Plugging Along.

April 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Brooks Laich, Drew Stafford, Nathan Gerbe, Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Tim Connolly must be made of toothpicks and chewing gum, Tyler Ennis | Leave a comment

Raise your hand if you think Brooks Laich is a really important part of the team.

*raises hand*

Yeah, I thought so.

P.S. I realize that technically it’s “bad” that Vanek and Connolly are out, but Ennis and Gerbe have been playing so well that it might be one of those delightful blessings in disguise. Likewise, I would completely support the current idea going around that Lindy should bench Stafford when one of the injured guys gets back. And that’s only partly because halfway through the second period Saturday night, I turned to my dad and asked him if Drew had been shot a few months ago and the Sabres just never told us. Where is he??

Things That Are Good And Things That Are Bad.

December 10, 2009 at 10:48 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Clark, David Steckel, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, Henrik Tallinder, I Was At The Game!, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Losing Sucks, Nathan Gerbe, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, Players, Rob Ray, Ryan Miller, Steve Montador, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 2 Comments

Things that are good:


Thing that are bad:

  • Still having to study for the reading quiz I’ll have if school isn’t canceled tomorrow.

Things that are good:

  • Ryan Miller.  Holy HELL, is that man good at hockey.  It was totally awesome when Sabretooth was bowing down to him.  He’s so good.  My jaw dropped multiple times.  Ryan, I want to thank you for redeeming yourself this year and making it less embarrassing for me to love you (because I don’t really broadcast it anymore, but I do still love him).  You’re so good at being a goaltender.  Just don’t burn out on me, ‘kay?

Things that are bad:

  • Getting shut out by the Sabres.  Um, Caps, you saw tape from their last two games, right?  Yikes, you need to learn how to score on elite goaltenders.

Things that are good:

  • Chris Clark totally looking at me three times.  Love ya, Christopher.

Things that are bad:

  • Fehric trying to flip me a puck and failing miserably.  Things Eric Fehr is not good at:  Shootouts, flipping pucks to dedicated fans during the pre-game skate.

Things that are good:

  • The Sabres killing off that power play the Caps had early on.  Wowzers, Sabres.  I know you have a great penalty kill, but the Caps have a great power play.  Y0u done good, boys, you done good.

Things that are bad:

  • Jose Theodore.  Varly, please get well soon.  (I realize he made some great saves, but all three goals he let in were really, really bad.)

Things that are good:

  • Alex coming over right in front of me and rattling the boards during the pre-game skate.  There were only a couple other fans by me at that time and they all had Sabres stuff on.  Alex, I love you.  I know I said this last December, but you’re HUGE in person.  And your hair is gross.  Yeah, I went there.

Things that are bad:

  • Alex playing arguably the worst game of his career.  First there was missing the WIDE OPEN NET by four feet.  Then there was the dive.  (My mom said Rob Ray didn’t think it was much of a dive and she didn’t either, but it happened right in front of me, and, well, it was pretty embellished.  Oh, Alex.)  Then he whined at the refs, and then he broke his stick.  That was just embarrassing.  I put up with so much crap from him, and then he broke his stick, and then I screamed “I STILL LOVE YOU ALEX” while he was getting a new one because I’m just trying to be a good fan.

Things that are good:

  • The Gerbe Derby got his first NHL goal!!  Yay!  Nate-dogg, I do love you so.  Congratulations, little man.  You earned it.  I’m glad you survived your collision with Tyler Myers, and I have to admit that it was pretty darn adorable.  Also, darling, picking on David Steckel is not the wisest idea since he’s twice as big as you.

Things that are bad:

  • Monty stealing Nathan’s first goal so he only got one instead of two.  Steve, that was not so nice.

Things that are good:

  • Henrik Tallinder’s goal.  Like, when the eff did he learn how to do that?

Things that are bad:

  • The Caps allowing Henrik Tallinder to score a goal like that.

Things that are good:

  • The first period.  That was an exciting period of hockey, folks.

Things that are bad:

  • The third period.  That was a really sloppy period.

Things that are good:

  • Lars’s hair.

Things that are bad:

  • I, uh, nope.  Got nothing.  Just look at that HAIR!

