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You tell us: Which sports will you watch instead of the NHL?

Oct 11, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Since today was originally supposed to be the start of the regular season, we thought we’d ask our readers which sports they’ll be watching instead of the NHL during the lockout. Or, if you don’t plan to watch more sports, what else will you be doing to fill the time? Playing more sports? Catching up on NBC’s other fine programming? Working on that novel?

So let us know in the comments section. Perhaps the owners and players will get so jealous they knock off the B.S. and get a deal done. (Fat chance.)

Oh, and if you say you’ll just replace the NHL with other hockey like the AHL, NCAA or CHL, please mean it. Nobody’s going to judge your hockey fandom. The NHL has the best players in the world, and there’s a lot to be said for watching the best. Even if it’s the NBA.

  1. stangz11 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I just planned on playing ultimate team on NHL 13 to fill the void…

  2. lenoceur - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    In 2011-12, for the first time, I watched approximately equal amounts of soccer and hockey. And there is plenty more soccer, between international league play, Champions League, and the MLS, to fill the hockey void.

  3. Metsys - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Well, I was planning on watching the Texas Rangers (Baseball) play in the post season but that went out the window.

    Not a big football or basketball fan so not really sure what I’ll do. I did see the Dynamo Moscow vs Lev the other night.

  4. quizguy66 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Major League Curling


  5. sknut - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Well since they are going to be good finally the NBA and the Timberwolves specifically.

    I also hope to watch more WCHA and in particular Gophers hockey.

    And bang my head against the wall while trying to not be too depressed about the current state of the NHL.

  6. pkswally024 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I’ll personally play NHL ’12. I will not be buying ’13 or any other NHL product until this disaster is over.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      because the NHL sees so much profit from EA sports on their game sales. Pff, come on. You either buy NHL 13 because you want to play it or you keep NHL 12 and play it for a few years till you get the new copy.

      I am sure the NHL is hurting from your boycott. ????????!

  7. ambersersen - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I will be filling the void watching my friends play in the ACHA. In addition to attending hockey school. Although mere attempts to fill the void, I can’t say anything will completely satisfy like a 2012-2013 season would.

  8. bergeronforselke - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Survivor, The Challenge on MTV, NHL13 and Borderlands 2 in between football weekends

  9. kodyknight2821 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    NFL.. Closest thing to a body check

  10. islesjb - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    My new favorite sport is pathetically checking PHT every 20 minutes with desperate hope that a deal has magically been reached and the season will start next weekend.

    Football is good too.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Oh, it’s so true…pathetic is the only word for it.

      • islesjb - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        haha exactly

  11. eastvanhalen - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Figure skating, natch.

  12. martysbetter - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    There’s tons of soccer to watch between the EPL/La Liga/World Cup Qualifiers…other than that, I’m going to be forced to crawl back to watching another league I was decidedly sick of — The NBA..

    I’m not so sure I’ll be back to supporting the NHL if this lockout lasts the entire season, the whole thing is REALLY tiring at this point..

  13. comeonnowguys - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    I’d say basketball, but Derrick Rose is still out for months. TOO MUCH TO BEAR!

    Anyway, I’ve been looking for more soccer and rugby when football isn’t on. Also thinking about just watching the regular season played by the CPU on NHL 13 until my wife “suggests” I seek professional help.

  14. Stiller43 - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM


    I mean, football.

    • crosberries - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      I live in Pittsburgh and would love for the steelers to leave town. Instead everyone can go down to the prison yard and watch them. Same thing. Entire team would be flipping burgers because they’re complete morons if it wasn’t for football.

    • husky2score - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      GO RAVENS!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. jaredphi - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Other than ice hockey, the only other sport I really like is boxing. So, I’ll watch that as I come across it.

    I really need the NHL back ASAP.

    My team’s AHL squad is the Adirondack Phantoms, but I’m not travelling to New York from Delaware for any AHL games.

    And going to a Hershey Bears game won’t work…I have no interest in watching or supporting the Penguins AHL club.

    So, no televised hockey AT ALL for me….unlike the lucky Russians, Swedes, Swiss, Germans, Norwegians, Canadians, Czechs, etc. who all have their own leagues and, I’m betting, televised action of their leagues in their own countries. Only us Yanks get royally boned with these lockouts. 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦

    Other than boxing, I am watching new Boardwalk Empire episodes, New South Parks, New It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia…and watching more Netflix films too.

    I will also pull out the Philadelphia Flyers 10 Greatest Games DVDs I have and watch those when I feel sad from no hockey.

    • hockinj25 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Hershey is the Caps affiliate, not Penguins.

      • jaredphi - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Ah didn’t know that.

        I still have no interest in going to their games, but thanks for the clarification all the same!

    • jennettalia - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Americans get televised hockey. ESPN 2 or 3 has KHL.

      And you have the internet, so streams are always a thing.

      I’ll be watching more NBA. Got into it during the playoffs in an attempt to prepare for the lockout. I knew the season timing was roughly correct. I’m gonna miss fantasy hockey like hell 😦

  16. finswins - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    I’ll be watching paint dry…grass grow..leaves changing colors and clothes spinning in the dryer.

    • langforc - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      I’ll bring the beer!

  17. avscanes - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    NFL………. haven’t been a baseball fan but started watching since hockey is out. I am starting to be an MLB fan. am now very disgusted with Bettman and NHL. will be asking for my season ticket money back and moving on ending my 10 year season ticket run. too bad

  18. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    NFL, WCHA, maybe some AHL. Initially I was thinking of watching some KHL but I have zero interest in any particular team and I’d have to get up too early. I’m actually excited to watch the Houston Aeros with all their prospects so it’s not a complete wash. I was excited for Granlund, Coyle, Brodin, and Zucker long before Parise and Suter came along. Add that to the surprising season the Vikes are having and it’s not all that bad.

