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The Road to Omaha, Stop Two: St. Louis

I gotta hand it to St. Louis; even though a good portion of the city was damn near underwater, Blues fans still showed out in waves to celebrate their first Stanley Cup. Fortunately, the expected rain held off for most of the day, but I have to image even a torrential downpour wouldn't have drove that many people away.

Sorry, Boston fans, I hate to pour salt in the wound, but I have to be honest. I attended the Patriots parade in February, and this one blew it out of the water. In fairness, Boston has a parade roughly every six months, but it's still worth mentioning.

The setting certainly helped; nothing was cooler than seeing thousands of people decked out in Blues gear gathered around the Gateway Arch. The city streets were filled as well, and it seemed as if the entire population of St. Louis was in attendance.

I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge hockey fan, but if there's one thing I can get behind, it's a team capturing their first championship. One of the best parts about the NHL is the parity; come playoff time, just about any team has a shot at winning it all. The Blues had the worst record in the league back in January, and if you don't love a good turnaround story, I'm questioning your sports fandom.

So keep the party going, St. Louis, and keep singing Gloria until you can't anymore. Thanks for showing us a hell of a time.

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