The Shutout Jinx: Buffalo Vs. San Jose Media Discuss (Sorta)
I am not going to say it, let alone type it.
Before Ryan Miller secured his, um, win, against the San Jose Sharks, John Vogl of the Buffalo News tweeted this irresponsible thought, well and safe within, he thought, of the strength of the Buffalo News’ “One Newspaper Town Professional Media Impunity Rules and other Constitutional Stuff We will Change as we go along” catalogue:
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Which was surprisingly followed up by:
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Ha! Indeed! You funny lark, you.
Yea, it’s “quite the surprise” that a NHL legion of fans (or players, for that matter), would follow such esoteric superstitions. No, it’s just those of us who have followed this game since the inception of trees that begat hockey sticks.
Whether it be the team broadcast or the team/news Twitter, reporters just need to hush the shh up about shh-outs. Are they going to influence the outcome of the game, by uttering/typing the word “shoutout” (or shh-out)?
Or yes? The Vancouver broadcasting crew was all over this jinx:
Count the jinxes. I counted TEN.
Still, they were all haplessly unsuccessful: weird!
What to make of this classic jinx? Dang, there was even this first period backstab – from the Sabres themselves:
I am guessing that they all somehow cancelled each other out – that the hockey gods were so embarrassed by the repeated offenses, that they just walked away from this one, and left the game, with the Sabres sucking for life and wind, and the Sharks shooting blind and wide.
And I am not going to say, let alone type, what this team might do from this point on.
We’ll leave that up to the hockey gods, right, Mr. Vogl?
Let’s all just enjoy the ride.
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