It’s a tough time to be a St. Louis Blues fan, as the Blues, one of the highest point getters in the regular season, were swept out of the playoffs last Sunday by the underdog Los Angeles Kings. It’s hard to see your team, especially when heavily favored, be embarrassed in such a fashion.
So in an effort to cheer up our fellow Midwesterners, I decided to reminisce on some of the biggest and most profound moments in the history of St. Louis sports. After reading several of these positive moments, I have little doubt that they’ll be feeling better in no time.
Super Bowl XXXVI – After posting a NFL best 14-2 regular season record and with Kurt Warner heading a prolific offense dubbed “The Greatest Show on Turf,” the Rams marched into Super Bowl 36 fourteen point favorites over the upstart New England Patriots. Some guy named Tom Brady helped orchestrate one of the biggest upsets in NFL history by leading the Patriots to a 20-17 victory over the Rams, marking the last time any football fan from St. Louis heard strange terms like “NFC Championship” or “Super Bowl.”
Brett Hull & Brendan Shanahan – Former Blue Brendan Shanahan was traded from Hartford (who had acquired him from St. Louis) to Detroit during their cup run of 96-97, becoming a key member of a team that would go on to win three Stanley Cups during his tenure. Similarly, after playing in St. Louis for 11 years, Brett Hull signed with the Dallas Stars in 1998 as a free agent, promptly winning the Stanley Cup that had eluded him his entire career. This cemented St. Louis as a “nice place to play,” but not the place to be if you wanted to actually win anything.
September 28, 2011 – The St. Louis Cardinals were able to sneak into the MLB playoffs after a historic collapse by the Atlanta Braves. St. Louis fans would go on to celebrate after the Cardinals would eventually win the World Series, proclaiming that one of their teams would never collapse when it mattered most before pausing and awkwardly staring at one another.
Brian Elliot’s 2011-2012 Season – St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliot surprised the hockey world in 2011 as he lead the league in goals against average and save percentage, especially after he was cast away from Colorado. This lead Blues fans to celebrate having two starting goaltenders, lauding the fact that it would be alright if main goaltender Jaroslav Halak was to get hurt at a key time before pausing and awkwardly staring at one another again.
May 16th, 1996 – After making a bold move to trade for Wayne Gretzky during the 95-96 season, Blues fans knew that he would have an extremely positive impact for them during what was sure to be a Stanley Cup run. And he did, assisting on Steve Yzerman’s game winning, double overtime goal in game seven of the Western Conference semi-finals between the Blues and Red Wings.
May 4th, 2013 – After a hard fought and tough game, Blues captain David Backes scores a gritty goal in overtime to lead Team USA to victory during a game in the 2013 IIHF World Championships.