Anniversaries Make St. Louis Blues Absence Even Stranger

Bryce Salvador #27 of the St. Louis Blues (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images)
Bryce Salvador #27 of the St. Louis Blues (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images) /

Not having the St. Louis Blues to watch during the middle of a normal hockey season is odd as it is. Anniversary posts on social media just point out the strangeness of it all.

Normally, at this time of year, St. Louis Blues fans are looking for deals on tickets to games as Christmas presents (or just to go for the heck of it, if you don’t celebrate the holiday). Unfortunately, 2020 seems never ending and 2021 doesn’t hold as much hope as we might like.

It’s odd enough not having games going on. However, you go about your daily life, get some semblance of a routine and at times forget about the absence of hockey.

The funny thing is when social media slaps you in the face with the absence of the team and game we love. Social media has devolved into a hot mess with lots of things, but the fact that it easily reminds us of the past was something we never figured might be a bad thing.

Technically, it’s not a bad thing per se. Yet, it is now serving as a semi-daily reminder of what we are missing.

Recently, I had fallen into one of those lulls where you forget this should actually be hockey season. There’s enough going on to distract you.

While the Blues have one of the better social media teams in the league, their recent tweet was a reminder that we’re missing out. That’s not a knock on the Blues for sending the message, but just another example of how odd everything is.

Normally, when you’re in the middle of a season, those kinds of social media posts are appreciated. If the Blues had a bad game the night before or have a couple days off, those posts about this anniversary or that provide a welcome distraction and nostalgia.

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Sometimes, it’s not even the team posting about it. Maybe it’s a Facebook memory popping up, reminding you of pictures you posted during a game attended in the past.

Those should all be positive things. Right now, it’s an unwelcome reminder that we’re all still waiting for things to return to some semblance of normal.

We want to be able to remember that Robert Bortuzzo and Zach Sanford’s fight, which happened two years ago, was a catalyst for that team coming together. Instead, we are reminded that it happened, but also that we are missing out on this year’s events.

We know in years to come, there will be no such reminders about 2020 because we have a hockey void.

Nobody wants to hear about the “new normal”. We want hockey to be played and to be able to go to Blues games.

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Hopefully that will be soon. The league keeps pushing towards a mid-January start, but until it’s official, it’s not official.