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Sharksfan Season Opening Check-In

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Joe Thornton as San Jose Sharks’ Captain

With the exception of one pre-season game for which I had tickets I have not seen any San Jose Sharks games this season. The reason for this is not a lack of interest but the result of a series of extenuating circumstances. Some pre-season games were shown on the NHL Network, but I switched to a new cable company over the summer and they do not carry that channel. Then I was out of the country for the last two weeks and could not get the two games played in Sweden (I did, however, watch a lot of cricket). To redeem myself I will proudly admit that we (myself and 7 friends and family) have group tickets to tomorrow night’s home opener - we will be at center ice, first two rows of the upper deck. Part of the package includes my “company’s name on the scoreboard” - so if you’re at the game look for ‘Friends of Penaltykill.net’ on the jumbotron.

I do hope that being at tomorrow night’s game jump starts my enthusiasm for the upcoming season. I have found myself not quite as excited about this season as in season’s past. I’m not sure what it is but I think it may be due to several factors. First I think I may be suffering from some form of ‘post-season playoff hangover’, whereby last season’s emotional playoff run is leaving me feeling a little blasé about the upcoming regular season. And although we’ve had a complete overhaul at goalie it doesn’t feel like the same kind of ‘active’ personnel change like the Dany Heatley acquisition from last year. I might even be feeling burnt out before the season even starts - I have tickets to 22 home games this year and even though I’m extremely grateful that I can afford to go to so many games I’m a little overwhelmed and fearful that I might burn out. Maybe I’m also worried about the season ticket fan sitting in front of me. If you’re the guy in Sec 211 Row 10 Seats 12-14 could you PLEASE stop leaning forward during the game and please stop standing up every time the Sharks are attacking - none of us behind you can see anything when you do that. Thanks.

Or maybe it’s just the jet lag.

Whatever the case I’m sure the season will draw me in and send me on that oh so familiar emotional roller coaster - like being a part of a focus group no matter how hard I try I get sucked into the conversation. And a very special thanks to all the bloggers how have returned to contribute once again to the conversation here at The ‘Net, I do appreciate all your writing and look forward to following your teams through your eyes once again.

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11 comments for “Sharksfan Season Opening Check-In”

  1. I know how you feel I’m excited about the new season but not as much as seasons past. I think for me its because I expect the Canucks to have another early play off exit.I need to be more positive. Where did you watch cricket I don’t really get that game or even fully understand it?

    Posted by canuckleheadNo Gravatar | October 15, 2010, 8:46 am
  2. I was in India and apparently Cricket is THE sport over there, there’s even a 24-hour network dedicated to it. It’s like baseball upside down. In baseball runs, batting averages and earned run averages are low - the equivalents in cricket are high (games can have a couple hundred runs per inning).

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | October 15, 2010, 8:53 am
  3. Cricket is also excrutiatingly boring. Glad to see you posting again, and I’m sure you’ll find the enthusiasm again!

    Posted by rocknrollnobodyNo Gravatar | October 15, 2010, 9:29 am
  4. Here’s the thing about Cricket and maybe hockey fans can relate. Certain matches can last 4 days (8 hrs a day in the blistering heat). It’s not necessarily about the game but the endurance required to play. It’s like poker, TV only shows you an hour of highlights but sometimes those guys are there for hours. It’s emotionally and physically draining - just like the NHL playoffs.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | October 15, 2010, 9:33 am
  5. I think with such a large gap between the Sweden games and tomorrow nights game; it feels like the season has not even started. I know what you mean about the excitement level. It is such a long season and sometimes it’s hard to get excited early. I have been anxious to see the goalie tandem and defense pairings though. I think as Sharks fans we sometimes take the regular season for granted and want to jump to the playoffs as soon as possible and see how far we get. I think other teams would love to consistently make the playoffs, but again as Sharks fans, it’s the Cup or nothing.

    Wait until a fight breaks out of if a Shark gets a cheap shot on him, that will get the juices flowing.

    Enjoy the game.


    Posted by FCNo Gravatar | October 15, 2010, 12:48 pm
  6. I feel the same. I have been watching other teams play, but it just isn’t the same. I can’t wait for tonight’s game, even if I it doesn’t start until 430am my time.
    Go Sharks

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | October 16, 2010, 5:31 am
  7. @unrulytraveller - I feel your pain, I was just in India where Monday Night Football is actually Tuesday Morning Football (if you can even get it), and the Sweden games would have been 3AM. You’re a dedicated fan no doubt!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | October 16, 2010, 7:07 am
  8. I know it’s probably too late to get any real opinions, but what do you guys think about this

    Regardless, go Sharks, and as I said in the above linked post, it is a non-issue because we are going to win anyway.

    Go Sharks! (20 or so minutes to go before game time and it can’t go soon enough.)

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | October 16, 2010, 7:12 pm
  9. ”non-issue because we’re going to win anyway”

    O RLY?!

    Posted by rocknrollnobodyNo Gravatar | October 17, 2010, 10:10 am
  10. well, it should have been a non-issue, and we should have won. A fan has to remain positive, especially in the beginning of the season when the kinks are still being worked out. And apparently, it wasn’t a non-issue and clearly, Niittymaki should have started.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | October 19, 2010, 5:36 am
  11. [...] unrulytraveller’s comments regarding Annti Niemi not withstanding, three of the four goals scored against the Sharks during the home opener came during defensive breakdowns. There was a 3-on-2 scramble in front of the net, the short handed goal and the 3-on-1 break away. The talk for the last year and a half has been the suspicious nature of the Sharks defense. Despite the yet unresolved argument about our upgrade or lack of upgrade at goaltender, the Sharks certainly didn’t add any ’skating’ defense during free agency. Are the defensive failings predicted for last season materializing this season? Are we gambling too much on rookies, Kent Huskins and Niclas Wallin? Or are we one Charles Haley away from solidifying the defensive corp? Remember 3 seasons ago the knock against the Sharks was that they lacked that shot from the blue line and Rob Blake was brought in to fill that role. His effectiveness in that role aside, are we now once again without that ‘outside’ threat? We have many questions with so few answers - what else is new?! [...]

    Posted by NHL Hockey penaltykill.net | San Jose Sharks: When Game 3 Is More Important Than Game 4? | October 19, 2010, 9:19 am

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