Skip to content

Babcock on lockout: “We could end up like bowling”

Dec 18, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

babcockstinkeye AP

When asked about the lockout’s impact on the NHL, Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock reminded many of some of the sport’s darkest hours.

Specifically, he told Sportsnet’s Mark Spector that the sport might go the way of bowling.

“Hate to say it, but we could end up like bowling,” Babcock said.

That comparison might bring back some bad memories from the last lockout.

Following the work stoppage, much was made about how the NHL’s ratings approached programming such as professional bowling (and a trivia show called “Stump the Schwab”) when the league aired games on ESPN.

On the other hand, some might wonder why Babcock chose to beat up on bowling.

For one thing, bowling has done an amusing job pumping up its “characters,” with players like Pete Weber embracing a pro-wrestling style (via Getty):

source: Getty Images

(That’s a lot of ‘tude right there.)

Bowling is also the rare activity where people far beyond Kyle Wellwood/Dustin Byfuglien‘s fitness level can succeed – sometimes while drinking heavily.

It’s relatively cheap to play and you can make “The Big Lebowski” and “Kingpin” references for some good chuckles

So, yes, the NHL should aim to avoid comparisons to fringe sports – but maybe everyone should give old bowling a break.

Latest Posts
  1. Crosby back for Pens after missing three games with the mumps

    Dec 18, 2014, 6:39 PM EST

    Sidney Crosby AP

    He’ll be in the lineup when Pittsburgh takes on the Avs at home.

  2. Avs’ Stuart to play game No. 1,000 tonight

    Dec 18, 2014, 6:33 PM EST

    Florida Panthers v Colorado Avalanche Getty Images

    When Colorado takes on the Penguins at Consol.

  3. Ben Eager signs with Blues’ AHL affiliate

    Dec 18, 2014, 6:07 PM EST

    Ben Eager

    Journeyman tough guy is back playing in North America.

  4. Diving fine has players more ‘aware’ of NHL’s crackdown on embellishment

    Dec 18, 2014, 5:30 PM EST

    Neal dive

    So says Sharks coach Todd McLellan, who witnessed James Neal’s cannonball on Saturday.

  5. (Video) PHT Extra: What’s wrong with the Stanley Cup champs?

    Dec 18, 2014, 5:05 PM EST

    Tyler Toffoli, Steve Ott AP

    The Kings have lost five of their last six.

  6. Comparing the shot differentials of all 30 teams

    Dec 18, 2014, 2:57 PM EST

    Anaheim Ducks v Minnesota Wild Getty Images

    The Minnesota Wild have to be frustrated.

  7. Smith ‘hasn’t been able to get it done’ for Coyotes, says Tippett

    Dec 18, 2014, 2:16 PM EST

    Nashville Predators v Arizona Coyotes Getty Images

    “Hopefully he can get in there and find his game.”

  8. AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons to cease operations at end of season

    Dec 18, 2014, 1:42 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Barons v Lake Erie Monsters Getty Images

    The Oilers’ farm team could be moving west in 2015-16.

  9. Jets lose yet another d-man, rule Stuart out ’til February

    Dec 18, 2014, 1:38 PM EST

    Winnipeg Jets v Buffalo Sabres Winnipeg Jets v Buffalo Sabres

    Joins Jacob Trouba, Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom on the shelf.

  10. PHT interviews Jim Nill, who’s ‘not surprised’ by Stars’ early-season struggles

    Dec 18, 2014, 12:58 PM EST

    Jim Nill AP

    “Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps back.”

  11. Hasek, Niedermayer, Reichel highlight IIHF Hall of Fame class

    Dec 18, 2014, 12:13 PM EST

    1998 Winter Olympics In Nagano, Japan Getty Images

    Along with builder Fran Rider, and former Swedish international Maria Rooth.

  12. Preds waive Stalberg

    Dec 18, 2014, 11:59 AM EST

    Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Nashville Predators warms up prior to a game against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on October 24, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(October 23, 2013 - Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

    Former 20-goal scorer — and Stanley Cup winner — has been a bust in Nashville.

  13. Sestito sounds off, says he ‘hasn’t been given a fair shake’ in Vancouver

    Dec 18, 2014, 11:51 AM EST

    Tom Sestito, Luke Gazdic AP

    “It’s a pretty simple game I play, and if they’re not a fan of it, I’ve got to play somewhere else, I guess.”

Featured video

More than a Stanley Cup hangover?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. S. Crosby (4704)
  2. D. Krejci (3023)
  3. B. Bishop (2642)
  4. C. Crawford (2575)
  5. C. Kunitz (2392)
  1. O. Palat (2146)
  2. J. Toews (2131)
  3. C. Perry (2037)
  4. B. Elliott (1857)
  5. T. Oshie (1681)