Saturday, May 15, 2010
The End Of A Season
Did we expect the Penguins season to end like this?
Are we disappointed in this ending?
But we haven't lost sight of anything. We aren't throwing players under the bus. We aren't blaming Ray Shero for the Ponikarovsky trade.
We aren't losing faith.
Players and coaches are getting thrown under the bus. Hell, we think that Ryan Whitney was blamed at one point. It just wasn't meant to be. The Canadiens were better, they wanted it more. There is nothing we as fans could do about it.
We think of the playoffs as a perfect storm. It's like, everything has to go perfect for a team to win. The proverbial stars align when a team wins the Cup.
Last season you could feel it. The Pens had it. There was something there that pushed them through the Gonchar injury, through the game six win against the Flyers and to force a game seven against the Wings.
This season, not so much.
Admit it, you just had that feeling in the back of your mind, this nagging thought that everything was too good to be true.
But this is why we love this sport. There's no predicting who will be in the Finals let alone who will win it all. It's always an adventure.
We have to remember that this is a sport, that we fans have no hand in the outcome of a game. We are supposed to enjoy this. Just remember to years ago and you'll appreciate this team.
So, yeah the Penguins won't be winning the Cup this year, another team will be.
Think about it this way: this "early summer" gives the boys more time to rest. It gets them more time to think about what they are playing for each and every time they step out onto the ice.
Maybe this will get them going again, maybe this loss to the eighth team in the East will ruffle their feathers and make them want to win.
You can call us quitters or non-believers, whatever, we don't care. Hockey is supposed to be a sport that's enjoyed, loved and fun. We aren't going to end our lives if our favorite team loses.
We always try to stay positive.
Henrik says that this train of thought is too soon to talk about but we wanted to say it anyway. It's never too soon to think about the future.
But don't ask us who we're rooting for in the East. It's definitely too soon for that.
Stay the course.