I have fallen into the hockey trap and I can't get out of it. I eat, breathe and think hockey 24/7. Morning noon and night, it is just hockey, hockey and more hockey.
Even though I wake up every morning with great intentions of getting out into the real world, I never achieve my goal by the time night time rolls around.
Today is no different. I wake up at 5:30 a.m. to write this piece and at the same time, start looking for the latest hockey news to present to my readers at my website. I also begin answering emails from readers, have two hockey related radio stations streaming while keeping an eye on the NHL Network.
The phone rings, it is a buddy wanting to talk hockey. More emails flow in with questions from hockey fans wanting to know about their team. I visit a few Swedish websites, activate my online translator and begin to dig for some news on a certain hockey player who has yet to commit to a team this season. I find nothing that I have not heard or read about before.
Mulling over the two slices of cinnamon raisin bread I put in the toaster an hour ago, I wonder if I can re-toast the toast? I start searching the web again for hockey news. I see numerous sites listing their power rankings for the past week, San Jose and Boston rank 1 & 2 in most of them.
Three more emails pop into my inbox. 1) Dear Webmaster, In exchange for you putting a link on your website, I will do the same for you. Please email me your url! 2) My dear friend, I hope this finds you in good health. I am writing to you from Nigeria and have inherited a fortune, almost one million dollars in US funds, but I need help ... 3) From an anonymous email address -- Haha, the Red Wings lost, your team is overrated and will not win the cup. All three are deleted, quickly.
Turning my TV to the local news, here's the weather report, temperature is 19 with 3-5 inches of snow starting later today. My mind says uh-oh, better get those errands run quickly, but deep down, way down, I know I won't be going out today. At least I can blame it on the weather.
Now where was I? Updated the website with the morning hockey news, notice 165 readers are online, I wonder who the readers are and where they are from. Are they preparing for work, surfing from work or just like me, they need their hockey fix early in the morning?
They will probably be back, numerous times per day, searching for their hockey news, time and time again, just wanting hockey news, 24/7. I think about them and it puts a smile on my face, knowing they too are probably trying to get out, but just can't, they have been trapped by hockey too.
I am about to hit the "send" button to get this article off to NHL.com. Ah, my day is over, I can get outside before the snow hits but there is one issue. It is only 8:45am, the stores are still closed. Well, at least I tried to get out but once again, something came up. Now I can get back to hockey, again.
I will keep trying to get out, but I do believe I will be one of those who will be frantically searching the stores around 5 p.m. on Dec. 24th. At least I won't be missing any hockey on that day.