but whenever I think of the Colorado Avalanche, I think of this man.
(Note: sorry about posting such a photo so early in the morning...)Every bad memory, in fact every memory period that I have of Colorado, is linked to this guy. There's the playoff games (broke the door to the dining room, slamming it so hard one game), the Bertuzzi incident (managed to make actual blogger enemies over this one; good God), and various other losses and humiliations they've caused randomly through the years. (The Avs sneaking in and stealing the Northwest Division title, while we collapsed a couple seasons ago? God, I start to twitch when I even think about it...)But evil has been vanquished. Perhaps firing Crow had something to do with it.Tonight's game will be a barn-burner. The Avalanche have to win, or have no chance of making the playoffs. And Vancouver desperately wants to win, and secure their division and home ice advantage. But I'd say that makes this Advantage: Colorado. They're playing brilliantly and likely to be a lot more tuned up for this game than Vancouver. 'Have to' beats 'wants to'.BUT... if the Canucks can pull this game out and win it, I will feel such a deep level of gratitude for this Universal Payback that I'll actually extend an olive branch of love to Colorado fans: no more traumatic photoshops of your team till next season.Then again, why would I bother? You lose tonight, the Avs are GONE!(Wow, such a fun thought. Makes me giddy.)
*photo credit to Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images