Remember when the last lockout ended and the NHL painted “Thank you fans!” on both ends of the ice in every league arena?
Well, today they might as well do it again, only this time replace “Thank” with another word ending in the letter “k” as we begin the third lockout of the Gary Bettman era.
Hey, I’m not putting this all at the feet of the owners. But I am putting most of it there, since I don’t believe for a second that they’re losing the kind of money they claim, and if they are, well, in a lot of cases it’s their own fault with the ludicrous contracts they’ve been tossing around and the failing franchises in places there shouldn’t be franchises, among many other issues.
I also blame some of youse, who go out and buy every alternate jersey and piece of overpriced garbage merchandise your team sells, not to mention tickets and prime-rib sandwiches, cost be damned.
Also, just so you know, and to be completely fair to all of youse who root for a team owned by James Dolan, and who blame him for everything under the sun … I would be willing to bet that Dolan’s rep at the owners meeting the other day was the last person to raise his hand in the unanimous lockout vote, and that it probably took some convincing for him to do so.
And that if it were entirely up to the Rangers’ ownership, there’d be no lockout now or ever. But especially now, with the arena being done over at big expense. Just sayin’.
So Thank you fans. Or something similar to that.