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by George Malik on 05/27/11 at 10:36 PM ET
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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