I Blame Jason Pominville. (#53)

January 11, 2009 at 10:43 am | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, Derek Roy, Detroit Red Wings, Football, Jason Pominville, Jeff Carter, Losing Sucks, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, Ryan Miller, This Irks Me, Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Washington Capitals | 2 Comments

There.  I said it.  I feel almost blasphemous, and I hope he doesn’t find out because I don’t want to make him cry, but I’m blaming Pommer for the loss last night.  Sure, the defense left Miller out to dry (it doesn’t matter if your goalie is as good as Ryan was last night, Defense.  You need to step it up), but when Jochen fed Pommer the puck on a two-on-one with six minutes left and he had an EMPTY NET and was unable to score, I’m going to get a little angry.  And it was his second one last night!  It looked like he had been doing the same thing against New York Friday night: having really great chances and hitting the side of the net or whiffing on the shot.  NOT COOL.  Jason, I’m sorry if I’m hurting your feelings, but brother, you need to start getting those shots.  Those are supposed to be goals right there.  

One player – other than Miller – who did show up last night?  Derek Roy.  D, you have been playing excellently lately.  I’m very proud of you.  We can’t rely on Thomas Vanek to score all our goals and it’s refreshing to see you contributing.

Detroit is really good at hockey.  Seventeen straight years in the playoffs?  On the one hand you want to be blown away by that statistic, but on the other hand you kind of want to yell at Detroit for being greedy and hogging all the good seeds.

Timmy had a couple good plays last night, a couple bad ones.  Eh.  Still a little “rusty.”  (We had an ongoing joke last night that before the game he went to my cousin’s fiance’s bar, which is literally a block away from the football field and baseball stadium, to try and pick up a few ladies.  We also had a joke about my cousin’s fiance spotting Derek the second he walked in, but that’s a whole other story.  I won’t go there.)

I hope Lalime gets the start in Chicago Wednesday night.  Miller has been on FIRE but he was starting to look a little tired at the end of the game.  That’ll be another huge game for the Sabres, and then when they play Dallas the next night it will also be important.  Carolina and Pittsburgh lost, but Florida and New Jersey won, so Buffalo can’t let those four points slip away.  

So, the Sabres aren’t playing again until Wednesday, and that game isn’t until 8:30.  I probably shouldn’t complain, because Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill are on tomorrow I have a ton of studying to do for midterms.  And the other game on Wednesday is the Capitals/Penguins game, which should be really good.  The Pens basically suck now, but it will be the second night of a back-to-back for Washington and they just lost two straight (my jersey is on a losing streak so I’m benching it Tuesday).  Then there are the Semin/Crosby and the Ovechkin/Malkin subplots.  I desperately want Semin and Crosby to fight, and I want Alex to actually grind Malkin into the boards the way he always tries to.  If Semin fights Sid, I would rewind it and record it and watch it whenever I’m in a bad mood.

Jeff Carter scored last night.  TWICE.  I have no idea what is up with him suddenly scoring all these goals, but Alex/Thomas need to start lighting the lamp again.  I will not have them lose the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy to JEFF CARTER.

I don’t really want to talk about the Caps game last night.  Nylander, you better watch your back.  Alex was about to get his 28th goal and you just had to go and deflect it.  Brent Johnson, you also better watch it, because you should not be letting goals like that in with 20 seconds left.  (Seeing Bruce cover his face with his hands when that goal went in was absolutely priceless.  Poor, poor Bruce)

Since both of my teams lost last night, please indulge me.  You see, when we realized we would be getting the Hockey Night in Canada feed for the Caps game, we were at first very disappointed because it meant there would be no Joe.  HNiC made up for it, however, when they showed the locker room footage before the game.  I don’t care if it makes me sound like a puck bunny, I’m going to say it anyway:  I TOTALLY LOVE when they show us Alex WITHOUT HIS SHIRT getting ready.  My goodness, does he have the BEST BICEPS I HAVE EVER SEEN, OR WHAT.  Two tickets to the gun show!  And it was adorable how he had his big ol’ headphones on and was bobbing away to the music.  Almost as cute as when he was shaking his butt here in Buffalo during the national anthems.

