The whole point of this new post is to simply revisit posts, blogs, and quotes about the Sharks and break down how silly they all seem now…oh how the mighty have fallen…but man does it make me laugh to think about what we say sometimes. The hockey gods allow seasons to progress one way and one way only, their way. Our predictions mean absolutely nothing.
For example, in our first ever “Say What?” post I dug up this gem from www.bleacherreport.com dated October 8, 2011:
“… if you had told anyone that the Sharks would lose Setoguchi and Heatley this offseason, they would have thought all Stanley Cup Finals hopes were gone for San Jose. But the Sharks are again legitimate contenders probably, now more than ever. Saturday night, the Sharks will be without starting goaltender Antti Niemi and key offseason acquisition Havlat. Instead, it will be Thomas Greiss in net and youngster Tommy Wingels at the wing. Sharks hockey is back!” ~Scott Semmler
Do I really even need to explain why anyone would find this crazy following the ball of fire that erupted around this team? And not the “Hey we’re awesome” kind of ball of fire…more like “We’re going down in flames” kind. No, didn’t think so. Sharks hockey was back…momentarily; and had Griess been given more of a chance to develop throughout the year perhaps there would have been some different outcomes throughout the season. Would the Sharks have been “back”? Probably not, but maybe some damage could have been minimized.
I am completely guilty of making a similar prediction to that of Scott’s as many of you also probably are, but to him, you and me, I say “legitimate contenders”? Say what? Not so much.