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Looking for wins

There are bounces and there are mistakes and there are travel delays and three games in four days and freak accidents and injuries… and the Sharks lose again.  I’m all out of anger and sorrow.  Despair starts to set in.  I walk away from the game, start doing the laundry and the dishes.  I can’t really walk away, I keep poking my head around the corner to peek at the tv, I keep hoping.  It doesn’t work out.

Later, Ryane Clowe said “We’re looking for wins…” (Sharks Talk)  That made me start humming “in all the wrong places….”  When I start humming country songs, I know I’m in a bad place, is that stale beer I smell?  I moved on to a better tune, that old standby from Monty Python.

When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best…

I also took Clowe’s advice and went looking for wins.

This emotional gear shifting is easier if you follow a couple or even a few teams.  You don’t even have to “cheat” on your Main Men.  Look to the minor league affiliates like the Worcester Sharks and the Stockton Thunder.  They’re already in the family, right?

If that doesn’t work, you could look up the worst team playing on any given day.  Who doesn’t love an underdog and an upset?  At the very least it will highlight how the Sharks are not the worst team in the league.

Since I’m already a two-teaming fan, I have lots of options.  I needed them all after watching today’s game brutalize the Sharks.  I say “game” and not the Red Wings because the injuries were not the kind you get from brutish ogres like the Bruins (#LOLBruins).  They were freak things, in as far as blocking a shot with your head can be called a freak thing.  That was all horrible and I needed help.

I got it from Stalock winning with Worcester, Murray and Petrecki scoring.  Jamie’s brother Tye McGinn got a goal and an assist to help the Phantoms win with Michael Leighton.  The Thunder seem to be recovering from losing Stalock.  With Heemskerk in net they beat Idaho on Friday.  Even the Titans (Flyers ECHL affiliates) won today.  There was all kinds of hockey goodness for me to grab onto. Better still, the radio guys bring a lot of emotion to their broadcasts.

The #LOLBruins @ Wild game didn’t hurt either, or tweets like this one:

@Russostrib: “Heatley great backcheck to save day after Spurgeon falls in own zone; Heatley’s been the Wild’s best 2-way player for a month now”

I know I should be bitter or something, wish he was doing all that for the Sharks, but I’m not.  I may be a two-teamer but I am loyal as hell.  It gets confusing sometimes.  I can see the end of it where player dispersal will have me rooting for no team and all teams, but for now it’s fun.

Life’s a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true.

Bright side from a depressing loss: Vlasic was wearing a visor and maybe it helped.  Pavelski was able to refuse to leave the game, though I still think he should have.  I’d yell at him if I could, just to check his hearing.

Even though they lost, I think the Sharks did play better than when they lost earlier in the week.  While I was watching anyway.  The beat guys said they did, I’ll believe them through this haze of gloom… wait, bright side, bright side!

The Sharks beat the Red Wings so many times in a row that the Red Wings were due.  That “zero cannot stand” rule goes both ways.  Except, apparently for MacDonald and his string of six wins, and the Red Wings’ 23 home wins in a row, whether or not you count OTs and shootouts.

They’ll get theirs, just not at the hands of the Sharks today.

Not quite bright.

It has been a while since the Sharks lost three in a row.  That’s something to be grateful for.  It’s good because they haven’t done it, and it’s good because maybe it will galvanize them in the next games.  Maybe.

Always look on the bright side of life…
(I mean - what have you got to lose?)
(You know, you come from nothing - you’re going back to nothing.
What have you lost? Nothing!)
Always look on the right side of life…

I’ve been hearing coyotes yipping in the hills at night.  They do seem to be getting closer.  It is unsettling.  I am convinced they will not come into my yard and eat my old cat, because they never have.  I have big dogs and this scares them away.  Also, the wild turkeys and neighbor cats without big dog friends make easier pickings.  Still, maybe I, like the Sharks, should pay attention to those encroaching mutts.

“You don’t win a game, you’re frustrated,” said Logan Couture… “We’re on a three-game losing streak right now and this isn’t the time to do that. Teams are closing in. The playoff spot is getting tighter and tighter.” -Mercury News

Coyote watch? Check.

Now to find another game.  It’s still early.

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net