What this thread is for: Posts expressing or relating items that contribute to the admittedly foolish hope that there will still be a shortened 2004-2005 NHL season. Who is welcome to contribute to this thread: Anyone foolish enough to still harbor anything of the above-mentioned hope. (If you find yourself thinking that this thread should be called "the official optimism suppository," there are plenty of other threads in which you may freely express your despair.) Why this thread exists: Because apparently everyone's favorite blogger is not the only one still foolish enough to harbor the above-mentioned hope. Call it the "leper colony" of the HF boards if you like, but it seems a good idea to convene a place where optimists can freely share their optimism with each other, without fear of reprisal at every turn from those in the grips of despair for attempting to infect them with "false hope." How this thread may best serve the community: Would it be possible to get it stickied? Granted, that in itself may constitute an assault on the sensibilities of many who might every once in a while catch a glimpse of the word "optimism" on this board in a stickied thread title; but they need only read this far in the thread once to realize what's afoot, and thereafter they may freely laugh and/or cry it off as so much nonsense. When this thread will have outlasted its usefulness: Who knows. Probably sometime this summer, when the last of the "hoping against hope" types finally concedes to him or herself that there absolutely will not be anything of a 2004-2005 NHL season. But until then ... What's the latest???