game... so much that we came running back to the rinks and welcomed the league back as if nothing happened.  We welcomed them back with open arms, as if they hadn't just collectively pissed all over us for an entire year.  We opened our wallets to them as if they hadn't just taken a giant shit on us.

And this is the thanks we get.

Had we stayed away after the last lockout the league would commit suicide rather than consider another work stoppage.  They would be so terrified of losing the fans who did come back that they would never dream of closing the doors and locking us out of our game again.

But that did not happen, and now we are three days away from another lock out.

We cannot let this happen again.

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