Such a silly little franchise. Always has been, always will be. I remember one summer day back in 2002 when I was trying to decide which item from the Red Wings' latest Stanley Cup championship I would buy. Do I buy the hat? The shirt? Both? Oh, but I also need the DVD. And a window flag. Sigh. Being the fan of such an awesome team is hard work. Then I got to thinking about Blues fans and how they don't have to worry about this kind of thing. Ever. I got mad.
Mad, I tell you!
Ha! Not really. It's a great problem to have.
Well, since you made the jump, I should take the opportunity to talk about St Louis a bit. The team, the fans, the history... All will be discussed in this post.
A couple years ago, I was driving through St Louis when I drove by that big arch they have there. That arch is so typical of St Louis.
Engineer: "Let's build the tallest structure in the world!"
*Builds half of it*
Engineer: "You know what? Never mind. Let's head back down."
So often the Blues thought they had what it took to be the best. So many times they were wrong. So very wrong.
If you've read Bob Probert's book, Tough Guy, you'll know that he was offered over $2 million a year to play in St Louis. Probert said something to the extent of "No @#$%ing way." Chicago offered about half of that and he signed there. That really says a lot about a franchise when an enforcer turns down over a million dollars to avoid it. Let that sink in for a bit. Especially if you're a Blues fan.
If you think about it, we should all love the Blues. (We don't and won't, but hear me out.) The Blues are sort of like an AHL team for superstars. Guys like Hull, Shanahan and Pronger spend year after year learning how to lose and lose hard, then they take their strong desire to win to actual hockey teams. It's fitting that St Louis was the only team that Pronger couldn't take to the Stanley Cup finals. Even Edmonton made it, for crying out loud. Edmonton! But not the Blues. Hull couldn't win there, Shanahan couldn't. Dallas Drake. All had to leave St Louis in order to have a shot at the Cup.
St Louis is also the go-to place for aging relics to prove that they no longer have what it takes. Gretzky was there for a few seconds, but bailed as soon as he had the chance. Grant Fuhr lost a bunch of weight and went on to prove to the world that he had the ability to lose in the first round to the Red Wings, just like most other starting goalies.
The following teams have been to more Stanley Cup finals in the last 30 years than the Blues:
That means St Louis is one of the 8 teams left from the last 30 years who have not been to the finals. Let's take a look at those teams:
Some are chokers, some are bottom dwellers. The Blues have been both. It's glorious.
Blues fan: "Datsyuk elbowed Jackman in the face! Darren Pang said so!"
Shrink: "It looked like it was his shoulder. Here, look at this picture and tell me what you see."
Blues fan: "That's an elbow! It's an elbow!" *rips up picture, throws it, curls up in the fetal position, sobs* "You believe me, don't you?"
Shrink: "I believe that you believe it."
I would usually feel bad for the Blues and their fans, like I would feel bad for stray dogs and cats, but they're in our division, so they they must be destroyed. And they will be. Again and again, because it's what Detroit does best. What was your favorite series/game/victory of the Blues? And you can't say Yzerman's OT winner in game 7, because everyone would say that. And for good reason:
I'm a Blues fan, and I have to admit we've never been great. We've had the chance to be great but nothing has ever materialized. For the first time in years we have a shot at the cup. My faith has been restored in them, despite you belittling them, and with good reason. By the way, Detroit is the asshole of America, and the Wings are the only Detroit team to ever accomplish anything.
I wouldn't go as far as calling it "the asshole" of America. Detroit is a big city, and like many big cities in America, it has fallen on hard times. It has good areas and rough areas like any city. While it is true the Lions have fallen off the map a long time ago (although they had a pretty decent season for once), the Tigers still do well. I will agree with you that the Red Wings is definitely the best Detroit team, but of course I am a hockey fan, and I'm definitely biased there, as much as you are obviously a hockey fan as well, and biased of your home team and town. I've been to Chicago and had a great time there, was amazed at its splendor, but it also has rough streets and decent ones. I've heard Jersey is much the same, and Philly, and Boston, and New York, etc, etc. I read a statistic about St. Louis, saying it was above the national average for crime, one source stating it as in the "most dangerous cities" category, but I don't buy in to statistics, and I'm sure some day I will visit your city and have a great time. If you've ever been to Detroit then you know it is definitely not "the asshole" of America, so I don't believe you have. Assuming that you haven't, I don't think you have any substantial argument in naming Detroit "the asshole" of America, but of course it is your American right to make ignorant statements just like anyone else. Just saying though, if you haven't been, and you have made such a statement, I believe you are looking like just another ignorant asshole in America, or possibly at least in Missouri. Now... fuck off.
The last few games against St. Louis have been my favorites. The games have been dogfights, and very entertaining to watch; last night was no exception. However, the winners have shown what it takes through those games. The Red Wings have the stamina to keep grinding, and outlast their opponent. Unfortunately, the two games before the last I went to (2010-2011) were against the blues and we lost both times. My wife and I decided that we were not going to watch the wings play the blues anymore, but I can say with confidence that I will now go watch them play against the blues again, and that those games were flukes.
as a kid i seem to remember facing them nearly every single playoff season. i have to admit, i always felt bad for them because we were the ones ALWAYS eliminating them lol
brian, i don't think ozzie was on the team in 02. pretty sure he was still with the islanders. -Twig
Beating them in the 2nd round of the 02 playoffs when they had ozzy ! With me living in st louis, that was great
They're the mosquito you slap try to slap before it bits you. If you don't get it in time, they're an annoying itch that goes away over a few days. But either way, you win, because while you might have a bite, they end up dead.
i can honestly say i have never cared one damn bit about st louis. theyve rarely if ever been a threat to the wings.
actually i lied. i did like brett hull when he played there. i actually wrote him a letter asking for an autograph while he played there. yes he did send me one back. that was cool. but that was wiped out by my intense hatred of chris pronger
I did enjoy the 3-0 beating this season, right after everyone said they had our number. Other than that I don't find them memorable at all.
@Reddy I'm in this group. Until they beat us in the playoffs or they kill one of our players, I really won't care much one way or the other.