As another "old timer" here, you would think I should have some fascinating story of back when I became a Sharks fan. But no. My Sharks transformation was pretty recent actually. Few years ago.
Use to be I was anti-sports. Not for any particular reason. I just didn't see the thrill in them. Been to baseball games - too slow. Basketball - sorry but any game where you get scores over 100, something is wrong. Football - they don't move more than a yard at times. Please! And soccer - don't even get me started on that. And hockey, never paid it much attention.
So altho I kept myself up to date on the current standings of the Bay Area teams, who was and wasn't in the playoffs, blah blah, I pretty much would just crack jokes bout men playing with balls.
One year, THE year, a friend of mine who is a huge hockey fan was going on about his Flames (ugh!). And how much better they are than the Sharks. Now keep in mind, I wasn't a hockey fan, a Sharks fan. Nada. But me being who I am, and him bashing a Bay Area team (yes he's from the Bay Area, but not getting into that), I had to defend them. Never went to a hockey game before.
Of course, if he bashed the A's or Raiders, I would have been right there with him. Off topic.
Around this same time, my oldest had been bugging me to take him to a hockey game. He had been playing street hockey with friends (been playing for years), he loves hockey. Had actually been asking for years and I always put it off. So I figured, why the hell not. I go to other sports games, let's just check hockey out.
First game we went to was a Sharks vs Flames. Did that to annoy my friend cause I wanted the Sharks to win (yes they did). And let me tell you, I was hooked! I walked away thinking "my god every sport should be like this!!!" My passion and intensity in hockey just floored me. It has everything and offers so much more than the other sports do. So now I spend my time reading everything I can to learn, watching all the games, and I find myself watching non-Sharks game just for the love of hockey itself.
And that boys and girls is my Sharks history moment.
(takes a bow)