I’m Your Charity Case So Give Me Something To Eat

I know we’ve made our viewpoint pretty clear on tonight’s charity game at Rosemont, but I wanted to flesh it out a little. It’s hard to have my blood boiling out my nose at it fully, as at the end some money will go to a very good cause. And while I don’t doubt that’s party what’s at the heart of these players, I can’t escape the feeling that’s not totally what’s at play here.

Because if it were all about the cause, either A) These players would just be donating themselves to it, and probably wouldn’t need any media attention or B) This would have been a yearly event that could be promoted a lot better and for a lot longer than this one was to raise more money than it’s probably going to. Judging by what I’ve heard about ticket sales, it would have been pretty easy for all these guys to just go out of pocket for the same amount.

To me, while it has some of its heart in the right place, it shows the same arrogance that both sides are showing in this lockout. “Hey, we’ll just get together for a game of shinny and sell tickets! And because you can’t live without us, you’ll show up!” That’s just what it feels like to me. That’s not to say you shouldn’t go or have a great time, by all means do so. We just won’t be.

Secondly, and it comes on a day when we’re about to lose the second month of the NHL season (more on that in a bit),  it feels like a few players constructing themselves a stage to play the victim once again, and be covered from criticism or even skepticism by shrouding themselves in a charitable cause. Think of it as a blown-out version of the ploy of Dusty Baker bringing his son into a press conference to guard himself from being asked tough questions about how he stood there with his dick in his hands as his team broke all our hearts (San Francisco Giants fans join in with Cubs fans from 2002 on this one). I don’t think that’s fair to those of us who want real answers.

Not that we’d get them, because the third thing that bothers me is that there will by a sycophantic rabble of media rushing out there to ask such stingers as, “Don’t you miss playing hockey right now?” or “What do you want to tell the fans?” or the like. No mention of the things they have wrong or how they’re going to lose this anyway or the arrogance they’ve shown to match the owners’ or now that November’s been canceled they’re going to lose out on more salary than they can get back in this CBA anyway so maybe it’s time salvage a deal so that’s not the case?

Again, if you’re going I hope you have a great time. This isn’t some plea to boycott. You’ll be contributing to a worthy cause. I just wish the players involved were sharing in that cause fully. And I don’t.

-Now that November’s biting the dust (although you may want to hold out before crying too much, because I bet any next NHLPA proposal that’s coming probably has something to do with 82 games starting around the 15th. There’s been too much buzz that the PA thinks they can still get 82 in for me to completely wipe away hope). this can go one of two ways. The players are out 25% of their salary for this season if that holds up. A lot of players are not going to claw back that money with the way this CBA will go down over the life of it.

So either they can make a deal, and try and limit the damage that loss will  do as well as the total revenue shrinking from less games and fan backlash, or they can really dig their heels in, figuring they’re already out cash so what’s a little more? Remember, this is happening over a fight over 3% of the league’s total revenue. Basically $3 million per team, or about $140, 000 per player. That would be a lot to you and me, and some players. It’s probably not to the those making 6 and 7 or even 4 and 5 mildo.

If they’re dig their heels in, I guess we’ll see you next fall when hockey might begin again. Or maybe not at all. Not sure I’d be here in that scenario.

  • eminemilie

    I never really thought of the charity gamer like that. I see you point, and somewhat agree. The fact of the matter is yes, I do miss hockey. So I try to go to whatever games I can get. I’m not making the trek to Chicago for the game, but if I was in town I’d still go. I massively miss hockey of any kind right now

  • stacie7

    I’m looking at the event tonight as just one more chance to see quite a bit of the cup team back together playing again. Nostalgia wins. I’m going for me, and of course to give to the Ronald McDonald house. I hope the event goes over well just because it is for a good cause. I’m trying not to be too cynical about the players motives behind it.

    • BodomSlayer

      Where were you sitting? Fans around me were confused when I booed Wisniewski.

      • stacie7

        I was in 103. I thought I heard some boos for Campbell, but I was hoping they were just yelling Soup.

        • BodomSlayer

          No I think they were booing him. I turned around and asked the people behind me if they were stupid. Someone looked at me when I was booing Wisniewski (and subsequently called him a bag of dicks) and said: You really don’t like that guy. What’s he do?