  19. ryank911t - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    National Lacrosse League if the season is canceled. Other than that, AHL hockey and NFL.

  20. sjsharks66 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I’m breaking out my N64 and playing some zelda. Switch to the SNES and play super punch out. Then maybe, ill play some NHL 13.

    No sport compares to hockey so why waste my time?

  21. noozehound - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I live in minnesota there is plenty of hockey to watch. The best high school hockey is in Minnesota. plus we have 6 D1 college hockey teams (counting North Dakota). Hell, there is even a junior pro team in my hometown. I have plenty of hockey to watch. I just wish I could watch the Wild with Parise and Suter.

  22. eastcoastcynic - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I’ll be watching the NFL and another sport with much of the speed and collisions of the NHL—Roller Derby.

    I’ll probably be checking out the Indoor Lacrosse as well.

    I’ll check out more college hockey provided its on the ESPN stations. If its on NBCSN, forget about it, I can’t pay more for adding more cable channels and I’ll have to wait for the Frozen Four.

    More Film watching and reading.

  23. thedavesiknowiknow - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    It may not be a sport (yet), but I have been devoting more of my time to watching monkeys in rodeo gear riding dogs. In an effort to promote this pseudo-sport (despite already more popular than the NHL in the U.S.), I encourage others to look up “Whiplash the Rodeo Monkey”: you won’t be disappointed.

  24. xaf605 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Ill be watching some sphl and some college hockey

  25. tackledummy1505 - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I will be playing XBOX 360. NHL 13 gives me my hockey nitch for now. Since I get paid zero if I don’t win anything and yet I love the game. This is becoming a problem in all sports. Money is the root of greed. We have owners who want more money and we have players wanting more money. Funny thing is that small market owners, who no doubtly knew what type of market they were getting into. Yet they do it anyway, complain, cry, and whine, when the bigger markets get what they want. Then you have the players who no doubt cry, whine, and complain, when they feel that they shouldn’t give up anything if everyone is supposedly making more money through the years, but want them to keep paying out the same, because they’re making more. Fact is the only place on the planet where hockey contracts are guaranteed is in the NHL. The NHL is also the only place in the world where you’ll get paid when you’re suppose to. Both are in the wrong and both need to stop this. Players should come down around 51-50 % or even go to 49% and call it a day. The owners will be happy and the players will still make a lot of money for doing something that’s fun and a great job to have. Soccer is becoming the fastest growing sport in the United States and those players make a fraction of what hockey players make. Yet that’s a league that has it’s players and owners all trying to get to the same goal. Most of these big time sports need to wake up before they become a thing of the past. There’s just so many times professional athletes and millionaire/billionaire owners squabble for money that the average fan would love to have a fraction of. Not to mention the popularity that comes with it. So off to play NHL 13 for fun and hopefully to make a few bucks a long the way.

  26. metcarfre - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I enjoy primarily Canadian games, the rules of which confuse and enrage Americans. So, since the NHL is locked out, I’ll be watching the CFL.

  27. kalfut321 - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    AHL Hockey and EHCO College hockey

  28. 1clumsybear - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I am going to watch Garry Bettman dancing with the starts in a toto.

  29. bigbadbruins1968 - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Swedish Women’s Curling and my kids hockey team

  30. sporkov - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Soccer, WCHA/NCAA hockey, football and regular TV.

    • sporkov - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Thumbsdown for what someone is watching on TV? Wow.

  31. hibackhand - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    CFL, WHL and the KHL are what I’ll be watching. of course, the World Juniors too.

  32. wethog66 - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I will be watching NFL, CFB, and CBB in the absence of the NHL. But if the NHL isn’t back by the time March Madness for CBB is over I will be pissed. That would only leave the dreaded NBA sportswise until MLB and NASCAR starts back up.

    I ****ing hate the NBA. Joke of an organization.

  33. ktboston - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    My girlfriend now gets to watch what she wants
    Glee, jerseylicous, house wives of new jersey………
    Just great, just f#%*ing great!!!!!!

  34. footballfan - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    I will be watching football and getting my hockey fix going to the USHL games here in Indy. But here is what the NHL needs to hear….. I’m taking the approximately $1000 that I saved on tickets to see the Penguins in Columbus and Nashville and spending it elsewhere!!!

  35. irokkit - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Nice thought. Almost romantic in a funny kind of way.

    I can assure you I am a HOCKEY FAN!!!
    I will not be watching any other professional sports as a means to ‘fill’ where hockey is not.

  36. gmenfan1982 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Ill be watching the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and Notre Dame football. I would be watching these anyway but now ill just watch even more nfl and college football than I already do.

  37. nhstateline - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    MLB playoffs, NFL, go to some AHL games, watch college hockey, work on my skating, brew and drink more beer. The NHL will come back eventually and I will miss it until it does but there are other things in life that are enjoyable too (that last part is aimed straight at the representatives of the players and owners).

  38. greenmtnboy31 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    As a result of this latest insult to, we the fans of the NHL, I have spent my last dollar to attend an overpriced game with overpriced beer. Gary Bettman has got to go if the NHL is going to survive. What a complete moron this guy is to preside over two lockouts in just a few short years and driving a marginal sport down the drain in the process.

  39. fortwaynekomets - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I am getting season tickets to ECHL Fort Wayne Komets games.

    plus, ill order more UFC events

    I also have got into football lately, go chargers!

  40. buffedwhiteman - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    NFL #1 sport IMO, #2 NHL hockey,go Kings !

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