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Dear NHL…

Dear NHL,

I see you’re locked out again. By my count this is your 4th work stoppage in the past 20 years. Do me a favor if you will please? Don’t bother letting me know when you come back. Because even if/when you do, I’m gone.

I was a deeper fan than most. You don’t know me, but my family definitely knows you. I have a younger brother that I watched rise through amateur hockey, through major junior, into the minors, and (briefly) into your league. He even played at Madison Square Garden against a guy named Gretzky. I’m assuming you’ve at least heard of him? Turns out he was pretty good.

I’m one of those fans who remembers what terms like “Old Barns” means in original six cities. Heck, I know what being an “Original Six” city means. I remember when Bobby Clarke wasn’t a member of the Flyer’s front office, he was the leader of the Broad Street Bullies. I remember names like Ron Dugay, Darryl Sittler, Harold Snepsts and Brad Marsh as players, not just the “glory” names like Orr, Esposito, or Dionne. I remember Doug Wilson as a Blackhawk. Same with Denis Savard. Heck, I even remember Jim Craig looking strange in the jersey of the Atlanta Flames after the Miracle on Ice. You remember the Atlanta Flames, don’t you? You know… The FIRST NHL team to leave Atlanta? The one before the Thrashers left to become the new Winnipeg Jets.

So yes, I think it’s safe to say I was a fan. And yes, I do still consider myself a hockey fan. Which is why I’m done with the NHL. You’ve become that family member that nobody wants to deal with or talk about anymore. You’ve become an embarrassment to the sport. We lost an entire season in the name of you “fixing the business model” with the last lockout. And here you are again saying the economics are “broken”. You know what? I don’t care anymore. I’m done. I imagine you’ll come back again at some point, but like I said… I’m gone. And really, it won’t be that hard. We all got a lot of practice the last time you pulled this crap.

Have we mentioned the National Football League has started their season? I’m sure you have. They’re the big dog when it comes to pro sports. Aside from that, I could easily run down a list of other sports but in truth, I’m not a huge basketball fan. I do however have satellite television and the internet. And thanks to a couple of trips to former British territories, I’ve come to be curious about soccer (or ‘football’ as it’s called over there) and cricket (That’s a whacky game I’m not sure I’ll ever get my head around). Not to mention I live in a state with several good college hockey programs, as well as easy access to not one but TWO OHL teams. So what am I going on about? It’s simple really. You’re gone, and I really don’t care anymore. I’ve found plenty of other things to occupy my interest. So… enjoy your lockout, because I know I will. Rather.. I mean it really won’t even matter to me anymore.

A former fan

Complete useless internet item of the week…

Sometimes…the world scares me…this is one of those times……

Finnish Weirdo from Zak McKee on Vimeo.

Draft Day!

Really, does any other league do the draft the way the NFL can? My esteemed co-blogger often opines that the NHL trade deadline is a Canadian Holiday. If it is, then the NFL draft is a 4 day weekend holiday.

Now, I know the NBA has done prime time drafts for a while as well – but no one comes close to the scope of the show the NFL puts on. The NHL draft? Forget it. Major league baseball? Too much like hockey. They’re both exciting for hard core fans and draftniks, but you’re mostly dealing with young kids you’ve never heard of unless you really need to get out more often. Add to that the bust rate on those young kids (generally somewhere around 18 years of age). You may hear a name (or read it) and then never see them on your team.Then… there’s the NFL.

Let’s start with one obvious advantage. College Football is huge in the United States. So especially with the high profile players, there is a level of familiarity already. Take this years top pick, Andrew Luck. He’s been a top college quarterback now for what, 2 or 3 years? Been on ESPN, in Sports Illustrated, etc., you get the picture. Then there’s the roster. If everyone from a full draft (7 picks or so), made a team (A highly unlikely scenario) you could possibly replace a good chunk of a team’s 53 man roster. So it’s possible for a team to get better (or worse!) in a hurry. Plus, with all of the coverage, it’s turned into a social event with people holding draft parties for crying out loud!

After all, you have two networks (ESPN and the NFL Network) providing live coverage plus live draft trackers online, radio coverage, not to mention people commenting on the draft on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

So this evening, plop yourself down on the couch, grab the beverage of your choice, order a pizza if you want and settle in for true saturation coverage. And know that your favorite team will get its 15 minutes of fame in the first round. Unless they trade the pick.

Have fun everyone!

Complete useless internet item of this week…

Five Thoughts on a Friday – “Shhhhh Don’t tell Beer addition”

It’s another holiday that has come upon us and you know what that means…another siesta for my co-blogger. He made sure that I remembered that the “Five” was my responsibility and that it needed to be on a Friday, not the Thursday that I usually cheat with doing. Unfortunately, unlike my coblogger, I have to work and just got out of some meetings. So let us begin:

1. We’re both big fans of the King here at the Beerbarrel and I personally think that we’ll never see another performer like the King. No one can match his personality, rockstar lifestyle and love of Peanut Butter and nana sandwiches….well almost noone. Someone needs to explain to this guy, not everything the King did was good!

2. You know if this lady would have just held out for singing like Big Mama Cass or even the King, she probably wouldn’t be in this trouble right now. She didn’t and decided to give a new meaning to the line “hold the pickle please.”

3. Growing up, movies were cool. No question about it. What can kids of today say, we grew up when “Twilight” was big…bleh. Give me a truck, a Trans Am and a dog….

4. Next week…..NHL Playoffs start….’Nuff said (well, maybe alittle more, but you’ll have to wait for our Playoff special blog)

5. Finally, to finish the blog with yet another video. I bring you this in honor of the Easter Bunny!

Have a great weekend!

Just in time for Whiskey Day! Another hockey post…

“Okay, Beer – Have you gone completely off your rocker this time?”

Nope, there’s a method theme madness to my madness. And no, I’m not talking about the final four coming up. Today is March 27th. World Whiskey Day (or Whisky, if you prefer). Why am I talking about it? Well, a) I like whiskey (whisky) and b) something impressive happened last night…

While my co-blogger was getting all misty eyed and emotional about how he loves hockey, the Detroit Red Wings punched their ticket to the playoffs.

“Big deal, they made the playoffs, so what?”

Simple, and this is probably a fact that even most die hard Hockeytown fans missed – they were too busy celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Red Wings/Avalanche brawl at Joe Louis arena (Video Here). Last night, in the state of Michigan anyone celebrating their 21st birthday could legally order a drink to celebrate last nights win and resulting playoff berth. Why is that significant?

Because that 21 year old person has never known the Detroit Red Wings to not be in the playoffs. This year’s appearance is the 21st consecutive playoff appearance for them. In modern sports, in an era of free agency and salary caps, that is an amazing feat. In any sport. And for reference, here’s how it stacks up against history.

How well will they do in the playoffs? Who knows. That’s not what I’m worried about right now. I’m just sitting here impressed. Barkeep, I’ll take another please… What have you got that’s 21 years old?

Later folks!