September 27, 2012
Last week, players in the National Hockey League were officially locked out after an agreement over revenue sharing couldn’t be made.
The first and last hockey game I saw on TV was the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory, so I pretty much consider myself the authority on Chicago hockey.
Although hockey really is a bunch of grown men running around on skates with sticks, I was rather upset when I heard about the lockout. Not because I’ll miss watching all the action, but because I know hockey fans are short-tempered and disorderly creatures.
The city was bad enough when the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike and students ran across the city all willy-nilly. I can only fear what’s going to happen when a bunch of angry hockey fans are let loose!
Jokes aside, where’s the team spirit, guys? The players are sitting at home, the owners are sitting at home and the die-hard fans are left to watch reruns of “Oprah.” Kids like me who have never followed a season are left to wonder what all the fuss was about.
I feel silly admitting it, but I really wanted to see some hockey this year.
Game of the Week
Football: Bolingbrook at Lincoln-Way East
7:30 p.m. Friday
The clash of the titans—er, Raiders and Griffins—is described by the Chicago Tribune’s recruiting expert “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran as a “monster game.” Lincoln-Way East will face off against the defending 8A state champion. Both teams are currently 5-0 in the Southwest Suburban conference.
Other football games to watch
Simeon vs. Vocational (at Gately): 7:15 p.m. Thursday
Prosser vs. Mather (at Winnemac): 4:15 p.m. Thursday
Gamers can experience “Madden 13” all over again when it launches on Wii U in November. Instead of a traditional controller, plays are selected on the Wii’s new touchscreen gaming pad.
Winners and Losers
Winner: Jeff Gordon’s new paint scheme for a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 13 will feature the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Radical, dude!
Loser: Ozzie Guillen made the blacklist yet again for another comment in poor taste. Get OUT of my newsfeed, bro.
Dedicated to “the most apathetic looking athlete in the history of sports,” smokinjaycutler.tumblr.com is all about photoshopping cigarettes into pictures of the Bears QB. The “Smokin’ Jay” meme has been reblogged all over the interwebs.
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