Wednesday, October 25, 2006
The last 4 years...
Watching our team; knowing they have a frozen puck's chance in Florida of winning...
I am not sure where you were. I am not sure what you thought. But I believe I felt it.
For a brief 5-second stretch, our eyes opened wide and our jaws dropped.
Maybe you screamed as I did.
Maybe you ran up the stairs to revel in the goal with a friend, as Adam did.
Maybe you just stood there, with your hands on top of your head.
Maybe you looked to the heavens and thanked Badger Bob.
Maybe you didn't even care, because you're starving to death in a third-world country.
Some will say it was like Mario. Or even Jagr. I digress.
Tonight was something more.
We have seen it all. We watched Mario raise the Cup. The goals. The Comeback.
We saw Nedved in 4 OT's. We saw Jagr, on one leg, win Game Six against these very same Devils...and all the other moments that number 68 gave us.
Kaspar the Friendly Ghost still gives us goosebumps, with the thought of him gliding on that frozen sheet of Buffalo ice in Game 7.
Nothing should surprise us.
And looking at it objectively, this goal was just like any other goal.
They may not make the playoffs; they may not win 30 games. The entire team may need emergency appendectomies.
But for 5 seconds, there was no mention of arena quarrels and gambling.
There was just a feeling of "what the hell just happened".
Looking at your friends...they know it.
Looking at strangers and just shaking your head in a stunned, but happy jubilation.
Yes, it's October. We have no idea what kind of ride we are in for.
But, let it be said...from the highest highs of Mt. Washington, to the lowest lows of South Oakland:
"Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust. And when you're up, it's never as good as it seems. And when you're down, you never think you'll be up again."
Folks, we are up...if only for a short while.
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