I completely agree with Richard Sherman here, and I'm sure that many of you reading this agree with me. Thursday Night Football is good on occasion. I can get down with a season-opening game on a Thursday, and Thanksgiving day football is a tradition like no other. However, forcing football on a Thursday night ruins it. It dilutes the product of the game. All of the players hate it because they still haven't yet recovered from the last week's game. The league barely ever puts up an interesting matchup, which leads to a shitty product. It's all-around pretty awful.
Most rational people can see that. People like Casey, however, obviously can't. People like Casey are the ones that give hockey fans a bad name. Hockey is one of my favorite sports to watch. It's exciting, it's fast-paced, and some of the things that these athletes can do with a stick while they're on skates with other professional athletes flying at them at fast speeds are simply amazing. People like Casey make it difficult for the sport to draw any sort of new audience (which it needs) because rather than just focusing on the positive aspects of the game like the ones I just talked about, they desperately try to talk about how tough you have to be to play hockey. These fans have this weird complex where they think if hockey isn't the only sport you like, then you don't like hockey at all. It's stunting the growth of the game, which is a real shame. (the rhyme in that last sentence was unintentional, but now that I know it's there i'm going to keep it there)
Another important point to remember: hockey and football are two completely different sports. The only thing they have in common, really, is the fact that they both keep score and the fact that they're both contact sports. They're literally not even played on the same surface. Athletes in both sports take an absolute beating, there's no doubt about that. What it comes down to is this: if people who played these sports couldn't handle these schedules, the league officials would adjust them accordingly. It's pretty clear that football players get the shit kicked out of them in their 16-game season, and that's okay. Hockey players get the shit kicked out of them in their 82-game season, and that's okay too. People like Casey just can't seem to grasp that playing these sports isn't a competition to see who's tougher, getting your ass kicked just comes with the territory of playing the game.
In short: all of the #PleaseLikeMySport hockey fans out there are hurting the game that they claim to love so much. They're like a crazy boyfriend who doesn't like when their girlfriend hangs out with her friends because he gets jealous that she's not spending enough time with him. It's like, just chill out man.