I haven’t been paying all that much attention to the NFL playoffs, but I do know that after Carolina lost last night my aunt was so mad she wouldn’t even text us back.  Her love for the Panthers makes my love for the Sabres and hockey in general look like a minor interest.  She’s crazy.  She goes to every home game and gets mad at us when we don’t call her to congratulate her on their wins.  My uncle might want to put her on suicide watch.

#53:

There are so many things I could say about this video.  I almost fell out of my chair when they showed it.  I just…I can’t even describe it.  Alexander Semin and Alex Ovechkin officially beat out the Laich/Green, Petey/Royzie and Burish/Sharp bromances in the NHL.   (And apparently Alex lifted Semin up the right way, using his knees instead of his back.  What a good boy!)

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Thursday Ramblings (#52)

January 8, 2009 at 10:27 am | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Alex Ovechkin, All Star Game, Andrew Peters, Buffalo Sabres, Happy!!, Jarkko Ruutu, Mats Sundin, New York Rangers, Sidney Crosby, Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Tim Connolly must be made of toothpicks and chewing gum, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals | 5 Comments
  • SNOW DAY!  And for once they canceled early enough for me to turn off my alarm before it went off six times and fall back asleep for two hours.  Two whole hours.  It was fabulous.  The October Storm aside, I think we broke the record for the most snow days in the shortest period of time.  Three snow days in less than two school weeks?  Madness!   The only bad thing is that now if we get another snow day they’ll chop days off our Memorial Weekend.  Eh.  (But why couldn’t this have happened tomorrow?  I have to swim again tomorrow, and that pool is disgusting.  I scrubbed in the shower last night and I still smell like chlorine.)
  • Mats made his debut last night with the Canucks.  They won, but Mats was held shotless and pointless.  Ah, well.  I can’t wait to see him skate on a line with the Sedins.
  • Oh, the love that is a new Alex interview!  This one is pretty good, Dear Readers.  The guy they dubbed it with sounds kind of like a robot, but you occasionally get to hear Alex’s sexy Russian.  (Speaking of Russian, I was totally jealous of Andre in the second question on my French quiz yesterday.  He had just visited Russia!)  I’m not sure which part was the best: the dancing, the lucky scissors, or the eggs.  Just for the record, while I would probably camp out on his front step or something, I would never do anything as random as putting two eggs on the end of his driveway.  (Kudos to whoever did, however.  That’s a pretty spectacular idea)
  • Montreal beat New York last night thanks to Robert Lang’s tour du chapeau.  The third goal of it apparently came when New York had a 6-on-3?  That’s hilarious.  The Rangers couldn’t score when they had a three man advantage.  Even Atlanta can do that.  Buffalo needs the win tomorrow night, because New York is only six points ahead of them.  All these teams are starting to fall apart!  What is up with that?
  • The standings are really close.  We at TFF Headquarters were studying them last night and decided that it’s going to come right down to the wire.  It’ll be really interesting to see who ends up in and who ends up out.  (Washington is not that far behind Boston, guys.  It’s actually starting to look like they might have a realistic chance to bump Boston out of the top spot.)  We also decided last night that Buffalo has to move up in the standings so that they aren’t playing Washington this spring, because if we are faced with a Washington/Buffalo playoff series, I’m leaving the country.  (My first hockey dream is to one day see the Sabres lift the Stanley Cup.  My second is to see Alex lift that bad boy.)
  • Timmy is coming back on Friday.  We were also placing bets last night on how long he would last.  I’ve got money on him tripping over himself on his third shift and being out for the rest of the season with a broken neck.
  • East All Star Reserves getting named today.  Tvan will be representing Buffalo, I’m sure of it.  If there’s a more deserving player, I have yet to see him.  It will be interesting to see who else makes the cut.  Other than Alex, of course, because the  league needs to have their annual press conference.  You know, the one where Sid and Alex sit together and the reporters ask Sid questions for about twenty minutes and Alex politely sits there and then at the very end they ask him a stupid question about what it’s like “getting a chance to play with Sidney.”
  • Andrew Peters is one of the most politically correct players I have ever heard.  He is saying all the right things throughout this whole bite incident.  And he’s absolutely right, too.  I don’t care if “cannibalism” (oh Lindy, ILY!) is a dirty part of the game that’s kept hush-hush.  Jarkko Ruutu is setting a bad example for all the kids who look up to hockey players.  He’s making the sport look bad, and hockey should be on SportsCenter more often than when someone gets bit.

