"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Enough has been said about the lockout by people smarter than I.
There is precisely one reason why we are deprived of seeing a season of Sidney Crosby in his prime post concussion. With every passing day, it’s very difficult not to feel any amount of frustration with the sorry state of affairs that is this lockout. This lockout is proof that the ownership is an incorrigible collection of children who haven’t learned their lesson from the last lockout. You know who I blame for that?
You. The fans.
Here’s what happened the last time we had a lockout. As a fanbase, we got angry. We boldly asked them, "Do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry?" We decried the state of the game and decided that we didn't have to take this garbage from millionaires squabbling with billionaires.
But when the NHL started up again, we filled the stands and cheered. We carried around banners proclaiming how thankful we were that hockey was back. We gave them our hard earned money without so much a whack on the nose for misbehaving.
This is the equivalent of watching your dog go on the rug and instead of punishing it with a rolled up newspaper, you pet him offer him a cookie and tell him what a good boy he is.
This was the endorsement to the NHL owners that they can do pretty much whatever the hell they want, fanbase be damned. There were no real ramifications for whatever greed they showed. Business went on as per usual.
This time, no more.
It’s time for us fans to send them a message. That we will not tolerate them taking us for granted ever again.
I propose that we boycott the first game of the new season when it opens. It’s a drop in the bucket and whatever monetary loss the NHL suffers will be easily recouped over the course of the season. However, seeing broadcasts with many empty seats is a clear signal from us that they are on notice.
I love the NHL. I love our Pittsburgh Penguins. I want to put on a Penguins jersey and watch a hockey game as much as anyone. But when this prospective new CBA ends, I don’t want us to ever have to go through bullshit like this ever again.
It’s time we took our league back. Let’s show them that we, as fans, are the most important stakeholders they have as a league.
This is our statement.
We are fans.
We are the most important stakeholders that they have forgotten about.
That we have a rolled up newspaper and we’re not taking this from them ever again.