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    So how long have you worked for MLS?
    Understanding that one league is on decline and the other is on the rise doesn't mean I work for MLS. Hell I haven't even watched and MLS game in like 4 years.

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    Why does it even matter if the NHL is a major sport? Whether or not it is doesn't have anything to do with whether or not Stern was great at his job.

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    Having moved far enough north (ugh.) to where the ponds actually freeze and you can find people that actually play hockey, I've learned something about hockey that I would have never learned in Indiana. Hockey fans are not sports fans in general, but they love hockey as Hoosiers love basketball. Up here in Chicago, there's a very solid Blackhawks base that couldn't tell you the first thing about either baseball team (can't blame them, it is baseball), the Bulls (viewed as the evil competition because they play a slow, non-ice sport and take up too much of the arena time for their taste), and they're the only segment of the population that isn't outright Bears homers. In their view, and shared by most Canadiens, there is only one major sport as its the only one played on ice.

    Contrast that with the typical sports fan that follows at least two to three of the remaining major teams (around here, its the Bears and whichever of the Bulls or WhiteSox actually has a chance to be a contender, and then there are thousands of fans of the World's Greatest Bar that go to the games but don't care if the Cubs win or lose as long as the beer is cold.

    For everyone south of I-80, where the ponds don't freeze, hockey is an acquired taste because nobody (not literally nobody of course, but probably less than 1% of the population) has actually played it or understands it.
    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
    And life itself, rushing over me
    Life itself, the wind in black elms,
    Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


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