Saturday Ramblings/#50, #51

January 3, 2009 at 10:17 am | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Dan Paille, Empty Threats, Football, Nathan Gerbe | Leave a comment
  • Okie dokie, Sabres.  Here’s the deal:  You’re about to play Boston, the best team in the league.  Yes.  I know.  It’s absolutely terrifying (as Joe would say, “Okay people, take a deep breath. [takes deep breath]  It’s the Bruins.”), but I have faith in you.  I really do.  Yes, the Leafs team you beat isn’t exactly occupying the number two seed right now, but you got a win to start off 2009 and that’s what counts.  If you beat Boston, you might even be on track for getting three wins in a row!  (We at TFF Headquarters have decided that if the Sabres lose to the Senators on Tuesday, we will stop watching.  Because the Senators are outrageously bad.  They have fallen apart, and if the Sabres can’t beat them then something is wrong)  And you know what the best part is, Sabres?  If you beat Boston today, you leap over the Penguins in the standings.  Yes, the Penguins.  As in Sidney and Evgeni’s team  (although I saw a picture on Facebook of Evgeni in a Red Wings hat, so I’m wondering if he’ll be the next Pen to jump ship for the Wings?).  Now, I realize that if for some reason the season was to end with the Penguins occupying a seed below eight, the league would probably make some rule that the playoffs are ACTUALLY supposed to be seeds one through seven and then the tenth seed, but still.  Being ahead of them, at least for now, would be spectacular.  Sabres, you have no idea how warm and fuzzy that would make me.  Warm fuzzies to you, boys, if you beat the Bruins today!
  • Apparently Pie is okay.  Buffalo, you can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
  • My poor Nathan got sent back to Portland!  Poor, sweet little munchkin.pc300355
  • UB’s on an hour before the Sabres.  Just for the record, we could have gone to the game.  I wanted to go, but my mother decided that going without my dad wouldn’t be nice.   Hmph.  You know, if we had actually gone to the game, I wouldn’t have had to worry about which game to watch.  Now we’re going to have to flip back and forth.  
  • If we had gone to the game, I  would have been able to buy that bitching hat from Alex’s clothing line.  Just sayin’.
  • I can’t watch the Capitals tonight either because we’re having our neighbors over, but I may or may not put on my jersey just to watch the puck drop.  I know it’s just the Rangers, but they’ll be out for blood and my boys need all the help they can get!

#50:  It’s Cari’s story I linked you to in yesterday’s post.  I just think it’s so incredibly cool of Alex to do that.  It’s really thoughtful of him to give something like to a stranger.

#51:  This video.

I HAVE WITNESSED PERFECTION (#49)

December 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Clark, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, I Was At The Game!, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Lindy Ruff, Losing Sucks, Mike Green, Nathan Gerbe, This Irks Me, Washington Capitals, What Is Up With All These Injuries? | 3 Comments

But before I discuss that perfection, I have two things to say about the Sabres:

1.  They are not very good at hockey.  I actually think they might suck at it.

2.  I honestly think that Nate-dogg would fit in the palm of my hand.

pc300355Okay, so on to the perfection.

ITS NAME IS ALEXANDER OVECHKIN.  IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND TALL AND FLEXIBLE AND HOT DAMN, IS IT FAST.

pc300337PERFECTION is a funny, funny guy.  During the warmup, when I may or may not have had my face pressed against the glass to try and get a good picture, he decided to start banging up against the glass to get it moving for all the devoted fans.  THE SIDE OF MY FACE IS NOW TENDER, THANKS TO PERFECTION.

Alex was entranced by the clips from America’s Funniest Home Videos during the first period, but couldn’t care less about the Kiss Cam.

Alex has a habit at a lot of commercial breaks.  He takes off his helmet, pours water all over his face and neck, dries off his head and wipes down the visor before putting his helmet back on.

