Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 10/07/11 at 08:03 PM ET
The last time we saw this team they’d clawed from an impossible deficit, only to fall short to an enemy that would—naturally—bow out the following round. Again. Like previous years, I can barely remember the last game. I’ve blocked it out because that’s what you do when you have 27 series clinching games to recall instead of the bad stuff. And that’s just back to 1996.
Think about that. 27 times you’ve enjoyed a series clinching game. Just as a point of reference, not to be mean or pretend I’m pharmacist-smart or anything…but in that span of time, Blues fans have seen 5 clinching games. 5. Now that’s just a fun conversation to have.
And so we begin another one tonite, another season where the only reasonable expectation is the ultimate one. You’re like no other fan base. If you want to go back to 1994, you’ve literally expected a Stanley Cup every single year. Who can say that? Nobody. Nobody but you. Legitimate Stanley Cup contenders every year. Favorites going into the playoffs. Every…Single…Year.
Revel in it. Flaunt it. Remind others of it with a single raised eyebrow and a knowing grin. Rub it in because don’t doubt for a second that they wish for your sadness. They dream of it.
There are teams in our town succeeding right now and they’re doing so despite years of futility. It’s an awesome time to be a fan in Detroit.
We’re watching the Tigers and the Lions in amazement, because we’re just not used to them…winning like that.
And then there’s the dynasty just down the street. Which street?
Frigging Woodward, where the parades live.
Here we go. The Road to 12. Live blog it Bitches.
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