Since the outlook of a full NHL season, or a season at all, is bleak at best as of right now, what else can the sports fan watch in place of hockey?
Well there’s the NFL. The NFL is considered the biggest sport in North America. The downside is that there are only 16 games in a season and only get to watch a few games a week: Thursday, Sunday, Monday. Also the playoffs end in late January, which means nothing else to watch all winter. One more thing, if you are a Buffalo Bills fan, there isn’t much to watch and you should just keep hoping for hockey.
The NBA is growing steadily and can be an exciting game to watch, plus you get it on ESPN non-stop. However, for me, I find basketball games to be rather boring until the 4th quarter when the speed picks up and the game is on the line. And you can hate Lebron all you want.
The MLB is off while the NHL is in season, so that’s out of the question.
Soccer is a good sport. It is the largest sport in the world, and you can watch either MLS or UEFA Champions League. The downsides, no tv coverage and season ends soon. The MLS season ends early December and UEFA ends early January, not much time left. Also, the games are rarely broadcast on standard television. But you could use all the money you saved on Direct TV Center Ice and game tickets to buy the soccer channels, but that’s up to you.
Finally, there is Nascar. Nascar begins, I believe in mid-February. I hate watching a Nascar race cause they are so boring. If I do, I usually turn it on at the last 30-40 laps when everyone is fighting for the lead. And, to quote the late George Carlin, “I don’t want to watch a bunch of redneck jackoffs driving 500 miles in a circle.”
So what will be your sports fix this winter?