(Ed. Note: Nearly every day for the last two months, we've received rants, raves, pleas and laments from hockey fans across the world about the NHL lockout. So we've decided to dedicate a forum to some of these eloquent diatribes every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: THE VENT, where you can let your voice be heard on the players, owners and League in a handy PG-13 format. If you've got a take on the lockout and need to let it out, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: The Vent.)
Via reader Anthony, on what frustrated fans can do to make their local teams aware of their frustration:
"Like everyone else, I am extremely frustrated about the lockout. After seeing the effect that the NFL fans had on the league, I want to try doing something similar so that we as fans can be heard rather than ignored. All it takes is a small group of hockey fans to make an impact, and if the league or the players don't listen, well, then it proves what we've known all along: it's millionaires and billionaires squabbling over way too much money.
"I'm proposing something simple: just a phone campaign to politely tell the NHL and your favorite team how much hockey means in our lives. If you're into catchy/hokey slogans, maybe we could organize a "Fans Take Back the League" or something and get fans calling. I wasn't really into the idea of organizing dissent, however the NFL situation has given me both energy and hope that our voices will at least be acknowledged.
"My frustration stems not just from my desire to watch hockey, but how many lives are drastically affected by the lockout. My cousins all work for the Blackhawks, and they're very unsure of their futures with the organization, not to mention the countless others whose families depend on the game. Even if we can't organize a phone campaign, can I at least buy you a beer at an establishment that will be hurt by the lockout?"
Buying your friends at Puck Daddy as many beers as possible is the only way to end the lockout. This hasn't been scientifically proven yet, but we feel it's a matter of time until that happens.
As for the phone campaign: As "Slap Shot" taught us, let'em know you're there. Ultimately, the only thing they'll listen to is money walking out the door, but at least you'd give the office workers that haven't been laid off something to do.Read More »from NHL vs. NFL; boycotting games and gear; ‘screwed’ by Gary Bettman (The Vent)