It is technically February 23rd. Festivus is December 23rd. Our Blues just lost to the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.
I am angry.
Consider this a two-month-late/ten-month-early Airing of Grievances.
–Airing of Grievance against NHL refs: That was an interference call. That was also a tripping call. Both of which you missed. You are at the top of my list because you are not the most egregious of things that happened tonight. Could you have been better? Yes, but you didn’t make or break this game. I’m just, you know, annoyed.
–Airing of Grievance against the kid behind me tonight: If I know more about your team than you do, I do not take you seriously. Shut your face.
–Airing of Grievance against St Louis sports radio: I walked out of that game tonight and walked to my car. I got in that car and immediately flipped to ESPN 101, the local FM sports radio network. You know what was being talked about? The NEW YORK KNICKS AND JEREMY LIN. Look, I get it. I really do. The Lin thing is a big story. But you know what? This is ST LOUIS. We have a hockey team. That hockey team plays here on a regular basis, and we can’t even get the local radio network to support us? This is, well, bull shit. I am a die-hard Cardinals fan, and the amount of time they spend talking about that team is just fine, but it is winter. It is hockey season. It is about damn time that the local affiliates start supporting and BROADCASTING about LOCAL sports. What the hell does New York City basketball have to do with ANYTHING going on in this city? Nothing. Not a damn thing. Stop talking about it.
–Airing of Grievance against neutral zone turnovers: Stop it. Seriously. Stop it. There is no reason to give the puck up that many times between the blue lines. My head is still spinning.
–Airing of Grievance against the Blues power play: I recognize that there was one chance to show us what you were capable of, but let’s be real. You haven’t been that great as of late. Truth be told, you haven’t been that great all season. Yes, I know the Bruins won the Cup with a horrendous power play, but you are not the Bruins, regardless of how many “look how similar they are” articles out there.
–Airing of Grievance against the top six: Where were you tonight? Huh? Shots fired aimlessly at the net, ESPECIALLY with Tim Thomas in goal is going to do you absolutely no good. You saw that tonight.
–Airing of Grievance against anyone and everyone who refused to crash the damn crease: Did you SEE those rebounds? No? I’m not sure how, given that up in the upper bowl they looked like they could have been a hologram sitting right next to me. Get the rebounds. Score the goals. You saw how Chris Stewart and Ryan Reaves (?!?!?!) did.
–Airing of Grievance against my team: I was upset leaving this game. I am still upset. The team is SO MUCH BETTER than how they played. This type of, how Brad said at Game Time, lackluster play, will do all of jack shit down the stretch.
Tonight’s game made me Ann-gry.
Nashville tomorrow (today?). Ugh.