The time has arrived. We need to come to grips with the fact that hockey most likely will not start any time soon. Could it start as soon as Thanksgiving? Or will we have to wait until the new year for our beloved sport to return?
As it stands, the Pirates are doing well enough that I have a shred of hope that I will still be watching a home town team play into the later weeks of October. I at least have enough baseball to get me through the time that I am normally taking photos at training camp or attending pre-season games. But after baseball is over, what will I do with the nights that I am so used to spending watching hockey? I certainly have more than enough homework to hold me over, as well as my son’s ice skating lessons and fall dek hockey season (and hopefully Little Pens Learn to Play Ice Hockey, which I am assuming will still go on regardless of a lockout). However, there will still be a void.
Just the other day, my son and I were watching the Pirates and he said, “Mommy, we haven’t Let’s Go Pens in awhile.” (Yes, that’s what he calls it.) Oh, man. I told him the truth: hockey players are on vacation right now from work. It just may be a lot longer than we expected…
So, I have decided that in the event of a lockout, I will take up college basketball. I used to watch it, but kind of outgrew it. I don’t like football, hard as I have tried to enjoy it. My only other option would probably be watching a lot of bowling and hunting on NBC Sports during the day. God help us all.
What do we do now, as fans? Form support groups? “My name is Stevie. I have been 7 months hockey free. Not a day goes by that I don’t crave the sound of blades scraping the ice. I JUST NEED IT! JUST ONE PERIOD!” (On the plus side, Artem Anisimov and Jack Johnson probably have an insider support group we can probably join, as it were.)
How do all of you plan to spend the extra hours that you usually have reserved for hockey?