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St Louis @ San Jose, WCQF Game 3: Mirror mirror

I used to think I was a jinx.  It’s a suspicion that still pops into my head now and again.  Like tonight. Tonight I did something I have never done before: left a Sharks game before the final horn.  I have never walked out on a game… except once, but that was football and I hate football, it was miserable weather, the seats were horribly uncomfortable… and I hate football.  But I’ve never left a hockey game before.

It wasn’t because the players were standing around looking like they were going to start fighting, which I figured would be followed by nothing but five more disappointing minutes of failure.  No, I had started thinking about leaving before that, and not because they were losing 4-1 or I thought I wanted to get a jump on the traffic.  A few minutes either way makes no difference to my drive, and it isn’t like me to walk out when things look dire.

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The Church

Wednesday, I went with a friend to watch the Sharks beat the Blackhawks.  I imagine a loss must be in the cards for me one day this season, but so far so good.  My friend (who had not been to a game for a very long time) commented that I did not have enough fan gear on.  I did not understand how he could miss the loud teal eyeshadow, teal shirt and Sharks scarf, but I guess he expected a fan to wear a jersey.  He had good reason: a whole lot of people wear jerseys to games.  Our colors are how we know each other, they create an inflated sense of kinship that, for the evening, goes well beyond a common rooting interest.  To me, it feels like religion.  This isn’t a novel concept, I know, but it’s a new feeling for me, since I’m not religious.

Before leaving Vancouver, I wanted to go to a Canucks game.  But when Sunday night came, I almost had to blindfold and sedate myself to get out of the hotel.  I was reluctant to leave my laptop, my only sure connection to the imminent Sharks game.  Kicking and screaming on the inside and reminding myself I could watch the Sharks game when I got home, I dragged myself down the street until I fell in with a bunch of Canucks fans.

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