What the NHL Lockout is Doing to Fans
The players and owners are at a stalemate. The lockout is over a month old and as it looks right now, neither side is close to budging. Superstars are going overseas to play hockey, owners don't have to pay salaries and the die-hard NHL fans are sitting, twiddling their thumbs waiting for the season to start...maybe.
Football is great and baseball is just getting into the playoffs, which is fun to watch as well, but there is no sport like hockey. The fast paced, body slamming intensity is what I miss the most. I go to a huge football school, which is awesome. The fans are great and cheer as loud as they possibly can, but I miss my beloved hockey fans, who show an intensity that no one else can match.
"There's always the AHL," my dad says to me when I rant and rave about how much I miss going to DC for my Washington Capitals fix. The AHL is an option, but as much as I love Hershey, it's not nearly as loud and intense as the Verizon Center. Everyone in red is an instant friend and everyone who wears an opposing jersey gets the cold shoulder, or worse, a cold shower of beer when our team scores.
Taking hockey away for an entire year is killing the fans. This sport has just started to gain momentum and respect from non-hockey fans out there. Now, because of money, the loyal fans who came out to every game get completely overlooked and neglected.