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Imagine A Picture Being Painted

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

By the time this is over, NHL fans inclined to buy a ticket to a game will feel like they’re purchasing smut.

They’ll feel dirty afterwards, and slightly ashamed. They’ll want to take a shower. It’ll be like shaking hands with that uncle with the beady eyes and the inappropriate stories and the greasy hands.


But how else could they possibly feel? The league and the players have this week taken their obvious lack of respect to the people who fund their enterprise to new heights.

This isn’t fiddling while Rome burns. This is urinating on the embers while pretending to lament the destruction.


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The naivete of the media is sometimes appalling, sometimes adorable, and occasionally appallingly adorable.

Cox manages to thread that last needle here.

Fans, of any sport, give portions of their income they make as people who usually earn way less than 100k so they can go somewhere to a building owned by an entity who is almost universally worth 500 mil+ to watch players play a freaking game in which they almost universally make more then 500k each…

.. and now you’re supposed to feel dirty and ‘icky’ about it?  When they aren’t taking your money? 

‘How dare they stop taking my money so that they can all get obscenely rich!  Don’t they see how much I depend on them allowing me to throw hundreds of dollars a year at them!?!’ 

Articles like Cox’s whining, plaintive screed are just spruced up versions of a drunk-ass loser john getting pissed that his favorite strippers shift is over.

The strippers don’t give a bleep who you are as long as that wallet is out and open.  You are what you can spend.  The second you stop paying for the dance they stop caring you are alive.

Wake up.  Pro sports are strippers in suits and uniforms.  Give them money if you must, just don’t whine to me about how used you feel when they stop smiling at you.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/04/13 at 12:10 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/04/13 at 11:10 AM ET

I can agree with that.  There seems to be this implication that everyone should just be hippies, live off the land, and not buy anything - heaven forbid somebody makes money.  Whatever.  As long as I don’t have to smell them…

Posted by TreKronor on 01/04/13 at 12:46 PM ET

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To use your stripper analogy, which I agree with, I think his point is that, yeah, we’re all hapless johns forking over money to a stripper who stops caring as soon as our wallet is empty. But the lockout this time around is akin to the stripper not showing up for work, having the bouncer to beat our ass while she’s gone, and then expecting us to fork over money for the same dance, with a smile, when she decides to come back.

Posted by awould on 01/04/13 at 01:19 PM ET

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It’ll be like shaking hands with that uncle with the beady eyes and the inappropriate stories and the greasy hands.

Kinda like reading a Damien Cox article on the CBA negotiations.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/04/13 at 08:05 PM ET

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