I’ve read on the internets and heard from callers that people who don’t think the Blues are going to rebound from a 3-0 deficit and beat Vancouver are somehow not real Blues fans.
Because you don’t have a blind belief that your team is going to win every series, you’re a bandwagon jumper?
I think you can be realistic and still be a “real” fan. I buy Blues tickets each year, including the two years after the lockout. The Blues are the only hockey team I root for. I was ten years old when I went to my first game. I worked as an usher/ticket taker at the old Arena, and bought tickets when I was in college. I was crushed when the Blues were knocked out of the playoffs before winning the Stanley Cup in 1981, 1991 and 2000. So I think I’ve earned “real fan” status.
There have been 531 best-of-seven playoff series in NHL history. Of those, 155 have had one team take a 3-0 lead. And twice…in 1942 and 1975…teams down 3-0 have come back to win the series. So based on history, the Blues have a .13 chance of coming back to win this series. Mathematically, according to whowins.com , the chances are 6.25%.
So yes, the Blues do have a chance to win the series. But the odds against the Blues winning are staggering. I don’t believe they’re going to win, but I still think I’m a fan.