The Malik Report
by George Malik on 01/12/13 at 02:24 AM ET
This isn't usually TMR stuff, but I'm gonna be blunt here: while I am very, very happy that there is going to be some sort of 2012-2013 NHL season, and I'm grateful for the fact that I'm going to be able to see my Red Wings play in January instead of waiting until September...
I'm still pissed off about the just-ended lockout. Really, really pissed off. I'm starting to replace my, "Hopeful but not optimistic" line about the CBA with, "It will take time to heal" when my friends and family members ask me what I think about the lockout ending (or, far too annoyingly often, being asked about the fact that the "strike is over"). I'm not among the number of NHL fans that jumped up and down and cheered because--as Michael Caples, put it, NHL hockey is finally joining the 2012-2013 season party.
Around 5:30 AM EDT last Sunday, I didn't check Twitter on my phone, hop out of bed and cheer. Instead, I railed against the utter, complete ridiculousness and needlessness of the proceedings, the ego wars, the Kabuki theatre, and as you might expect, my belief that the owners and Chairman have some 'splaining to do in the form of ensuring that we have witnessed our last "work stoppage" (at least of Bettman's reign, if not in terms of "last in league history").
So I'm all with Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller here, as quoted by the Associated Press:
"The best thing to do is acknowledge that it was stupid," Miller said Friday, before turning his attention to Sabres fans. "I appreciate their patience. I know it's a hard situation. I still don't even know the right message because it was just a stupid, useless waste of time."
The story continues, and Miller rather appropriately rips into Bettman--though even I will readily admit that I kinda got the feeling that it was more about Gary vs. Don and less about saving a season than winning an ego war and a rhetorical battle among labor lawyers (see also: once you're wheeled into the operating room, you may have the most caring surgeon in the history of medicine, but you've just become a piece of meat)...
But the whole damn reason I'm writing this at the end of a "difficult" first day back at work is that I'm not closing the laptop lid for the night/morning before saying it out loud:
I am a Red Wings fan, an NHL hockey fan and a hockey fan, period, and yes, I am glad that the lockout is over...
But I am still very, very angry about what transpired between July of 2012 and last weekend, and I believe that it's going to take a very, very long time for both the NHL, NHLPA, the owners, the players and teams to "make things right" between the people who provide hockey at its highest level to hockey fans and the passionate people who pay everyone's salaries.
Something tells me I'm not alone in this department, either.
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