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2014-05-01 08:23:43 AM  

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2014-05-01 08:39:56 AM  
Ok Sharks fans, that's horrendous. You had a worse night than us Isles fans.

/Rangers advanced
//Nino scored 2, including OT winner
///3 stars of Wild/Avs were all guys the Isles let go (Nino, Spurgeon, Parenteau)
//Doesn't come close to blowing a 3-0 lead
/4 minute double-minor for slashing
 
2014-05-01 09:36:32 AM  
Seems like the sharks have jumped.

I know how they feel.

/red wings fan
 
2014-05-01 09:56:25 AM  
If they choked any harder last night, Cheryl from "Archer" would have shown up and asked if they could do her next.
 
2014-05-01 09:57:07 AM  

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2014-05-01 10:00:45 AM  
Time to blow the whole thing up.

Fark.
 
2014-05-01 10:02:19 AM  
Chin up, Sharks fan. Last time an NHL team blew a 3-0 series lead they won the Cup the next season, so you're good, right?
 
2014-05-01 10:02:30 AM  

recoil47: Primitive Screwhead: [img.fark.net image 600x488]

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HA! Nice.
 
2014-05-01 10:03:11 AM  
Mike Richards now has been part of two 0-3 comebacks...
 
2014-05-01 10:04:26 AM  

mjones73: Mike Richards now has been part of two 0-3 comebacks...


Jeff Carter too.
 
2014-05-01 10:05:57 AM  
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/Go Blackhawks
 
2014-05-01 10:09:32 AM  

PowerSlacker: Time to blow the whole thing up.

Fark.


No.  I mean, maybe it is.  I don't watch much West Coast Hockey- but blowing it up may not be a necessity.
Look at the Bruins.  The Flyers came back down three to the Bruins in 2010 only to lose to the Hawks in the Cup Finals ( I mean, Ben friggin' Eager- really!!!).
The Bruins didn't panic, didn't blow it up, but made improvements.  That seems to work out very well for them in the last few years.

The Flyers blew up their team, and it didn't really help.
 
2014-05-01 10:10:44 AM  
One might say they tanked.
 
2014-05-01 10:12:07 AM  
On a side note, those green Minnesota away sweaters are some of the classiest unis out there.
 
2014-05-01 10:13:20 AM  

recoil47: Primitive Screwhead: [img.fark.net image 600x488]

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That's beautiful.
 
2014-05-01 10:15:14 AM  
That was tough to watch, at least the Avs went down in OT although maybe that's even more sucky.  I can't decide even though I've seen the Caps go down in flames in both fashion (getting blown out and losing a close game seven) and I think it sucks either way.
 
2014-05-01 10:15:33 AM  

Wettner: mjones73: Mike Richards now has been part of two 0-3 comebacks...

Jeff Carter too.


I can't remember if he played in that series, I know he was hurt during the playoffs that year.
 
2014-05-01 10:23:41 AM  
Let's be honest.  With the history they have, it was only a matter of time before the Sharks joined this club.

\honestly feel bad for that team at this point
 
2014-05-01 10:24:34 AM  
Maybe they should switch to football

/so they can play the Jets...
 
2014-05-01 10:26:54 AM  

mjones73: Wettner: mjones73: Mike Richards now has been part of two 0-3 comebacks...

Jeff Carter too.

I can't remember if he played in that series, I know he was hurt during the playoffs that year.


I think you may be correct. He had a foot injury so he may not have played, but we can all assume that he nailed as many women as he could on one foot during that series.

Rough night last night for the Flyers. Carcillo gets a goal against them for the Rangers, Carter/Richards move on, and Bryz gets the Game 7 win with one save to help the Wild play on.
 
2014-05-01 10:27:35 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com Smile you son of a biatch!

www.sfexaminer.com
 
2014-05-01 10:27:46 AM  
Wow, I haven't seen a team choke that bad since Toronto was up 4-1 in game 7 with 10 minutes to go in last year's playoffs.
 
2014-05-01 10:29:58 AM  
Second only to the A's losing to the Dodgers in the WS for worst playoff memories.

They looked old and slow and really had no heart. 0-15 on the power play made me feel like I was stuck in Sharks Groundhog Day. Same shiat year after year.
 
2014-05-01 10:30:37 AM  

Wettner: mjones73: Wettner: mjones73: Mike Richards now has been part of two 0-3 comebacks...

Jeff Carter too.

I can't remember if he played in that series, I know he was hurt during the playoffs that year.

I think you may be correct. He had a foot injury so he may not have played, but we can all assume that he nailed as many women as he could on one foot during that series.

Rough night last night for the Flyers. Carcillo gets a goal against them for the Rangers, Carter/Richards move on, and Bryz gets the Game 7 win with one save to help the Wild play on.


Yeah don't remind me.
 
2014-05-01 10:31:33 AM  
Thank you hockey gods!  If the Kings and the Bruins make it to the final, my pool is a guaranteed winner.  I will be sure to sacrifice some liver cells in your honour!

To the people arguing against blowing up the Sharks; this isn't their first playoff disappointment.  Agreed, you don't blow the team up after one screw up, but they've been making the playoffs every year since the 20th century, and only made the conference finals once.  And lost.  To the Flames.
 
2014-05-01 10:37:14 AM  

Doc_Gerbil: Seems like the sharks have jumped.

I know how they feel.

/red wings fan


yeah this year we blew the big 1 game to zero lead in the series

/We need better defense
//We need more consistent play from the 3 and 4 lines
///We need a new coach?  If he can win gold in the Olympics, he should be able to win Lord Stanley
////Game misconduct for unrepentant slashing
 
2014-05-01 10:38:58 AM  

Whiskey Dickens: And lost. To the Flames.


I managed to block that memory. The "no winning at home" series. God did that series break my heart.
 
2014-05-01 10:44:05 AM  
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2014-05-01 10:45:14 AM  
I was like "who are the San Jose Sharks" and "wtf series are we even talking about".  But then I was like "who are the San Jose Sharks" and "wtf series are we even talking about"

/who are the San Jose Sharks
//wtf series are we even talking about
 
2014-05-01 10:45:28 AM  

FriarReb98: honestly feel bad for that team at this point


That actually hurts worse than being ridiculed
 
2014-05-01 10:46:25 AM  

Carn: That was tough to watch, at least the Avs went down in OT although maybe that's even more sucky.  I can't decide even though I've seen the Caps go down in flames in both fashion (getting blown out and losing a close game seven) and I think it sucks either way.