Alex may or may not have ADD.  At every stoppage in play he was getting up and sitting on the edge of the bench and skating in circles.  

Alex likes grape Gatorade best, from what I can tell.

Alex is a really, really good hockey player.  You wouldn’t believe it.  He also has a really sexy on-ice voice.  I totally swooned when he shouted, “Go!  Go!” at Nick Backstrom.

Nick Backstrom has the most gorgeous blonde hair I have ever seen in my life.  I really want to run my fingers through it.  Kind of like Lane on “Gilmore Girls.”

Chris Clark recognized me.  I swear.  My dad came down while I was staring at Alex and goes, “Um, Chris Clark was just staring at you and he looked like he recognized you.”  Later on I caught him looking again, and I waved every time he skated by.  I think he and I are BFFs now.

Mike Green is really hot.  Like, super-duper hot.

pc300339I. Saw. Joe.  He looks just as awesome as I dreamed he would.

I also saw The Goose’s Roost sign, but the pictures didn’t turn out because I was too far away.

The Sabres’ power play is one of the shittiest things I have ever had the misfortune to lay  my eyes on.

I hope Lindy was serious when he said that he wasn’t just using “idle threats.”  I really want all the big players to get benched.  I want to send a message.

I really want the Sabres to start winning again.  I miss when they used to win.

But…um…you know what I miss most?

pc300362(getting Chris Clark in there was totally unintentional)

(and I swear, he was all over the place.  it was like watching Carey Price again)

P.S.  Well, now that I’ve seen him, I can try to get back to actual hockey content.  I realize that this place had kind of become Alex Ovechkin Central.

That Was Fun (#48)

December 27, 2008 at 10:34 am | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Alex Ovechkin, Andrej Sekera, Andrew Peters, Bobbleheads, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Clark, Donald Brashear, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Henrik Tallinder, Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht, Losing Sucks, Maxim Afinogenov, Patrick Lalime, Rick DiPietro, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Washington Capitals, What Is Up With All These Injuries?, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

Just for the record, I’m trying really, really hard to be upset about last night’s game.  It’s kind of hard.

  • The majority of the first period was rather boring.  It was just back and forth, back and forth, with Frostee occasionally shrieking, “ALEX!!  GOOOO!!!!!  SKATE!!!!!”
  • Andrej Sekera is officially in my mother’s doghouse.  She was less than pleased with his performance last night and announced about halfway through the second period, “I don’t think Andrej Sekera is a very good hockey player.”
  • I really don’t like Harry Neale, but I loved him last night for all his, “Alex Ovechkin is spectacular.  Alex Ovechkin is the best player in the league.”
  • Ha.  I LOVE Crunchy’s skull caps.
  • I am very worried for Thomas Vanek.  I mean, first they had to DRAG HIM OFF THE ICE, and then all the sudden he was back and skating on one leg, and then he scored.  Is he becoming the Tiger Woods of hockey?
  • I was kind of looking forward to a Petey/Brashear fight, but I guess that’s not going to happen.
  • My jersey is huge.  I love it, but it is ridiculously large.  I will be able to wear it for the rest of my life.  (Dear Washington Caps,   If you change the logo again, we’re going to have some serious problems.  With Love, Frostee)
  • I really enjoy hearing RJ get all pissy about the guys who do the sirens after goals are scored.  It’s amusing to listen to him talk about how they need to learn to shut the things off when goals are disallowed.
  • Am I the only one who found it incredibly ironic that Max finally scored a goal when he was jumping in the air to try and avoid getting hit?  He’s such a bad player.  
  • Lala looked pretty darn good last night.  It’s too bad the rest of the team sucks.
  • When I went upstairs last night,  I had to put Mini Alex and Little Ryan on opposite sides of the room.  Little Ryan was giving Mini Alex the death glare and I got worried since they’re on a higher shelf and it’s a long fall to the ground.
  • Um, my secret boyfriend is back in the lineup, and I’m assuming he’ll be playing on Tuesday.  Uh-oh.
  • Jason Pominville really needs to step it up.  I feel kind of bad getting mad at him since he’s the nicest, most adorable guy on the team, but this is getting ridiculous.  I really need him to just score a freaking goal.
  • Ditto for Jochen.  He needs to start winning face-offs.
  • The Sabres’ plane is kind of awesome.
  • That goal Mr. Ovechkin scored?  Fabulous.  He just skated right through Tallinder (or Lydman, as Harry Neale likes to call him) and then he fell over and still scored.  Please, enjoy his post-game interview.   I would kill for one of those hardhats.  I would wear it everywhere.
  • Islanders tonight.  Pretty Ricky is back in the lineup and they finally won against the Leafs last night.  The Sabres kind of need a win, since I have absolutely no faith in them winning on Tuesday.

