The Raw Deal

Ok, this entry of my journal is going to be on who is getting a raw deal.

1.  Theo Fleury – The little sparkplug finally got into the Ontario Leauge, after weeks of bitching.  Today, the people who are responsible for trying to keep him out are still bitching.  Maybe it was because of his substance abuse.  I don’t know.  Personally, it pisses me off.  Here is a guy that loves to play hockey.  He has made mistakes, but is trying hard at staying clean.  He has been clean for a while now.  Let the man play and stop your bitching.  Leave him alone.

2.  Hockey fans – Yes, you read it right.  All hockey fans are getting a major raw deal.  The league and the players union just got done with talks today, and no progress was made.  Both sides are unwilling to bring in a negotiator or a neutral party to help them.  Neither side seems willing to bend.  In all this, the fans are being screwed out of watching hockey.  Personally, after holding on and hoping that a deal would be reached, after today I am fustrated as all get out.  The cancelation of the season is all that remains.  As a true hockey fan, this upsets me.  It makes me wonder if the league planned this out from day one.  Maybe they wanted to have the season go belly up this year so they could claim an impasse, declare all contracts null and void, and then declare new employment guidelines.  Well, if they did, the players union isn’t helping matters.  They don’t seem to want to budge either.  It is a difficult issue, but neither side is willing to work, so the fans are going to be left out in the cold.

Cancel the season please.  Let all of us hockey fans go on with our lives.  Be the first North American sport to cancel an entire season due to a labor dispute.  Come on!  Set the bar!  You know you want to.

The shameful part of it is if they did come back to play, I would probably go see them play.  That is how much of a hockey nut I am.