With playoffs starting Saturday morning, the time is just flying by. I have my last game of the season tonight before playoffs start. So much is being put on me to perform, just like in the last 6-7 years previous to this one. All my teams are counting on me to make an impact. The only one who has doubts before Saturday comes is me.
A little background….
I was never an athletic superstar in high school or college. I participated in sports, but I was never good enough. I had my share of victories and success. A majority of my time in sports back then was all tough. That is however, all before I started playing hockey. The regular season is a grind for me with me playing so much. However, playoffs are where I have made my mark. I have had so much success with so many teams, varying from top teams to teams that just barely made it in. I don’t know what it is, but a light just goes off and I get a rush like you wouldn’t believe. Teams I play against know it all too well, just as teams I play for do as well.
So what does that mean? It means that I am going to be a little nervous up to the point when I go out there to play and then I will relax….as normal. I will settle into my game and play well on Saturday.
Tonight, really doesn’t matter. The Dragons are in 4th or 5th place. Win or lose today, we are in the playoff picture. I am looking at this game as a warmup (no pun intended cause its 88 degrees outside right now) to Saturday’s playoff games. I will play solid. I will play confident. I will be successful on Saturday.
Friday night at least will be entertaining. Normally, the day before playoffs is a low key day. Friday for me will be spent in the Imax watching the new Batman movie. I am really looking forward to that. Especially with the theater sold out.
Before I know it, Saturday will be over and the weekend will be half gone. That is one thing I continue to notice and that is the older I get, the faster time seems to fly.