Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
April 9, 2011
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And now, we wait. It’s a scenario every fan fears – team Y is in as long as team X loses. For fans of the New York Rangers, that fear just started to kick in. They’ve got a healthy 4 and a half hours until the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, take on the “already in the playoffs, let’s rest our best” Tampa Bay Lightning. Worse still, the game is being played in Carolina, one of the loudest stadiums in the league and where the Zombie Whalers are 22-13-5. The Ranger faithful were chanting “Let’s Go Lightning” as the clock winded down at MSG. They know they need a big performance out of the Lightning, a team that is no longer just playing for glory. Around 5’oclock eastern, that fear is going to grow into paranoia as Rangers fan’s start to worry that maybe Tampa Bay won’t bring their A-team to the rink tonight. Should the Carolina game run scoreless or, even worse, should the Lightning surrender that crucial first goal, that paranoia will turn to anger. They’ll be mad at the Lightning, for not helping them win. They’ll be mad at the Rangers, for not scoring that crucial shootout goal, or not being able to close out a win in regulation. They’ll be mad at themselves for getting suckered into another season to only be left heartbroken at the final buzzer. That’s going to lead to hate. They’re going to hate Marian Gaborik for scoring his lowest amount of goals, in a season in which he played at least 60 games, since the lockout. They’re going to be mad at Chris Drury for getting injured early and often, and therefore suffering his worst pro-season ever (1 G, 4 A, 24 GP.) All that being mad is going to be for naught, cause in the end it will just be them suffering. Because fear leads to anger, and anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering. But you already knew that. But that can all be avoided with a Tampa Bay win. A rocket laser from Stamkos. A 40-save performance from Rolly the Goalie. But that’s only speculation. That’s something that only Tampa can control. The only thing Rags fans can really do is sit back and wait, and wish.
This guy is waaaay ahead of me.