The NHL lockout has begun and devoted hockey fans all over are feeling like an insecure 12-year-old whose parents are getting divorced.
Is this my fault?
Mike Ozanian of Forbes believes this lockout is the fault of hockey fans. Why?
We love too much.
Ozanian correctly points out the loyalty fans showed after the last lockout to pack arenas in record numbers, despite an increase in ticket prices and the fact that hockey was out of the national consciousness for over a year. The owners believe that regardless of the duration or resolution of the lockout, fans will return, and in record numbers.
Smug, but true.
Hockey fans will have to work together to prove the owners wrong and support the game they love at the same time. Unfortunately, fans will have ample time to devise a plan to show the owners who's the boss (by title, aren't owners the boss?) because Gary Bettman and his crew don't seem like they are making many concessions.
Here's how the lockout may affect the New York Rangers: