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An “Expert” On The Lockout

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...That’s the kind of stuff you read a lot from my brethren and sister-en in the hockey media. “They might never recover from this…”
It’s a common mistake by the media, though. It’s called projection. You think what you’re thinking is what everyone else is thinking. After all, you’re part of the media, an “expert”, someone whose own words and ideas serve as the meme for the public at large. It’s a byproduct of the 24/7 media world. All that airtime to fill means an awful lot of punditry and projection needs to happen. Unfortunately, for those of you who really, really want to know what is really going on and what will really happen: they’re just guessing most of the time. Just filling air time. I include myself in this. Well, a little bit anyway. Most of the time, I just report and leave my personal projections out of it.

I’m an optimist that there will still be an NHL season. Imagine that, me, the optimist. I wasn’t much of an optimist in the first couple months, but things changed when I went to Toronto a couple weeks ago for the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions.

This is the part that sucks: I’d love to reveal my sources as to what made me optimistic a season would still happen, but I can’t. It’s another byproduct of the 24/7 media world: nobody wants to go on the record. Everybody is too afraid they’ll be made to look foolish by having their name attached to anything but innocuousness. Nonetheless, a couple of people inside the game – who I never would have believed could be the optimists in this situation – told me that they believed a season will happen. Since then, I have taken their beliefs and made them my own.

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