This kind of thing really bothers me. These are the headlines for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s post-game columns.
These aren’t the beat writers. I’m loathe to even link to them because they irk me so. The first one is by Jim Reeves, who, as far as I know, only watches home playoff games. I don’t even know what sport he covers for the Star-Telegram, but it’s not the Stars. The only time he pipes up, it seems, is to use bad puns and lame “comedy” to berate the team. Sometimes he wanders in to comment on their losing streaks during the season, but that’s about it.
And even worse is Jennifer Floyd-Engel. She doesn’t even usually wait for losses to criticize them. Her goal seems to be to come off tough and bold, so that usually leaves out anything complimentary.
I could be wrong that they hardly watch hockey, because I hardly read the Star-Telegram, to be honest. I’m more of a Dallas Morning News girl. Even with DMN, while I really like Mike Heika, the occasional football writers that drop in once a month to say that the Stars suck also irk me.
I don’t have a problem with criticism, but I am pretty surprised that they’re acting like the Stars haven’t shown up for any games ever. They had a dip when the opposition HAD to win. That’s how playoff series go. Even those that picked the Stars in this series (and they were very few) didn’t expect them to sweep.
The Stars won the first two games decisively. Nobody expected them to win the first two in Anaheim. We were all shocked at how well it was going. Nobody expected them to sweep! Now we’re supposed to be pissed at the Stars for turning in two bad periods.
Well. I’m not. That’s how playoff series go. The Ducks didn’t get where they are by rolling over when things look bad. And the Stars are still ahead. They didn’t lose the series. If you predict a seven-game series, that means the Stars will be losing at least three of them. So let’s all calm down that they lost a game. Sheesh.
In the third period they came on strong and it was very encouraging the way it ended. The beginning was bad, sure. Marty needs to steal a few of those. The rookies need to calm down, and the pack needs to get back close together. All of that is likely in the next game.
The Stars just need to play like they’re on the road. They shouldn’t worry about impressing the home crowd with anything fancy. And certainly they shouldn’t be reading the paper.