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Apathy setting in
How much more losing are we supposed to put up with?
3/11/13 - By Paul Krill -

I don't know about the rest of you, but when the Sharks lose 14 out of 18 games, either in regulation or afterward, it becomes more and more difficult to justify watching the games for two-and-a-half hours every other day. Not to mention the team rarely scores any goals, so there's not much excitement for Sharks fans to see.

It gets a lot easier to acquiesce and let the kids switch the channel to Nickelodeon or watch "Ramona and Beezus" on DVD. So lately, I've been in the habit of, well, maybe switching the channel once the Sharks fall behind and then checking back again in five minutes, maybe longer, to see if they've clawed their way back. Then, there was last Saturday's Blues game, where the Sharks took a solid two-goal lead into the third period and ended up losing just the same.

As difficult as it is to acknowledge, the Sharks look like they have ridden the same horses (Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle, etc) for simply too long. Unfortunately, I'm not seeing much room for optimism. The Sharks' top players are mostly well into their 30s (except for Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski). And the farm system is looking pretty bleak these days.

Meanwhile, recently acquired players such as Brent Burns and Martin Havlat have not provided the spark needed to get the Sharks to a long playoff run. I just received my playoff invoice today and am wondering if I'll even be charged for any round at all, given that making the playoffs is a big question mark for the Sharks right now.

We're reminded of the nostalgia of the 1990s, when this site was mockingly called "The Bottom Feeder" because the Sharks lost far more often than they won. Oh, well. Baseball season will soon be upon us and both Bay Area teams did very well last year. So maybe we can watch some winning and some scoring from those teams soon. The Sharks have failed to deliver on both counts this season.

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