a year ago today
nathan horton went down, and the whole thing turned completely.
i know it's not very rational or scientific, you can't back it up with stats, but in my view the outcomes of sport are so much more about intangibles than anything you can put on paper. i won't say i predicted anything when horton went down, but i distinctly recall feeling everything shift at that moment. the body language of the players and an intense gut feeling told me that, at least for that game, we were f-ed. by the time the game was over i had lost any confidence that we would see a canucks stanley cup. i didn't give up on it but all of a sudden i just didn't see it coming any more.
i don't know how that kind of thing works but it fascinates me. even after torres' hit in the first round, same thing. the series turned but fortunately the boys pulled it together. once i heard the news schneider was in, i had the feeling there would be no upset after all. not that i thought he was the better goalie, but rather that switching it up like that could change the atmosphere and the flow. I still believe it did. despite losing that one i feel the momentum of the hawks was slowed and the nucks came back together.
on paper, in the final they all should have been like games 1 and 2. not necessarily in the sense of vancouver winning, but they should have been close-fought games like that. tense, down to the wire and won by near margins. those two teams were so evenly matched, those blowouts never should have happened, and i feel now as much as i did then and in years before that there is something in the mix in vancouver that makes the team more vulnerable to breakdowns than it should be, more than other teams i think. is it the city, the fans, luongo, a.v.? i have no idea, and doubt it's any one single thing, but i'm certain it's there and i hope it doesn't last.
Edited by canso, 06 June 2012 - 04:20 AM.