Typically, this time of year, this blog would be dripping with hockey-related posts. For those poor, sad folks who don’t follow hockey, allow me to explain: it’s play-off season!
However, it appears that someone failed to notify the Tampa Bay Lightning of this fact, because for the last three games, they have played like hockey season is long over. I even hesitate to say they have been playing the game of hockey at all. They showed up and skated around a bit on some ice at the same time that another team happened to be playing, but I didn’t see much attempt on their part at hockey at all.
Every year, I say I am going to switch to a good hockey team. A consistent one. A team that doesn’t frustrate and irritate me. And every year, I put on my Lightning jersey and yell at the TV and roof for the damn Lightning anyway.
Game #4 is tonight, and if my Lightning lose, they are eliminated from the play-offs. That is the most likely outcome. Even if, by some unforeseen miracle, they win, they would have to win four games in a row to stay in the play-offs, and I don’t see that happening. I suppose stranger things have happened, though, so I will still follow the score. I will still root for the Lightning. And if they are eliminated tonight, well…I will put my jersey away until next season, when we start this roller coaster ride once again.