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Bakes will tell use where common sense lies
The bloggings will continue until morale improves!
Look, Sharks fans, I know this sucks. It blows. It reeks. It smells of elderberries. I get it. I do, but as I said on Twitter during the last game "I just don't like making it worse by shitting all over the team in front of other frustrated fans." Really, what will that do? Make you angrier? Make me look cool for being all aggro? Or make me look like an idiot when the Sharks do start winning again and I forget I ever said anything terrible and fawn over them like nothing every happened?
This sucks, but this is the sort of thing that tests every fan base from time to time. You know why people keep making those Stanley Cup comments you hate so much? Why they keep trying to pick everyone up? So you don't freak the eff out! They support the team, in some cases they work for the team, and their job is to keep morale up and give fans hope.
Injuries have impacted the team's ability to fight back. A lack of belief in their own skills has hurt them. A lack of faith from fans isn't helping (but we get it, frustrations are totally valid.), the downward spiral may continue.
Then again, it may not.
Any night could be the night our Sharks, the Sharks we know and love, the Sharks we know this team can be, spring back to life. They are not done. The season is not dead. Do not go quietly into the dark teal night! Fight, fight, fight against the dying of the playoff light!
For this game we need to go back to an old standby. Hit it hockey hippo!
I had a lot planned for this post, like handing our the Bringer of Doom Award to idunno723, for his tweet about the Leafs not beating the Sharks on home ice in 14 years. To describe the utter revolution at letting RW win game 600 on our ice, (it's still great for him and I am happy for his accomplishment but not on our ice!), how tired I am getting of losing and the loss of sanity that comes with it. How this is the worst losing streak for the Sharks since 96-97.
But all that was rendered completely incoseqeuntial when reader Emily sent us this video.
rrraaaawwrrrEnjoy, Sharks fans. Go Sharks!
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There are few things more depressing in the sports world then a slump. A team that can win, can't. Goals that can be scored aren't. Goalies that can be beat have forcefields. A team that should believe does not. A fan base desperate for wins sees only loss. Hope fades. Crowds dwindle. The only things that seems to increase are anger and the amount of empty seats in the arena. What does one do when faced with such dire straights in the middle of a season? Where does one go to regain hope?
The only place one can.
A game against the Leafs.
It's not a sure fire win by any means, but the odds of losing to the Leafs are far less than say, losing to the stupid Ducks or Red Wings. Add in the benefit of sticking it to Ron Wilson, and you have yourself a slump busting recipe.
Worst juju ever, right there. Reverse jinx. I am doing it.
Another early game (5pm start), another chance for the Sharks to show that all the talks they have been having as a group will eventually pay off. They played decently for about half the game last night, but some of their mistakes were atrocious, and it became clear that there were only a few guys on home ice who wanted to win. It was frustrating to watch. I have seen the Sharks win that game, I have seen last second ties and come backs, I have seen the impossible happen numerous times on that ice. For whatever reason, despite all the chatter to the contrary, the Sharks just could not get the job done last night. I told Mina it occasionally is difficult to be the one person offering support and trying to keep belief in the team going when they keep shitting the bed.
I still have hope though. Skids can't last forever, (ignore the Islanders, ignore the Islanders...oh HAI Jersey...) and despite some ah, weak points in the defense, this team has all the pieces, skill and the ability to be really, really, really good.
Someone just needs to get them to believe it.
#throwthegrits tonight, Sharks fans. Show the Duckies who's boss.
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I don't have a lot of time to write today's gameday, so I'm going to leave it at this; the Sharks will win tonight. Not because of the locker room talk, not because they're all pissed off and frustrated, amd not because it's time to kick this season into gear. No, they will win tonight because it's my birthday and I have tickets to the game. I will be there. They will win for me. Because if they don't, how lame a birthday present would that be?
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If you have tickets and don't go, Clowe will beat yo'face!
The boys are mad. Mad as hell, and hopefully, they aren't going to take it anymore. No one should be surprised when people used to winning, and these guys have been winning at hockey their whole lives, just pissed off about losing. It's the public display of that anger that a lot of Sharks fans have felt was lacking from the team at times over the past few seasons. Showing anger is not considered very professional and in a sort that prides itself on leaving all of that stuff out on the ice, and being very polite and unassuming when responding to media questions, it can be shocking. (This is not to say that I think Clowe was unprofessional. To the contrary. If you're going to call folks out, and not make it personal, take some lessons from Ryane Clowe)
The real question now is, what will that anger produce?
Tune in tonight, and you just might find out.