This is the first year. The first year that I have followed suit with the Warriors playoff theme. Usually playoff looks range from heads shaved bald, to hear dyed bleach blonde, a mix of hair colour or a Mohawk shave. I just couldn;t do any of those. But this year I decided to get in on the action, when the Warriors dyed their hair black to go along with this year’s playoff theme. This theme is a take-off on the tradition that many hockey clubs have championed over the years at playoff time….. for example in Calgary it’s the Sea of Red; in Philadelphia it’s Orange Crush; in Winnipeg, Vancouver and other places it is WHITEOUT. Well, in West Kelowna this year, it’s our own verson: BLACKOUT. While the result was a little stark, I am glad that I decided to ‘get on board’ with the theme. Thanks Andrew Deans for giving me the push to join in!
We are now into a much needed week of rest before we begin our eagerly anticipated series with our arch-rivals, the Penticton Vees. The series starts on Good Friday in the Peach City. I am certain that there will be many fans traveling back and forth between West K and Penticton for this highly charged second round of the playoffs. Royal Lepage Place will be absolutely buzzing for games 3 and 4 on April 1 and 2. I really can’t wait to get this thing started, but I am certian that the boys are glad to have a few days to heal up all their bruises and various war wounds. BLACKOUT revs it’s engines again on Good Friday!
And, as important as this Game One is (and it really is), there is nothing in the world that even comes close to the importance of the real reason for Good Friday. This is the Day that our Saviour Jesus Christ was lead outside of Jerusalem and crucified. An interesting thing is recorded about what occured immediately after Christ died on the cross. In the Bible, Luke 23:44 states that at noon on that day, darkness covered the entire land. When I think of blackout, my mind goes way back to the first Good Friday, to this original blackout. Why is it called Good Friday? Simply because for those who trust in Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross that day, it is Good News. Good because Friday is the beginning of the Easter weekend, which commemorates not only His death on the cross but celebrates His resurrection. The darkmess of Good Friday is replaced with the brilliance of Easter Sunday.
Rest up well Warriors, for soon the battle heats up again and we’ll be ready.
God bless you all,