Are the St. Louis Blues to blame for all that is wrong with the world right now? They must be, since they got in all their events prior to the world breaking.
With everything going on in the world today, it’s important to not take things to seriously. With that in mind, let’s take a lighter look at the recent bad news that the 2021 NHL Winter Classic, that the St. Louis Blues were to play in, would not take place.
Blues fans have long joked that the world might end if the team ever won the Stanley Cup. While it was all in good fun at the time, the franchise might be to blame for breaking Earth as we used to know it.
It was not a sudden process. The tectonic plates did not split open and swallow humanity whole the moment Alex Pietrangelo lifted the Cup.
It has been a slow, drawn out process, taking a little more with it each time around. The funny thing is this all began back in 2017.
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The Blues hosted the 2017 Winter Classic during the 2016-17 season. Nobody expected St. Louis to ever get an outdoor game, much less the headline Winter Classic event.
So, the cosmic balance was thrown off balance when a Midwestern city not named Chicago was given the premier NHL event. It became a slippery slope.
All could have been averted if the Blues would have seen themselves keep to their mundane existence. St. Louis should have been happy to just have perennial playoff teams and early-round exits.
Instead, St. Louis further ripped a hole in the space-time continuum by winning the 2019 Stanley Cup. They kept pushing the envelope by hosting the 2020 All-Star Game, leading the Western Conference for most of the next season and looking like a prime candidate to repeat as champion.
Nature had to strike back in some form. Thus, we got a pandemic that ended up bringing sports as a whole, not just the Blues and the NHL to a halt.
The NHL tried to fight back with a bubble, but the Blues got their own comeuppance. Though never officially confirmed who, it was reported several Blues players contracted covid-19 and it seemed to sap their energy for the ensuing playoff run.
Nevertheless, the world had not found enough balance. Everything had to be taken away.
The Blues were supposed to take part in the 2021 Winter Classic. The cosmos had enough of that and ripped it away, denying not just the Blues but denying the Minnesota Wild from hosting their first Winter Classic.
St. Louis also stole an opportunity for the Florida Panthers. The Blues having a fantastic All-Star weekend was just too much for the universe to take and fans in Florida had to pay the price with their All-Star event getting cancelled too.
Perhaps if all these events were spaced out a little more, the Blues would not have broken the world. It just all came too fast for the fabric of the galaxy to hold together.
It was just too much to handle for a city that was not used to being the center of the hockey universe. St. Louis got in a Winter Classic, All-Star Game and Stanley Cup win all in the span of slightly more than two years.
In short, Blues fans, we broke the world. The team, and by proxy us, are to blame for all that is wrong in today’s world.
If we weren’t so selfish and just let the Boston Bruins win the Cup, again, maybe there would be no viral problem covering much of the globe now. There’s no other way to think of it.
The NHL barely snuck in another champion after the Blues, but as it stands, St. Louis has now hosted the last All-Star Game we’ll ever see. They were about to be in another Winter Classic and that got shut down before they even plan out another season.
Of course, this is all in jest, but it’s amusing how the timing has all worked out. The reality is frustrating and sometimes scary, so it’s good to make fun of it now and again.
The NHL maintains they still hope to start the new season around January 1, so that begs the question of why they could not hold a Winter Classic. The answer is likely money, since they would be forfeiting a good chunk of gate money if Target Field could not be filled to capacity.
The All-Star Game likely got the ax due to a likely condensed schedule as much as any worry about fan attendance.
Hopefully this will all get sorted out eventually. The best-case scenario is for Minnesota and Florida to simply be awarded those events the next possible time.
If not, the Blues are clearly to blame.