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Hockey and bacon?

The Mercury News’s Mark Purdy proffers a Sharks-related column with an only ever-so-slightly-marginally Red Wings-related tidbit, but I’m posting it on TMR because, well…This may be the strangest introduction to a column about a team’s performance that you’ll ever read:

Revelations arrive at strange times. I had mine late one night in Detroit during the Sharks’ six-week playoff run. It was a revelation about repetition and how bad it can be for you, even if it makes you feel halfway good. Throughout the Sharks-Red Wings series, a gaggle of hockey journalists tended to gather in a homey, stained-wood downtown bar called The Detroiter. After the clock struck midnight, the proprietor always brought out a free, large plate of bacon for customers.

“This can’t be good for us,” someone would say as the plate was passed around the joint. Then we’d devour some bacon, anyway. And feel bad about it the next day. Then we’d go back the next night for the same thing.

Eventually, I realized that the Sharks have been trapped in the same ugly cycle. They go to the playoffs every year. They keep consuming the same meal—some early-round success—and feel somewhat satisfied until it ends with another too-early elimination. Then they feel terrible. Yet each spring, they keep going back again for another plate.

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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Everything is better with bacon, even hockey

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/27/11 at 10:39 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Eventually, I realized that the Sharks have been trapped in the same ugly cycle. They go to the playoffs every year. They keep consuming the same meal—some early-round success—and feel somewhat satisfied until it ends with another too-early elimination. Then they feel terrible. Yet each spring, they keep going back again for another plate.

HAHA

This is right up there with “they’ve exercised their demons”.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 05/27/11 at 10:50 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 05/28/11 at 10:15 AM ET

AndrewFromAnnArbor's avatar

Bacon.  You know, bacon gets a bad rap these days.  Bad for this, bad for that, well, I don’t buy it.  I eat bacon every day.  At every meal.  Pounds of it!  I drink bacon, serve bacon to my guests, even like a little bacon in my shorts…nice.  And that’s just some of bacon’s many, many, many….many, many, many…many…many…many, many uses.  Bacon makes a great gift!  A great corsage for prom dances, and my wife makes these charming little dresses out of bacon!  When I’m blue, I tell bacon my troubles…“I’m feeling a little mopey today, bacon.”  When I ain’t blue, I sing my bacon a little song…“Bacon, bacon, bacon, I’m making the moves on you…you’re bacon!”  So the next time you’re sitting down to your breakfast pancakes, or your waffles, why don’t you lay down an extra slice or two of bacon?  But save one for me…I may just put it down my shorts.  Most likely will…Bacon, anybody?

Posted by AndrewFromAnnArbor from Fortress Europe on 05/29/11 at 08:18 PM ET

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