Roy has experience losing OT game 7s to Minnesota.
 
2014-05-01 10:48:19 AM  

mediablitz: I managed to block that memory. The "no winning at home" series. God did that series break my heart.


There was one home win....

Just not for the Sharks.
 
2014-05-01 10:48:34 AM  
Sharks in 6

Hospitaller: We need a new coach?  If he can win gold in the Olympics, he should be able to win Lord Stanley


Well, if there's any truth to the persistent bizarre rumors of him taking over for Red in Ann Arbor, you may not have to worry about him.
 
2014-05-01 10:49:24 AM  
*weep*
 
2014-05-01 10:52:05 AM  

trappedspirit: I was like "who are the San Jose Sharks" and "wtf series are we even talking about".  But then I was like "who are the San Jose Sharks" and "wtf series are we even talking about"

/who are the San Jose Sharks
//wtf series are we even talking about


hockey.
 
2014-05-01 10:53:38 AM  
Well at least now when a team is on the verge of the same thing, I no longer have to hear: "the last team to blow a 3-0 series lead was the 2010 Boston Bruins".

/knows your pain Sharks fans
//at least the Bruins won the Cup the next year
///2010 was a kick in the balls for enjoying the Yankees in 2004 choking on dick
 
2014-05-01 10:55:24 AM  

Doc_Gerbil: Seems like the sharks have jumped.

I know how they feel.

/red wings fan


Could be worse. I'm not sure Crosby still remembers 2009.

\good
 
2014-05-01 10:57:29 AM  
Yankees fans know your pain.

/go Red Sox
//yes I remember chicken and beer, it sucked
 
2014-05-01 10:59:39 AM  
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2014-05-01 10:59:46 AM  

Hospitaller: Doc_Gerbil: Seems like the sharks have jumped.

I know how they feel.

/red wings fan

yeah this year we blew the big 1 game to zero lead in the series

/We need better defense
//We need more consistent play from the 3 and 4 lines
///We need a new coach?  If he can win gold in the Olympics, he should be able to win Lord Stanley
////Game misconduct for unrepentant slashing


So you're on the team?
 
2014-05-01 11:02:39 AM  

Whiskey Dickens: Thank you hockey gods!  If the Kings and the Bruins make it to the final, my pool is a guaranteed winner.  I will be sure to sacrifice some liver cells in your honour!

To the people arguing against blowing up the Sharks; this isn't their first playoff disappointment.  Agreed, you don't blow the team up after one screw up, but they've been making the playoffs every year since the 20th century, and only made the conference finals once.  And lost.  To the Flames.


Three times. They also were swept by Chicago in the 2010 conference finals and beaten in 5 by Vancouver in 2011.
 
2014-05-01 11:14:34 AM  
NHL is as dumb as the NBA

I only have respect for the WWE and the WWF. At least there I know they know that I know they're faking
 
2014-05-01 11:14:45 AM  

TwowheelinTim: Hospitaller: Doc_Gerbil: Seems like the sharks have jumped.

I know how they feel.

/red wings fan

yeah this year we blew the big 1 game to zero lead in the series

/We need better defense
//We need more consistent play from the 3 and 4 lines
///We need a new coach?  If he can win gold in the Olympics, he should be able to win Lord Stanley
////Game misconduct for unrepentant slashing

So you're on the team?


So you're that guy?  You're not clever.  This is not a put down.  You should feel bad.
 
2014-05-01 11:17:48 AM  
And now we have a Freeway Series.  Pretty epic
 
2014-05-01 11:20:24 AM  

Doc_Gerbil: Seems like the sharks have jumped.


Shark leapfrog?

/leapshark?
 
2014-05-01 11:20:27 AM  
I don't follow the Kings (last night was the first game I've watched them play this year), so can someone fill me in on how Mike Richards went from Flyers' captain to a fourth line center in like three years?
 
2014-05-01 11:24:51 AM  
And thus my plaoff bracket remains at 100%. I had faith in you Sharks and you didn't let me down.
 
2014-05-01 11:25:54 AM  

SigmaAlgebra: I don't follow the Kings (last night was the first game I've watched them play this year), so can someone fill me in on how Mike Richards went from Flyers' captain to a fourth line center in like three years?


He plays hockey to pay for his partying.
 
2014-05-01 11:27:20 AM  
Whelp. Stupid Avs. At least that's what I was thinking when I woke up this morning. Now, I feel better knowing that they have a learning curve (super young team, really crappy defense) and plenty of good years to look forward to. And I look at the Sharks and I see, well, not a whole lot to be excited about in the future. And I laughed, and laughed.

No matter what happens in hockey, we will always have the Sharks.
 
2014-05-01 11:28:12 AM  
The only major sports team my home town has just doesn't know the Heimlich maneuver.  This type of thing happens to them ALL THE TIME.
 
2014-05-01 11:28:16 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: NHL is as dumb as the NBA

I only have respect for the WWE and the WWF. At least there I know they know that I know they're faking


Oh, you're one of those, I know, that they know, that I know, that they know......." type of guys.  You seldom see people like you out this early.  I've tend to meet them around 1:45am, in a bar, during some kind of stupid discussion.
 
2014-05-01 11:31:21 AM  

mjones73: Wettner: mjones73: Wettner: mjones73: Mike Richards now has been part of two 0-3 comebacks...

Jeff Carter too.

I can't remember if he played in that series, I know he was hurt during the playoffs that year.

I think you may be correct. He had a foot injury so he may not have played, but we can all assume that he nailed as many women as he could on one foot during that series.

Rough night last night for the Flyers. Carcillo gets a goal against them for the Rangers, Carter/Richards move on, and Bryz gets the Game 7 win with one save to help the Wild play on.

Yeah don't remind me.


It was a tough game. Flyers weren't playing like a hockey team until the 3rd period, then it was apparent that it was too little too late. Mason can't do everything. Great game to watch though.
 
2014-05-01 11:31:29 AM  

fatalvenom: Well at least now when a team is on the verge of the same thing, I no longer have to hear: "the last team to blow a 3-0 series lead was the 2010 Boston Bruins".

