It started out with continuous discussion about whether this was the year the Oilers might finally make the play-offs, and then it was all but certain that they would, and then it happened.
The Oilers were in the play-offs and everything changed.
People seemed more upbeat and it was with a kind of religious fervor that they donned their Oilers jersey, with the name and number of their favorite skating saint and either headed for church at Rogers Place, or to their own TV shrine.
Gone was the daily focus on everything from politics to potholes, for many, it was now all Oilers all the time, with laughing and sighing and flags flying.
There were freshly written hockey hymns to enjoy.
It was a wonderful diversion from the daily grind with the Oilers and their ups and downs that mirrored our own lives.
Some games were revival; some were survival.
Like all good things, it came to an end for this time, but it’s not over, because we still want the cup.
Now, let us play.
Let know how you feel about this play-off run.