          It was nice to cheer the anthem though. Most people around me were confused as to why we were doing so lol.

          As you stated on another comment, though, it was tons of fun and very entertaining.

  • Joe Banks

    NHL has cancelled November. They just couldn’t wait to say it. The way I see it, when they cancel the winter classic, it is over.
    NHL = No Hockey, Loser!

  • 2883

    The two sides are a hair apart and aren’t even willing to sit down and talk about it. It’s maddening.

  • JeremyBroenick

    I understand that this is a blog and is not run by “professionals,” but do you proofread your work? I count at least 3 major mistakes and to me it comes across as sloppy and detracts from the overall readability and therefore your points.

    • OMFS88

      Do you realize that you misspelled Roenick?

      • JeremyBroenick

        Broenick as in Bro+Roenick. Welcome to the internet.

        • OMFS88

          Bro, is this some sort of riddle? I am very confused.

          • JeremyBroenick

            Bro as in, to bro out. Or as in, look at that Bro with that 30 rack of Natty Lite. Like Broseidon, Lord of the Brocean. Or Brometheus, the brave Greek God who stole beer from that dick Zeus so that he could help out all bros and throw a killer party. And now, Jeremy Broenick, like these great bros before him, is here to bro out and get that fuck Mike Milbury to shut his fat face.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Fuck that.

          • Accipiter

            Indeed, very much so.

  • TransplantedHockeyFan

    I live on the west coast now so I can’t go, but I’d watch it if NBCSN decided to cover it? Why, because it will likely resemble NHL-caliber hockey, to the same extent that an all-star game resembles hockey, at least.

    To say that you wouldn’t go because it is tied to the CBA realm somehow just implies that you believe the CBA, which is the NHL’s current “entertainment” product is more interesting/compelling than hockey.

    Too many people are giving the NHL and NHLPA too much mind-share over a process that has nothing to do with what people spend their money on. They aren’t taking away your hockey. They are negotiating over how to share the money you spend to watch their product. If there isn’t a product, why do we care? When there is a product again, we will likely all care enough to watch it if it’s good enough, and give them our money so they can split it however they decided.

    I’m over all the analysis of this crap already. Who cares?

  • west_fulton

    i can’t go through all the PR & bullshit from #theplayers & then turn around and shell out to support this. it’s unfortunate that it’s their union members & their vitriol in the media that is by association tied to this good cause. unfortunate, sure, but i still cannot bring myself to support it. i’ll be drinking my ass off tonight ..15 miles from rosemont..with my $.. for me.. this has gone too far and long to put on happy face for 3 hours whilst watching them skate around in fucking ronald mcdonald jerseys.
    plus, jesse rogers? keep it. keep all of it.

  • ahnfire

    I understand your cynicism, and you’re completely entitled to it. I disagree with your first reasoning, though, about how they could’ve just paid out-of-pocket for the charity instead of using an event, or should forego using media to advertise the event, or that it would be better as a yearly event. I think that’s more you guys hanging onto your cynicism than looking at it fairly. 1- they’re locked out and want to play hockey, so why not make it a charity event? they could give their own money but this benefits more people, including the fans who just want to see hockey of some sort. 2- it’d be monstrously stupid to avoid using media attention because if you’re going to make it an a charity event, you want media advertising no matter what. 3- I doubt this could be a yearly event, as the time necessary for all the players to have available to do this isn’t as simple as telling everyone, hey come to this place during this date in the summer. That’s ignoring the fact that during the summer the players have training, team events, family, as well as their own personal charities.

    The other two reasons I agree with. I think they’re using this opportunity to keep building positive-PR for themselves b/c I’m of the opinion that they know the season is lost, so they’re trying to make sure the fans place the majority of the blame & pressure on the NHL to fold, since that’s really the only power that the players hold in this negotiation. And I also agree that media isn’t going to push the narrative or question at all – but the fact is, the media needs to cover something so they’re going to cover it.

    tl;dr – I disagree with your first reason, but agree with the other two. Either way, we all rather just have NHL-hockey again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ace.ratbang Ace Ratbang

    I went. $15 tickets.. something to do on a Friday. Whatever.

