Tuesday, January 1, 2013

UnHappy Hockey New Year 2013

Well, here we are.  Another year begins today.  How did we get this far?  I remember when the year 2000 was scaring the bejebes out of everyone and then we had to look forward to 12/21/12 and those crackhead Mayan's and their apocolypse.  Well, we passed that too and look -- We're still here!

What's not here is NHL hockey.  The good news is they are lobbing new proposals back and forth for the last few days in a last-ditch effort to salvage what they can of a viable season.  Every day is a new cut-off date for the season to begin and every day there is a new proposal being read.

With the latest proposal being almost 300 pages in length, you would think the two sides would be bleary-eyed trying to get through yet ANOTHER variation on the theme.  So much room for error here. 

Rick DiPietro's German holiday lasted only until about 12/11/12.  So what's an out-of-work goalie to do?  Why join his stoic leader Don Fehr at the bargaining table again of course.  Will it be Ricky's contract that would fall under that "one amnesty" rule?  Is that why he's there?  Nah.  He has been the Islanders Union rep for years, so -- unlike out-of-a-contract Chris Campoli, he has a reason to be there.

The BST won their last game of the 2012 in OT and super-star John Tavares helped Team Canada win the Spangler Cup (the what?) in Davos Switzerland by a score of 7-2.  Nice looking trophy.

Looks like a Danish-modern lamp base, doesn't it?

If you are recovering from ringing in the New Year with a ringing in your ears, you're not alone.  My head still hurts.  I just wish there was that Winter Classic thing to look forward to this afternoon.  I sort of liked that tradition.  But along with NHL Hockey in the winter of 2012, the two sides stole it from us.

Happy New Year Hockey Fans.  Let's hope 2013 gets better -- starting here and now.

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