Friday, February 11, 2011
Adding the Spleenless to the Heartless
Admittedly, I didn't catch the most recent week in Avalanche bed shitting due to time spent in LA, where it seems only the Lakers and the NBA are acknowledged as sports. When I was boarding my plane home last night, I was actually convinced I cared about the Lakers-Celtics game that was in progress. That's how quickly I had been brainwashed. Thankfully, it only took about 15 minutes of watching the game in the airport and on my Frontier free preview Direct TV to realize I couldn't give a shit about this "huge game." Couldn't even bring myself to drop the $6 to watch the Nugs-Mavs game that would soon follow the conclusion of that game. Turns out that was a pretty damn good game for the Nugs judging by the final score and seeing the last 5 seconds of highlights. I just figured my money was better spent on $5 gin and tonics. But I digress....
The point of this post wasn't to rip on LA sports or the NBA, it was to complain about how the Avs have treated their once promising and entertaining season like a five dollar hooker. What the hell happened to this consistently resilient team since the week before the All-Star break? With their suspect defense, crap goal tending, and never-ending series of injuries, it wasn't terribly difficult to predict a lull in the offense at some point and would spell trouble. But I wasn't expecting it to be this prolonged and hideous. Again, I haven't seen the last few games, but judging from the scores and what I saw right before and after the all-star break, I'm going to say this team isn't playing with much heart right now (no PP goals in like 5 games?!?!). And now the Avs are relying on He Without Spleen to inject some life back into a season that is hanging by a thread. I'm not sure it can happen. But I guess it will be more interesting to watch them coast toward a lottery pick.