Alex Ovechkin Sent Me A Candy Cane Gram! (47) (I TOTALLY agree with Semin)

December 23, 2008 at 3:26 pm | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Losing Sucks, Sidney Crosby, This Irks Me, Thought-provoking Stuff | 3 Comments

I was just sitting there in homeroom, minding my own business, when the teacher brings me one of the candy cane grams she was delivering.  It read, “To: Emily Frost  From: Ovechkin  Message:  ❤ Happy Holidays!  I’ll see you soon.”  I about died laughing.  (And you wanna know the craziest part?  Alex’s handwriting is exactly like my friend’s.  It’s identical.  They even use the same ink!)

Also, since my friends indulge me so, last night Twihard printed out several Ovie pictures from this very blog, glued them into the picture frame, and then wrote “#1 Ovie Fan” on the top and “Alexander M. Ovechkin” on the bottom.  She even left room for me to add my own pictures, since, as she said, “I’d do a lot for you, but I am NOT looking up shirtless pictures of him.”

Hmph.  I’m still rather frustrated with last night’s game.  I really don’t see why they don’t just rename it the NCL instead of NHL for National Crosby League.  If Thomas Vanek had scored that goal at the other end of the ice, the game would have kept going.  I would know.  I spent twenty minutes in my honors class this morning discussing it with everyone, and when you’ve got fifteen honors kids coming up with the same solution, you know it’s gotta be right.  

But then while I was stewing over the referees’ obvious favoring of Sid, I got thinking.  You might have heard that back in the fall, Alex Semin said in an interview that he didn’t really see what was so special about Crosby.  Sure, he thought Sid was a good enough player, but Semin claimed that the NHL could take any player and turn that player into a star.  You probably didn’t hear that.  Only a few minor publications picked up on it.  Anyway, those few minor publications were flabbergasted that anyone could say such a thing.  And while Crosby certainly is a smart, talented hockey player, you can’t help but wonder.  Is he REALLY the best hockey player the world has seen since Gretzky?  Or is he just as “good” as he is because the NHL made him that good?  I mean, I bet even Gregory Campbell or Chris Neil could become superstars (well, maybe not Gregory Campbell) if the NHL got behind them.  (And when I say get “behind them,” I mean it innocently)  If the referees always made calls in their favor, and surrounded them with a team of talented players, wouldn’t they be just as good?  I mean, even Andrew Peters has scored a goal…I think.  Donald Brashear had the Capitals’ first goal in the postseason last spring.  I’m not saying Crosby isn’t talented, because I would probably be killed for saying that and because I really do think he’s got a good hockey head on his shoulders and knows how to play the game.  I’ve been amazed at some of the things he can do.   I’m just saying maybe he isn’t quite the Messiah he’s painted to be.  Maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe he’s just so talented with the puck that we should all genuflect when he walks in.  But maybe not.  We’ll never really know if we can’t play a fair game with Sidbits.  And it’s not just me who’s saying that.  I was watching the game Saturday night with a bunch of middle-aged guys and they all agreed that the league is entirely unfair when it comes to Sidney.  

And just in case you were wondering, this isn’t the part when I start talking about how no one will ever compare to Ovechkin and that the league was a sorry place until he arrive.  I sure do think he’s a hell of a player, but there are nights when other players just seem incredible.  The NHL should try focusing on that for a change.  This is definitely one of the most diverse leagues in the world, and seeing all of the different players and how the play would be really cool.