/knows your pain Sharks fans
//at least the Bruins won the Cup the next year
///2010 was a kick in the balls for enjoying the Yankees in 2004 choking on dick


One of my coworkers is from New England and a devoted Bruins and Dead Sox fan.  I'm a Yankees fan (I follow more than one hockey team although I lean towards the Pens).  He gave me so much shiat in 2004 that when the Bruins epically failed in 2010 I tormented him for a solid week, capped off by hanging his Zdeno Chara action figure in his cubicle with a Flyers shoelace noose.  Now we limit it to taunts.
 
2014-05-01 11:34:38 AM  

FriarReb98: Let's be honest.  With the history they have, it was only a matter of time before the Sharks joined this club.

\honestly feel bad for that team at this point


You know what's worse than feeling bad for a team? 

I'm an Oilers fan and I feel bad for them.

/not really
/Sharks in 6!
 
2014-05-01 11:34:53 AM  
Game 7 was actually a good game.  The Sharks didn't score but it wasn't for lack of trying and good chances - Jonathon Quick was totally on his game and stopped many good shots.

Games 4, 5, and 6 were complete crap.  They should have put it away well before game 7.
 
2014-05-01 11:35:37 AM  
the sharks have a very loyal and incredibly forgiving fanbase.  it's going to be a long offseason and hopefully amnesia will set in yet again.  after seeing this year after year after year it's really hard to keep rooting for this team.
 
2014-05-01 11:43:33 AM  
RminusQ:

Three times. They also were swept by Chicago in the 2010 conference finals and beaten in 5 by Vancouver in 2011.


Mah bad!
 
2014-05-01 11:46:39 AM  
godamnitsomuch
 
2014-05-01 12:00:18 PM  
 
2014-05-01 12:08:36 PM  
If it weren't for FARK I wouldn't be getting enough Deadspin sporting news, so thank you for that.
img.fark.net
 
2014-05-01 12:12:54 PM  
Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?
 
2014-05-01 12:18:29 PM  

TwowheelinTim: Hospitaller: Doc_Gerbil: Seems like the sharks have jumped.

I know how they feel.

/red wings fan

yeah this year we blew the big 1 game to zero lead in the series

/We need better defense
//We need more consistent play from the 3 and 4 lines
///We need a new coach?  If he can win gold in the Olympics, he should be able to win Lord Stanley
////Game misconduct for unrepentant slashing

So you're on the team?


Yes I am
/I am the small, round, black thing that everyone knocks around
//I am the Hockey Puck
///Thanks for asking
 
2014-05-01 12:21:42 PM  

mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?


Nope.  The Sharks get to the playoffs.
 
2014-05-01 12:22:03 PM  

SigmaAlgebra: I don't follow the Kings (last night was the first game I've watched them play this year), so can someone fill me in on how Mike Richards went from Flyers' captain to a fourth line center in like three years?


He was great in 2012 during the first year with the Kings and he was the 2nd line center (Kopitar is first line C). Since then his offensive game has suffered but he plays with so much energy and will to win that even on 3rd and 4th line this year he makes an impact with his PK and defense.

His offense might not be worth the salary cap right now, but for Kings fans he's worth it. He helped bring the cup to the franchise for the first time and he's great in the lockerroom.
 
2014-05-01 12:22:36 PM  
The past failures by the Sharks have been amusing. This is now embarrassing even for non-fans of them.
 
2014-05-01 12:23:38 PM  
Rann Xerox

mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?

Nope. The Sharks get to the playoffs.


So they are NorCal's Chargers?
 
2014-05-01 12:24:42 PM  

mikaloyd: Rann Xerox

mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?

Nope. The Sharks get to the playoffs.

So they are NorCal's Chargers?


No, their sweaters are much nicer.
 
2014-05-01 12:26:08 PM  

animesucks: the sharks have a very loyal and incredibly forgiving fanbase. it's going to be a long offseason and hopefully amnesia will set in yet again. after seeing this year after year after year it's really hard to keep rooting for this team.


Yep - you're 100% right.

I have a personal (family) connection to the team which is why I'm a Sharks fan.  But I think the wrecking ball is going to go through the team in the off-season, just like it did 3 or 4 years ago when they got eliminated early.

I'm not even sure McClellan's job is safe at this point.  He's got a great regular season history but his playoff history is not great.  It seems like every other team in the league steps it up for the playoffs and the past few years the Sharks just haven't.
 
2014-05-01 12:30:56 PM  
Hockey is my sport, Sharks my team (Cubs fans will understand). I still picked the Kings in five. I expected the Sharks to fail, but not an epic fail like this. Yes, it's blow up time. Top priorities: new coaching/goaltending.
 
2014-05-01 12:31:59 PM  

Rann Xerox: mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?

Nope.  The Sharks get to the playoffs.


The Cubs were in the playoffs 2008, 2007 and 2003.  They one one division series (2003), blew it in the NLCS.  After 2003 they have failed to get a playoff win.
 
2014-05-01 12:33:05 PM  

surewewang: Rann Xerox: mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?

Nope.  The Sharks get to the playoffs.

The Cubs were in the playoffs 2008, 2007 and 2003.  They one one division series (2003), blew it in the NLCS.  After 2003 they have failed to get a playoff win.


wow.  backspacing sentence fail.  They  won one division series.
 
2014-05-01 12:34:09 PM  
Is this the thread where we can take cheap shots at the Cubs? Because I am up for that.
 
2014-05-01 12:35:52 PM  

AngryPanda: It was a tough game. Flyers weren't playing like a hockey team until the 3rd period, then it was apparent that it was too little too late. Mason can't do everything. Great game to watch though.


If G doesn't fire the puck over the net in the third period there might have been a Stone Cold Stunner in OT.
 
2014-05-01 12:41:12 PM  

red5ish: Is this the thread where we can take cheap shots at the Cubs? Because I am up for that.


As a Cubs fan, I say go for it.  As a Caps fan I say do them too.
 
2014-05-01 12:43:42 PM  

Marisyana: fatalvenom: Well at least now when a team is on the verge of the same thing, I no longer have to hear: "the last team to blow a 3-0 series lead was the 2010 Boston Bruins".

