Archive for October, 2012

Post-Lockout Return Test

If the linked-above video of Pavel Datsyuk owning it in the KHL doesn’t stir something in you, you’ve already left the game and the lockout has won.

Otherwise, I’ll see you for game one of whatever number we end up getting whenever we end up getting them.

Zetterberg Reads the Tea Leaves

… some of which he had a hand in laying out:

Z’s been playing an active role in the PA’s side of the negotiations, so his decision to jump into the exodus stream to Europe does not bode well for our chances of having a hockey season.

But as JJ points out, the plus side—such as there is a plus side in this situation—is that he’ll be joining Damien Brunner’s team. If they can cook up some chemistry, maybe we’ll have a strong combo when the League returns.

It Gets Real

Now the regular season is starting to suffer.

I should be up in arms now. But I’ve found myself taking my own advice over the past few weeks:

I recommend you insulate yourselves from this idiocy. Find something else to do. You’ll probably hear when the season starts and then you can decide if you like your life better with NHL hockey or without.

And I’m finding that my life is fine without NHL hockey, mainly because I’ve set up a mental block. When I do let myself think about the Wings, it does bum me out. So I’ll be back when they’re back. But it’s not nearly the same degree of automatic it was last time. Real life has filled in the gaps.

On Sports Bloggers vs. Sports Journalists

Generalized Response Bullets:

  • Sports journalists act as though they are writing about something that matters.
  • They’re not.
  • Government, poverty, the environment, energy, the economy, science, education are just a few actually meaningful topics journalists cover.
  • Sports journalists are paid to cover a game.
  • A sports journalist that complains about bloggers is a person who makes a living in the completely unserious way of writing about a game.
  • A sports journalist that complains about bloggers gets a kick out of mocking their choice to write as an amateur.
  • As if it’s the blogger who is in the ludicrous position of making a living writing about comparatively meaningless events on the alternate, replacement reality of the playing surface.
  • If you’re a journalist who finds it necessary to be commenting on bloggers as if it’s still 2003, maybe you should consider just how lucky you are that you get to do what you do.
  • Most bloggers aren’t gunning for your jobs, but the idea of being paid to cover the team or sport they love is probably mind-blowing to them.
  • So shut up and be grateful.
  • We replacement loser hobbyists will get back to our real lives.