Monday, June 1, 2009

Bourne with the good insight again...

Justin got my attention with this observation in his blog today:

Isn’t it interesting how teams seem to take on the personality of their superstars? Take the Penguins. Wouldn’t it be impossible to goof off and not care when you know Sid is gonna commit Hari Kari if he doesn’t win? Or, on the other side of the coin, wouldn’t you slowly get ostracized in the Capitals dressing room if you weren’t able to have fun while playing?

The Cavaliers are fun because Lebron is. The Lakers are as fun algebra because Kobe is, and the Yankees are awkward and unlikeable because Go Away-Rod is. This has to be why teams are putting in more time getting to know the kids they’re about to draft than back in the day.
This naturally gets me thinking about the Wild. Their superstar has been Gaborik, right? No wonder they were so frustrating. Or is it Mikko with all his nasty intensity mixed with Finnish reserve?

Of course, Clutter is the guy you really want driving the personality of a team, right? Hard-working, fun but focused. A healthy Burns isn't a bad guy to be in that position either. Bruno? Backstrom?

What say you, Wild fan?

4 comments:

buddhafisch  June 1, 2009 at 2:42 PM  

I would say this:

The Wild have yet to have a superstar, and that has been the key to the frustration. The team had no personality, and thus took on that of its coach. Defensive, reserved, almost senile in its persona.

They are up one day, down the next, good against good teams, bad against bad teams.

If the team took on the personality of Gaborik, everyone would be me first. That isn't the case. If they took on Mikko's personality, no one would speak. Ever. ;-) That isn't the case.

I would say the closest thing the Wild to a superstar would be Backs, and he isn't much for personality either.

I love the idea of this. But I think the key here is "superstar," and the Wild simply do not have one.

hipcheck  June 2, 2009 at 9:21 PM  

I would say that the "superstar" does play some role in the identity of the team. I can't say much about the Wild but with the Coyotes most of the team is like Shane Doan and he is what GMDM says is what the Coyotes are, strong, hard working, down to earth. That is exactly how I would describe our captain and our team.

Rob  June 3, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

So...this is life without Aeros hockey. Again. And the Pens/Wings battle hardly fills the gap. You notice how there are no "dog days of winter"?

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