Petshark: Talking Stick
Entries with the tag: adirondack phantoms
Back in March of 2010, the Sharks were trying to snap their worst losing streak in 13 years. They had lost five in a row and were preparing to face the Oilers. They lost that game.
“We’re not going to wake up tomorrow morning and say ‘Oh, we’re going to play better’....We need to get that belief back.” -Rob Blake, March 22, 2010 (archived article, Merc News)
They won the next four. Since then, they have repeated that losing streak once, including the loss to the Oilers and four wins after. What are the odds they can do it a third time? If I keep mentioning this pattern it’s because I cannot get over it, cannot believe it is happening again. At least it is almost over.
I try to think positively, remember to enjoy the trip, appreciate the scenery instead of obsessing about the destination. It is difficult. Tomorrow’s game is damn distracting.
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.