Things that are good:

  • The Sabres coming out after two crappy games and playing a really solid, great effort.  Way to bounce back, boys.  Y’all make me proud.

Things that are bad:

  • The Caps win streak ending.

Things that are good:

  • I got to see the secret handshake!!!!  Guys, it is even cuter in real life.  I laughed for about fifteen minutes.

Things that are bad:

  • I don’t get to see these two teams play each other in person again until March 😦

    Nine Is A Magic Number

    September 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Posted in Jose Theodore, Mike Weber, Nathan Gerbe, Tim Kennedy, Tyler Myers | Leave a comment

    So. Nathan has been returned to Portland, but Timmy made the cut. As much as I love my little Gerbe Derby, TK was better than him in the preseason. Darcy, I approve.

    Mike Weber has also been returned, and while I’m sure he’s pissed as hell, his preseason performance makes me think he needs a bit more time getting ready for the NHL. He bugged me.

    As I’m writing this Tyler hasn’t been sent back to juniors yet, and I think this is a good thing. I’m not saying he’s ready for full-time NHL duties yet, but he at least needs those nine days to see what he has to do improve on. With Toni and Drew hurt, the least we can do is give him a chance.

    Supposedly Jose is starting tomorrow night in Boston. This really angers me. Varly for starter!!!

    A Post Previewing the 2009-2010 Buffalo Sabres

    September 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Chris Butler, Dan Paille, Derek Roy, Frostee Does Predictions!, Henrik Tallinder, Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht, Mike Grier, Nathan Gerbe, Patrick Kaleta, Paul Gaustad, Players, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Thought-provoking Stuff, Tim Connolly, Tim Connolly must be made of toothpicks and chewing gum, Tim Kennedy | Leave a comment

    So. The time has come to prepare a post previewing the Sabres. Where to begin? The Sabres were a mess last season, to be perfectly honest. Playoffs two years in a row, then no playoffs two years in a row, then they beat the Red Wings and the Caps in the preseason. Yes, I know we lost Drury and Briere, but seriously, dudes? Get over it. They weren’t the only players on this team.

    The thing with these Sabres is that I can never decide if any of them have individual talents, or games like that 10-2 win over Edmonton are just a complete fluke. Yes, Thomas Vanek is good at putting the puck in the net. Yes, Tim Connolly is fabulous when he’s not lying in a hospital bed in a full body cast. Ryan Miller is frustratingly inconsistent, but when he’s on, good grief, is he on. Patrick Kaleta isn’t half-bad at throwing hits. Sir Christopher has a bright future ahead of him.

    But I’m not sure if these Sabres are good enough to take the next step. Yes, if Gomez hadn’t taken out Miller we probably would have made the playoffs. But after seeing how the other teams played in the postseason, there’s an excellent chance that the Sabres would have been slaughtered in the first round. It would have painful, and it would have been ugly.

    Darcy promised big changes this summer, so he let my Caveman go and signed Steve Montador in his place, and he brought back Mike Grier. Woo. Way to go, Darcy. Grier will (hopefully) be able to keep the whiny brats on this team in line, but that’s about it. He also signed about 27 enforcers and “gritty” players, so, you know, watch out, league. (I actually have a theory that Darcy watched Slapshot one too many times before free agency started and he wanted to be like the Chiefs and just beat up every team. If it’s old time hockey we’re going to be putting up with, I at least want a Killer.)

    One thing Darcy didn’t do that we were all expecting was dump some of our dead weight. Yes, Max is gone, but we still have Hank and Jochen. Man, did those two frustrate me last season.

    You know who else frustrated me? Jason Pominville. Jason effing Pominville. He was all cute and adorable and point-producing two years ago and then last season he completely sucked. It was awful.

    Thomas Vanek was on track for fifty goals last season (remember when I was all freaked out that he would score more goals than Alex? Heh.) and then he broke his jaw. He’s definitely our best goal-scorer and I’d appreciate it if he could keep that up this year. I’m also counting on Derek Roy to be our best point-producer. Come on, Royzie. Do it for Kyle.

    I’d really like some of the Portland kids to get a chance up here, but I’m not sure if that’ll happen or not since we don’t exactly have loads of roster space to give away. Gerbe and Kennedy might be ready to make the jump, but it really depends on who plays well in training camp and who else undergoes surgery right before the start of the season. Adam Mair.

