Tuesday, December 14, 2004

THUMBS DOWN: PLAYERS WALK

Well, the predictable happened today as the NHLPA sat and listened to the NHL counterproposal and declared it unacceptable. And then both sides had their press conferences. And no new talks or proposals are planned or even in sight.

And I'm sitting here tuning into these press conferences in disbelief. What a bunch of idiots! They are letting this sport go right down the tubes. Just tune into any sports-talk radio station in the United States: hockey is completely out of sight and out of mind. This sport is totally marginalizing itself. And yet these bozos think when they come back they'll be stronger than ever! Like heck they will!

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Irony of irony, tonight of all nights is the finale on CBC of Making the Cut, with six hockey players winning a shot at a dubious grand prize: making it with a Canadian NHL team. Only problem is that the NHL could be out 'til 2006! I know, it's unbelievable that these nitwits are planning to stay out that long. But that's what they're talking about.

And here's the big irony: next year we could see replacement players and replacement hockey. If that happens, you know, ALL these guys from Making the Cut could get a shot at the National Hockey League! Every freaking one of them. Oh, they'll all be scabs, all right, and it won't be real big-league hockey, but still, it's the NHL, baby!!!!

I think it's actually pretty funny: reality getting in the way of a reality TV show. And it hasn't been a bad show either, a lot better than those quasi-scripted affairs like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and those other turkeys.

"All I want for Christmas is my NHL!"

Well, sorry bud, you ain't getting your NHL! These Grinches are gonna steal your Christmas! Enjoy the basketball games on the 25th, and the reruns of classic games they plan to show--- that's all you're getting under the tree!!!

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