The NBA Lockout and How I’m learning to Tune Out Stupid

Posted: October 27, 2011 by Mauricio Rubio Jr. in Baseball, Hockey, NBA, NHL
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It’s currently day one hundred and whatever of the NBA lockout. There’s some recent optimism that it can end by next week and there’s even an outside shot that an 82 game season may be salvaged. As a basketball fan I’m happy about this recent optimism. As a Bulls fan I’m downright ecstatic.

I don’t want to miss a moment of Derrick Rose’s career. I miss Stacey King. Please give me the hot sauce, I want to go higher.

But there’s been another side to the whole lockout thing that I was kind of expecting, just not to the degree that it’s been voiced.

Hockey fans.

I don’t watch the Blackhawks much. I admittedly don’t get hockey much. At all. I don’t think that the NHL is an inferior product, it’s just not my cup of tea.

This should be fine. I like basketball, not everyone does, I get it.

So why is it that during an NBA lockout that hockey fans are overjoyed that there may not be basketball this year?

Reasons I’ve heard range from the insecure (Now ESPN will pay more attention to hockey!), to the odd (it’ll be easier to follow hockey now, who needs basketball!), to the downright stupid (DERRICK ROSE AND DA BULLS SUCK).

My philosophy has always been that I like what I like, and I won’t tell you what to like. If you like hockey, fine. I don’t. I don’t have to either.

You don’t have to like basketball, or appreciate the game. I don’t care. But where it starts to bother me is the senseless sniping that happens with basketball. The Bulls and the Blackhawks don’t play each other. They don’t really compete against each other. You can even like both if you wish (I’m looking at you, Andy).

But I have yet to hear a good reason as to why hockey fans are coming out of the woodwork and are celebrating the NBA lockout.

If you’re that insecure about your sport, I can’t help you. I didn’t feel happy when the NHL lost a season. I felt bad for my friends that were missing out on their favorite sport. I gain nothing from the NHL losing a season, from the Hawks losing or anything else that is “hockey negative.”

All I’m asking is why? Why do you the hockey fan feel the need to snipe at basketball? It makes no sense.

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