    Another concern is the Olympic Break. Yes, it will give some of our guys a chance to rest up, but not Ryan Miller. It became rather apparent two seasons ago that our fragile little goalie can’t handle playing a long season. The Olympics are kind of intense, and they’re going to exhaust him if he ends up being named the starting goalie.

    I’m not going to make any predictions about this team, because I honestly don’t know where they’ll end up in the conference. What I do know is that they really are quite similar to the team we saw last year, and that team didn’t do a whole heck of a lot. Out of the playoffs is out of the playoffs, no matter what place you’re in.

    Just a few personal letters to some of the players:

    Dear Paul,

    You just keep doing what you’re doing.

    With Love,


    Dear Timmy,

    Don’t break.

    With Love,


    Dear Jason,

    Come back.

    With Love,


    Dear Jochen,

    We gave you that contract extension because we believed in you, but you were kind of awful last season. Let’s just put the past in the past and move on. You can play better than you did. I believe in you.

    With Love,


    Dear Mike,

    Keep the little bastards in line.

    With Love,


    Dear Sir Christopher,

    I decided to make you my project this year, which means I love you even more and pay extra special attention to you. Not that there’s any pressure, I promise. I thought you were chivalrous and great player last year, and with even more time to grow and develop, you’ll get even better. Good luck, my young knight. May the force be with you.

    With Love,


    Dear Danny,

    Don’t forget your toothbrush on the road trips, sweetie!

    With Love,


    Thoughts From Puck Drop (Which I Attended For About 30 Minutes)

    September 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Nathan Gerbe, Tim Kennedy | 2 Comments

    I watched part of the rookie scrimmage. The white team was much better than the blue team.

    Tim Kennedy still looks like he’s about ten years old.

    Nathan Gerbe still has that dumb little soulpatch.

    Bruce, Chill. It’s Actually Kind Of Funny.

    April 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Ilya Kovalchuk, Nathan Gerbe, Randomness, Tim Connolly must be made of toothpicks and chewing gum | 1 Comment

    Bruce’s knickers have been all in a twist after this PSA was played in Atlanta during the Caps/Thrashers game last night.  Bruce, please, relax.  This video is hilarious.  Colby Armstrong is adorable, and Ilya at the end has not failed to crack me up during the two times I’ve watched this so far.

    And Ron Hainsey?  Is not at all unattractive.


    I apologizing for having two posts in a row that talk about the Capitals in the title, but I really don’t have anything else to say about the Sabres.  They’re not going to make the playoffs, they’re inconsistent, TV doesn’t score anymore, whatever.  Although apparently Timmy is hurt again?  Oh dear.  How much longer do we have him under contract?

    In other, happier news, Nathan Gerbe got named AHL Rookie of the Year!  Woo!  Go Nate-dogg!

    I Swear, He Does It Just To Bug Me

    February 19, 2009 at 9:54 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo Sabres, Carey Price, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Montreal Canadiens, Nathan Gerbe, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, Paul Gaustad, Philadelphia Flyers, Randomness, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

    (I’m sorry, but I can’t link you to anything in this post.  I don’t trust this connection and don’t want it to stop working again.)

    So, last night the Caps played the Habs.  The Canadiens seem to be having some problems and I was really counting on the Capitals to beat them.  As I am in this Center Ice-less wasteland they called South Carolina, Anne and Clare kept me updated on the game via Twitter because they’re awesome.  I knew right away that Alex scored a “sick goal” (it’s amazing.  Go somewhere and watch it.).  When Steckel tied it up near the end of regulation I heard about it.  They also, however, let me know when something bad happened.  They let me know when Alex got hurt.

    Dear Readers, I realize that Alex is made of steel just as you do, but I still freak out when he gets hurt.  During that Boston game when he went shoulder-first into the boards I cried.  When I got the Twitter texts telling me that Alex had blocked a shot and appeared to be in pain, I started running around in circles in my room and completely ignored “Mamma Mia!” (When there’s no hockey on I watch musicals, because it’s not like there’s anything else to do)  Then they told me that he was okay and was back playing.

