I normally write a lot more. I just have been having a real difficult time coming up with topics right now due to there not being NHL games. A lot of the topics that I’m ready to dive into, I’d rather write about during the season. Plus, there’s real examples there to use, instead of just going back to the past.
It’s tough to write when there’s a lockout going on. For you the reader, I don’t want to put news in here that you can read on WGR 550 or on the Sabres website. I’m not a reporter and I don’t want to be. It’s also tough following other players. Personally, I have no need to know Grigorenko’s every single move, or how Pominville is doing playing in Mannheim. It’s just a constant reminder that the Buffalo Sabres (and the NHL) isn’t playing.
I don’t mind doing updates on Amerks games either. However, I don’t believe in just posting updates on stats that I read on the Amerks webpage. Unfortunately, not all the games are on TV either. If i’m going to do something, I’m going to do it right instead of half- well you know.
I see blogs as opinions. Plus, I’d rather generate discussion. I don’t expect people to agree with some of my thoughts. Heck, I don’t want people to. I just love discussing hockey. It’s a great game!
So where does that leave us? The lockout. Don’t get me started. I don’t want to get into all the details as to where each side is, who presented the last CBA proposal, what new approach comes next, or what games have been cancelled next. It’s just depressing. Plus, there’s only so much that one can do.
Where are we? All missing hockey, and wanting the NHL and NHLPA to resolve their differences.
However, I sit here slightly conflicted. As much as I want to watch the Sabres, I don’t share the faith that everyone seems to have about the Sabres being a playoff team. I just don’t see it happening, and I’ll dive into that more in the future. Suffice to say, there’s several factors that contribute to this. I always have hope, but I’m just not quite on board. But, that’s not for now. I’m saving that one for when the NHL announces that the season is back on.
Even though I don’t have high hopes for the Sabres, I miss several things about them. I love going to games. First Niagara Center is rocking on game day. Even though I don’t get to every game, I just enjoy coming home after work, throwing on a jersey, grabbing a beer, and watching the game. Our Xmas tree is up, and snow is falling, but there’s no hockey. As cliche as it is, a great holiday gift would be for the NHL to be playing soon.
So where do we go from here? Well, it’s just more hurry up and wait. Hopefully these current negotiations turn out to be real instead of just more false hope.