Hell will have to freeze over for the Sharks to win against the Red Wings…

This photo taken by expert photographer, Patrick Phillips, of today’s omen of a snowstorm.

…I say this, because no one, and I mean NO ONE is giving the San Jose Sharks a chance in their 2nd round series against the Detroit Red Wings.

I don’t know how long I’ve been a hockey fan.  I have a pretty good idea of where it started, though…

At first, it seemed like a good idea, marrying into a hockey family.  My wife and her entire family are from Detroit.  They are true natives, as my wife’s father even worked for Ford Motors his entire career.  With them, to Utah, they brought a momentum of fan-dom for teams like the Lions, Pistons, and of course, the Red Wings.  It’s as it should be.  There are a lot of Detroit Red Wings fans who are fans of the team, because it’s an easy choice.  The Red Wings bring with them a rich history (and a winning history, at that).  But my wife’s family has an obvious link to the Wings, so who could blame them?

My brother in law worked hard to convince me that hockey is where it’s at.  I never really cared too much for sports, growing up, so I wasn’t convinced.  I went to my first hockey game when I saw the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) vs some other team that I didn’t care about, either.  But by the end of the game, I was sort of enjoying myself.  At the 2nd intermission, I walked up to get a drink or something (I’ll make up the details as I see fit- it was a while ago) and ended up in the gift shop.  They had several NHL jerseys in the shop and I started to get a funny idea that I should buy one.  I think I even asked my brother in law what the closest NHL team to Chico, California was.  I bought a black XXL (it’s still waaaay too big) Sharks jersey.  Then I went and say down in my seat to finish the game as a wanna-be Sharks fan.  I even remember getting a few approving nods from close-by spectators.  It was exciting.  I had chosen a side and wasn’t going to look back.

Nowadays I dream in teal.  I get sick over losses and elated over wins.  I’m happy that I picked a team to root for, who has never won The Cup.  I’m growing with the team.  When they win The Cup for the first time, it will be new for the team, as well as myself.

By the way- It’s snowing like a banshee in Utah, right now (and it’s almost May!).  Hell is starting to freeze over, and the Sharks are on the attack…

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