by Joe Tasca on 11/09/12 at 08:00 PM ET
Gregory Campbell has nothing to do:
"I've talked to a number of guys around the league that I'm close with. Everybody says they're bored," Campbell told the Globe. "I try and look for things to do, things that I've always wanted to do, to pursue those things. But I'm a hockey player. I want to get back to playing."
Since he hasn't been playing during the lockout, Campbell has instead been getting his adrenaline rush by doing ride-alongs with Boston cops.
Forgive me if I have absolutely no sympathy for a professional hockey player who's going stir crazy during the lockout. It's always driven me nuts to see columnists write such inane material, but since NHL reporters are having just as much trouble staying occupied as the players are, these are the kind of stories that get significant play.
If the players were so worried about being bored, a new collective bargaining agreement would've been ratified two months ago. Instead, we're reading about how guys like Gregory Campbell are trying to avoid cabin fever by riding around the streets of Boston in a police car.
Apparently Campbell is so restless, he's on the verge of signing a contract with a team in the Czech Republic. So even though we're supposed to pity him because he's idle, we can, at the same time, celebrate the possibility that Campbell is considering stealing the job of a borderline European player who's trying to earn his own living and live his own dream.
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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.
Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality. During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in North America. In the spring, he spends much of his time in botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves.