This whole town has gone hockey mad.
The Blues — the Saint Louis hockey team — started the season in last place and are now in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The real, pre-cup playoffs, not just the bogus extra rounds of pre-playoff wild card playoffs.
For some superstitious reason I don’t understand, the players adopted the Laura Branigan song “Gloria” as their team victory song. A local radio station played Gloria for 24 hours in a row. It progressed, and now if your name is Gloria you get free movie tickets. I mean, not everywhere, but free tickets at the Science Center’s pricey Omnimax theater, currently showing a documentary on Cuba, so no big win for the Glorias out there, but still. I’m sure lots of women will be claiming the name Gloria for free drinks at hockey bars.
And now some fans are attaching significance to the number 7, because on May 7 they played Game 7 for the 7th time on home ice and the winning shot was made by number 7 and I am seriously worried about the mental health of these people. (It goes on. Seven letters in “The Blues” and the puck drop was at 7:00.)
I watched part of game 7 (that phrase was seven syllables!), and though it was exciting because they clinched it in double overtime, I still prefer baseball. Fans don’t do this crazy hokum in baseball. Well, sometimes a squirrel runs across the field and magically provokes a rally: but that’s just verifiable cause and effect.