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San Jose Sharks And The Lost Puppy

San Jose SharksIn my previous life I was a die hard 49er fan (I still am but admittedly less due to team futility). Back in those days I used to look down on the other sports, scoffing at their ridiculous 7 Game series. I felt that football was far superior because the playoffs are decided by one game – bring it or go home. The argument was “but there’s nothing like a Game 7” and my response was “in football, they’re ALL Game 7s!”

Fast forward to today and now my life is dominated by the 7-Game series. I’ve been waiting for the playoffs to start for almost 11 months. But after last night’s San Jose Sharks loss, I now remember how excruciating these damn playoff series can be for me. Whenever the Sharks lose I always get this sense of complete failure and impending doom. It’s really bad. No, it’s REALLY bad – my friend Paul just called and timidly said “are you ready to talk about it yet?” After doing some pondering I realized why I feel this way – it goes back to football. For over 15 years my sports fanatic life was lived by the rule that when you lose, you’re season is done. So when the Sharks lose, it feels the same way, even though they’re not always done. And it’s that fact that they can come back from almost seemingly done that makes it even more exciting. Even though I understand all that, I still feel like someone stole my puppy.

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4 comments for “San Jose Sharks And The Lost Puppy”

  1. sharksfan,

    I understand completely. The most difficult part for me when I came to hockey from football was how each regular season game was treated. I was used to every game being extremely important. Lose one game and that could be your season. It is certainly not like that in hockey. I get worked up for all of the Pittsburgh Steeler games (with the exception of preseason) and after the game it felt almost as if I just finished running a marathon. Needless to say, I learned quickly that I could not be like that with hockey. I did not get to watch the San Jose game as I am on the East coast and was asleep by the drop of the puck. However, I feel like Game 1’s are important, but not as important as Game 2. If San Jose can come back and win Game 2, I think they have a good chance of caring momentum back to Anaheim.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | April 17, 2009, 11:49 am
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    Posted by LinkedOnSports.com| Suspensions In Playoffs, Tough To Lose, Good Ratings | April 17, 2009, 11:57 am
  3. Please don’t use the word timid to describe anything I do. You can use the word polite, which makes sense given my Canadian heritage.

    Posted by Son of OTNo Gravatar | April 17, 2009, 2:58 pm
  4. Losing game one was tough, but I’m trying to prepare myself for the fact that we will lose tough games. Not only this series, but the next as well. I also had been waiting a long time for this game, ever since the over-time loss to Dallas last year. But we can not lose faith. We will be fine. We just need to get back to what we did so well in the beginning of the season. The next two games will be curial. We defiantly need to win Sunday and then at least split in Anaheim. It’s funny, I was driving home Thursday (by way of the liquor store), and “Seek and Destroy”, by Metallica came on the radio. I envisioned the Sharks skating out of the shark head and I started getting pumped up and nervous. If I felt like this, what do you think the players felt like?

    I remember the series against Nashville when we lost after the multiple fights broke out at the end of the game because of all the cheap shots inflicted on us. My son was so upset after the game, but I kept telling him we would be fine. We never lost another game in the series. We need something to rally around.

    I rarely listen to post-game after we lost Thursday, but decided to just in time to hear Joe’s comments. He was extremely calm. So calm that I felt there was no urgency in his voice. At first I was upset but then took it as being confident the boys would pull together and find something to rally around. I do think we will tweak the line-up a bit. Maybe sit Shelly and expect a few shifts with J.R. on the first line.

    We will be fine. But on some Metallica and keep the faith boys, keep the faith. Still 16 and counting.

    Go SHARKS!

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | April 18, 2009, 4:56 pm

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