There are three kinds of hockey we can talk about: Hockey I can see, hockey I can’t see, and the lockout, which is to say, no hockey at all. And I want to talk about hockey.
Of course I don’t like the lockout, but what really annoys me is that we’ve heard and read everything about this lockout from the last one. There is hardly anything original being published, only the names and places change. We have virtually the same issues (even the salary cap is being challenged in the media) and virtually the same complaints from the fans, media, players and owners about each other. Nothing new under the sun.
What does that leave? There are the minors, and the only minor leagues I’m projected to see this season are the Denver Cutthroats, maybe the Colorado Eagles, and one or two minor league games across the country (San Francisco Bull, I’m looking at you). Someone recently told me that their favorite posts of mine were the travel posts, when I took in a game in a minor league or junior city (like Johnstown, PA (part 1 and part 2) or recent trips to Odessa, TX and Sioux Falls, SD) or took a road trip through several cities (like my west coast hockey tour). Now that I’m home in Denver, my travel is cut way back.
There is the hockey I can’t see, which is all the minor league hockey I love that I can only read reports of, just like you. Fairly pointless, other than to bemoan the lack of hockey I get to see, and update you on stats and reports I am not going to have any more insight than anyone else reading the same thing as me. So yeah, not going to do that.
The other hockey I can talk about is rec league hockey, and you don’t care about that. I care, only because I started on my first rec league team this year. I will say that now, I have 2 PIM (for tripping), which ties me for the lead on my team, and my first official stat ever. I am a goon. I’m sure this will pop up from time to time.
So what to do? Keep talking about a lockout that has no end in sight? I don’t want to do that, but I want to talk about something hockey related. I want to podcast about hockey as well (and I haven’t really wanted to for a while).
I’m at a loss. More than anything, I’m going to miss going to minor league games around the country. The travel is expensive, and I don’t have the discretionary money I used to for hotels, food and gas (and tickets). If I could, I would go all over the country watching all levels of hockey, and report back to you. I would take you on a hockey tour of the nation. For now, I might catch up on some of the games I didn’t post about when I saw them. There are a few from the West Coast Hockey Tour that never made it to the blog (due to time constraints, we jump ahead in the action).
What do you want to talk about? The CBA is boring, and every NHL meeting leads to dashed hopes. It’s too frustrating. So I ask, what should we do here? What are you still interested in?