None of the above. The best thing is that so far, we are winning 2 out of three of our games. That's 10.6 wins over the season, if it continues. That's enough to put you into the playoff's. Stretch that out season after season, and it's enough to put you into the perennial contender league. The elite level.
I'll take 2 out of 3 any time in this league. Although we lost in Minny, it was the game to lose if your going to lose 1 of the 3. I'll take the wins at home, and the divisional win on the road for the loss to the non divisional on the road any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
We are looking pretty good in the division...here's why:
Arizona has lost two of it's home games, one within the division, that's not good...those are big time lost opportunities..they don't come any more important than winning at home, when your chances are maximized of getting the win. They don't come any more important than winning your homes games against division teams. Your only going to get so many opportunities to pick up a win within the division. They are a finite resource, those divisional games. You need to count on winning all your home ones, and pick one or two up on the road within the division. Seattle has lost a third of it's opportunities to pick up one of those divisional road wins, Arizona fairs even worse because they have lost a third of the opportunities to win one of those at home. It will only get harder for both of them now.
We are one game ahead, but looking deeper, the Hawks and Arizona lost a lot more than we did yesterday, because those were both homes games...and those are the game's YOU MUST WIN TO STAY AHEAD OF THE 8 BALL. Losing at home, hurts you bad, real bad. All San Fran has to do is win all it's home games at this point, and we will likely win the division. I would have to look at that closer, but I think it works, offhand. Any which way, 2 out of 3 is damn good enough, and having those 2 within the division, with one on the road, is f**king hot hot hot to me.
[ Edited by Blitz on Sep 28, 2009 at 9:53 AM ]