Phoenix Coyotes Advance to Round 2..Let’s Go Shopping!
Monday night’s triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks (yeah I know, you heard) was more than just a win, it was validation on being a Phoenix Coyotes fan. For the past 2+ years us few, the proud and the resilient, have taken a lot of grief. Doomsayers who negated the team’s worth to the city and questioned the fans’ loyalty now have been silenced.. well at least for a little while. Moving into Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs breaks our unfortunate pattern of 2 years being knocked out of Round 1 (both times by the nefarious Detroit Red Wings) and supposedly exorcises some weird curse that Winnipeg claims befell us when their team moved here. Even after getting a team of their own they are STILL bitter about the Coyotes!
You can see and feel the difference everywhere. From the more upbeat media attention surrounding the win to the legions of happy fans that met the plane for the returning Coyotes on Tuesday afternoon.
Even my trip to the Coyotes Den at Jobing.com arena yesterday was different. Normally my daughter and I would have the place to ourselves to browse the Coyotes gear. But it was a different scenario this time. On a Tuesday afternoon, not even 24 hours after our entry into Round 2, we weren’t alone by a long shot and the phone to the store was ringing off the hook. According to shop personnel it had been that way all day and they couldn’t keep the Mike Smith garb from flying off the hangers. Nice change of pace.
Everyone in there was holding some piece of merchandise, Mike Smith-wear or not, and I myself succumbed to 3 tshirts and hat. Playoff wear for the boys and every girl (or PuckGal) needs a sassy black v neck. Girl first..hockey fan second. Sorry.
The hockey gods love commerce and with the fever pitch growing with each and every post season game, just imagine if we actually made the finals…
Mike Smith jerseys all around!