|#2 Chuck Bennis wasn't the only Grizzly who had his hands full on Sunday afternoon vs The Chiefs|
|Joe Namath's famous moment with Suzy Kolber on MNF|
You know I had more than a few conversations over the weekend with some hockey people around the league about the Grizzlies. Let's just call them "unnamed BCHL sources" and leave it at that. As I was trying to map out the current situation as I see with the Grizzlies, I kept going back to the RMS Titanic. Yeah, that's right, the Titanic, the Royal Mail Ship Titanic.
|A long series of errors was all it took to send Titanic to the bottom in April of 1912|
Believe it or not, many years ago I used to be a card carrying member of get this: The Titanic Historical Society. I am sure that they still exits somewhere and I don't have either the time nor the inclination to Google them at the moment. But back in 1981, I was very proud to have had this little card in the sleeve of my wallet with my name on it. The card read "Titanic Historical Society, Chicago Illinois". Truth be told, I am only about 90% sure that they were out of Chicago but I don't really think that its all that important to my story.
For the past week or so now I have been noticing all these little things that the Grizzlies are not doing quite so well. Sometimes its a big thing, like a bad penalty or sometimes its something small and subtle like a shift which went on just a bit too long. It might be an injury or a mental lapse. Sometimes its something which happens on the ice. Sometimes its something off the ice. Sometimes its something I sense on the road or maybe something I see around the Q Centre. It doesn't really matter, but I can see it. I have even seen a few things in the Broadcast Booth that Yours Truly would like to do over again, if I am being honest.
|It will take more than just #12 PJ Conlon scoring in 6 of his last 10 games to secure the Grizzlies a playoff spot|
Those people on the Titanic didn't lose their lives just because her builders, Harland and Wolff had failed to place the vertical bulkheads high enough to stop water from spilling aft should the forward part of the hull be breached. It wasn't just the rivets from Belfast which were made of a cheaper steel to increase the profit margin in the great ship's construction. Those people didn't die that night just because she didn't have enough lifeboats either. And perhaps most tragic of all, it wasn't because a nearby ship, the SS Californian, who was in visual sight of Titanic as she slowly sank, had turned off her Morse Code radios for the night because the regulations in those days permitted such lunacy.
|Passing ships mistakenly thought Titanic's distress flares were mere company signals and paid no attention as disaster loomed in the still and frigid waters of the North Atlantic|
And that's where the Grizzlies are at the moment. They are a club who are struggling through a very tough slump to be sure, the worst stretch in many years and one which could cost the team a spot in the BCHL Playoffs. In my humble view, the Grizzlies are dealing with a whole bunch of little things quite frankly, none of which are going right at the moment.
Whatever the issues are, the answers are in that organization, not just the Dressing Room. A 7 game winning streak in January is proof that the ability to win is still very much in place. But everyone and I do mean everyone, over these final six games will need to pull a little harder and do his or her job just a little better than they did yesterday. We are each going to have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and simply get on with it pure and simple. And that includes me too by the way.
I like that line from that Stanley Kubrick 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket. "Yep, this is one big sh#t sandwich and we're all gonna have to take a bite."
|Actor R. Lee Ermey, a former USMC Drill Instructor, ad libbed most of his lines in Kubrick's classic tale of Vietnam|
And when the whole tumultuous season is over, no matter what happens, I think I might just look up that group of geeky Titanic enthusiasts with whom I used to swap stories with way back in the day. I wonder if they will charge me very much for a membership card which I suspect is very much in arrears? Until then I will talk to you tomorrow night from "The Stick" in Cowichan. -CC