Frustration/Ovie, LIVE! Part II (#46)

December 18, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Buffalo Sabres, Empty Threats, Happy!!, Huh?, I Was At The Game!, Losing Sucks, This Irks Me | 2 Comments

Dear Sabres,

When I haul my sick ass to the game (I actually felt okay when I was there, thanks to the various medications I had taken before leaving, but this morning when I woke up I felt like crap), I expect you to win.  When I went two years ago, you won even though I felt so bad I had to leave at the beginning of the third.  ( I have a rather long history of staying home sick from school and then dragging myself to hockey games, and if that’s not dedication I don’t know what is)  Was I not sick enough for your liking last night?  Was that it?  Was it because I hadn’t spent the morning with my head in the toilet that you figured I could handle a loss?  Geez, Sabres.  You guys are meanie heads.

With Love, 

Frostee

Last night’s game was a LOT worse than what I had expected.   The night started out bad enough with us missing the warmup because traffic was a bitch, and after the national anthems (um, I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging or anything, but Tara and I go way back.  Four years ago when our middle school did “Schoolhouse Rock!” for the musical, we were both soloists in “Unpack Your Adjectives.”  I sang the first verse.  She sang the third one.  And I may or may not have pointed that out loudly when she came out) things kind of went down hill.  It would have been nice to blame the officiating, because last night made it official that the referees in the league absolutely hate the Sabres, but that’s not really an excuse.  Max sucked so badly that at one point in the second period I shouted, “MAX AFINOGENOV, YOU FRUSTRATE ME SO!”, and Crunchy looked really bad.  Like, really, really bad.  He was flopping like a fish.  And the crowd was really dead last night.  I could tell they weren’t into that game at all.  When Pkaleta scored (AHH, Patty!  You were the one bright spot last night.   I have missed you so!) there was dead silence for a few seconds until my dad, who was with me on the entire opposite side of the rink, stood up and cheered.  No one else in our section seemed to realize that the puck went in.  It was almost funny.

Something good happened at the first intermission, however.  Something SPECTACULAR.  A man who used to work with my dad a really long time ago, and then my mom more recently, has season tickets in our section down in the seventh row.  My dad was going to say hi to him and I said I’d tag along, and he got all freaked out and started coming up with these lame excuses as to why I shouldn’t come.  “Oh, uh, you don’t have to.  Uh, the aisles are really crowded.  How about I go and then I’ll let you know if you should come down.  You just stay here and text your friends.”  After several minutes of this, it finally clicked.  Hehehe.  Guess who will be sitting in redonkulously badass seats (seventh row, section 115) at the Capitals game eleven days?  Ha.  That would be ME!   (Dear Alex,  If your grandfather gets sick again and you fly to Russia again, I will SLIT MY WRISTS.  Just thought I’d let you know.  With Love, Frostee) 

My friend and I were talking the other day about how we both got some really great presents last year (I actually think last year was the best Santa/the Hanukkah Fairy has ever treated me)  and it will be hard to beat this year, but now I’m not so sure.  I only have three things on my list (proving that I am the poster child for scaling back in these times of economic recession):

1.  Tickets to the Sabres/Capitals game.  Check

2.  An Ovechkin jersey.  Check.  My parents refused to make eye contact the other day when it was mentioned.  They only do that when I’ve figured out what I’m getting.

3.  A laptop.

Now, you may be looking at this list and saying how I may only be asking for a few things, but they’re kind of expensive.  Well, when you take everything into account, it really balances out.  The hockey tickets will be free, because the man who is giving them to us is the nicest guy and absolutely refused to accept money for them.  (I think that’s due to my charm and good manners.  When my mom went to visit him today and get the tickets, he told her how he hadn’t seen me in several years and was amazed at how polite and poised and charming I had become.  I’ve always had pretty good manners, but I didn’t know I was poised or charming.  Huh.)  The jersey is what I want for Hanukkah, and there wasn’t any shipping fee if it was ordered before November 30, and it would be a present spanning eight whole days!  And sure, you could argue that the laptop is still pretty expensive.  But when you remember that the two hockey tickets this year are free, and the four Kissmas Bash tickets and the two Winter Classic tickets I got last year were also free, you would see that the money that was saved on all those things could be applied to the laptop.  So, there.  

Yikes.  That felt like a freaking proof.  I had my statements and my reasons nicely organized.

