The Playoff Run... in the bag? (Yes, repeat from my website)
by HockeyChic 04.03.2011
Throughout this season, we've had ups and downs. Winning streaks that elated our spirits, losing streaks and injury rosters that questioned our fan-hood. But in the end, there is one thing I can always say about the die-hard fans of SMashville and the endurance of the team: We Perservere.
I write this now, as we sit pretty in the #6 spot in the playoff run (with a strong chance at moving up!) and wonder openly if this is our year. Is this the year that the Predators finally see some well-earned respect as a team? Is this the year that Nashville loses the stigma of an 'off market' team?
This year has been better than many in my past 9 years of attending games. I've met a lot of new people, made a lot of new friends, and watched new players sparkle when 'old' players were out. I watched one of my favorites battle his inner demons and one of my least favorites step up and play his role as intended. Perhaps one of the best things I've seen, however, is Pekka Rinne coming into his own and proving to the rest of the world that he embodies amazing talent and skill. Peks has become, to most citizens of Smashville, Superman. Not to put undue pressure on him, but it is on the shoulders of that Superman that we will ride into the playoffs.
It is with my new mantra that I look forward to our last 3 games and to our upcoming playoff run. I will not settle for a first-round only playoff season this year... and I don't think my team will, either.
The smallest amount of faith is greater than the largest amount of doubt. #iBelieve #Preds
With that said, I want to send a great shout-out to some of my new friends that I hope to keep beyond the borders of hockey: Mark, Travis, Bryan, Jas, Jen, Ben... and the list goes on. You all know who you are, and I wanted to say "Thank You" for helping this season be one that is truly remarkable for me.