    Seriously, Alex?  You KNOW I worry when you get hurt!  He’s just like those boys who always show off and try to appear tough to impress girls.  Alex, I’m already quite impressed by your hockey skillz.  Getting hurt is SO unnecessary.  Please stop doing it.  Thank you.

    If you want to watch something really cute, head on over to the Capitals’ website and watch the interview with Nick Backstrom.  There’s just something about that boy.

    Okay, on to the Sabres.  

    GERBE GOT SENT BACK DOWN?!?!?!  NO!!!!!  This is TERRIBLE!!!  I love my darling little Gerbe.  I honestly believe there is absolutely nothing he could do to make me hate him, and now he’s back in Portland?  Blast.

    Montreal got one point last night and the Rangers got two, so it’s critical that Buffalo wins tonight’s game.  We’ll be watching it at the bar.

    Frostee’s Brother:  Are we going to actually sit at the bar or sit at one of the tables?

    Frostee:  If that hot bartender is there we’ll be sitting at the bar.

    I hear whispers that Goose will be coming back tonight, and all I can say about that is “YAY it is about time.”  We need him and his energy.  

    Lady, if you are going to sit at the table next to me with your laptop then you are going to have to turn off the sound.  I put in earbuds when I watched the interviews.  I do not need to hear all of your obnoxiously loud notifications.

    Our waiter yesterday at lunch was a younger, stockier, scruffier, insanely hotter version of Mike Modano.  It was awesome.   

    The Sabres really need to win tonight because I’ll be spending all day reading Life and Death in Shanghai and it’s a terrible book and it always puts me in a bad mood.  And because I hate Philadelphia.  The Toronto game on Tuesday was quite enjoyable (although the broadcast wasn’t.  We got Joe but we didn’t get Chris, they had no idea how to pronounce the players’ names, and all they could talk about was Ryan Miller going to Michigan State.  I am SO heckling Chris Simpson when I’m at the Anaheim game.) and I’m hoping they can carry that momentum over tonight.

    P.S. I finally found the picture that got all those people searching “carey price drunk.”  Apparently I promote Carey Price and drinking because I got hit a thousand times yesterday by people searching for that.  Good grief.

    It Was The Slow Clap?

    February 11, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Dan Paille, Happy!!, Nathan Gerbe, Tim Connolly, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

    In case you couldn’t tell from yesterday’s post, I love the clapping part in Peter Pan when everyone claps to save Tinkerbell.  I actually love every part of Peter Pan, but that’s one of my favorites.  When that part was coming last night, my friend Caitlin and I got ready to go.  We put down our Starbursts and as soon as Peter mentioned it, we began clapping like maniacs.  You can imagine how surprised we were when every single other person in the cafeteria auditorium began doing the slow clap.  We didn’t even realize to switch over to that kind until Peter Pan gave me the dirtiest look I have ever received in my life.  I guess that’s what I get for sitting in the second row.  

    So there was lots of fighting at the Pirates game last night?  I couldn’t believe it when I got Cari’s text informing me that Nate had been ejected.  And Mikey’s a douche now?  Wow.  How the times have changed.

    Speaking of Gerbe, he got called up!  Woo!  I’m hoping he can fill the void Thomas left behind.  And I’m hoping that tonight the Sabres do not look like total shit against the Senators tonight.

    Dear Timmy,

    Please send Nathan one of your lovely passes so he can score his first NHL goal.  I want to be able to see it, so it has to happen tonight.  

    With Love,


    Pie is scratched again.  I’m starting to think he may never play for the Sabres again.  (Which actually isn’t that long with the trade deadline coming up…)

    Neil is supposedly out tonight, which means Teppo really must have gashed him.  I guess now he knows how it feels.  These are another two important points and the momentum from the win would be huge against San Jose on Friday.    

    The Sabres game doesn’t start till 7:30 to accommodate TSN, but the Caps game starts at seven which is awesome.  I’m great at flipping back and forth between two games when one starts half an hour after the first.

    Dear Caps,

    Please beat the Rangers.  Watching them slowly slide out of the playoffs is really fun.

    With Love,


    I love caller I.D.  I don’t have to talk to my crazy great uncle when he calls.

    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.


    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.


    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.

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