1.11.2009

The Zombies - "This Will Be Our Year" (Song of the Day)



I'm a huge fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets, our hometown NHL squad. They are one of the newer teams in the league, only having existed since 2000. They are also the only team in the entire league that has never made the playoffs. Being a Jackets fan is tough. On the one hand, it is always fun to root for the underdog, a distinction we almost always have. On the other hand, it is frustrating to back a team year after year and never see any results or signs of improvement.

However, at the midpoint of this season we look to have our best shot ever. Just one point out of playoff contention, with loads of momentum recently on our side, and with four of the best rookies in the league, the Jackets have the look of a team that is finally poised to take the next step.

I attended last night's 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild (that featured a hat trick from 18-year old Nikita Filatov in only his 6th NHL game). We were playing with seven regulars out of the line-up due to injury and a ragtag assemblage of youngsters and minor-league players filling in. But the heart and guts of the team, both last night and during the 6 game road trip that preceded it, was enough to finally make me a believer.

The song that I was thinking of as the final seconds ticked off of the clock was "This Will Be Our Year" by 60's pop/rock geniuses The Zombies. With lyrics that include lines like "Now we're there and we've only just begun/and this will be our year/took a long time to come" it isn't hard to see why this song popped into my head.

Above, I posted a really cool video of this song that I found on YouTube. This unofficial fan video is an assemblage of clips that were taken on Super 8 by the creator's parents. It has nothing to do with hockey, of course, but it does embody the uplifting and hopeful sentiments of this song and the content of this post. Enjoy!
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1 comment:

  1. Always loved this song. Reminds me of Harry Nilsson.

    -jw

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