We all know about the NHL lockout. It has been going on for far too long. One day was too long for me. After recovering from some health issues over the past year, this year was going to be my FIRST year visiting the Consol Energy Center. I was thrilled. I mean completely ecstatic. I had my jersey out and dusted off (The powder blue throwback Crosby jersey, thank you very much). I was hunting down Pens stickers to adorn my cheeks, and I was buying chloraseptic spray in preparation of my sore throat the next day.
That day never came. The lockout drug on and on and on and on. I didn’t loose hope though. I let myself believe that the games would start up any day!
Then one night as I was browsing through the channels I caught a glimpse of something I thought I would never see. Pens vs. Caps.
I turned it on expecting to see a game. And guess what…I DID! I was thrilled. I shouted out to my husband thinking maybe the media was just slow at reporting the return of the NHL season! So we sat and watched. After ten minutes I realized something was off. Something was not right about this game. It was just too familiar. Hockey games are about as similar as snowflakes. They aren’t. I hit info on my awesome remote and my heart sunk. It was a replay of a game from last year.
Say it ain’t so!
The disappointment that hit was overwhelming. There was no hockey game. The Pens weren’t beating the Caps. IT WAS A LIE!
The reruns have not been doing it for me. They just aren’t. It’s like watching reruns of your favorite show. You already know what’s going to happen. You already know the punch line of the jokes. It’s just not as awesome the second time around. I suppose if you’re in a bind, like us hockey fans are right now, it can suffice, but honestly…is it doing it for you? Does it satisfy your craving for fights? For bloodshed? For goals? Does hearing a repeated Fleury from a game already played sound as sweet as hearing his name in a new game? No….no it does not ease the cravings. It’s like drinking a damned Ginger ale when you really want Mt. Dew.