The St. Louis Blues have finally ended the longest championship drought in pro sports! Seeing Captain Alex Pietrangelo become the first Blue in history to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup brought a tear to my eye. Blues Nation has been waiting for this moment for a long time. It was so good to see former players come back to celebrate with the current team. These guys have said all along that they wanted to do this for everyone who wore the Blue Note before them. It was great to see young Children's Hospital patient Laila Anderson on the ice holding & kissing the cup with her friend Colton Parayko. I'm looking forward to the victory parade on Saturday afternoon. Play Gloria all day long! We Got The Cup! Let's Go Blues!
Post by on_the_edge on Jun 13, 2019 23:28:43 GMT -5
As a Detroit sports fan I discovered I have a reason to be happy the Blues won. If Boston had they would have became the second city ever to have reigning champions in 3 of the 4 major leagues. Since they lost there remains one, my Detroit. Way back in 30s when I think they had only 3 sports covered. Funny thing is the Lions were one of the three. They know are one of the franchises with longest championship droughts.
I'm thinking about heading down there for the parade Saturday. Could be a once in a lifetime moment!
Did you go to the parade, kazreturns ? I watched it on TV. It was so cool to see the players get off the trucks to not only greet the fans, but also bring Lord Stanley's Cup right into the crowd for people to touch. Bobby Plager always said that a Blues victory parade would be the biggest thing St. Louis ever saw, and damned if he wasn't right!
It was so awesome to see St. Louis' own Jon Hamm in a truck with Blues alumni like Jeff Brown & the Cavallini Brothers. Of course, Laura Branigan's "Gloria" blaring the whole time made me feel like I was a kid again watching the Cardinals celebrate the 1982 World Series as everyone sang along to "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang.
It was so good to see MVP Ryan O'Reilly say that St. Louis is a great hockey town full of good people. He said from day one when he was told that Buffalo traded him to St. Louis: "Let's go get the Cup!", and he did just that. It was also nice to see "Hometown Hero" Pat Maroon give his son the Cup. I remember seeing Maroon come to town and score a goal as a visiting player last year with his son crying in the stands. I hope he sticks around more than just this one year.
It was also great to see Jordan "Do I Look Nervous?" Binnington finally show some F'n emotion! I don't care how drunk & incoherent Brett Hull was. He's wanted this for the city for a long time. He's earned the right to party just like the fans & the entire organization. It was so nice to see special consultant and Hall Of Famer Larry Robinson get his 10th ring--one for the thumb, or as he showed Boston--the middle finger. Also, can we finally take the "interim" out of head coach Craig "The Chief" Berube's title? How cool was it to see them put their good luck charm Laila Anderson front and center in the parade and on stage? Seeing them bring the cup to her was a very special moment.
I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone in the FG community who's read, liked & commented on this historic event. "We All Bleed Blue" is more than just a team slogan. It's a way of life for the players, coaches, and fans. It's been a Hell of a ride! Let's do this again next year! Play Gloria Forever! We Finally Got The Cup! Let's Go Blues!
Post by on_the_edge on Jun 17, 2019 3:34:38 GMT -5
topdollar Enjoy it man. You guys have earned it. As a Wings fan I know what a great feeling it is and wonderful way to start the summer off. I saw my boys go from deadwings to ending the Cup drought. Plus some of the best teams of all time. You guys better repeat because with The Captain, Yzerman, back in Motown we will be Hokeytown once again real soon.
I hope Stevie Y can lead the Wings back to greatness for you. I have many memories of the Blues & Wings--not to mention Hawks, Stars & Leafs--battling it out in the old "Chuck" Norris Division. I just hope you don't have to wait 52 years like we did. I'll be 46 next month, but it seems like we've all waited 100 years for this. Good luck next year. Hope to see you in the Stanley Cup Finals next year. It seems weird saying that instead of Western Conference Finals. Damn that realignment!
Post by on_the_edge on Jun 17, 2019 13:17:47 GMT -5
Yea while Detroit being in the East makes sense geography wise and fits other leagues it just seems weird compared to the history. The one advantage is one day we could see Wings/Blues or Wings/Blackhawks in finals. Either way next few years should be fun.