/knows your pain Sharks fans
//at least the Bruins won the Cup the next year
///2010 was a kick in the balls for enjoying the Yankees in 2004 choking on dick

One of my coworkers is from New England and a devoted Bruins and Dead Sox fan.  I'm a Yankees fan (I follow more than one hockey team although I lean towards the Pens).  He gave me so much shiat in 2004 that when the Bruins epically failed in 2010 I tormented him for a solid week, capped off by hanging his Zdeno Chara action figure in his cubicle with a Flyers shoelace noose.  Now we limit it to taunts.


I hope you never get a divorce.

That poor guy...
 
2014-05-01 12:49:56 PM  

Carn: red5ish: Is this the thread where we can take cheap shots at the Cubs? Because I am up for that.

As a Cubs fan, I say go for it.  As a Caps fan I say do them too.


I was excited to see that the Chicago Cubs were in first place in the Central Division. Then I realized it was an alphabetically sorted list.
 
2014-05-01 12:52:26 PM  
Marisyana

I'm a Yankees fan


*extremely disappointed face*

You and robsul both have this horrid heartbreaking condition when you are not fans of Black and Gold.

Some day maybe doctors can remove this from otherwise healthy people. Like pre-cancerous skin things.
 
2014-05-01 12:59:01 PM  

Sharksfan: animesucks: the sharks have a very loyal and incredibly forgiving fanbase. it's going to be a long offseason and hopefully amnesia will set in yet again. after seeing this year after year after year it's really hard to keep rooting for this team.

Yep - you're 100% right.

I have a personal (family) connection to the team which is why I'm a Sharks fan.  But I think the wrecking ball is going to go through the team in the off-season, just like it did 3 or 4 years ago when they got eliminated early.

I'm not even sure McClellan's job is safe at this point.  He's got a great regular season history but his playoff history is not great.  It seems like every other team in the league steps it up for the playoffs and the past few years the Sharks just haven't.


the big guns dont show up for the playoffs.

i hate to be that guy, but... its in the math. look at, by contrast, Quick's numbers. He choked first two games, and buckled down and found that murderous intensity that he seems to have to just literally will himself to win.

Contrast with Thornton and Marleau who are incredibly talented skilled players... yet seem to go to pieces once the pressure builds.

Its been proven that SJ's line up cant get it done in the offseason; they need to deal those guys and get new leadership. keep hertl pavelski and the other solid 2nd/3rd line guys who'll contribute and keep the team afloat during the regular season... but SJ needs to deal its figureheads. THey cant deliver, and should be held accountable. SJ *should* win this, and indeed should've each of the last 5 years or so.
 
2014-05-01 01:09:02 PM  
I've been a Bay Area resident most of my life, but never got into hockey on anything more than a casual level.  So the Sharks playoff failures never fazed me.

3 months ago I took a 12-month job in Santa Clara, and got a place in San Jose.  San Jose residents LOVE their Sharks, like a mother loves their children. They like the Niners and Raiders and Giants and A's and Warriors, but the Sharks belong to them.  They LOVE them. So I recently got into them a little bit more (in the past i almost never watched regular season hockey), and in the little neighborhood I'm in, sharks goals, even in the regular season, would be greeted with whoops and hollers and even the occasional firework being set off.

Games 1 and 2, when the sharks won each game 35-0, it was like 4th of July.  Fireworks, celebrations, high fives in the street.  Did I mention that these fans LOVE their sharks?  It was really cool to see, just to be a part of all this positive energy.

Today is an absolute funeral in the south bay.  The team probably gets blown up, the coach probably gets fired.  Lots of people aren't even in to work yet, my guess is that they found a bottle to drown their sorrows in.

I feel really bad for them.  They are good people and deserve better.
 
2014-05-01 01:35:53 PM  
At least they have something in common with the Yankees.
 
2014-05-01 01:43:21 PM  

fatalvenom: Marisyana: fatalvenom: Well at least now when a team is on the verge of the same thing, I no longer have to hear: "the last team to blow a 3-0 series lead was the 2010 Boston Bruins".

/knows your pain Sharks fans
//at least the Bruins won the Cup the next year
///2010 was a kick in the balls for enjoying the Yankees in 2004 choking on dick

One of my coworkers is from New England and a devoted Bruins and Dead Sox fan.  I'm a Yankees fan (I follow more than one hockey team although I lean towards the Pens).  He gave me so much shiat in 2004 that when the Bruins epically failed in 2010 I tormented him for a solid week, capped off by hanging his Zdeno Chara action figure in his cubicle with a Flyers shoelace noose.  Now we limit it to taunts.

I hope you never get a divorce.

That poor guy...


In 2004 he decapitated my Mariano Rivera bobblehead and hung it like a shrunken head in my cube.  He got off light.
 
2014-05-01 01:48:06 PM  
Sharksfan  I have a personal (family) connection to the team which is why I'm a Sharks fan.

How are you related? Mako? Bull? Hammerhead? There were L.A. Sharks On Ice before they were in San Jose...& I don't mean sushi
www.oocities.org
 
2014-05-01 01:50:42 PM  
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ManateeGag: At least they have something in common with the Yankees.


i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-01 01:54:50 PM  
I feel for ya, Sharks fans.  As a lifelong Padres and Chargers fan (but also lifelong LA resident... I know, it's weird) I understand your pain.  Even though it was pretty sweet for me.  This time.
 
2014-05-01 01:57:22 PM  
I blame Wheaton.

/ Sharks fan for life
// What a crushing fail anyway
 
2014-05-01 02:01:21 PM  
feel my pain of 04' shark fans........i said FEEL IT!!
 
2014-05-01 02:06:03 PM  

MBrady: Flyers did the same thing against the Devils.  Forget the year, but Lindros had been out for awhile, and the Flyers were up 3-0.  Lindros tells Clarke that he wants to play, and farking arsehole Clarke lets him.

And the Flyers proceed to lose 4 straight.

Regardless that Clarke is a "god" to Flyers fans, I never forgave him for that  Boneheaded move as a GM.


Pretty sure the Flyers were up 2-0 in that series.  There are only 4 members of the 3-0 club, and Philly ain't one of them.
 
2014-05-01 02:07:18 PM  

FlyingJ: Sharksfan  I have a personal (family) connection to the team which is why I'm a Sharks fan.

