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Sharks Gameday: What Exactly Is The Problem?

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It's much more sinister than you think.

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We kinda knew going into this season that things weren't going to be pretty, and the fact is that it's a miracle that the San Jose Sharks are even in a playoff spot currently with the changes that they have made. After the devastating loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the playoffs last April, it was pretty apparent that serious changes needed to be made, but those serious changes actually became a series of bumbling mistakes that have caused the Sharks to be on the playoff bubble. While yes, they are still in the playoff picture, they could easily be on the outside if they drop a couple more games as other teams keep winning.

The fact is that the Los Angeles Kings have gotten into this organization's head in every sense. The changes that were made are kinda catered to competing with the Kings, not thinking how it would impact their play against the other 28 teams and also, the fans. Sure, the Sharks are leading the Kings in the season series right now, but at what cost? When does this organization stop trying to be the other horrible traits of a different organization and start getting their own identity again?

It's something that we are actually seeing with many other organizations. They see the Los Angeles Kings and think, "man, for a team with a very pathetic history, they are finally making their own right now, and I think I should copy them because they are successful."  But that's not how it works--organizations have to get their own system going and acquire the best possible traits to succeed against any organization in this league. You cannot only focus on your biggest rival because you're setting yourself up for failure, and also, you're going to annoy the fuck out of your fans.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Joe Baevelski <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJSharks?src=hash">#SJSharks</a> <a href="http://t.co/tdRVKBL64U">pic.twitter.com/tdRVKBL64U</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/566478272930643968">February 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Seriously though, what the fuck is this?

This is a problem that has been sweeping through the social media world for the past few seasons, as team twitter accounts have attempted to model the way that they interact with their fans by acting like they are a 16 year old kid. The one thing that we had as Sharks fans to be proud of that was that our team's twitter account did not fall to this, the worst type of peer pressure.

It took a crushing blown 3-0 lead for the Sharks to make their worst possible change in their organization, which is even worse because they are showing up relatively late to an absolutely horrendous trend.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>and ... That&#39;s Marleau&#39;s sixth assist this year to go with four goals and 10 points in just eight games. <a href="http://t.co/nNZKsRkNvX">pic.twitter.com/nNZKsRkNvX</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/525485025668501504">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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This would be the start of something truly awful, that night we saw several pop culture references back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>the sharks twitter account is leading the league in most outdated pop culture references</p>&mdash; SJ (@stace_ofbase) <a href="https://twitter.com/stace_ofbase/status/525489700883017728">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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And it's been a trainwreck ever since.

Let's look at the past few weeks.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJSharks?src=hash">#SJSharks</a> GOAL! <a href="https://twitter.com/Burnzie88">@Burnzie88</a> does it again! Sharks lead 2-1 off Burns&#39; 2nd of the night! <a href="http://t.co/wmzYg9O0wY">pic.twitter.com/wmzYg9O0wY</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/565732944330104835">February 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I mean, that's not too bad.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="http://t.co/ra0s9wDHrM">pic.twitter.com/ra0s9wDHrM</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/565015487491239936">February 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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No

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="http://t.co/TLQRysJOGZ">pic.twitter.com/TLQRysJOGZ</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/563573035282608129">February 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Stop

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Melk is never a bad choice. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJSharks?src=hash">#SJSharks</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJSvsVAN?src=hash">#SJSvsVAN</a> <a href="http://t.co/1aDAxRm5lA">pic.twitter.com/1aDAxRm5lA</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/563556008488734720">February 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Nothing is worse than making a pun by using an Anchorman quote

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EDMvsSJS?src=hash">#EDMvsSJS</a> <a href="http://t.co/2XGRcwISm0">pic.twitter.com/2XGRcwISm0</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/562497367287406593">February 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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No

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Forty minutes. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJSharks?src=hash">#SJSharks</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EDMvsSJS?src=hash">#EDMvsSJS</a> <a href="http://t.co/i2MP90Qn4E">pic.twitter.com/i2MP90Qn4E</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/562482337095483392">February 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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How dare you reference Groundhog Day to promote your agenda.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hertl bangs in a rebound but the ref says no goal on account of goalie interference. Still tied. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJSharks?src=hash">#SJSharks</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EDMvsSJS?src=hash">#EDMvsSJS</a> <a href="http://t.co/A5l35Y0wy6">pic.twitter.com/A5l35Y0wy6</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/562464801700343808">February 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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There were a lot of these during the last Edmonton-San Jose game, a game in which they lost. Hmmm I wonder why.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJSharks?src=hash">#SJSharks</a> GOAL! <a href="https://twitter.com/jimmysheppard15">@jimmysheppard15</a>! 5-1! <a href="http://t.co/qFkOa0gdap">pic.twitter.com/qFkOa0gdap</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/561019305907597313">January 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Oh, my mistake, I thought this was a photo from Liar Liar

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs">@MapleLeafs</a> <a href="http://t.co/LdG3fTSvyU">pic.twitter.com/LdG3fTSvyU</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanJoseSharks/status/555949216694931456">January 16, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Alright, I'm done

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results, this must be the definition of sociopathy. This needs to end before the Kermit sipping tea meme shows up on the SAP Center jumbotron.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Kermit Sipping Tea meme made its way to the <a href="https://twitter.com/DallasStars">@DallasStars</a> Jumbotron: <a href="http://t.co/zMW2v8kTZ0">http://t.co/zMW2v8kTZ0</a> <a href="http://t.co/jbIqkNe3nc">pic.twitter.com/jbIqkNe3nc</a></p>&mdash; SB Nation (@SBNation) <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNation/status/517283063475097601">October 1, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Most will blame the millennials for this poor behavior but it's really at the fault of the baby boomers for not raising their offspring correctly, what an awful time to be alive. If the Sharks continue to make these terrible decisions, they're going to be looking at memes and GIFs from mid-April til September, rather than just late-April til September.


Gameday!

San Jose Sharks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

5:00pm PST (wut)

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CSN-CA

Prediction:

The Sharks twitter account references Wedding Crashers, causing San Jose to be shut out. 2-0.

Setting the Tone:

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I will not let the Kermit meme ruin how I feel about the Muppets. I will not let the Kermit meme ruin how I feel about the Muppets. I will not let the Kermit meme ruin how I feel about the Muppets. I will not let the Kermit meme ruin how I feel about the Muppets. I will not let the Kermit meme ruin how I feel about the Muppets. I will not let the Kermit meme ruin how I feel about the Muppets.

Tweet of the Day:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>. <a href="https://twitter.com/Avalanche">@Avalanche</a> this GIF isn&#39;t even related to what you are saying for fuck&#39;s sake.</p>&mdash; Horseshit Wife (@MegalodonBOC) <a href="https://twitter.com/MegalodonBOC/status/566815729282871297">February 15, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Awful Hockey Tattoo of the Day: