One down, three to go.
Pending tonight’s Canucks/Kings game, the Blues will either know their opponent for round two (the Los Angeles Kings) or not, but that’s not seeming to matter too much to Blues fans. You know what? It shouldn’t. The Blues made it to the second round of the playoffs last night for the first time since 2002. For reference, George W. Bush was still in office and American Idol was still watchable.
That was a long time ago.
It was too long ago. Ignore naysayers, Blues fans. Ignore everyone calling our town and team “mid-market.” Ignore folks who are fixated on the next round’s ratings. Ignore Wings (and possibly soon to be Blackhawks) fans who are trying to make themselves feel better by pointing out that the Blues’ve been in those teams’ spots before. No kidding — every team who has made the playoffs have been, and that’s ok. Disappointments happen, and the Blues have had their fair share. That doesn’t mean that this season, just because a disappointment might have happened here and there in the past, means any less because it’s *not* a disappointment.
Keep your head on straight, and realize that there are two more rounds before the big dance. The Blues are; none of this “celebration after every playoff round” fuss that baseball teams do. They’re focused on the big prize; the fans are too. But you can get happy about division championships and winning playoff rounds. The organization has been cultivating the team that is currently on ice for years. Be proud about it. Be happy. Buy division championship gear, and tell everyone you know that they’re moving to the second round.
Just make sure that you keep your eyes on the Cup, because theirs are there too.