The Blackhawks and the Bulls off to losing starts in the Playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks v St. Louis Blues - Game Two

This lonely picture of a disconsolate Crawford epitomizes what all Blackhawks fans felt when, with 6 seconds left in Game Two of their First Round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, the Blues scored to tie up the game…again.  Not only did they score a late third period goal in Game One to tie up the game, but the fans and, of course, the players had to endure another 3 periods, essentially another game, only to see the Blues score the winning goal in OT 3.  That game was a heartbreaker.  So when they tied it late…AGAIN, I really lost it.  I started screaming and pounding on my desk.  I literally cleared my cats out of the room.  They had no idea why their crazy mom was freaking out, but they definitely weren’t sticking around to find out.  I just couldn’t believe it.  They had the game.  They had both of those games.  Who was this team on the ice allowing the opposing team to score so late in the game?  This couldn’t be the Stanley Cup Champions.  NO WAY!!  But unfortunately, it was and IS!!!  When the Blues scored the winning goal pretty quickly in the first overtime, I was just so let down.  I couldn’t watch any more hockey for the day.  I turned my attention to Day One of the NBA playoffs.  My BULLS weren’t playing their first game till the next day, so I thought I’d enjoy the competition between the first four match-ups.  Most of the games were pretty great.  In fact, 3 of 4 of the road teams took home wins.  While I thought that was pretty awesome, it also made me more nervous since my boys were the ones playing at home the next night.  I really didn’t need another reason to be nervous.  I was truly hoping that my boys would come out strong and make me proud.  But the Wizards quickly showed that they came to play.  One of their toughest covers, Nene, was back and unstoppable.  Jo just couldn’t control him.  And Nene in effect took Jo out of his game.  The refs were calling fouls left and right and in both the first and second quarters the BULLS got in the bonus early.  There were over 50 free throws taken all game between both teams.  That’s kind of ridiculous!!!!  Nonetheless, the Wizards played better defense, showing up one of the best defensive teams in the league.  My boys also managed to blow an all important 13 point lead in the third quarter.  I literally felt like I was on a roller coaster throughout the whole game. I was nauseous and depressed by the end when they lost.  In that moment, I swore that I wasn’t going to watch any more playoff games by either team.  I still feel sick to my stomach about how both of these series have started.  After devoting so much time this year to watching all of their regular season games, seeing how the playoffs are rolling out is such a letdown.  I know I can’t NOT watch them play.  But at the same time, I don’t want to be disappointed either.  I am so emotionally invested in these teams, especially the BULLS, that it’s mentally and physically (yes I feel SICK) draining when they don’t perform as I expect them to.  Maybe I shouldn’t watch sports if I don’t have the stomach for it.  Maybe I shouldn’t take it all so seriously.  Easier said than done.  Either way, I always feel this way after any loss.  I think to myself, ‘I’m not wasting my time anymore.’  Usually by the next day, I’ve shaken off the loss and of course I’ll watch them play the next game.  I have to support my guys…NO MATTER WHAT!!  That’s always been my motto.  And while that will continue to be my motto, I just wish I was able to shake off these losses.  This time it’s taking me much longer to shake them off.  I hope that’s not a sign of what’s to come.  I really need a win!  I really do!!

This photo captures the frustration that BULLS fans felt about the game and the joy Wizards fans must have been feeling!

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