How many people remember the game that was one yard short? The Tennessee Titans were just that close to tying the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV. What a story, and what an even more impressive MVP in Kurt Warner who was just a backup until Trent Green had gotten injured earlier in the season. It’s a game to remember, and one I know I’ll never forget. It’s something I never thought I’d be able to witness as a fan(helped even more that I could rub it in here in Georgia).
Then you have the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals. Two years prior, the Cardinals had just been swept by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Would they be able to step back up and make another push towards the championship? Well, fast-forward two years. Where did this team find themselves? The answer is back in the World Series, but this time against the Detroit Tigers. What a phenomenal effort from this team. I remember sitting down at my home in Georgia, watching Adam Wainwright throw that last pitch and then Yadier Molina, along with the rest of the team, charging after him. Again, it’s something I’d never seen and wasn’t sure if I ever would following the disapointing 2004 loss.
There’s just one question left after recapping these two wonderful stories. Are the Blues next?
A lot of people ask, “Hey, when’s the last time the Blues won the Cup?” There’s a simple answer to that question. Never. In response, you get, “You mean to tell me that with Hull, MacInnis, Gretzky, Joseph, or Fuhr that you guys weren’t able to win a championship?!” That’s right my friends. It’s been a long time coming for this city and it’s something that’s much needed to regain some composure here in my opinion. With the recent ownership issues, it’s hard to believe they have established a team possible of reaching that elite level, but you never know. Last year, this was nothing but a young, injury-prone team. Nothing went right. Then fans had to witness the shipping of Eric Brewer, Brad Boyes, and Erik Johnson. That certainly wasn’t a reason for motivation or positive thinking.
This is a new year, a new beginning if you will. Unlike last season, this team has gotten older and gained experience. The Blues recently added two former Cup champions in Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner. These two know what it takes to get the job done and have done so more than once. Then, just last week, they added former 50-goal scorer Jonathon Cheechoo. The past couple of years have been well short of remarkable for all of these players. The past isn’t something you can dwell on, however. As I’ve said, it’s a new beginning. It’s a new atmosphere for everyone. Take what you have been given(a chance) and run with it. Do I believe this team now has what it takes? Sure I do. That’s what a fan does, believes no matter what. Question is, do you believe?
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