28 April 2008
My Dear San Jose Sweetie,
I feel so bad for you. I just can't imagine it. And on top of all this, how can I be so up while you are so down.
Your San Jose Sharks are down two games to nothing, losing two in the Shark Tank, no less, while my Detroit Red Wings are mowing down the Avalanche from Colorado. It's so hard to say sorry to you.
Would you feel better if Detroit lost one of their remaining games? I would feel better yet if the Sharks would win the rest of theirs.
While I watched them play the Dallas Stars, it seemed to me like they were chasing the Stars around the ice. Almost as if they couldn't keep up with them. That's the difference between the Wings and every other NHL team.
In Saturday's 5-1 Red Wing victory, even late in the third period, they were skating circles around the Avs. They sort of remind me of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team that defeated the Russians 4-3. I know I use them a lot but, to me, they are the greatest hockey team ever assembled by a coach, Herb Brooks.
Even the commentators mentioned the conditioning that the US team had and how they were managing to out-skate the USSR. Detroit is the same way. I would love to sit in on one of their practices to see how much it resembles a Brooks' practice.
Sad to say that Coach Brooks is no longer with us. I just happened by his obit the other day and it sadden me as you must be heart-sick by the Sharks.
They just need to step back and refocus their efforts. Concentrate on playing their own game and stop chasing the Stars. I also noticed that Dallas controlled the puck a lot more than SJ.
They need to clear into the neutral zone more and keep the puck out of their own zone better. Listen to me. I sound like I know what I'm doing. I'm just another "old tiger" whose game days are long gone and can only dream that God has a frozen pond for me when I get there.
My heart truly does goes out to you. And if I could, I would be in SJ in a heartbeat to give you a shoulder to cry on.
Like I said earlier, I am both happy for my Wings and saddened for your Sharks. I still am pulling for them and pray that they make a dramatic comeback to beat the Stars. Remember, whether in a game or series, a 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey.
My love goes out to you and yours,
Brian-The Biggest Wings Fan in ALL of Okieland!!!