1. The Blues
OK, maybe this one is a cop-out. However, speaking for myself, I’m always thankful for the St. Louis Blues in general.
They drive us nuts. They give us heartburn or gray hair. The team breaks our hearts year after year. Still, we come back because we love them.
Anything you love, you need to be thankful for.
There are plenty of fans in cities that would die to have an NHL team in their town. There are plenty of cities that had a team only to have it taken from them, whether deservedly or not.
St. Louisans know all about that with the betrayal of the NFL. So, we should thank our lucky stars for the Blues.
We almost lost them way back when there was interest to move them to Saskatoon. There was worry the Blues might bolt again when they were up for sale in the early 2000’s.
Thankfully, Tom Stillman and several local investors stepped up and purchased the team. That gave them a breath of life and a new expectation that the team would stay for the foreseeable future.
Beyond the team’s ownership, most of us are just thankful for the franchise. We’ve discussed how they tear up our insides, but they do the opposite too.
Outside of family and marriage or birth of children, the Blues have given us some of the greatest moments of joy in our lives. Many of us were emotional when the Blues knocked off the Blackhawks in 2016 in Game 7 and that was only the first round.
Can you imagine if they ever win it all? Tears would run down the streets like the flooding of the Mississippi.
We all fell hard for this team long ago. We are grateful to have such a wonderful team that is so connected to the area.
Whether it is befriending a young girl like Ari to the end or the simple meeting of a young fan and Louis the mascot, this team has a way of connecting that isn’t typical of every franchise.
2017-18 has given us so much to be thankful for from a sports perspective. The Blues have done even more for each of us and for that we give thanks.