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Timeline Of A San Jose Sharks Fan

San Jose Sharks

I knew going into the first round of the playoffs that I would not be able to watch Game 3 and Game 4 between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings. I have commitments on Tuesday nights and Thursday I’ll be travelling. As such I got tickets to both Game 1 and Game 2 and went from overtime hysteria (Game 1) to shut out Armageddon (Game 2). Since everyone on Planet Hockey (and many from the distant World of Sports) already knows what happened in Game 3 let me recap how things went for me.

I was at an event from 7:30 so the only access I had to the game was to check scores on my phone. At about 7:45 my app hadn’t even updated to show that the game had started.

At 7:50 I get a text message from my Los Angeles friend.

torturedkingsfan: ‘Uh oh’

‘What?!?’ I replied.

torturedkingsfan: ‘2-0 in 2 minutes’

I checked my phone and saw that the Kings were indeed up two goals before everyone at Staples Center could get to their seats. At this point I have that old ‘What have you (the San Jose Sharks) done for me in the playoffs lately?’ feeling. We’ve given up 6 unanswered goals in 4 periods of hockey.

I reply: ‘Congratulations, you’ve just won Lord Stanley’s Cup’

About a half an hour later:

torturedkingsfan: ‘3-0’

Me: ‘I’m looking for a blow torch to burn my season tickets’

At this point I’ve decided the Sharks being bounced in the first round isn’t so bad – the money I would have spent on playoff tickets can go to better uses…like an iPad 2.

torturedkingsfan: ‘4-0 Bye-bye Niemi’

Later that evening:

torturedkingsfan: ‘Okay so it’s a game now 4-1’

Later I check my phone and see that the score is 4-2.

I walk across the street to my car and it’s now 5-3.

Two blocks from my house I’m listening to the radio and hear the Sharks score to make it 5-4.

I pull into my driveway and hear the Sharks score another one making it 5-5.

Radio silence from torturedkingsfan.

After that I was in front of the TV for the 3rd period and overtime and – well – everyone knows what happened next.

At 7:50PM I was ready to dump my season ticket plans for next year and ponder what it will be like to watch years of .500 hockey after the Sharks dismantle the club following another playoff failure. At 10:50 I’m trying to figure out how I can ensure securing seats to all home games to the Stanley Cup Finals.

This victory may be the piece the Sharks had been missing to get them ‘over the hump’. First it was get guys who’ve been there and won it all before. Did that. Then it was get that shot from the blue line. Got that (although it has since left). Then it was get gritty. Did that too. Maybe, finally, we have that ‘never give up – remember Game 3’ piece, that playoff experience (‘experience’ as in ‘event’) needed to remove all doubt from the Sharks’ collective being.

Finally on NHL Home Ice an L.A. blogger was pointing out that the Kings’ fans frustration hinges on the fact that this series could easily be 3-0. That’s VERY true. But having been on the short side of that conversation many times the explanation had always been ‘that’s the difference between a very good hockey team and a championship caliber hockey team’. It’s finally…FINALLY…nice to be on the ‘championship’ (metaphor) side of that argument.

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4 comments for “Timeline Of A San Jose Sharks Fan”

  1. I’m still trying to process what happened.
    Oh, why do the Sharks play with my emotions? I was about to turn off the TV at 4-0 and shave my beard, but decided to see if the Sharks could play with a little bit of fire and just win one period. And what a period it was.
    I do not know what this does for the Kings psyche and have no idea of what to expect on Thursday. Yes, we could easily be down 3-0. And who do you start in goal? I think the Sharks come back with Niemi, but on a very short leash.
    Let the roller-coaster ride begin.


    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | April 20, 2011, 12:52 pm
  2. It was a heck of a game and I must admit I was ready to cash it in and call it a night when the Kings scored their fourth. It was like 630 am or something for me at that time. I’m glad I did not go to sleep though as it was an excellent moment of Sharks playoff history.
    Now I am worried about what happens tonight. I won’t get to watch tonight’s game because of early work tomorrow, but I do hope that the Sharkies remember that they are in a playoff hockey game/series/ and come out strong from the get go. None of this sporting the bad guys some goals and then mounting a comeback nonsense.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | April 21, 2011, 4:28 am
  3. ‘Son of OT’ wanted me to let everyone know his timeline:

    - 7:30 Turned on game
    - At 4-0 turned off game
    - 9:30 gets call from me asking if he believes what’s happening
    - 9:31 asks WTH I’m talking about
    - 9:32 regrets turning off TV

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | April 21, 2011, 8:38 am
  4. Son of OT should be banned from the site. I bet he’s not even growing a play-off beard. He’s secretly a Canucks fan.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | April 21, 2011, 12:56 pm

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