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San Jose Sharks - WINNING!

San Jose SharksI heard a long time ago: don’t use pop-culture references when writing, either for print (read: blog) or in songs, for the minute you write it down it is no longer relevant. I completely agree with that however in this case ‘Winning!’ might be the only time where that rule doesn’t apply. If 100 years from now some archeologist digs up this blog it doesn’t matter what ‘Winning!’ refers to but only what it means - that we get to go through it all over again against the Vancouver Canucks.

I was listening to NHL Home Ice this morning and the words ‘emotionally fragile’ and ‘choke’ were words still being thrown around about the Sharks. If you believe what you hear the Sharks avoided choking by winning Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings and they showed how they’re emotionally fragile losing 3-in-a-row against said Red Wings.

But at the same time they keep praising the Detroit Red Wings for their repeated ability to win in situations where others would fold because, as they like to say - they ARE the Detroit Red Wings.

Those two things can’t exist at the same time - it’s like matter and anti-matter. If the Sharks almost choked away their series because they’re emotionally fragile, then you can’t talk about the Red Wings being a juggernaut. It makes no sense to me to praise the Red Wings for pushing to Game 7 while simultaneously blaming the Sharks for giving them a Game 7. I think most Sharks fans know this team is not the same team even compared to last year. Hopefully the talk of ‘fragility’ and ‘chokeability’ will be motivating!

Rally towel from Game 7 San Jose Sharks vs Detroit Red Wings

Rally towel from Game 7 San Jose Sharks vs Detroit Red Wings

San Jose Sharks - Detroit Red Wings Game 7 Handshake

San Jose Sharks - Detroit Red Wings Game 7 Handshake

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4 comments for “San Jose Sharks - WINNING!”

  1. I know exactly what you are talking about, but I think that just so happens to be the lot of the Sharks, as tired and cliche as it is. I firmly believe that when we win the cup this year, there will still be many many commentators and other media personnel who will still refer to the Sharks as chokers, even though they will have proved that moniker no longer applies, if it ever did.
    What really gets me (and I know this is a different topic) is that for as much as the Sharks have “choked” in the past decade, I think the Capitals have failed to live up to expectations just as much, if not more so, in the same time frame, and yet there is very little “choker” label attributed to them.
    But you know what, it doesn’t matter because the Sharks didn’t choke, and the all mighty Red Wings, who lost 3 in a row and then won 3 in a row, got sent home after a valiant but ultimately futile effort against the Sharks in game seven. One team is known for their poise, experience and success. The other team is playing Vancouver on Sunday, and that is all that matters. Winning.
    Go Sharks!

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | May 13, 2011, 2:51 pm
  2. Oh and I think the Wings choked because they couldn’t win four games in a row to close out the Sharks. (Sorry rocknrollnobody, I’m just being snide and I will stop now.)

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | May 13, 2011, 2:53 pm
  3. To be honest, if the predictions were the Sharks to win in 7, then nobody would have really batted an eyelid. The manner of the series is what got everyone so riled up.

    The Sharks have now reached the Western Conference finals via Detroit and for that reason alone, cannot be labelled as chokers. If that’s the criteria, then all but the Cup finalists are NOT choking!

    Posted by rocknrollnobodyNo Gravatar | May 15, 2011, 5:36 am
  4. @rockandrollnobody - I would think the way the series played out is a compliment to both teams. The Wings showed they’re still the juggernaut everyone comes to expect and for the Sharks to hold off that juggernaut demonstrates what they’re made of. But team loyalty aside, if we - as hockey fans - agree that our sport is the best sport in the universe, and our playoffs are the most exciting in sports, then it goes without saying how double uber awesome Game 7’s are. I buy season tickets just to have access to the playoffs, and to be at that Game 7 is THE point. I wouldn’t deny anyone the experience of being at a Game 7 and seeing their team win. It is, of course, better if it doesn’t come at my team’s expense!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | May 15, 2011, 10:06 am

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