At the All-Star Break, how should we evaluate the Minnesota Wild's season. If you just ignored the manner in which the season progressed and looked at the current result only you'd have to be pleased. The team is 8th in the Western Conference and would qualify for a playoff spot if the season ended today.
Unfortunately we know how they got here, though. The started off the season great and played an exceptional November, zooming their way to first in the entire league. Then mid-December came along and they played like the worst team in the league for about a month. Now it appears they're playing a little better and go into the break on a 2 game winning streak.
What is the cause for this inconsistent play? Injuries, for one. Youth and inexperience also. And add the fact that Dany Heatley is continuing his fast descent down the goal-scoring mountain and you have the season in a nutshell.
As long as I'm evaluating the team, it's probably fair to evaluate my blog. Like the team, my blogging has been inconsistent at best. I mean, only 18 posts since the season began, how is this possible? My only explanation has to do with (a) complacency and (b) HBO. The terrific start for the Wild got me pining for the playoffs to start and it turns out they were still months away. In addition to that I started subscribing to HBO and watching a lot of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Wire". In fact, I often think Larry David would be an interesting character on "The Wire". He'd be pretty good.
Like the Wild, I will plan to be at my very best when the season resumes on Tuesday. But unlike the team, I can't trade myself to a contender if my blogging lags.