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Taking It Day By Day With The San Jose Sharks

sharksfanWhen I started this blog I did some research on just what it takes to sustain such a project. One thing I read was that the average age of a successful blog was 30+ months. I also read that, despite many people’s passion, the early days of a blog will test their owner’s ability to find things to write about on a regular basis.

I’ll admit it hasn’t been easy finding things to write about on any kind of regular basis. Certainly I could try to report on each game, but my thinking was that if anyone wanted a synopsis of the game there are plenty of established sports sites that could provide that kind of information. My goal was, and still is, to talk about the game from a fan’s point of view.

The Old Timer joked one time that I must be getting tired of talking about just how great the San Jose Sharks are playing. He’s right – the phenomenal run the Sharks have been on to start the season has left me speechless, not from the “I can’t believe what I’m seeing” kind of speechless but the “There’s really nothing left to say” kind of speechless. The Sharks have demonstrated what they’re capable of and the results are nothing short of fantastic. For me it’s just a matter of sitting and waiting until the playoff picture starts to take shape as well as see if the Sharks have the physical and mental stamina to keep up the style of hockey Todd McLellan has brought to the team.

I am a little concerned about the Sharks play lately, having lost 4 out of the last 7 games (albeit 3 of those losses coming in overtime), but I do agree that opposing teams are now using the Sharks to validate their own ability and in doing so they bring their ‘better-than-A-game’ when they play San Jose.

In the mean time it’s nice to finally be getting some serious looks by the national media. Early in the season everyone knew the Sharks would be good but no one was willing to back them as cup contenders because of that second round playoff thing. That thinking is slowly changing. The guys on NHL Home Ice said the Sharks were always a team that ‘could’ win the cup but this year they’re a team that ‘should’ win the cup. ESPN said that after The Winter Classic, the two biggest games in the NHL are when the Detroit Red Wings visit San Jose on Jan 17 and Feb 10 when the Sharks travel to Boston - mark your calendars, I already did.

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11 comments for “Taking It Day By Day With The San Jose Sharks”

  1. Sharks Fan,

    It seems like most Sharks fans have a wait and see attitude. We have been disappointed in the past and we have not won anything yet. It’s nice to be number one in the NHL, but Detroit is right behind us. I too am a bit concerned of our play of late, but keep telling myself the team will look differently when JR and Mitchell come back. And who know when or if Lemieux will be recalled.

    Watching the Minnesota Wild game, I had wished we extended a contract to Owen Nolan. He has been injured of late, but I remember he was the heart and soul of the team for so long. I wish him the best.

    Posted by FC Shark FanNo Gravatar | January 2, 2009, 1:28 pm
  2. Where did you watch the Wild game? Do you subscribe to the NHL Game Center at NHL.com?

    Posted by adminNo Gravatar | January 2, 2009, 3:18 pm
  3. I have the Center Ice package through Direct TV. Comcast has an agreement with Center Ice if the game is televised on Comcast, it will be blacked out on Center Ice channels. That way you can only watch the local feed for all home games. You are guaranteed to watch every game this year, home and away. It is kind of nice hearing other broadcaster other than Drew Remenda and Randy Hann. The Wild broadcaster complemented and really respected the Sharks. I have a lot of respect for Hann, but Remenda drives me crazy. He has to remember he is not a coach anymore.

    The following games will not be broadcasted by Comcast and only available on Center Ice:

    Jan 3rd @Vancouver
    March 12th @St. Louis
    March 25th @ Chicago

    All other games will be on Comcast or Versus. From what I hear from other fans is that the Center Ice package is much better on Direct TV than Dish Network. Dish Network only has so many games it can add to its line-up and sometimes drops Sharks games.

    This works well for me since I also have the Sunday Ticket and that is only available through Direct TV.

    Posted by FC Shark FanNo Gravatar | January 2, 2009, 5:09 pm
  4. Correction on the Vancouver game. It is Jan 10th not 3rd. Sharks play The Islanders on the 3rd and is televised on Comcast.

    Posted by FC Shark FanNo Gravatar | January 2, 2009, 5:11 pm
  5. You may be too focussed on Detroit and Boston. The two games with the Canucks on the 10th in Vancouver and the 20th in San Jose could change the outlook completely. The Canucks will have Sundin, and hopefuly Luongo will be back in goal. Not to mention the Canucks will be motivated by the humiliation they suffered in the recent meeting with the Sharks.

    Posted by The Old TimerNo Gravatar | January 2, 2009, 11:08 pm
  6. Some sports reporter said he hopes the Canucks put Sundin on the same line with the Sedin twins just to give the game announcers a hard time!

    Posted by adminNo Gravatar | January 3, 2009, 12:10 am
  7. If you are having trouble finding things to write about maybe you could talk, from a fan’s perspective of course, about what it is like to watch any one of the Sharks players play. This could be a weekly thing. For Example: Shark’s Focus Mike Grier, and the talk about what Mike did/did not do for the team on the game that you chose to write about him. This would be a way for you to keep yourself interested in writing since the Sharks have been doing so well (except of course the last 7 games or so). And yes, those three losses were in OT, but the Sharks have to learn how to win in OT and on the road and in OT on the road, something that has been giving them trouble this season.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | January 3, 2009, 12:04 pm
  8. It’s funny that I mentioned you should talk about Mike Grier’s play because he scored two goals tonight. It means nothing, I know, but I am amused and I enjoy amusing myself.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | January 3, 2009, 10:50 pm
  9. whew, that was a close one. For a few minutes there I thought the Sharks were in real trouble against the Islander. Sorry for flooding your comments, but I have been drinking and listening to the Sharks so I real can’t be held accountable.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | January 3, 2009, 11:33 pm
  10. Not a problem, I was actually going to write about Grier as he and I share the same jersey number!

    Posted by adminNo Gravatar | January 4, 2009, 12:58 am
  11. Well, I guess I got my wish of seeing the Sharks recall a defenseman. With the injury to Doug Murray, Derik Joslin made his NHL debut last night. Not much of an impact yet for the 21 year old defenseman, but that is just fine. Bring him up slowly and let him get a taste of the NHL. At least he figured on the score sheet with a two minute roughing penalty.

    Not to be a Semenov basher, but is he our best option on the fourth line left wing? I would have rather seen Staubitz, McGinn, or Kaspar. I know Todd McLellan wants to experiment with Semenov at a forward position, similar to what Ron Wilson did with Rob Davison. We will see how long it lasts. Hopefully we have Murray and Shelly back for the next game.

    Posted by FC Shark FanNo Gravatar | January 4, 2009, 9:07 am

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