How are you related? Mako? Bull? Hammerhead? There were L.A. Sharks On Ice before they were in San Jose...& I don't mean sushi


I don't really reveal that in public because it ends up being a major PITA.  But if you shoot me an email (see profile) I'll tell you.
 
2014-05-01 02:09:20 PM  
Oh yeah, fun bit of trivia from last night, Ilya Bryzgalov is listed as the winning goaltender in the Avs/Wild game and he only made 1 save.  I do believe that is an NHL record.
 
2014-05-01 02:13:58 PM  

Father_Jack: Sharksfan: animesucks: the sharks have a very loyal and incredibly forgiving fanbase. it's going to be a long offseason and hopefully amnesia will set in yet again. after seeing this year after year after year it's really hard to keep rooting for this team.

Yep - you're 100% right.

I have a personal (family) connection to the team which is why I'm a Sharks fan.  But I think the wrecking ball is going to go through the team in the off-season, just like it did 3 or 4 years ago when they got eliminated early.

I'm not even sure McClellan's job is safe at this point.  He's got a great regular season history but his playoff history is not great.  It seems like every other team in the league steps it up for the playoffs and the past few years the Sharks just haven't.

the big guns dont show up for the playoffs.

i hate to be that guy, but... its in the math. look at, by contrast, Quick's numbers. He choked first two games, and buckled down and found that murderous intensity that he seems to have to just literally will himself to win.

Contrast with Thornton and Marleau who are incredibly talented skilled players... yet seem to go to pieces once the pressure builds.

Its been proven that SJ's line up cant get it done in the offseason; they need to deal those guys and get new leadership. keep hertl pavelski and the other solid 2nd/3rd line guys who'll contribute and keep the team afloat during the regular season... but SJ needs to deal its figureheads. THey cant deliver, and should be held accountable. SJ *should* win this, and indeed should've each of the last 5 years or so.


Seriously, what the heck happens to these guys in the playoffs?!  They just friggin disappear, I don't get it.
 
2014-05-01 02:20:29 PM  

Sharksfan: Game 7 was actually a good game.  The Sharks didn't score but it wasn't for lack of trying and good chances - Jonathon Quick was totally on his game and stopped many good shots.

Games 4, 5, and 6 were complete crap.  They should have put it away well before game 7.


It was reftastic.

Love that elbowing call on Couture to give the kings their 5 on 3.
Or the Sharks goal that only crossed the line by an inch, so hey - why not give Quick  a save?

I realized the refs tried to make up for blowing those calls with numerous phantom calls against the kings later in the game - but the sharks power play sucks. I would have much rather they just called the game right in the first place.
 
2014-05-01 02:21:04 PM  

AntonChigger: Father_Jack: Sharksfan:

Contrast with Thornton and Marleau who are incredibly talented skilled players... yet seem to go to pieces once the pressure builds.


Seriously, what the heck happens to these guys in the playoffs?!  They just friggin disappear, I don't get it.


Lack of drive, plain and simple.  There are players like that in every sport, but it's rare to see two guys that talented on the same team.  Actually when you think about it a few years back they had three with Danny Heatley.
 
2014-05-01 02:23:45 PM  

mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?


Neither. The Sharks finish near the top of their division, making the playoffs every year, then tanking.

More apt would be the Cowboys.
 
2014-05-01 02:25:45 PM  

Thomas Hertl's Playoff Beard: Sharksfan: Game 7 was actually a good game.  The Sharks didn't score but it wasn't for lack of trying and good chances - Jonathon Quick was totally on his game and stopped many good shots.

Games 4, 5, and 6 were complete crap.  They should have put it away well before game 7.

It was reftastic.

Love that elbowing call on Couture to give the kings their 5 on 3.
Or the Sharks goal that only crossed the line by an inch, so hey - why not give Quick  a save?

I realized the refs tried to make up for blowing those calls with numerous phantom calls against the kings later in the game - but the sharks power play sucks. I would have much rather they just called the game right in the first place.


Yammer about game 7 all you want, but like he said, San Jose should have put that series to bed long before then.
 
2014-05-01 02:26:04 PM  

Flappyhead: AntonChigger: Father_Jack: Sharksfan:

Contrast with Thornton and Marleau who are incredibly talented skilled players... yet seem to go to pieces once the pressure builds.


Seriously, what the heck happens to these guys in the playoffs?!  They just friggin disappear, I don't get it.

Lack of drive, plain and simple.  There are players like that in every sport, but it's rare to see two guys that talented on the same team.  Actually when you think about it a few years back they had three with Danny Heatley.


i think patrick marleau gets a lot of undeserved crap for his playoff performance.  look at his playoff numbers and tell me if you still think he disappears.  he would have and may have (but probably didn't) had a goal last night if not for jonathan quick making a ridiculously good and lucky save
 
2014-05-01 02:26:44 PM  

mediablitz: Neither. The Sharks finish near the top of their division, making the playoffs every year, then tanking.

More apt would be the Cowboys.


The cowboys only finish near the top of their division because the NFC East is crap and 10 wins usually takes the division, and sometimes 9 will do it.

The Sharks are a level of choke the cowboys can't even begin to fathom.
 
2014-05-01 02:30:05 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: 3 months ago I took a 12-month job in Santa Clara, and got a place in San Jose.


I lived in Santa Clara when the Sharks first came to San Jose. I had never been to a hockey game, let alone cared at all about the sport. My closest friends were Buffalo transplants, and took me to the very first game they had (at the Cow Palace back then).

I was instantly hooked. Season tickets for years, I was there for Owen Nolan's All-Star game hat trick, happily hated Theo Fleury, etc. It really was "our" team, living 7 minutes from the arena.

I grew up an A's fan and still hold them close, but no other professional sports team holds a place in my heart like the Sharks. Last night was just a complete ass-kicker when you tie it to year after year of being a top team bounced early in the playoffs.

I feel the pain, even 1300 miles away...
 
2014-05-01 02:30:57 PM  

animesucks: Flappyhead: AntonChigger: Father_Jack: Sharksfan:

Contrast with Thornton and Marleau who are incredibly talented skilled players... yet seem to go to pieces once the pressure builds.


Seriously, what the heck happens to these guys in the playoffs?!  They just friggin disappear, I don't get it.

