I've written in the paper edition of Game Time (you've read the paper edition we sell outside home games, right?) that younger fans and veterans of the Bluenote have one thing in common: We're all pretty neurotic about this hockey team. Few people I talk to on a regular basis have totally let their guard down and embraced the idea that the Blues are Stanley Cup contenders right now.
You see, the fans who are in the ballpark of legal drinking age, they were either kids or maybe not even fans yet when the Blues won the President's Trophy in 1999-2000. That was 12 years ago. Since then, there was one run to the Conference Finals but a lot of heartbreak and failure after that. And if you've been around the block with this team, maybe even remember the Old Barn on Oakland Avenue, your heart has been broken in April too many times to remember. In other words, few fans really know how to handle this situation right now.
I did a little crowd sourcing on the subject Monday afternoon over Twitter. I have 888 followers. Not all of them are spambots trying to get me to try online dating. Many of them are Blues fans. I asked them, "What's one word to describe how you feel about the Blues right now." I got some interesting responses.
That's a wide range of words. There's no one that said confident. No one said champions. There was one that was close, though. No, not Santorum. Stanley. The only time the Blues usually get mentioned in the same sentence as Stanley and Cup is when someone says, "The Blues are one of the teams in the NHL to have never won the Stanley Cup." When I was on an L.A. Kings podcast last week, the hosts knew the Blues had been to three straight Cup Finals to start the franchise because of the goofy all expansion division. But they were shocked to hear the Blues have never won a Finals game (the Kings have one win, I believe).
Look, I want to believe. I don't want the Blues to be on the list of never winners. I want to be confident this whole season has been for real and building for something we've all dreamed about for years and years. But until this team gets into the playoffs and reacts to that new level of competition, I think I'm going to remain in the cautiously optimistic camp. I mean, cautiomistic.
So, how you doin'? You got a word to describe the Blues? Leave a few down below.