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Dear NHL, it's not you it's me. I don't know that this is working out.


Gary, Don:

Good luck with your fight, hope it doesn't end up being a pyrrhic victory for whoever ends up winning. But since you two have been fighting with each other and completely ignoring me, I've learned some things about myself and about you guys.

First, I discovered that I don't really care who wins. Now don't get me wrong, I completely side with the players in this fight. But if they folded tomorrow, I'd just be happy getting hockey back. I guess I really don't like what I've seen out of the owners lately. I guess I always thought that the owners at least liked or tolerated hockey as a sport. I bought Gary's line about the fans coming out of the last lockout. But now that we're in the exact same place with him saying the exact same things now that he was then, I realize how much bull I've really been fed throughout the years. It's like realizing for the first time that Santa was really mom and dad. The magic is over. I think Gary canceling the winter classic has really brought it home for me today.

Canceling the winter classic, either as a pre-emptive move to keep it from being used as leverage or as a move to put some more pressure on the players is what's making me write this. Gary, Don, I understand that the two of you have to do what's best for the guys you represent, but you're doing it at the expense of the people that ultimately pay you. Now, I know that the two of you just read that and kind of laughed. Let me explain this in a slightly different way. I'm in office furniture sales. We sub out our installation work. You are both subcontractors having a knockdown, drag out bare knucks brawl right in front of the paying customers. It really doesn't matter if you're both right, both wrong or one of you is right. You're making me look bad in front of the customers. It's not the first time you've done this, I've put up with it before because you really are the best at what you do, but....Let's face it, it's tiring me out to put up with this and while the other guys out there aren't as good as you, they never seem to have the dysfunction that you guys always have.

This isn't a divorce yet, I've put too much into this relationship, which I'm now realizing has been very one sided. I've been angry at you for just treating me like a faceless number but now I'm kind of more accepting of it. You're like that dysfunctional, selfish friend/girlfriend that everyone has had: the one that wants to tell you all their problems, tell you how awesome they are and how lucky you are to have them as a friend/lover and demands SOOOO much of your time---but you never ask about me. Now I'm realizing that I don't need to put nearly a 1/4 of the effort back into you. Don't think that we still won't be friends, I'm #139 on the Avs season ticket priority number. I'm not going to cancel my tickets, it won't go like that.

Let me tell you how it will go, I'll go out and get back into shape, start concentrating on myself. And when the time is right. I'll move back to the third level, start splitting tickets so I can spend some $$ elsewhere. The actual divorce probably won't be for a couple of years. It could be sped up if the current owner of keeps telling us how 'spoiled' we are as fans.

Over the last couple of days on twitter, I've seen on twitter and puck daddy about how since no one has canceled their tickets because of the lockout so the league thinks it has nothing to fear. That is such horrible logic, leagues don't die to thunderous applause, they die of apathy, and tell me, all of you, you've all had at least a conversation or two about how much you don't miss the NHL or how much money you've saved since they're not around. Right? The NHL won't ever die, but it could, and is headed on the path of irrelevance.

This is my 10010th post/comment on this site. Things keep going how they are going what are the odds that I get to 11000? Answer: Not very good. Do the nuggets have a SBN site?

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