Now, let's be clear -- we are not talking mere encouraging chants, or lively calls. For the athletes, the shouting is an all-out, intense, battle cry of exchanges that echo around the arena. At least one imagines it echoes, but cannot be sure as the cheering crowd often drowns out the play with their own fervor.
If this was Brazil and someone had cancelled soccer, we'd be taking to the streets in protest. If this was Texas and someone had cancelled football, we'd be chaining ourselves to the league's headquarters in protest. With no end in sight to the NHL lockout, maybe it's time for Canadians to make the ultimate protest -- just switch ice sports. It's a radical idea, but it has merit. Hear me out.