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Facebook group offers payback for NHL lockout

December 11, 2012 - Keith Shelton
Hockey fans, yes you. Us that have been used as bartering chips by the NHL for the third time in 18 years, facing yet another season without our beloved Red Wings or Pittsburgh Penguins or New York Rangers or Chicago Blackhawks, etc... Are you angry yet? Hockey being my favorite sport, that which I grew up playing from dawn until dusk on the pond in my backyard that we shared with over a dozen other households, I’ve gone from angry to upset to depessed and back to angry again. But like most of you I’m sure, I’m left with no recourse. Until now that is. A facebook group called Just Drop It (found here —!/pages/Just-Drop-It/480181678699361) has come up with a brilliant measure of payback for Gary Bettman’s mad quest to destroy the game. By joining the group, you are making a pledge that goes as follows: For every game the NHL loses after December 21, 2012, we will take one game from the NHL when it resumes play. We will not attend games. We will not watch games on TV. We will not buy any merchandise. I know these things often sound good in theory but are rarely followed through with. However hockey fans are of a different breed. We came back stronger in ever after the last lockout when most of the nation (in non-hockey climates) barely realized it was gone. But with this being the third work stoppage since 1994. the NHL apparently isn’t learning anything. They’re taking us, the fans, for granted. They think they can count on hardcore NHL fans to accept anything and come back in droves. This is a way to show them they’re wrong. The group was started on Dec. 4 with just 10 members. Seven days later on Dec. 11, the group already boasted 7, 768 members. That’s up from about 6,250 on Dec. 10. Just Drop It is seriously gaining some traction, enough to make a real impact. Make sure you check your team’s schedule. All games have already been canceled through Dec. 30, so Just Drop It is already in effect. For example, the Detroit Red Wings would have played four games from Dec. 21-30. So we will be ignoring the NHL for four Red Wings games when it returns. And we’ll adjust as the NHL cancels more games. If the season is cancelled, we could be looking at 50 games or more when it returns. Maybe the NHL will think twice next time before waging these ridiculous wars while fans hang in the balance. Fed up with the NHL? Check out Just Drop It.


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