Wednesday, February 16, 2005

R.I.P. NHL (& F.U.)

Well, it happened. The NHL has (finally) officially cancelled the 2004-2005 season. Hockey fans know this marks the first time since 1919 (86 years), when the Stanley Cup finals were cancelled due to a flu epidemic, that the Cup will go unclaimed.

No season, the first time in the history of North American sports that an entire season has been wiped out. Unreal.

One can only wonder how far the shrapnel will fly. Most of the world's population was already indifferent to, if not utterly ignorant of, hockey's existence as a professional sport. Will diehard fans be too bitter to ever root again?

Despite last minute negotiations, the NHL and the players' union remain far apart on dollars and sense (sic) and philosophically polarized (i.e. hate each others' guts). It has been a long, difficult winter. Spring and summer may well follow suit.


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