I've spent most of this season being fairly optimistic and even-keel about this team, but, as I mentioned in the chat today, it's hard not to notice how this team has changed over the course of the season. We were on fire early on. Not only were we racking up wins, but we were doing so in dominating fashion. Right around January we tapered off. Ok, that's bound to happen. However, I haven't seen that truly dominant team since then. We've been getting wins still, but they haven't felt the same. Far more close, 1 goal games. Frankly, we've played fairly average compared to early on; I haven't seen many extended stretches of really great play or downright awful play. We've just been sort of "good enough".
I still don't know what to think, but I agree, the warm fuzzies have been replaced with some real concern. This is still a good team, but let's face it: we're Blues fans. We are more than well aware of this team's track record during the course of it's existence, so it's not unheard of for us to be overly sensitive to what we're seeing. Especially at this time of the season. When I see comments like, "they aren't trying", "they don't seem to care", "someone needs to motivate them", that's alarming to me. If you're playing on a team that has never won a championship and you're in the spot they are, it shouldn't take a whole lot to be motivated. It shouldn't take anything. You're in what should be a self-motivating situation. If you "aren't trying" or "not caring" right now, you have no business being on this team.
All I know is it felt like we had something special here this season. There's still time to turn it around and get some momentum with these last few games, but it better happen quick. That's just truth. I'm not being a doubter, I'm not being a chicken little. Anyone with eyes and a heart for this team can see it. Hopefully the players do too. If they can get on a run, anything can happen, but if we stumble into the playoffs that's going to make things exponentially harder for us. That extra gear was there once. Can they get it back again in time?
I sure hope so...
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