The Sharks released their schedule for the 2019-20 season Tuesday morning, and whoever came up with the idea for the way in which it would be displayed on Twitter deserves a raise. Maybe two.
It was that good.
Alongside each of the 82 game dates listed in a was a song pairing someway related to the opponent for that particular matchup. Some titles were simply "dad joke" humor. Others were more savage with their intent.
And they didn't save the best for last.
Nope, the Sharks came out guns a blazing and didn't hold back. Their first two games of the 2019-20 season are against their new-ish rivals in the Vegas Golden Knights, whom San Jose eliminated in a wildly memorable seven-game first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. You might recall that in order to do so, the Sharks had to not only overcome a three-games-to-one series deficit, but also scored not one, not two, not three -- but FOUR! -- goals on a single power play in the third period of the decisive game.
It was quite possibly the greatest single-game comeback in NHL postseason history. As such, it's a rather painful memory for the Golden Knights, and the Sharks, well, didn't waste an opportunity to rub it in.
The first song title listed: "The Kill" by Thirty Seconds to Mars.
The second song title listed? "4 minutes" by Madonna.
The theme continued with the other two Sharks-Golden Knights matchups on the schedule. For their third encounter on Nov. 21, they chose "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba ("I get knocked down, but I get up again"). For the fourth and final meeting: "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar.
The Sharks' sense of humor wasn't limited to their matchups with the Golden Knights, however. A scan of the playlist will reveal several hilarious pairings, many of which don't pull any punches.
For instance, "Welcome to the 60s" for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have not won a Stanley Cup since 1967.
"If I Could Turn Back Time" for a matchup with the longtime rival Los Angeles Kings, who have not won a playoff game since 2016.
"Bills, Bills, Bills" for the first game against the Ottawa Senators. Gee, I wonder what that could be in reference to?
You get the point. Now give that person a raise.