This is something that has been brewing for a while, and it is time it was said.
To those who have followed me and know my writing, I thank you. To those who have followed me and like what I have to say, I thank you even more.
For those who know me, you know I don't write in the first person a lot. I prefer to talk about the game, the action, anything except me. I have always felt that the game of hockey is far more interesting than I ever could be, that more people would like to read about the Avs than me. That said, there's something that I need to say: I am tired of glum, depressing and moody.
I am a fanatic for superhero movies. Growing up I had a guilty pleasure for all things superheroes, from “Batman: The Animated Series” to the campy and, I'll admit, terrible “Batman and Robin.” For a person like me, living in the current movie climate is great; I get to watch about four superhero movies a year, and usually two of them are good.
However, recently the movies based on DC Comics characters have taken a turn toward the gloomy. For Batman it worked, but for Superman? Not really. Superman is not gloomy. As my friend Rob Ryan, movie critic for the Gainesville Sun, wrote, he's patriotic and positive and everything we want the world to be like. Lately these movies have taken on a darker tone to match a darker world. Thank goodness for Marvel for bringing fun back to superhero movies.
If it were just the movies I'd be fine, but gloomy seems to pervade everything. Now there are trolls in every chatroom trying to piss off the posters who actually have something to say. Nowadays it is cool to hate something and lame to love it. On internet boards, I see people spouting off opinions looking for validation rather than believing what they're saying.
Why can't they just do their research, make a stance and stick to it, regardless of what people think? There are those who do, fellow blogger Jibblescribbits being the best example and a man I respect for sticking to his guns no matter what others say.
To make matters worse, this glum mentality has invaded the Pepsi Center. True, the team has not met the lofty expectations this team has placed upon it but there are people there who give fans a weird look if they cheer, as if they are offended by the noise.
We stand on the precipice of a new era in an Avalanche hockey, and the more I think about it, the more excited I get. Being a positive person most of the time, I am ready for passion to return to the ice that the Avalanche skate upon. The longer I have thought about it, the more I could not ignore the feeling in my heart that passion has to return to the stands, too. There are those in Avalanche Nation that want to scream to the heavens for their team.
To those people, I say "Go for it." Don't let anything or anyone stop you from cheering on your team.
Your passion is infectious; I know from personal experience. Let it infect those around you and bleed into them. I love fans like you because you reflect the optimist in me. I love to go down to Avs games to escape the darkness that pervades our world, not to be reminded of it.
I am tired of glum, moody and depressed, especially when it comes to the Avalanche. Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic have infused passion back into the team.
I do not know what will happen in the new era. All that I know is I'm tired of the gloom and doom. I'm ready to escape it, even if the only escape is the confines of Pepsi Center.