How To Be a Fan Of The San Jose Sharks – or – Embracing The Choke

March 22nd, 2010 by Brian Winett Leave a reply »
Choking is an art. 

To choke year after year after year with the highest of expectations is an experience in suffering.  An experience that can be turned into joy.

Remember when we were the up and coming team...our first playoff birth and how we rejoiced in knocking off the #1 Detroit Red Wings?  We had a string of these playoff upsets in the beginning and we all rejoiced.

Now it seems as though it has all come full circle. 

We've been the #1 seed, setting the stage for euphoric underdog victories for other fans of other teams.

All the Sharks fans heading out to the parking lot in Anaheim for an early exit from game six last year were left with their ears ringing from a fog horn as the Ducks tacked on another tally.

Remember getting beat by the goalie we traded away to Calgary?

Losing four straight to Detroit?

We can now relate to both sides of the spectrum.  Maybe a fourth seed is the best thing for us to come back into balance.

It is Nature's way, the law of the Universe, to seek to balance all things.  And we just have to accept it and em ...

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