Maybe fans at the post-lockout NHL game go to rekindle something. Not just to admire the high level of play or to root for the local colors, but to feel, however briefly and imperfectly, the thing itself.
If the NFL were serious about player safety and player conduct, it wouldn't have locked out the refs. If the general public were serious about saving the middle class, people would be standing up for those officials.
Tuesday night's game was Ilya Bryzgalov's untidy season in miniature: a brilliant mess, an expensive oddball thought-experiment on the persistent unfairness of fairness, and a jittery meditation on uncertainty.