Lack of drive, plain and simple.  There are players like that in every sport, but it's rare to see two guys that talented on the same team.  Actually when you think about it a few years back they had three with Danny Heatley.

i think patrick marleau gets a lot of undeserved crap for his playoff performance.  look at his playoff numbers and tell me if you still think he disappears.  he would have and may have (but probably didn't) had a goal last night if not for jonathan quick making a ridiculously good and lucky save


You know who else has good playoff stats?  Joe Thornton.
 
2014-05-01 02:31:14 PM  
Sharks in 6.
 
2014-05-01 02:32:05 PM  

mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?


THE SHARKS ARE THE ATLANTA BRAVES EXCEPT THEY COULDN'T WIN IN THE STRIKE-SHORTENED SEASON.  and even still then not a great comparison because they braves made it to multiple world series'.  i hate when people call them the capitals of the west because the sharks are consistently head and shoulders better (in the regular season).  it is hard to be a sharks fan in the playoffs.  it doesn't matter who they have, they will never figure out how to win.  they couldn't win in the darryl sutter years with a completely different, but yet still incredibly talented team.  they couldn't win in the ron wilson era, the won't win in the todd mclellan era, and they won't win in the next guy's era.  they keep on re-tooling with guys like couture, pavelski, hertl, burns, and vlasic, and it gives the fans hope, but the story will always be the same
 
2014-05-01 02:36:25 PM  

Thomas Hertl's Playoff Beard: Sharksfan: Game 7 was actually a good game.  The Sharks didn't score but it wasn't for lack of trying and good chances - Jonathon Quick was totally on his game and stopped many good shots.

Games 4, 5, and 6 were complete crap.  They should have put it away well before game 7.

It was reftastic.

Love that elbowing call on Couture to give the kings their 5 on 3.
Or the Sharks goal that only crossed the line by an inch, so hey - why not give Quick  a save?

I realized the refs tried to make up for blowing those calls with numerous phantom calls against the kings later in the game - but the sharks power play sucks. I would have much rather they just called the game right in the first place.


Wow, you've gotta take those blinders off once in a while.

Kings had a 5 vs 3 for 6 seconds while Sharks had a 5 vs 3 for 1:40 in game 6 and after that they got another PP on a call where the Shark player lifted Doughty's stick to get the high contact.

Second goal in game 6 was controversial but that doesn't excuse the Sharks collapsing like they did? Did the Kings collapse when they were down 0-3 in the series? Did the Kings collapse in the regular season when Detroit scored a goal off the netting above the glass and the refs somehow didn't see it?

The Sharks choked on their own and their reputation as chokers is confirmed once again. Wear it.
 
2014-05-01 02:43:27 PM  
I like the Sharks.  Went to their first playoff game back in, I dunno, '95 or so, can't remember.  They're a lovable team in spite of, well, every disastrous post-season.  They're sort of like a great guy who gets into Heaven and then accidentally spills coffee on God.   Repeatedly.
 
2014-05-01 02:44:54 PM  

animesucks: mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?

THE SHARKS ARE THE ATLANTA BRAVES EXCEPT THEY COULDN'T WIN IN THE STRIKE-SHORTENED SEASON.  and even still then not a great comparison because they braves made it to multiple world series'.  i hate when people call them the capitals of the west because the sharks are consistently head and shoulders better (in the regular season).  it is hard to be a sharks fan in the playoffs.  it doesn't matter who they have, they will never figure out how to win.  they couldn't win in the darryl sutter years with a completely different, but yet still incredibly talented team.  they couldn't win in the ron wilson era, the won't win in the todd mclellan era, and they won't win in the next guy's era.  they keep on re-tooling with guys like couture, pavelski, hertl, burns, and vlasic, and it gives the fans hope, but the story will always be the same


Sooo... Chiefs? :P
 
2014-05-01 02:46:10 PM  
What was so infuriating about this season is it was apparent when there were about ten or so games left in the season that the Sharks would end up playing the Kings if the standings didn't change. The Sharks knew (or should have known) that they didn't match up well against the Kings but they basically coasted in to the end of the season, losing games against some of the bottom dwellers in the NHL. If they had poured it on instead and taken the top spot in the Pacific, the Kings would have played the Ducks in the first round and the Sharks would have played the wildcard team.
 
2014-05-01 02:55:49 PM  

Befuddled: What was so infuriating about this season is it was apparent when there were about ten or so games left in the season that the Sharks would end up playing the Kings if the standings didn't change. The Sharks knew (or should have known) that they didn't match up well against the Kings but they basically coasted in to the end of the season, losing games against some of the bottom dwellers in the NHL. If they had poured it on instead and taken the top spot in the Pacific, the Kings would have played the Ducks in the first round and the Sharks would have played the wildcard team.


worked out for colorado.
 
2014-05-01 02:56:46 PM  
www.letsgowings.com
 
2014-05-01 03:02:51 PM  

mediablitz: mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?

Neither. The Sharks finish near the top of their division, making the playoffs every year, then tanking.

More apt would be the Cowboys Braves.


/FTFY
 
2014-05-01 03:12:32 PM  

recoil47: Primitive Screwhead: [img.fark.net image 600x488]

[fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net image 700x661]


Thats... amazing.  Can I use this?
 
2014-05-01 03:15:37 PM  

Thomas Hertl's Playoff Beard: Or the Sharks goal that only crossed the line by an inch, so hey - why not give Quick a save?


Go look at the overhead view and tell me that it crossed the line.  And remember that the *whole puck* has to cross the line.


Thomas Hertl's Playoff Beard: It was reftastic.

I realized the refs tried to make up for blowing those calls with numerous phantom calls against the kings later in the game - but the sharks power play sucks. I would have much rather they just called the game right in the first place.


LOL.  Your argument appears to be "it's the refs fault because the Sharks PP is bad".
I'm not saying the reffing was great, but the refs giveth and taketh away from everyone.  It's part of the game.
If you don't capitalize when its your turn, it's your fault.
 
2014-05-01 03:16:58 PM  

mediablitz: happily hated Theo Fleury, etc.


Lutwidge: Went to their first playoff game back in, I dunno, '95 or so, can't remember.


good. you guys will appreciate why this Flames fan is unreservedly happy the Sharks lost, in the most hilarious way possible. even after they scored the first goal I said they're just setting up to choke harder.

no disrespect to the fans though, they've always been fine. kinda the opposite of Vancouver that way.
 
