Blues have classic uniform
The Blues aren’t known for their string of playoff successes. As a franchise, they’ve been to only three conference finals in the past 30 years (there were no conference finals when the Blues went to three straight Cup finals from 1967-1970).
In the recent years, impressive regular seasons haven’t translated to playoff success. In each of the past four seasons, the team has reached the second round just once.
“They were always competitive, but they never got over the hump,” said Kearley.
This year St. Louis finds themselves in the Western Conference Final with the San Jose Sharks, another team with a long history of playoff failures. By deadline Friday, the Blues were behind two games to one in the series and the hope is this is the year the Blues’ exorcise their postseason demons.
“My fear this year is that they’re tired from the pair of seven-game series to start,” said Kearley.
He is a fan of blues. Artists like Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy and others populate a playlist on Kearley’s cellular phone.
It’s a genre that writes about hard work and sacrifice. He sees a lot of those characteristics in Blues teams past and present.
In fact, it’s part of the reason they’re his favourite team.
“The blues are about sacrifice and in a way, the team identifies in some degree to that whole name,” said Kearley. “I won’t be changing my Blue fanship. I’m a Blue for life.”