    Just before the puck dropped, it got bad. The PA guy read a prepared statement from the players that said how more than anything, the guys just loved the game of hockey. It was pure the lockout PR trash that I foolishly hoped they wouldn’t bring up (my mistake). It was so far from being subtle that cringe worthy is too kind of a way to describe it. Absolutely awful.

    Thankfully, that business was short lived (about 4 sentences). The rest of the night was fairly well done. Surprisingly so.

    The actual game played out much like an all star game. A super casual skate around that gradually turned into something resembling a hockey game by the third period. “Champs” went down 3-0 early as Craig Anderson moved less than a home made plywood shooter tutor. Once the “Champs” started to pot a few, the crowd got into it a bit more and it became kinda fun.

    Jesse Rogers (looking like a vaguely retarded Tony Soprano) provided some in game interviews from the bench. You can probably guess how those went. The “Champs” seemed to be in pretty good spirits while the “World” was just kinda going through the motions and counting down the minutes til they could all hit up Toby Keith’s bar down the street.

    -Dempster dressed up in his best Grapes-inspired plaid jacket and had a little scrap with Carcillo on the bench. Yup.

    -After Backstrom drew a goalie interference call, he scored on the resulting penalty shot. Entertaining.

    -Fuckin’ Burish did a Ned Braden strip tease after scoring a goal. Ugh.

    -A 12 year old girl sang the anthem and sounded considerably better than Cornelison.

    -$7.50 beers, $13 parking. Bad $6.50 polish.

    -The game ended in regulation tied 14-14. I made a run for the door before the final horn sounded and was out of that hellish parking lot before the shootout started.

    I went in with low expectations and had a fine time. The preamble of lockout bull shit almost turned me off completely, but seeing 3 disabled kids smile after dropping the puck and shaking #19′s hand was a sweet reminder that at least a little good was done. The hockey was what I expected and truthfully, it was nice to just see some Hawks on the ice.

    • RLWiener

      They also raised $323k.

    • stacie7

      Well I went, paid $30.00 for my ticket and had a blast. I thought it was great family entertainment. If you went in expecting a serious hockey game that’s your fault. Of course it was all going to be a staged show. Everyone around me seemed to have fun too. I’m just happy enough people came out to make big money for Ronald McDonald House which is an excellent cause. I would go again. I mean come on, how often do you get to see a goalie on goalie penalty shot?

      • BodomSlayer

        That was indeed awesome. If you were sitting near me it was not family entertainment.

        • stacie7

          We were in a very family friendly section. Lots of kids and the adults were well behaved.

          • BodomSlayer

            Did you hear them when they booed Sheldon brookbank during the introductions? What a bunch of dummies.

          • stacie7

            I didn’t notice that. I expected the Wiz booing and I think he kind of got a kick out of it.

          • BodomSlayer

            They cheered the Wiz up by me. I had to scratch my head too many times last night. Either way, it was just tons of fun. And it was great to see Sharp/Toews/Kane. If only that line was as effective on a normal basis.

            Did you notice the repeated, and failed, attempts to the backdoor play. Q must have really beat that into them.

          • stacie7

            I was too busy laughing at the amount of times Wiz turned over the puck at the blue line.

          • BodomSlayer

            That was indeed hilarious. Even better was the own.goal. we need NHL hockey back. I’m craving it and likely going out to Rockford tomorrow lol

  • BodomSlayer

    Be jealous girlphoenix. I got a Ben smith poster at tonight’s hogs game lol

    • girlphoenix

      I have one too with my bobblehead. How about his goal yesterday?! AND TODAY!!!

      • BodomSlayer

        Good start to the game! Is Leddy a scratch?

        • birdhead

          Head injury apparently. Which is awesome. (I don’t know if that means concussion or, like, dental.)

          • BodomSlayer

            Well I can tell you Leddy was doing an autograph table today and no one was using the flash on their cameras. Hmm? I did get to meet him and get a picture.

    • girlphoenix

      number 1 star!!!! ♥

  • 10thMountainFire

    It’s hard to determine what’s worse at this point:

    1. That there is an NHL lockout.

    2. That most of us are getting numb and starting to not give a shit.

    No one outside of the diehard hockey base even cares. The NHL is fucking itself and burning away its outer ring of casual fans. The coming years will show the true damage… as always, just when the league’s popularity rises, work stoppage takes it back. One step forward, two steps back.