The one about final thoughts before game four

Today is a good day.  It started good, and it’s going to end even better.  I had to go to the DMV to get my license renewed, and was only there for 25 minutes.  Clearly, the gods are smiling on Charlotte, and I think all Checkers fans and players should get to share in the positive energy.
The game that begins in a little over two hours, is going to be a great game.  Our team is fighting for their lives, and I still have total and complete faith in them to pull through.

We’ve all heard the stats… only two AHL teams have overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series to win… those teams were the 1960 Amerks and the 1989 Red Wings.  Three NHL teams have accomplished the same feat, most recently the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, who went on to compete for the Stanley Cup.  The other two teams were the 1942 Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders.  I think it’s about time that the Charlotte Checkers have their name added to that list in 2011.

This team that didn’t exist a little over a year ago, they have dug themselves deep into the fabric of Charlotte, and buried themselves deep in my heart.  Over the course of 80 games during the regular season, I went from being a casual fan of the team, to believing so strongly in the team, the players, and the organization, that I will do anything in my power to support them, from my living room in front of my laptop and AHL live, to driving to places three states away.

So tonight, I’ll be cheering for my team, confident that I’ll be seeing them in person on Monday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.  These guys, who’s average age is only 23, they are the heart and soul of the team.  When I was 23, I was barely out of college, so unsure of what the future held, but our team has this level of passion, and energy and maturity that can’t be contained.  They’ve made me laugh, cry, scream.  I’ve had sleepless nights because of them, lost my voice on more than one occasion, shared dozens of beers with friends in celebration of them (and at times, sorrow as well).  I’ve met amazing people because of the Checkers.   They’ve made me smile, and they have made me so proud to be from Charlotte, and a season ticket holder of their inaugural season.  This team, I believe in them with every ounce of my being.  So tonight, tonight I’m going to cheer for them.  I’m going to lose my voice, and I’m going to be there for them for the 60 minutes (or more) it takes.

These Checkers… I believe in them.  I think the rest of you do, too.

Lets Go Checkers

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