So we can all be honest, the playoffs aren't gonna happen this year. And with all the questions surrounding the future regarding ownership, I've noticed a lot of comparisons to other sports franchises in other sports. While most of these comparisons don't bother me there's one that I've finally had enough of. Far be it for me, a common fan who isn't a statitician, to question the opinions of the said experts, but I believe this comparison is full of shit. The Blues are NOT the Cubs of the NHL. More to prove my point after the jump.
I've read numerous articles since January co-insiding with out tumble in the standings that have made the comparison of the Blues to the Cubs, not to mention any dipshit out there with a computer who thinks he/she knows dick about hockey.
Starting my comparison I looked at records in general. For the Cubs I looked at all playoff appearances since they last won the Series in 1908 and the Blues since they came into existance in 1967. Since the '08 WS the Cubs made the playoffs a grand total of 13 times. Thats 13 playoff appearances in 102 years for a roughly 12% appearance record. The Blues meanwhile, have appeared in the playoffs 34 times in 43 years counting this season as a non-appearance. That's a roughly 80% appearance record. While I know its easier to make the playoffs in the NHL as opposed to MLB, this is an extremely big gap in appearance precentage.
Another comparison to be made is titles in total. This is where the Cubs come out on top 2-0. One could say that a more worthy comparison could be made to compare teams that have won no titles. For the NHL, that would be the Blues, Kings, Preds, Jackets, 'Nucks, Sharks, Sens, Panthers, Thrashers, Caps, Sabres, Wild and Coyotes. Why are none of these teams ever reffered to as "the Cubs of the NHL" ?? Looking at the list of teams, every team listed has appeared in the playoffs less than the Blues. Looking at MLB stats, the Rays, Rangers, Mariners, Nationals, Brewers, Astros, Padres and Rockies have never won a series. I didn't include the Dodgers as they simply moved, they didn't rename the team or abandon their heritage from their time in Brooklyn. One would think that these teams would be a more worthy comparison to a team in the NHL with no titles. The thing is, some of the teams listed, both NHL and MLB teams, have seen a spot of success from time to time, while the Cubs seem to always have success smack them in the face, one way or another. We're looking at you, Steve Bartman
I also think that when you compare titles, the length between titles has to come into play. When looking at that gap, the Maple Leafs currently hold the record between titles at 43 years counting this season. The Cubs are at 102 and counting. That means another generation of Leaf fans would die off before even coming close to what the Cubs have achieved, or should I say haven't achieved.
Bottom line is I think while we've had hard luck, Our luck is nowhere near as bad as the Cubs and Im tired of being compared to them. Let's put this comparison to bed, Can't we???