The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Prematurely Published Their Stanley Cup Congratulations, Thus Ensuring Game 6 Would End One Way and One Way Only
How? Just, how? Unless the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a mole acting in the best interests of fellow rodent Brad Marchand in order to give the Blues the maximum amount of bad juju and the Bruins some billboard material, I don't know how you possibly let this see the light of day before the long overdue Stanley Cup-inspired smiles throughout the city of St. Louis were lighting said day. I guess the short answer would be that it's easier for such a mistake to be made when your medium is slowly dying due, in part, to the same cutthroat deadlines that forced an employee or two to prematurely put together a celebration section in bad faith. Still, to not quadruple check in making sure it was under some sort of foolproof lock-and-key when working on the most time-sensitive Sports Section in the largely unrewarding 52-year history of Blues' hockey is beyond comprehension.
Now, the rational person in me knows that what got published in the online special addition of a paper has no tangible effect in what later played out on the ice. The truth is that this series always had the feel of one that was destined to go seven, as beating the Boston Bruins three straight times was as unlikely a proposition as getting through a playoff round without a dumbfounding officiating controversy. Therefore, it's hardly surprising that it has done so.
The irrational sports' fan in me, however, is hearing none of it as my confidence in the Blues dropped about as low as my jaw when that tweet went viral. It's somehow exponentially less surprising that this series is going the distance after a challenging of the hockey gods suddenly opened up a season-long underdog story to a narrative of eternal mockery. Hopefully the spirits got all their spite out of the way during a Game 6 that allowed the home fans very little excitement, or that embarrassing use of the internet will live on in infamy. For a team that's spent all postseason attempting to erase the misgivings of fanbase whose balls have been left bluer than their jerseys far too many times before, I hope the type of devastating cocktease that will be revisited ad nauseam by an obnoxious opponent isn't in the cards.