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NHL Lockout 2012: The Airing of Grievances

“The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you're gonna hear about it. ” Frank Costanza, Seinfeld

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I hope all the loyal readers of Canes Country had a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by family and friends, with plenty of food and drink and many things for which to be thankful. Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can turn our attention to the next major holiday. That's right, Festivus is just around the corner!

For those who follow the holiday (and for those who don't, you can learn about it here and here), a key tenet is the Airing of Grievances, where one gets the opportunity to gather family and friends together and shower them with examples of how they disappointed you over the past year. So today, the phoblographer goes on record with her list of disppointments about the 2012 NHL lockout. Feel free to weigh in with your stories, comments, and observations on how the NHL and/or NHLPA has disappointed you this season. Cathartic? Perhaps. Entertaining? One can only hope.

Here goes.

  • I'm disappointed because the Hurricanes were going to be a good team this year. Really, really good, right off the jump. Finally a plan is in place to solve the Eric Staal early season slump, and the early season gets taken away.
  • I'm disappointed the possibility exists we may never get to see just how much Sasha cares.
  • I'm disappointed we missed a kick-ass Kirk Muller training camp.
  • I'm disappointed in #theplayers and their public comments, some which have been downright embarrassing. As one who cheers individuals as much as I do laundry, this was unexpected and disturbing. In fairness, I should point out I am grateful that the members of my own hockey team have smartly kept their yaps shut.
  • I'm disappointed that I have to keep hearing the phrase "millionaires versus billionaires" bandied about constantly. If I never have to hear it again it will be too soon.
  • I'm disappointed that local citizens who depend on NHL hockey financially, whether for their paychecks or for the success of their businesses, have to struggle during economic times that are already tough enough.
  • I'm disappointed that except for a very brief respite, I haven't seen Tuomo Ruutu on the ice for over seven months. This is totally unfair and qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment and upsets me deeply.
  • I'm disappointed that I traveled to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving and didn't get to see Jordan Staal's return to Consol Energy Center.
  • I'm disappointed that I don't get to spend as much time as I'd like socializing with my hockey friends, whether tailgating, sitting together at warmups, chatting at practice, getting together to watch away games, or trolling game threads.
  • I'm disappointed Columbus missed out on an All Star Game they earned, although their fanbase certainly deserves better than a half-assed event.
  • I'm disappointed that many Canes friends have made the decision to cancel and request refunds on their season tickets. Not disappointed in the decisions they made, disappointed they were put into a situation where they had to make that tough choice, which was not done lightly.
  • I'm disappointed I didn't pay more attention in Econ class, because I didn't think I'd need it or a law degree or an understanding of hockey-related revenue or linking/delinking or union decertification in order to follow a sport's news feeds.
  • I'm disappointed I missed an entire month of photographing creepy bad porn-star quality Movember mustaches.
  • I'm disappointed in parties on both sides of a CBA that are more concerned with winning than negotiating, and who are acting more like petulant children than adults.
  • I'm disappointed that I spend countless hours, dollars, and energy providing free, positive publicity to help promote an organization that not only provides a great sports entertainment product but also financially and civically benefits the market it serves, and yet the league sanctioning that organization feels it's completely acceptable to self-destruct every 'x' years without any repercussions as long as a big "Thank You Fans" is painted on the ice when the product eventually returns.

Perhaps most of all, I'm disappointed that there appears to be no end in sight for the foreseeable future. Although I'm still holding out for that Festivus Miracle.