The expression “must win” always cracks me up. It’s so overly dramatic. I have a difficult time determining when exactly a win becomes a “must”. I mean, sure, game 7 of a playoff series is a must win, but other than that, I think it’s a tough call to make.
Even when a particular game is obviously super-duper, mega-important, I’m still uncomfortable with the expression “must win”. The phrase seems to imply an “or else”. It’s a must win….or else….what? We miss the playoffs? Kate cries? Buffalo is swallowed into a sink hole? Or else what?
In spite of myself, I started thinking in terms of “must wins” about ten games ago. Games would come along, and I’d think, “Dude, the Sabres MUST beat the Senators. This is a MUST WIN,” but then the Sabres would inevitably lose and the next morning I’d wake up to discover I had somehow survived the experience.
I’m shy about declaring a game a “must win,” because I want to preserve my right to be all gung-ho and hopeful about the Sabres tomorrow. If tonight is a “must win” and they lose, well, that’s the end, right? That’s lame. So, I’ll add a qualifier for tonight- This game against the Flyers is a “kind of must win”.
The Sabres kind of must win this game so that they kind of makes the playoffs, and Buffalo kind of doesn’t get swallowed by a sink hole, and I kind of don’t cry.