So, last night was opening night of the 2012-2013 NHL season, eh?
I admit, I'm not happy with the delay of the season. I was supposed to watch the Blues' opening game Thursday night, and instead I was in bed by 9:30. This is how I am when there's no hockey. I'm boring, and I'm bored. I (for the time being) have baseball to entertain myself with, and cooking, and books, and episodes of the Colbert Report.
All of that is such a poor substitute for watching the team and sport that I love, but I feel like I only have so much room to complain, as do fans in other NHL cities. You see, we still have a team.
Opening night last season in Atlanta was like taking a cold shower. It was a painful wake-up call to the fact that NHL hockey wasn't here any more. This year, it's still not here, but it's not anywhere else, either. Sucks, eh? At least fans of other teams have something to eventually look forward to. Atlanta hockey fans? Well, there's the start of the Gladiators' tenth anniversary this weekend, so there's that. Cold comfort.
While the rest of us fight the bile in our throats over Bettman and figure out how to watch our teams' AHL affiliates at a reasonable price, keep in mind that there are markets for which this is an annual thing. I hate to bust out the "it could be worse" excuse, but it really could be.
And for former Thrashers fans, it's just more ammo to despise how the league's run. Atlanta fans cried all offseason that the NHL was a clusterfuck. Do you believe us now that it applies to every team?