2014-05-01 03:19:57 PM  
although there was that one coont tweeting at Patrick Marleau's wife yesterday. worst Sharks fan ever.
 
2014-05-01 03:21:35 PM  
When the series was 3-0 Sharks, the odds for the Kings to win the Cup shot up to 150-1 in Nevada sports books.  It dropped to 75-1 after Game 4, and I put $10 on them midway through Game 5 (at the 75-1 odds).

Yes, I'm a Sharks fan, but I'll accept the Kings winning the Cup this year if it means $750 for me.
 
2014-05-01 03:25:33 PM  

zippolight2002: recoil47: Primitive Screwhead: [img.fark.net image 600x488]

[fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net image 700x661]

Thats... amazing.  Can I use this?


Sure, I found it on the Internets somewhere.  I don't know who created it.
 
2014-05-01 03:47:00 PM  

Marisyana: fatalvenom: Well at least now when a team is on the verge of the same thing, I no longer have to hear: "the last team to blow a 3-0 series lead was the 2010 Boston Bruins".

/knows your pain Sharks fans
//at least the Bruins won the Cup the next year
///2010 was a kick in the balls for enjoying the Yankees in 2004 choking on dick

One of my coworkers is from New England and a devoted Bruins and Dead Sox fan.  I'm a Yankees fan (I follow more than one hockey team although I lean towards the Pens).  He gave me so much shiat in 2004 that when the Bruins epically failed in 2010 I tormented him for a solid week, capped off by hanging his Zdeno Chara action figure in his cubicle with a Flyers shoelace noose.  Now we limit it to taunts.


You never go Full Pronger.
 
2014-05-01 04:34:28 PM  
The Sharks have choked in many new and unusual ways, but they hadn't blown a 3-0 series lead before. Now they can check off that item on their 'Epic Playoff Choke' card.

If they fill out the whole thing, they get a free Stanley Cup.

/Underachievement Unlocked!
//next: Watch them blow a lead in OT. They'll find a way... somehow
 
2014-05-01 04:36:51 PM  

Rann Xerox: mikaloyd: Are the sharks more like the cubs or the browns?

Nope.  The Sharks get to the playoffs.


It's the NHL. Pretty much everybody goes to the playoffs.
 
2014-05-01 04:41:44 PM  

animesucks: they couldn't win in the darryl sutter years with a completely different, but yet still incredibly talented team. they couldn't win in the ron wilson era, the won't win in the todd mclellan era, and they won't win in the next guy's era.


The problem is not the coaching. Go on, fire Mclellan (Canucks might get him -- kinda strategic that they fired Torts during the third period when it seemed all but certain the Kings would win...foreshadowing?) -- it doesn't matter. The problem is not the suits on the bench.

The problem is the leadership on the ice.
 
2014-05-01 04:42:02 PM  
I sympathize with Sharks fans. Sure looks sometimes like where the Pens are headed - absolutely stacked with talent, regular season is great, everything goes poof in the playoffs. :/

AngryPanda: It was a tough game. Flyers weren't playing like a hockey team until the 3rd period, then it was apparent that it was too little too late. Mason can't do everything. Great game to watch though.


I hate the Flyers but they were playing to win last night for sure. Mason was stellar. What a game that was.

Marisyana: He gave me so much shiat in 2004 that when the Bruins epically failed in 2010 I tormented him for a solid week, capped off by hanging his Zdeno Chara action figure in his cubicle with a Flyers shoelace noose. Now we limit it to taunts.


roflcopter. that's beautiful.

mikaloyd: You and robsul both have this horrid heartbreaking condition when you are not fans of Black and Gold.

Some day maybe doctors can remove this from otherwise healthy people. Like pre-cancerous skin things.


It's a farkin' tragedy. It's worse than not being able to taste cilantro. I heard some Permanny's and Yuengling and watching sunset shine off the PPG castle can do wonders for the afflicted, though.
 
2014-05-01 04:57:19 PM  

reillan: Maybe they should switch to football

/so they can play the Jets...


Why would they switch to football...they play the Winnipeg Jets four times a year...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-05-01 05:14:08 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-01 05:42:45 PM  
Whar Playoffs thread whar?
 
2014-05-01 06:05:13 PM  

mikaloyd: Marisyana

I'm a Yankees fan

*extremely disappointed face*

You and robsul both have this horrid heartbreaking condition when you are not fans of Black and Gold.

Some day maybe doctors can remove this from otherwise healthy people. Like pre-cancerous skin things.


The Penguins?  Shiat, I'm pulling for them to win in 4 in this upcoming series, lol.
 
2014-05-01 06:08:51 PM  

SigmaAlgebra: I don't follow the Kings (last night was the first game I've watched them play this year), so can someone fill me in on how Mike Richards went from Flyers' captain to a fourth line center in like three years?


He was asked this at the end of the season. He said he got sick in December and is just now feeling like he was getting his conditioning back.

As far as the "demotion" he said that the Kings were one of the few teams that actually rolled 4 lines so it wasn't that big of a deal. He said when he was on the "second" line he was averaging 16/17 minutes a game. On the 3/4 lines he is averaging around 13 minutes a game so it's not like he's missing a ton of ice time.

Dustin Brown goes through the same thing. He goes from the top line to the 3rd/4th line all season. My thinking is Richards and Brown aren't the biggest guys but have played a very physical game their whole career. Brown is only like 6' but has lead the Kings and usually the league in hits his whole career.

Not a long shelf life on them as players especially considering how many games the Kings have played the last couple of years.

The good news is Brown usually picks it up in the playoffs and Richards has been a beast the last couple of games.

Kopitar is the Kings workhorse, playing in every situation, and he averages 18/19 minutes a game.

Scoring goals isn't really high on the Kings game plan. Sounds stupid but if you want to see Sutter upset, tell him his team won the game 5-4. Last year he had a quote saying it's a 3-2 league now instead of a 2-1 league. He is 100% serious in expecting the Kings to hold opponents to 2 goals or less every game.

