As the dust settles and reality begins to set in, a summer filled with Stanley Cup celebration comes to an official end with the start of the regular season just one day away. This year will be different, though. Everything will be so, so different.
To start things off, I'd like give a little shoutout to the Blues fans who have been following along with Blues Buzz since our start in 2015. Since then, we have seen it all. Early exits. Missed playoffs. Deep dents. And finally, the Holy Grail. Thank you for being a part of our history.
Things will never be the same.
You see, the Blues could lose the first thirty games this season and I wouldn't care. OK, I would care a little, but that's not the point. The point is, there is no more pressure on these players to bring the first Stanley Cup to St. Louis. We got it and we're grateful. Now the focus is to repeat, but I'm looking forward to Blues fans being less critical when it comes to evaluating the team.
There will be some unavoidable complaints from bandwagon Blues fans this year. While we can't change that, we can change the way we enjoy Blues hockey.
We can stop throwing tantrums when the Blues lose. Hell, this preseason I saw some people acting like the world was going to end when we were losing. In the PRESEASON! After we WON THE CUP! Loosen up. Try to sit back and relax. Know that we're champions and know that nobody can ever take that away from us.
The way I look at it, there is basically no way the Blues will be in last place midway through the season (again). I highly doubt that the team who went from the bottom to the top will start off this next season at the bottom. But like I said, even if that is the case, the majority of Blues fans won't really mind it. Losses—in the playoffs and in the regular season—will never be as heartbreaking as they used to be. Having a Stanley Cup banner in our rafters changes that. Blues fans have lost their ability talk trash on Doug Armstrong. We can no longer complain about a lot of the petty things we used to complain about. That's just what having a Stanley Cup does. It makes us winners.
Tonight is like Christmas Eve. We've all been patiently waiting for puck drop ever since Kerber yelled "The game is over". You know what else is over? Other fan bases calling us losers. Trash talk that is impossible to rebuttal due to lack of accomplishments. Being a sore Blues fan.
Things will never be the same, and I wouldn't want it any other way.