by Joe Tasca on 11/18/12 at 12:15 PM ET
Reporter Jim Bender recently spoke with some youth hockey players about the lockout:
"It's ridiculous because it's about a bunch of people with lots of money wanting more," said Brayden Solberg, 14, of the Bantam 2 Selkirk Steelers. "I blame the NHL and the players. They should stop being babies.
"I'm very angry, I want to watch some hockey."
I think we can all agree that Paul has covered the lockout from stem to stern. A slew of columnists, owners, players, and others have weighed in on the issue, and our fearless leader has done yeoman's work in keeping us all up-to-date on the latest musings from the hockey world. This work stoppage has been analyzed to death, as a daily reader of Kukla's Korner can attest.
With that said, there comes a point where you just have to simplify things, discard the labor issues, and get to the heart of the matter. It's much easier to accomplish that task when interacting with young teenagers:
“It’s the players’ (fault)," said James Barclay of the Bantam AAA Winnipeg Hawks. "I’m mad because they’re getting greedy and they want more. I don’t think that’s really fair. They sound like a bunch of overpaid cry babies.
“I give the owners some blame because they shouldn’t be giving them that much money … It’s terrible. I don’t know what to watch on TV anymore.
Save your breath, James. Nobody's listening.
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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.