Oh, Whatever Sabres/#45

November 30, 2008 at 10:45 am | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Buffalo Sabres, Craig Rivet, Losing Sucks, Patrick Kaleta, Patrick Kane, Patrick Lalime, Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly must be made of toothpicks and chewing gum, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

Well.  The Sabres actually looked pretty good most of the time last night, but they still lost.  Rats.  That would have been HUGE if they had beat all three “elite teams of the East” in four nights.  A few positives we can take away from the game:

  • Thomas Vanek scored twice, proving that he is, in fact, a BAMF
  • Not related to the Sabres game, but at one of the intermissions for the LA/Chicago game yesterday afternoon, we were treated to this FABULOUS video on Pkane and how amazing it is.  It was complete with baby pictures, footage of him in his bedroom talking about hockey, and him playing some cute little game with his sisters in their driveway.  It. Was. AMAZING.
  • Lala was pretty solid, which was a relief to see.  I was starting to get really worried about him.
  • They managed to kill off full two minutes of a 5-on-3, and Rivet and Lydman did some sexy shot blocking.
  • They booed Rivet.  This may sound kind of crazy, but I was starting to get worried that our team sucked so much that we didn’t have anyone for other teams to boo at.  It was nice seeing that we have someone worth booing.
  • Pkaleta is still walking around in one piece.

Just one question:  Has Tim Connolly officially dropped off the face of the Earth?  Because last night when we were checking line combinations at the bottom of the screen, Timmy wasn’t on the scratched list and he wasn’t in the lineup either, and then this morning they didn’t mention him once in the paper.  Has he disappeared for good?

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Um, yes, the Capitals lost.  And I want to apologize to any Caps fans who might be reading this blog, because it’s partly my fault.  With the Caps game and the Sabres game starting at the same time, I wasn’t able to watch too much of the Capitals so Alex wasn’t able to score.  He only scores when I’m watching.  

(But near the beginning of the first period during a stoppage in play, they showed Bruce on the bench and he was kind of dancing around to the beat of the music they were playing in the arena, which confirmed that Bruce is hilarious and the second coolest coach ever [Lindy Ruff will always be the coolest coach in my heart] and that we love him.)

Okay, so last night in the second period of the Caps game (I’m pretty sure it was the second.  It might have been the first), one of the only parts I got to watch was when the Caps were on the penalty kill.  Alex got a semi-breakaway and was roaring down the ice when some defender came out of nowhere and got in front of him.  Did this stop Alex?  No.  He used the toe of his skate to flip the puck over the guy in front of him and then got off a backhand shot.  It was kind of incredible.  All, “oh my God he doesn’t have his shirt on!” and squealing about his awesome personality aside, I really do love Alex Ovechkin because he happens to be one hell of a hockey player.  He transcends on the ice.  I’ll watch him at stoppages in play just because he’s that good.  All those obnoxious fans who walk around saying that not only is he not the best player in the league right now, but he’s not even in the top five have obviously never seen him play.  He does things with the puck that I didn’t even think could be done.

WTF, Caps? (#44)

November 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Alex Ovechkin, This Irks Me | 1 Comment

Dear Washington Capitals,

As you know, last night’s game was very exciting down the stretch.  The score was 4-0 Minnesota at the start of the third, but you somehow managed to make it 4-3 with just a few minutes left.  (But don’t think I don’t realize that you waited until I got all warm and cozy in my bed to score all the goals and pull me from the edges of sleep to watch you.)  While there were a few questionable plays (Since I was doing homework/watching One Tree Hill [OH MY GOD.  IF PEYTON DIES FROM CANCER, I WILL KILL MYSELF], the two that really stick out in my mind are Nick Backstrom missing Alex’s stick in the first and everyone leaving Cluttberbuck alone with the puck in front of Jokey Theodore for one of the goals.  (Brashear, if you are going to be our favorite goon in the league, you need to be a little smarter out there.  And you need to remember not to tell Petey.)  However, when it came close to the end of the game, several of your players worked hard to make it a close game.  Nick Backstrom scored on Nick Backstrom, which was tres cute, and Bradley scored, but one other player happened to score.  You’ve got this one guy on the team, Ovechkin?  Maybe you’ve heard of him?  He’s pretty good, actually.  Heck, Versus’s new hooker ice-level reporter even interviewed him before the game!  (And I may or may not have rewound to watch the interview again at the commercial break.)  The interview was definitely a hard-hitting piece of visual journalism, and all present at TFF Headquarters (read: Frostee’s mom) were genuinely amazed at how much better his English has gotten.  

