6 years agoCaboose453
Damn... It's been a long time since I came around these parts... Missed you guys..
Life has been good, overall. Hectic, stressful, but overall, good. Met a nice girl, and things are going well there. School has been rough; and work has been crazy; working a solid 40 every week.
Penguins are doing very well, and Boise State even made the NCAA Tournament!
I just started a music blog, posted the first entry today... If ya'll could check it out, give your thoughts, and just general feedback, that'd be great; brody-peterson.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-bring-me-horiz...
Hope life is going well for you all.
6 years agoCaboose453
Hey; I'm the common hockey fan.
One of millions that's slightly fed up with how the NHL and it's players are handling their financial situation. One of millions that just wants to watch their favorite sport played and aired on TV. One of millions left asking hundreds of questions.
The biggest question is, "Why?" The National Hockey league garnered 3.3 billion dollars in revenue this past season, yet we can't find a way to divvy that among two parties that will make them happy? It's $3.3 BILLION dollars. How can you not find SOME way to divide that fairly?
The biggest issue most fans have with this situation? It's happened before, TWICE, under the same owner, Mr. Gary Bettman. Once back 92-93, and then in 03-04 as well. Do you know of any owner of any company that could force them into a work stoppage THREE times and still keep the position as owner? I know I'd be fired at any big multi-million dollar company. And yet, Bettman still holds his position. To be fair, he has managed to spike revenues from the NHL in recent years (like I said, he managed to garner them a record $3.3billion in the 2011-2012 season), but the dubious "lock-trick" he has pulled off is more pressing. It wouldn't be such a big deal if they didn't lose entire seasons to these fiascos. The entire 2003-2004 season was sacrificed just so the league could impose a salary cap on the players. After losing an entire season of hockey, the players finally caved and agreed to the terms, which drastically cut their salaries.
I remember vaguely hearing about the lockout situation, as I was just getting into hockey around 04, and not really understanding it; this lockout is much different. I've followed hockey very closely since right around midway through the 2006-2007 season. I've watched it garner popularity slowly, but surely in the United States. The competitive balance has been astounding. No team has won back-to-back championships since the lockout; a byproduct of the parity created by the salary cap. The lockout, from my understanding, had achieved what it was meant to achieve. Fans came back in droves, but it wasn't because the NHL had managed to get its money out of the players, it was because of the competition. The lockout served it's purpose. It made competition.
So that's what we're searching for now, a reason. A purpose. Why is the NHL locked out? This lockout is solely based on finances. Not finances that affect play and competition like the salary cap. The NHL wants to re-coup what they call "losses" over the past 8 years of the ex-Collective Bargaining Agreement. Under the old CBA, players made a vastly inflated 57% of the revenue. I call it vastly inflated, because, come on, should the players really be paid more than the people that run the sport and, essentially, keep the players lifestyles running? If they owner can't pay for the team, there is no team; and therefore no players. Why doesn't it make sense that they should be paid more? On the other side of the argument, the players are the product. We pay to see them play. So why shouldn't they be paid well to go out and endure the punishment of entire NHL seasons (which can be almost a full 9 months long)?
These are the questions millions of fans are asking. But with no end in sight, what will become of the league? Neither side is seemingly willing to budge on their stance. The NHL's initial proposal was a player revenue drop from 57% to 43%, which is an incredible drop for one season. The owners are claiming that big contracts are bankrupting the league and would like to see large contracts capped, however, over the course of the off-season, four players (Sidney Crosby, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, Shea Weber) were given 10 year+, $10million+ contracts. In perhaps the best hypocritical moment of the offseason, the Boston Bruins owner advocated for contracts to be capped at 5 years one morning, then signed Tyler Seguin to a six-year contract that night. The players, in this lockout, are unwilling to take another big hit on their salaries. They feel that they took it on the chin last lockout and shouldn't have to do so again just because the league feels like they should.
However, as Scott Burnside, a hockey reporter for ESPN says, "When do locked-out NHL players, faced with the immoveable force that is the NHL's ownership group, take one not just for the team, but for the future of the game?" The future of the National Hockey League could very easily be at stake right now. There is no promise that fans will come back in droves as they did last time. Especially given the fact that the ill-informed hockey fan doesn't really know WHY this lockout is happening. The players seem like they've dug in against the league, but is this really a battle they can win? The players will never make up the lost salaries, ever. I agree with Burnside that, given the situation, would it be such a bad idea for the players to take the first step and "have the satisfaction of knowing they had done what the owners would not or could not do: protect the game, their game."
No. It wouldn't. And take it from the fan; we'd love to be able to see a salvaged 2013 season because the players made it happen.
6 years agoCaboose453
1. I died:
2. I kissed you:
3. I lived next door to you:
4. You found out I was married:
5. I stole something:
6. I was hospitalized:
7. I refused to leave my home:
8. I got into a fight while you were there:
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MY:
13. Help me hide a body?
14. Keep a secret if I told you one?
15. Hold my hand?
16. Take a bullet for me?
18. Try to solve my problems?
19. Love me?
20. Date me?
HAVE YOU EVER:
21. Lied to make me feel better?
22. Wanted to kiss me?
23. Wanted to kill me?
24. Broke my heart?
25. Kept something important from me?
26. Thought I was unbearably annoying?
27. Who are you?
28. Are we friends?
30. Describe me in three words?
31. What was your first impression of me?
32. Do you still think that way about me now?
33. What reminds you of me?
34. If you could give me anything, what would it be?
35. How well do you know me?
36. When's the last time you saw me?
37. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
38. Are you gonna re-post this to see what I say about you?
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