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This is how Chase Unruh plans to boycott the NHL:
In the midst of swirling rumors, uncertainty, and anger (others' anger, not mine) regarding the NHL lockout, I have discovered some very positive things, but I'll get to those in a moment. First, I need to vent my only frustration.
Will I boycott the NHL? Well, to be honest I never really supported it in the first place. I don't buy NHL gear, and I've only gone to one NHL game my entire life (not due to a lack of desire, but due to ticket prices). I have, however, watched countless, mind-numbing advertisements during NHL games on TV (does that count for "supporting" the NHL?) and would have actually supported them this season by purchasing a 14 pack (of tickets) to see the Avs. I mean, what the hell, right? About two games a month, more reasonably priced tickets, a reason to go to Denver, and the chance to see some other teams in action. Well, I'm certainly not going to do that next year, because (here's one positive thing) I can buy season tickets to see Colorado College, who plays 15 minutes from my house.
Even though I was initially upset about not being able to pull the trigger on the Avs pack, I could care less now. What does upset me is this: The people working the arenas (concessions, beer, ticket booths, etc) who don't have a job. These are people who earn a poor wage in the first place and who (possibly) depend on this work from season to season to make ends meet. Where is the concern for them? Oh wait, that would require billionaires to care about something else besides their wallets.
Now on to the positive things the NHL lockout has brought to my life. I spend less time on the couch watching games and get more exercise because, since I can't watch hockey, I now play it. I have lost weight, gained confidence, and reconnected with a sport I loved playing in my youth. I follow the WCHA (and all college hockey for that matter) and attend as many Colorado College games as I can afford. The seats at the World Arena are very close to the ice (even the bad ones), and I support local business with pre- and (sometimes) post-drinking expenditures. Instead of buying an Avs 14 pack (when the NHL decides to grace us with a season), I will buy Colorado College season tickets, whose price tag will get me 20 games on the glass at the World Arena instead of 14 games in the nose-bleeds at the Pepsi Center. Instead of an Avs jersey, I will buy a Tigers jersey. And you know why? Now I am invested in another team and another league that is more concerned with playing the game than turning a profit. Of course, there's nothing wrong with making a profit, but is this what professional hockey has become...only a profit making machine? If so, count me out. I'll also add that I think the Avs owners are small offenders, but offenders nonetheless.
So, I tip my hat to the NHL for helping me get more exercise (my wife thanks you too, by the way) and for connecting me with my home team. And in my best awkward breakup voice I'll say: "No, really, it's not you, it's me. I'm not the same person I used to be, and I just want you to be happy with someone else." So long, Avs; hello, Tigers!
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