Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 03/08/12 at 05:30 PM ET
The Sharks aren’t using the word “fragile” anymore. They aren’t talking about the sanctity of three. I think those are good things. Now I hear the phrase “in a rut” which feels like a gross understatement but maybe I should think of it as hopeful. Getting out of a rut is easier than hoping someone finds you before you suffocate face down in a ditch next to a muddy back road.
Jeremy Roenick thinks Sharks fans should be in a panic. Way ahead of you, buddy, already singing “Que Sera, Sera” because hey, this is just a game, I’m not on the team, I can’t be getting my head all screwed up over it.
Which is another way of saying I am so far down in the doldrums that I can’t even be bothered to look for the light. Some fans are still cussing and kicking. That’s nice.
JR is “scared to death” for the Sharks. He’s doesn’t know what is wrong, he blames Marleau again because it seems like everything begins and ends with Marleau. He seems to think that we need Marleau to get angry. I don’t agree but I do know that at least once, picking on Marleau pissed the rest of the team off. Maybe it just made them feel really guilty. I don’t know if that can work twice, but whatever. Go for it JR.
Yes, Marleau had a fairly crappy game against the Oilers. That still doesn’t make him stand out as the biggest problem. If one guy has a bad game, the other 19 ought to be able to compensate. The Sharks need more than one guy, even if that guy is Patrick Marleau.
Earlier in the season, I was talking to someone about how the Stars were tumbling down. I have a lot of respect for the person I was talking to, he said “they’re just returning to form,” their early success was a fluke. I miss those days, when the Stars weren’t fluking their way up the standings while the Sharks flip and flop in the sand, helpless and gasping.
DCS. For some reason, I want to follow up “don’t call shit” with “we’ll call you.” I cannot imagine what is going on with the refs and Shanahan. It’s like they’ve been gagged and blindfolded, like some new policy was thrown at them and they didn’t have enough time to adjust so they shut down. The lack of calls and lack of attention to dangerous hits is mind-boggling.
This is something that makes me very nervous about tonight. I didn’t anticipate that the Oilers would take advantage so quickly (they surprised me) but Dallas? Oh yeah, I think this could get ugly.
I don’t expect the Sharks to win. I didn’t realize until yesterday that the Sharks will play the Oilers again in two games. So if they lose tonight and to the Coyotes, they can still land on the Oilers for their sixth loss in a row. I absolutely believe this is where they are headed. Fate is what you make it but if you don’t make it, it will bully and torment you.
To lose six games in a row and finish with the Oilers is like a recurring nightmare we can all live together over and over.
I don’t have recurring nightmares. I have serial dreams, like a few days ago I dreamed I was registering for classes. Then the night after the Sharks lost their third in a row, I dreamed that I had already forgotten to do my reading and I was late for class. I was already behind. That’s why I call them serial dreams, I pick up where I left off.
I can’t remember what I was studying. I remember being happy about registering for the classes, buying the books, feeling the weight of them as I carried them back to the car. I went to the classes for the first time, curious and enthusiastic like the geek I am. It was like the beginning of the season, all full of hope and optimism and new faces.
A snap of the fingers and I’m contemplating asking for my money back, thinking it was crazy to sign up for classes, I can’t do it, it’s too hard. I fell behind before I ever got started.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Yeah, until it kills you.
Panic, JR? Panic was a few exits back.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org