Doughty talked about how everyone on the team knows they have to sacrifice personal achievements (goals, etc) in order for the team to be successful. Kopitar could be a 35-40 goal scorer on a team like Pittsburgh but in LA he's expected to go up defensively against the other teams best players and shut them down. Even if Richards was 100% healthy all season, I doubt he pots 20 goals in a season for LA.
 
2014-05-01 06:12:07 PM  
It sucks being a Shark fan.  JT and PM sucked balls.   Both McClellan and Doug Wilson should go.
 
2014-05-01 06:14:02 PM  
How is there no torts got fired thread ? hes such a loveable guy by the media.. you would think they would relish the opportunity.
 
2014-05-01 07:15:13 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: [i.imgur.com image 192x263]


I'm really starting to think that her "list" was actually the people in California she hasn't farked.
 
2014-05-01 08:42:29 PM  

mediablitz: Second only to the A's losing to the Dodgers in the WS for worst playoff memories.


farkin' Kirk Gibson!  I haven't forgiven Eckersly for that.
 
2014-05-01 10:17:20 PM  

Flappyhead: Oh yeah, fun bit of trivia from last night, Ilya Bryzgalov is listed as the winning goaltender in the Avs/Wild game and he only made 1 save.  I do believe that is an NHL record.


Somewhat irrelevant, but try making sense of this stat line.

Mike Murphy:

GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2 0 1 0 36 0 0 0.00 1.000

\Came in in relief, empty net at end of game, opposing team gets empty netter, comes back in, Canes get goal at end of game, making the empty netter the game winning goal, which gets assigned to Murphy. First and only goalie in NHL history to get a loss before allowing a goal.
 
2014-05-02 11:08:34 AM  

cptjeff: Flappyhead: Oh yeah, fun bit of trivia from last night, Ilya Bryzgalov is listed as the winning goaltender in the Avs/Wild game and he only made 1 save.  I do believe that is an NHL record.

Somewhat irrelevant, but try making sense of this stat line.

Mike Murphy:

GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2 0 1 0 36 0 0 0.00 1.000

\Came in in relief, empty net at end of game, opposing team gets empty netter, comes back in, Canes get goal at end of game, making the empty netter the game winning goal, which gets assigned to Murphy. First and only goalie in NHL history to get a loss before allowing a goal.


The way goalie wins and losses (and game-winning goals) are assigned in hockey is absolutely batshiat. I know baseball stat people say pitcher wins and losses are overrated, but the logic behind awarding them is at least sound. Devils had a game where they went up 4-0, Brodeur allowed three goals and was yanked, leading 4-3. Devils pulled away to something like 6-3, and we were in an absurd situation where if Corey didn't allow any goals, Marty got the win, but if Corey allowed a single goal, he'd get the win. Where the hell does that make sense?
 
2014-05-02 11:13:05 AM  

MBrady: Flappyhead: MBrady: Flyers did the same thing against the Devils.  Forget the year, but Lindros had been out for awhile, and the Flyers were up 3-0.  Lindros tells Clarke that he wants to play, and farking arsehole Clarke lets him.

And the Flyers proceed to lose 4 straight.

Regardless that Clarke is a "god" to Flyers fans, I never forgave him for that  Boneheaded move as a GM.

Pretty sure the Flyers were up 2-0 in that series.  There are only 4 members of the 3-0 club, and Philly ain't one of them.

Thanks.  I swear they were up 3-0.


Devils won game 1, lost the next three, then won the last three to take the series. I remember going to Game 4 with my dad, and when they lost to go to the brink of elimination, saying something like "So we're gonna get tickets to Game 7 in Philadelphia [on the way to Memorial Day weekend vacation down south], right?" and my dad was like "Sure, yeah."

/we did not get tickets to Game 7
 
2014-05-02 01:44:54 PM  

robsul82: mikaloyd: Marisyana

I'm a Yankees fan

*extremely disappointed face*

You and robsul both have this horrid heartbreaking condition when you are not fans of Black and Gold.

Some day maybe doctors can remove this from otherwise healthy people. Like pre-cancerous skin things.

The Penguins?  Shiat, I'm pulling for them to win in 4 in this upcoming series, lol.


Me too.  And I grew up with the Yankees.  If you think being a Sharks fan is bad being a Yankees fan in the eighties was BRUTAL.
 
2014-05-02 03:58:25 PM  

Hospitaller: Doc_Gerbil: Seems like the sharks have jumped.

I know how they feel.

/red wings fan

yeah this year we blew the big 1 game to zero lead in the series

/We need better defense
//We need more consistent play from the 3 and 4 lines
///We need a new coach?  If he can win gold in the Olympics, he should be able to win Lord Stanley
////Game misconduct for unrepentant slashing


Dude wut.  Mike Babcock is a farking legend and a genius with lineups.  He took what was basically an AHL squad for most of this year, got them into the playoffs, and had them stand up to the #1 team in the league. There was definitely some shiat play but you can't say the Wings gave it to them easy.  We need fewer injuries.  We'll get better defense and consistent play from all lines as the amazing youngsters we have grow into their roles and each other alongside our senior leadership next year.  Hopefully the organization trims the dead weight of certain invisible players they had to rely on who I shall leave nameless at this point.
 
2014-05-02 04:33:05 PM  

Kona_Bean: Hospitaller: Doc_Gerbil: Seems like the sharks have jumped.

I know how they feel.

/red wings fan

yeah this year we blew the big 1 game to zero lead in the series

/We need better defense
//We need more consistent play from the 3 and 4 lines
///We need a new coach?  If he can win gold in the Olympics, he should be able to win Lord Stanley
////Game misconduct for unrepentant slashing

Dude wut.  Mike Babcock is a farking legend and a genius with lineups.  He took what was basically an AHL squad for most of this year, got them into the playoffs, and had them stand up to the #1 team in the league. There was definitely some shiat play but you can't say the Wings gave it to them easy.  We need fewer injuries.  We'll get better defense and consistent play from all lines as the amazing youngsters we have grow into their roles and each other alongside our senior leadership next year.  Hopefully the organization trims the dead weight of certain invisible players they had to rely on who I shall leave nameless at this point.


I did put a question mark there...Once the big names came back during the playoff push, things picked up.  There was a lot of anti-Babcock sentiment to go with the anti-Howard sentiment and the anti-Helm sentiment (well earned btw).  I don't want to see him gone, but management may be thinking of dumping him.
 
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