Blue Hope Returns

It has always been a hopeful sign for me when my favorite sports teams do well in the playoffs. The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2011 and the blossoming of my novel-writing career began right after in 2012. The Arizona Cardinals made it to the Super Bowl in 2008, and though they lost, they came extremely close to winning, losing only in the final minutes, presaged my successful shift to the ESL teacher position at Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas. And now the St. Louis Blues hockey team won a first round playoff series for the first time in a while, against a top-ranked team that was supposed to beat them, and set themselves up for a deep playoff run that might turn into their first ever Stanley Cup championship of the NHL.

Oct 11, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz (17) in action during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Flames 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports

Jaden Schwartz, a Blues scoring star, got three goals in one game, called a hat trick in hockey, in the final game against the Winnepeg Jets this last weekend. They are on the road to more victories, and even if they lose going forward, it is still a positive sign for me at a time when I desperately need something positive to happen.

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  1. I’ve seen The Blues go to the conference finals. I would very much like to see them make it to the Stanley Cup. The rafters in their arenas over the years, sag with division championship banners (I lived it and loved it growing up there), but I find myself wondering if there is some curse they have yet to defeat in order to partake in the experience of receiving Lord Stanley’s Cup. They are one of the oldest teams in the NHL and have yet to experience that glory. Always hopeful…

    • I have watched them and waited since I was a junior high student and watched them lose the Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins. Their first three years in the league they made the final in the 60s. But they were the champions of the expansion division, and they were swept in four straight all three times. Two against Montreal and the one with Boston. They have not even been back to the final since then. I kept expecting them to win it all during the Brett Hull years. But they are like the Redsox in Baseball. They may have to wait a century.

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