Philadelphia Flyers center Jeremy Roenick has some advice for hockey fans who blame the NHL lockout on players' greed: Once it's finally settled, stay home...He goes on to talk about how much the players are going to "give up" to get a deal done, and how he thinks being aware of the "sacrifice" will be enough to get the fans back.
"We don't want you at the rink, we don't want you in the stadium, we don't want you to watch hockey," he said Saturday at the Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational in suburban Pittsburgh.
"...I say personally, to everybody who called us 'spoiled,' you guys are just jealous ... we have tried so, so hard to get this game back on the ice," Roenick said. (source)
I've talked at length already about why I think that millionaire athletes don't need a union, so I won't repeat myself here. But Roenick's rant (which would be a good name for his site if he ever started blogging) just shows once again how disconnected many of these guys are with the world around them. If he thinks Joe Sixpack who earns $12.50 an hour will pony up fifty bucks a pop for hockey tickets next year because he identifies with the players' "sacrifice" (because whatever deal they get will be, oh, a bit in excess of Joe's salary), he's got another thing coming. Let him toil for a year in a "regular" job, and maybe he'll get some sorely-needed perspective on things.
Oh, an as a die-hard Texas Rangers fan, I was none too pleased to hear about Kenny Rogers' meltdown yesterday. Sure, he's been unhappy with the media all season, but Kenny....this hurts the team.
Incidentally, USA Today's Michael McCarthy links Rogers and Roenick to part of a bigger problem in sports: the two-headed dragon of "blame the fan, blame the media." Ugh. I bet this isn't the last of such incidents, I'm sorry to say.
Taking one from the Team: Over at the Team Demon/Dingus blog, we're losing our guitarist, and we're scrambling to find a place to do one last gig with him before he moves in late July.