Sunday, September 20, 2015
Why The Lerg Streak Ended.
For 20 episodes straight of the Teal Tinted Glasses Podcast, I have made it a mission to drop the name of Bryan Lerg into each and every show. In episode 23 I made the conscious decision to kill that streak.
To explain why, I want to begin with why this started in the first place
At the end of last season, the Sharks were in a very bad way. Hope was gone, we were out of the playoffs for the first time in forever and most of the fan base I communicate with was in a generally foul mood. However, for two games, a glimmer of hope showed up named Bryan Lerg. To me, he represented a possibility that everything could get better. There was not all of the excess baggage that is weighing so heavily on our team. There was no stripping of the C for no good reason, no fighting between Thornton and Doogie Wilson, no reverse sweep. He was a Shark through and through, a veteran that was still new. That is when I started saying something about him.
For the first three weeks, it was not intentional to be a streak or an ongoing bit on the show. He was the ultimate distraction from disappointment. Then I realized what was happening and I started to make sure I would work him into every show. It was always meant to be a bit of fun and was done out of respect for the player, and of the idea of hope.
Then it happened. I shared the show with some friends new to hockey and they loved the show but asked why I hate/make fun of "that Lerg guy". This disappointed me to an extreme degree as I realized that I took this player that I truly respect and this idea I believe in so strongly and made it into a running joke.
There you have it. I killed the streak. Yes I will still mention Lerg when I get a chance but I refuse to make someone a joke that does not deserve it. Until I find another great and I can't pass up anyways.
Wendell D McGowan II
Co-Host of the Teal Tinted Glasses Podcast™