Congratulations to the National Hockey League for doing what so many other adults have been unable to do: reach an agreement before a deadline. The league had a drop-dead date of January 11 and appears to have beaten that marker by a solid five days. Yahoo!
Of course, making this deadline does ignore the 5-10 deadlines they basically ignored. From the mundane (preseason games) to the eye-opening (Winter Classic), the league and players leadership showed the rest of the world something critical and historically-accurate: leader is just a label without character.
So while hockey crawls back without any on-ice rule enforcement changes but some money fixes, we’re reminded again that 99 percent of us don’t matter at all. And it isn’t just sports or hippies outside Wall Street that scream this: it’s life. Just last week, the “leaders” we elected in America — hey, I have an international audience here — spit all over their own deadlines for political gain in order to move their meters in minute intervals, costing nearly every American new taxes. My family noticed it in our first paycheck after Jan. 1 and had to make concessions. In the meantime, Congress got raises. This is real talk. Risk the whole for the benefit, large or small, of many. Fiscal Huxtables!
So I’m going to hold true to my promises, in government and sports. In terms of voting, I won’t feel bad for chastising elected leaders who ignore what the public is telling them because of the lobbies lining their pockets. When hockey returns, I’m going to pay attention to the Sabres because I love the sport and I love the area and I’ve played since I could stand on skates, but I care less than ever before. Hey, I still go to concerts despite ridiculous ticket fees because I like music. In this way, I’m a sucker, but in no other. Sports fans, you can feel free to demand more from the players and owners. If a player takes a shift off, don’t think about his feelings. He doesn’t think about yours. If the arena food stinks or the experience is garbage, don’t just be thankful you have a team. Do the only thing us pawns can do: make a stink. Don’t hurt anybody, but let them know you aren’t an idiot. They should be held to a different standard, a higher standard, a more critical standard.
And let’s all set some standards for our kids in the area where our leaders have failed…