Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Panthers Do Or Die

This is it.

The last call for all who care.

We've said games are must wins, but now they really are. Say what you want about mathematics, but a loss against Toronto tomorrow night will be the final nail in the coffin.

The end of a season that contained such promise.

Yet another season watching everybody but us in the playoffs.

Any player that can't get up for this one should be cut from the team, perhaps during the second intermission. Any player that doesn't dive to block a shot from the point should be benched. Any player that doesn't take that extra stride, step into the slot to get a shot off with a defender barreling down, does not belong on this team.

Looking at the schedule, this is one of our most winnable games left this season. We have lost four games in a row. Things have gotten so bad that a win tomorrow night doesn't even put us back into the top eight. But it certainly keeps hope with some critical games coming up.

This is not an overstatement. This is not a drill. This is an actual emergency. Had this been a test, the rest of this blog would go on to talk about the margin for error that we have left, and about the positives that we have taken from the past few games.

I repeat, this is an actual emergency.

That is all.

Playoffs or bust.

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