Well, the roller-coaster ride that is being a Calgary Flames fan may finally have come to an end, after they suffered a 4-1 loss to the young, upstart Chicago Blackhawks.
The chances of them now making it into the dance are about as good as the chances of Ryan Seacrest becoming a blue-collar worker.
I will try to cope by telling myself that we had a good run, five straight playoff appearances that included a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004.
But, in reality, I will go to work and be ridiculed by fans of other clubs that made the playoffs. Some of whom know nothing about the game of hockey.
Others will remain quiet, which at times is more powerful, as they walk around the office with swagger that would make Kanye West proud—heads held high, confident their team will make a run deep into the late rounds.
As this is all happening around me, I can hide in a dark room, cancel cable, and hit a bottle of Jack Daniels while listening to a Willie Nelson album.
Or, I can do what I did from 1997 to 2003, when Calgary wasn't among the NHL's version of the Sweet 16.
So, for fans of the Flames, Oilers, Leafs, or any other team that isn't going to make the dance, here are 10 easy steps to lessen the blow.
Something I call...The 10 Best Ways to Get Over Your Team Not Making the NHL Playoffs.