TOWER GROVE SOUTH – Dennis Morhaus was 7 when his uncle brought him to a St. Louis Blues game in 1969. He saw the Montreal Canadiens trounce the Blues in a Stanley Cup game that year and has been waiting ever since for the Blues to win a cup.
Scott Goding hasn’t been waiting that long but still is passionate to see his team win the finals.
Morhaus and Goding hoped to see the Blues win the Stanley Cup when they joined a rackety crowd watching them play the Boston Bruins Sunday night at Friendly’s Sports Bar & Grill, 3503 Roger Place, in St. Louis. The Bruins pummeled the home team 5-1, but both were hopeful their team would win the seventh game Wednesday in Boston.
“I have been going to Blues games since 1986. I was born in 1987,” said Goding, who watched the game in an outside biergarten, wearing a Vladimir Tarasenko jersey. Goding, of University City, had tickets to the Stanley Cup finals in games three and four.
“I’ve been waiting 49 years for this,” Morhaus said.
Others may love the Cardinals, but Morhaus thinks baseball is too slow. “What’ is there not to like about the Blues? I like everything about the Blues.” said Morhaus, 60, a retired factory worker.
Although he’s a crazed Blues fan, Morhaus hasn’t seen them live in three years and doesn’t watch them on cable. He either watches them on regular television or at Friendly’s. Throughout the night, he was heard yelling “Let’s Go Blues.”
People like Morhaus and Goding help make for big nights at Friendly’s.
“It’s been a long time for us,” said Joe Honeycutt, an owner of the bar and grill. “Every time the Blues (play) the business is even better.”
Another of those in the crowd was Sandy Wich, 75, of south St. Louis County. At Friendly’s with family and friends, she said she hasn’t been a fan before, but is now. Her son, Steve Wich, 49, said he had been a fair weather fan, but this year, “I just really started to watch ’em.” Unfortunately, in the past, “It seemed like whenever they’d get to the playoffs, “They’d fall, and lost.”
Yet another person at Friendly’s Sunday night, Kendall Nettleton, was there with a friend. “I actually don’t know anything about the Blues,” she said. She’s seen a few games but isn’t a serious sports fan.
But as the game moved toward its conclusion, the true-blue fans knew our team’s chances were fading. “Just wait until the fourth period,” Steve Wich joked.
After the game ended, Morhaus said he thought the Blues fell apart after the Bruins made the first goal. “It’s like they lost the spirit. They didn’t want to play hard.”
But Morhaus still had hope for the final game. “There’s always the other game.”
And Goding saw a reason for the loss. “We got one more hockey game this year. I got to watch the Blues play one more good, so that’s good. It’s a silver lining.”
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