After tonight, being shut out 3 times in the last 4 games, time for St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo to go. The Blues have struggled from the start of this season. A team that was supposed to contend for the Stanley Cup, is not responding to this coach. Enough said. Make a change now before the year is wasted.
Two Army Rangers, one a Sgt., the other a Staff Sgt. ( I am sorry I don’t have their names), were introduced and honored before the Blues/Predators playoff game tonight. Then the singing of the Anthem was dedicated to the flood victims in the St. Louis area and throughout Missouri. Charles Glenn who often sings the anthem before Blues games, sang the beginning phrase, then stepped aside from the microphone and sang along with the fans. Over 19,000, a full house, sang the National Anthem together, louder and sweeter than I have ever heard any crowd at any sporting event sing it, EVER. I heard it on the radio as I was pulling into my garage, to go watch the game on TV. I never, ever heard it clearer or louder, or with more pride.
I have never been prouder of St. Louis fans EVER. Even the radio announcers…….after the last note………..said AWESOME; OVER 19,000 SING THE ANTHEM LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD IT. You have never heard a football crowd of 70,000 sing it that loud and clear, ever. I am being honest here………it had me in near tears.
LETS GO BLUES!
It ain’t over until the Blues say its over. Game 6 in Nashville on Sunday. Go Blues!
I’ve been going to St. Louis Blues games from the beginning of the franchise (1967). Many of the those years in the old building, the Arena, then when is was called the Checkerdome…and now Scottrade. One of the greatest nights of Blue’s Hockey took place last evening and I shared it with my daughter, who hadn’t been to a game since she was little, my son-in-law attending his first Blue’s game and my significant-other, we’ve been often. Bobby Plager, had his number 5 raised to the rafters alongside his brother’s, Barclay Plager (number 8).
It was a beautiful, well deserved and long over-due ceremony. The Blues did it with class! Bobby spoke to the crowd, and in typical Bobby Plager fashion praised the organization, his former teammates, fans and family. The best moment, when they raised # 5, about half-way up, # 8 was lowered alongside # 5 and together they finished the ascension to the top.
We’ve met Bobby a number of times at his sports bar and grill (Bobby’s Place), he is kind and enjoyable to be around; unlike many sports celebrities today. Thank you Bobby!
I’ll end it there, where Bobby Plager belongs…..at the top next to his beloved brother Barclay.
Outstanding player, great citizen.
The Winter Classic was played in Busch Stadium with the Arch in the background. The Blues won the game 4 – 1 before a crowd of over 45,000 fans. The game was tied 1 – 1 before Vladimir Tarasenko took over, scoring two goals late in the third period. Alexander Steen add an empty netter to close the scoring.
A perfect finish to the weekend and New Year for St. Louis and Blues fans. Oh I should mention the visiting team was the Chicago Blackhawks.