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No Crying in Hockey

HanksAs much as I hate being the bearer of bad news, I must inform Herald Nation that the Everblades season is over.

Yes, the Blades went down tonight, losing Game 7 of the American Conference finals to visiting Dayton 3-1 in Estero.

The Blades were the last pro hockey team playing in the Sunshine State, and now it's done. The Bombers move on to the Kelly Bluebook Cup Finals against Dennis Erickson's Idaho Vandals. Or something like that.

Fans in Estero shouldn't take the loss so hard. The team is nine years old and has yet to miss the playoffs. I'm not good at math, but I don't think the Panthers have made the playoffs in nine years*.

(*) -- The Panthers last made the playoffs in 2000. You do the math. I'm tired.