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from Sean McIndoe at Grantland,

The NHL lockout is finally, mercifully over. And the agreement couldn’t have come soon enough for the league, given that losing another full season would have inevitably resulted in a sharply reduced fan base along with drastic drops in attendance, merchandise sales, and TV ratings.

Oh, not because of the decreased enthusiasm from fans worn out by the third lockout in a generation. The NHL’s problem would have actually been much simpler than that: If this lockout had dragged on even a few days longer, NHL fans were all going to murder each other. Whether it’s the guy on the next bar stool, your favorite blogger, the coworker one cubicle down, or just some random guy on Twitter, virtually everyone in the hockey world has been completely insufferable for months.

There were still a few holdouts, patiently dispensing their well-reasoned yet respectful points of view and appropriately nuanced opinions on complex topics. Roughly six of them, at last count. They were rumored to be holed up in an undisclosed location, trying to fight off the approaching hordes. They may not even know the lockout is over.

But the rest of us were awful and getting worse by the day. By the time the two sides finally made a deal, every one of us had ended up becoming at least one of the following 10 horrible people we met during the NHL lockout:


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

As always, DGB nails it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/07/13 at 03:09 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

It was an entertaining piece, but for every one person who filled any category, there are a hundred check out aisle people (at least around here).

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/07/13 at 03:15 PM ET


I love that hockey’s one-liner guy gets to write for Grantland.

Posted by larry on 01/07/13 at 03:22 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

virtually everyone in the hockey world has been completely insufferable for months

Some more than others.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/07/13 at 03:48 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

And how about the media folks (KK excluded of course) that were blogging/writting incessantly about the lockout and evil owners, players etc.?

Sooo looking forward for that to go away.

Posted by TheFreak on 01/07/13 at 04:07 PM ET

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