Today is Super Bowl Sunday, an unofficial American holiday. The Worldwide Leader went on the air live from Dallas at 8 a.m. St. Louis time. Fact: the game does not start until 5:29 CST. So the eyes of the sports world are on the last football game of the season. And the Blues are playing at Tampa. Marketing genius.
I guess you could make the argument that most people aren't actually watching all of the talking heads and the retired players on fake fields acting out plays and pretending to still be athletic. A hockey game in Florida might be a nice diversion.
But you could also make the argument that at 2 p.m., most people are leaving home for their Super Bowl shindig or making final preparations for borderline sports fans to come over and not pay attention to a football game. PERFECT time to play a hockey game, NHL schedule makers.
Let's see if I can encapsulate the Blues' situation in one paragraph. They sit alone in 14th place in the 15-team Western Conference. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak has a mystery injury he got during a week of not playing. Andy McDonald is back; no sign of David Perron. If they don't start winning, the trade deadline around her could be very interesting. Sound right?
Before you start putting out the celery with peanut butter, hot wings, little weiners wrapped in dough and all the other healthy stuff you'll eat today, munch on some Blues hockey. It does a body good.
Unless they lose. Then it's "Hello Mr. 12 pack. I haven't seen you since last night."
This is your game day thread. Treat it like those little Tostino pizza rolls and devour it.