Stop the silliness: Blues shouldn't be ashamed for making premature Stanley Cup party plans

Alex Reimer
June 10, 2019 - 2:27 pm

The Bruins bested the Blues in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to send the series back to Boston, because Tuukka Rask put forth an exceptional performance and their top forwards finally got on the scoreboard. The Blues’ reported premature victory celebration had nothing to do with their defeat, despite snarky jabs from the Bruins media brigade. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has apologized for its “Dewey defeats Truman” moment, as it released ads congratulating the Stanley Cup champion Blues on its e-edition Sunday. The newspaper also published a thank you note from team chairman Tom Stillman, who recognized the fans for their support this season.

WEEI Bruins columnist and aficionado Matt Kalman admonished Stillman in his post-Game 6 column, saying the chairman “should know better” than penning a letter about a Stanley Cup win that hasn’t materialized. While that makes a good storyline, it overlooks the obvious logistics: the paper would probably want to run Stillman’s note in the immediate aftermath of a Cup victory. It’s likely he wrote the letter ahead of time, because that’s what his schedule allotted. Stillman almost certainly didn’t worry about jinxing the Blues, because jinxes aren’t real.

That’s why the Blues should not be embarrassed for renting out the top floor of a downtown bar for their victory celebration that never happened. NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggery ripped St. Louis for the move, saying that kind of thing “wouldn’t happen in a city where you win sports championships every six months.”

Yes, because planning out a party ahead of time is so terrible. How shameful for people around the organization to want to know the plan in case they won the Cup Sunday, which had a 50-percent chance of happening. 

The Blues have revealed themselves to be a headhunting, hatable bunch. Making party reservations, however, doesn’t qualify as one of their sins.