Can you believe the audacity of Tampa Bay Lightning fans enjoying their hockey team?
As we know, the Tampa Bay Lightning are first place in the National Hockey League right now, and are hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs in a competitive match tonight. There are plenty of things for the Lightning faithful to be excited over: three players putting up over a point-per-game in Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos, Norris Trophy-winning defenceman Victor Hedman living up to the hype when he was drafted second behind John Tavares, and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy putting up a Vezina-calibre season.
Even somewhat nobodies like Yanni Gourde have emerged into bonafide standout top-six forwards, and the depth of players like JT Miller, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn give Tampa Bay one of, if not the deepest forward group in the league. No team can really touch the skill level all-around that this roster has, especially when you consider the past GM wizardry of Steve Yzerman to keep it all intact. Even though he’s all but gone for Detroit (despite no actual confirmation of the fact, but I heard it on a podcast or something), Stevie Y has really put his fingerprints all over this roster.
And yet. Tampa Bay fans seem to think being good means something, despite the fact they haven’t won a Stanley Cup since Paul Martin was in office? Facebook may or may not have been invented yet? Most of their good players were younger than they are now?
It’s just ludicrous for these fans to be enjoying themselves and think that their regular season success means anything. Personally, they shouldn’t even be allowed to smile until Dan Girardi is carrying the Stanley Cup outside of whatever the hell the arena is called these days. Lol, come back to me when you’ve won something meaningful, Bolts fans. Until then you’re just another playoff choker.