The world is full of bleak news, from tragedies to environmental catastrophes to political scandals.
They all deserve to be covered and we all should be aware of what is happening around us.
But there are times when we need respite from the grim headlines — and this weekend is one of those times.
Your Kamloops Blazers are hotter than the surface of the sun. The boys in blue and orange are in the midst of a most improbable playoff pursuit as they prepare for the final two games of the regular season.
About a week ago, these two games — Friday at home against Prince George and Saturday night in the Northern Capital to face those same Cougars — were considered mean-nothing affairs.
About a week ago, the Blazers were far enough away from a potential playoff berth that the club needed a strong prescription from an optometrist just to see the team it was chasing.
What a difference a week makes.
Four straight wins in convincing fashion — including Wednesday’s 8-0 rout of the visiting Victoria Royals — combined with the Kelowna Rockets failing to fire properly means we have arrived at the final weekend of the season with the Rockets a mere point ahead of the Blazers, each with two games left in the regular season.
That Kelowna has a home-and-series against Western Conference leader Vancouver and Kamloops has back-to-back games against Western Conference cellar-dwelling Prince George should serve as an injection of optimism for fans of the local squad.
That Kamloops has defeated Prince George in six of seven games this season and Vancouver has the same record against Kelowna should further excite the Tournament Capital fan base.
Head down to Sandman Centre on Friday night and watch the team in action. If you pay attention, you might just smell the scent of playoffs amid the hot dogs and french fries cooking in the concessions.