I wanted to try and lighten the mood on the site by attempting to move the conversation in a different direction for those who are interested...
I've been wondering (hoping really) that with the NBA likely on hold for the entire year will the NHL be able to gain enough momentum to close the gap on basketball in terms of viewership? Furthermore, does the possibility of Sid the Kid not playing this year damage our chances? More after the jump.
I, like a lot of hockey fans, can not stand basketball. I don't get it, its one great athlete against another in what appears to be a dunk contest. The point is; I hate the fact that our beloved sport gets thumped by this one-on-one, pick-up game in viewership.
I will approximate the numbers for you: Last year the NBA finals got watched by 3 times as many Americans than the NHL finals, compared to 5 times as many Americans watching the NBA finals over the NHL finals in 2005. Hockey is catching up, but only so slightly. I cant find, nor can I remember, the last time hockey was bigger than basketball. I'm 25 so I can't say for certain that we ever were, but I have to assume we were at some point in the 80's or 90's, right?
Point is, now is the time for Hockey to gain its rightful spot above Basketball. Any way you slice it the game is better: More speed, More competition, More passion, More physicality, More grit, More heart, Less arrogance, Less selfishness, Less 'me me me'... Am I crazy to think now is the time for hockey to overtake basketball?
It would certainly help if the games biggest star was involved this year. If you haven't heard Crosbys' doctors have 'no earthly idea' on when he will be healthy enough to return. For people who don't know hockey, Crosby and Ovi are perhaps the only recognizable figures to them. Does losing Crosby for another year, or maybe forever, hurt the game that much? I have my opinions on this, but I'd like to hear yours first.
I apologize for rambling a bit, can't wait to hear your thoughts...