It’s been a very strange sports year so far for St. Louis.
It started with the Rams moving (though that actually started years ago).
The St. Louis Blues had what has become somewhat of a normal regular season for them, once again, amassing more than 100 points which is truly outstanding considering the injury-plagued season they endured. But points only get you to the playoffs and though finishing second in a brutal division could be considered an accomplishment, the only thing that helped ensure was home ice against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
When the Blues somehow managed to take the lead in the pivotal seventh game, I imagine that any St. Louisan tuned to the game was fully expecting a fluke tying goal to send it to overtime.
But it didn’t happen. The Blues beat the nemesis Blackhawks and moved on to the next round where last night they actually got to enjoy somewhat of a respite from playoff insanity by drubbing the Dallas Stars, taking a 2-1 lead in the process.
Could this be the year?
Granted, there’s a long, long way to go, even in this series. Right now, that Stanley Cup is about as near as …
the Cubs winning the World Series.
Yes, the Cubs are for real. They have hitting. They have great pitching. They have an improved defense. They have a fun, funky manager who has been to the World Series as a manager (though didn’t win).
Currently, they are steamrolling other teams, looking like they’re well on their way to a 100+ victory season.
Baseball pundits across the board picked the Cubs to go all the way. They’re playing loose, having fun and even all those day games at Wrigley may not slow them down. It’s enough to make any loyal Cardinals fan downright envious.
If the Blues do go on to win the Stanley Cup, there will be a seismic shift in the Universe. That just might unlock the key to the Cubs winning it all.
And if the Cubs do win it all, we all better start brushing up on the Book of Revelations.
The end is surely near.
No need to repent quite yet.
In the meantime, Let’s Go Blues!