Well, at this point, it becomes really difficult to look at the NHL lockout and have any sort of optimism. It does not seem as there has been any significant movement towards a new CBA agreement, and time is running out. I would hate to see an entire season be wiped out because two sides cannot figure out how to split up $3.3 whatever billion it is, but it seems as though that is where the situation is headed. Out of all of this drama that has occurred between the players and owners, how many headlines have been made in regards of the fans? You know the answer; zero. It may sound as though the fans are not making the effort, but that is not the case. All over the media, fans are expressing their disgust. Especially on Twitter, accounts like @AngryNHLFans and others alike are sprouting, and expressing disgust, sometimes to the extreme. Via @NHLexpertpicks, a fan asked for a favor and it was granted by a player. It was a bit overboard, but is just an example of how disgusted fans are:
#Hawks Dave Bolland retweets a fan comment saying: ‘Can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?’ …He later deleted it and offered an apology. – Via Twitter @NHLexpertpicks
This, in my opinion, is going way too far no matter what role in society you play (especially representing a pro-sports organization). However, this is what happens when emotionally charged hockey fans become upset. Emotions get out of hand, and that leads to misexpression.
Of course, it is not as if the NHL, or even the players, give us fans much thought. I like to give the players the benefit of the doubt, but it does not seem as if neither side cares enough to make a drastic step towards a solution. And that is what is needed at this stage.
On a more positive note, J.T. Brown was named the first star of Sunday (11/25) by NHL.com in its AHL Roundup. Brown’s stats: 3 goals, 1 assist.