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NHL lockout...nice timing fellas

September 17, 2012 - Per Peterson
The NHL lockout isn’t the end of the world. There are worse, much worse, things happening all around us. But if you’re a Minnesota sports fan, the lockout can be added to the list of disheartening moments in this state’s sports history. Depending on your age, you’ve lived through multiple deflating Super Bowl losses. If you’re too young to have been unlucky enough to do so, you still have the more recent NFC championship losses to hang your horns on. Twins fans haven’t had much to cheer about the last few years, and even when the team did make the playoffs post 1991, the Yankees were there to shut us all up. The division titles are kinda cute though, aren’t they? Timberwolves fans have suffered mightily since the team shipped Kevin Garnett and his talents to Beantown. Then they had reason for optimism last year ... before Ricky Rubio introduced his knee to Kobe Bryant’s. The Lynx won a WNBA title last year, but for some reason few care about women’s pro basketball enough to take solace. Now we have the lockout in hockey, just days before arguably one the most anticipated training camps was set to begin. The Wild spent wildly this offseason to acquire Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and re-energized its patient fan base — the team has sold about 4,000 new season tickets since July 4 when the two studs on ice agreed to play together in Minnesota. Now, there’s a chance there won’t even be a hockey season because money once again has gotten in the way and will prevent us from enjoying one of our favorite sports. It’s the second NHL lockout this century, and it could wipe out the season. Sports fans in Minnesota, you have two choices — 1) get a new hobby to divert yourself if you are fed up with watching losing teams, and/or 2) admit it, the Lynx are a quality pro sports team worthy of your attention — because without pro hockey, it’s going to be a long winter.


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