While the you may have lost the game, the team managed to fight hard, thanks in part to this player I’ve been talking about.  Therefore, when I saw the clock run down and stumbled back to bed, I consoled myself with the thought that today I could come home from school, load the internet, and watch a lovely interview of this Ovechkin player.  Without his shirt.

You can imagine my disappointment when I clicked on the video link and saw this.  Under-armor?  Seriously, Capitals?  I’ve really come to expect better from you.  Sure, this is a nice interview, and Alex eloquently discusses the game, but still.  He has his shirt on, and as I’ve said before: fans like seeing players without their shirts on, especially after a tough loss.  After the next few games, I expect a return to the glory days of no shirts.  Any less, and I will be severely disappointed.

Best Wishes and Good Luck in the Future,

Frostee

P.S.  You may have screwed up the actual video, but nice job captioning it!  I thoroughly enjoyed seeing that.

I Don’t Really Feel Like Talking About The Dark Pit Of Despair That Is The Sabres So Instead I’ll Talk About Various Hockey Players I Love (Reason #43)

November 17, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Randomness | Leave a comment

First, a few Blackhawks videos I think you’ll enjoy.  (I first found the links on My Safety Is Harvard)

This one is basically amazing.  Mary Poppins? Harry Potter?  Ellen? Eleven year-olds?  OMG PKANE I LOVE YOUR TEAMMATES!

This one proves my theory that hockey players don’t wear shirts to bed.  And it’s funny.

I didn’t watch the Anaheim Ducks game last night, and I don’t even know who won.  I do know, however, that the Ducks happen to be amazing.  That is because, Dear Readers, before the game we were treated to a video of the players at a shooting range.  That’s right, a shooting range.  Where they were actually holding guns.

Frostee’s Dad:  I want to see Selanne with a gun.

Frostee: I can’t believe they let Chris Pronger out in public wearing those pants!

I think the Sabres need to start going to shooting ranges.

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Okay, so today’s Reason is a really good one: My love for Alex Ovechkin encourages my studies.  Not even kidding.  The first example came last week, when I was trying to convince my mom that getting me an Ovechkin jersey for Hanukkah would make perfect sense (we’re a have-and-half family so we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah).  The jersey costs $149.99.  If you order it online, there’s free shipping until November 30.  If you divide the cost by the eight days of Hanukkah, it comes to $18.75 a day.  I told my mother that I realized that this was still a little steep for a Hanukkah present (usually we get the bigger presents on Christmas), but when she took into account the 100.554 average on my report card, it was a GREAT gift idea.  My love for Alex gives me a legitimate reason to use math in real life.

The second part of this is just that it made French a lot more interesting today.  We’re reviewing nationalities, and I kept grinning/trying not to crack up when we were reviewing the pronunciation of “russe.”  I also doodled away the class by decorating my notes:

pb170205J’adore mon petit copain russe.

(getting Switzerland and Canada in the picture was totally unintentional)

So..uh…yeah.  That’s about it.   The Sabres need to stop sucking.  I think they should call up Gerbe or Mancari for the Boston game, even if just for a trial.  Boston is, after all, very close to Portland.  And Royzie needs a good benching.

Oh!  I almost forgot to show you the TOTALLY AWESOME SHIRT my mom got me for $5 at Target the other day.  You might want to sit down, since it’s pretty hardcore.

pb070195How hilarious is it that she got me a shirt that says “Frosty”?

Now, I realize that this is not the way I spell it, but it’s the way it’s supposed to be spelled.  It was my dad’s nickname first, and that was how he spelled it, and that was how I spelled it for a while when it was my nickname.  It morphed into Frostee when I changed my AIM screen name and spelled it with the double-e instead.  

So if you ever see some crazy chick walking around with that shirt on…it’s probably me.

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