Just Some Things

December 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Chicago Blackhawks, Contracts, Jaroslav Spacek, Jonathan Toews, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Lindy Ruff, Patrick Kane, Randomness, Tyler Myers | Leave a comment
  • The new issue of Men’s Journal has a lovely photo spread of one of my preferred stupid, suspended Russians.  I spent about thirty seconds looked high and low across the internet but couldn’t find the pictures already on there and since my camera is in need of new batteries and the scanner has been broken for three years, you’ll just have to trust me that aside from the model who probably had intercourse with him, the pictures are pretty darn hot.
  • I saw a Myers third jersey today in school.  It made me warm and fuzzy.
  • NHL.com and I have been in a battle of epic proportions since May:  I want a Lars t-shirt and they don’t want me to get one.  I decided this in May when Larsie was tearing it up in the playoffs and being a BAMF and I was so in love with the Capitals and the first two games of the second round and everything was sunshine and daisies.  I think the video in this post also had a lot to do with that decision.  I made my way over to the online NHL Store only to discover that the only size they carried was an adult XXL.  There is no way a shirt in this size would ever, possibly fit me, so I decided to wait.  I checked periodically throughout the summer but it wasn’t until early October that they finally appeared to restock and appeared to be carrying my size.  I hurried to place my order and I was reviewing the final order before submitting it, I discovered that the item I ordered was backordered and it would ship in 2-4 weeks.  “I’ve been waiting since May,” I said to myself, “So I have no problem waiting a few extra weeks.  I won’t let them win.”  You can therefore imagine my surprise when, a week later, I received an email saying that my order had been further delayed and I would receive notification when it shipped.  Today I got an email saying the order was cancelled.  As I was NOT going to let them win, I hurriedly placed a call to the number at the bottom of the email.  I have now re-placed my order.  I got 20% off and it will ship in 2-4 weeks, they promise.  It’s not even like I want a Lars shirt SO BADLY that I simply HAVE TO HAVE IT, but just forgetting I ever wanted one is like letting the terrorists win.  So, NHL.com, you may have won this round, but I assure you that I will be victorious in the end.
  • I’m so sad that Spacek, formerly known as the beloved Caveman, is coming back to Buffalo.
  • I’m starting to get really pissed at Lindy.  Yo, dude, I get that we’re the only team that has yet to win a game with a backup in net, but seriously, Ryan is going to FALL APART.
  • Does anyone know if Matt Bradley is a papa yet?
  • I do not understand how Chicago is going to fit Toews, Kane, and Keith under the cap along with the Soupster, Hossa, and Huet.  It doesn’t make sense.  Isn’t that like 90% of their payroll right there?  There isn’t enough room!
  • I’m glad tomorrow’s Friday.

TWO Comebacks!!

November 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Atlanta Thrashers, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Happy!!, Jaroslav Spacek, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Mike Grier, Montreal Canadiens, Patrick Lalime, Philadelphia Flyers, Players, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

The Sabres spent much of their game down 1-0 to the Hurricanes.  The Caps scored two goals and then gave up three in a row to the Canadiens.  Thankfully, both of my teams ended up winning.

The Sabres looked like a pile of poop for the first two periods.  The game was boring and they couldn’t get anything going and Tyler Myers was trying to kill me.  Ryan Miller appeared to be the only player on the team who seemed to care about the collective sanity of Buffalo, and it’s a good thing that he does.  He needs to be in the Vezina talks to this point of the season.  I don’t understand how he couldn’t be.  He’s been the best player on the team, end of story.  Yes, I did think Lalime should have played tonight, but Miller has been beyond fantastic.  RJ was right; we are not worthy.

In the fifth period the Sabres finally figured things out and remembered that they’re playing the Hurricanes on the road, a place they have not yet won a game.  Losing at home to the Hurricanes, especially via shutout, is about as embarrassing as it gets.  You might as well go home after that.  Vanek finally got around to scoring a goal, and it’s always lovely to see Mike Grier contributing.  Yo, the Sabres even scored on the POWER PLAY.  That doesn’t happen very often.

The Caps game went like this:  Alexander and Eric score, Canadiens score (let’s not talk about the traitor formally known as the Caveman), Caps score on the power play with eleven seconds left, Michael DOESN’T completely screw things up in overtime, Lars is a hero in the shootout, Caps win.

1.)  I got pretty scared when Michael was allowed near the puck in overtime.  I’m very proud of him for not killing anyone or gift-wrapping any goals.

2.)  Alex looked much more like himself tonight – aside from that one part where he tripped over himself six times in a row – which is reassuring.  I think he’s finally getting back to his pre-injury state.

3.)  Lars has been a bit off this month.  He looked awesome Wednesday night, and a shootout winner might not boost up his point totals or anything, but I think our dear little Swede has gotten his game back.  Yay!!

P.S.  The Thrashers beat the Flyers 1-0.  I would just like to remind everyone that I loved them even back when they sucked.

Old Time Hockey!!

November 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Craig Rivet, Happy!!, Patrick Kaleta, Paul Gaustad, Philadelphia Flyers, Players, Ray Emery, Scott Hartnell, Tim Connolly, Tim Kennedy, Tyler Ennis, Tyler Myers, What Is Up With All These Injuries?, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

First I was happy when the Sabres scored the first goal.  Then I was concerned when the Flyers scored two quick ones (Dear Sabres, Work on actually playing for twenty full minutes, not nineteen and a half.  With Love, Frostee).  Then I was cautiously optimistic when they came back, and then I was happy again when they won 4-2.  When you start and end happy, consider it a good game.

Score aside, that was one big chippy chipfest.  Wow.  So much fighting and hitting and players writhing on the ice in pain and me having mini panic attacks.  All in all, I think the Sabres alone ended up with 13 3 casualties?  Patty getting kicked out, Goosie hurting one leg and Craigory hurting two?  Then there was Tyler Myers, but thank the merciful and great hockey gods, he came back.

Both Paul and Craig’s injuries looked serious.  The Sabres will miss having their captain around, but Paul Gaustad has been one of the best players for the team aside from Ryan Miller.  They’re going to miss him a lot.

Mayhaps we can call up Tyler Ennis?  If he’s not too busy with other things?

Tim Connolly had a spectacular night afternoon.  Good on ya for finally doing something, Timothy.

Mike Richards is the slimiest of all the slimeballs in the land, and I don’t like him.  He’s so dirty, and he’ll always get away with it because he’s Mike Richards (cue Pierre McGuire).  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Patty got suspended for his hit, but no one’s going to do anything about Richards.

Ray Emery is not a very good goalie.  I don’t know why everyone kept thinking he’s the reason the team could actually make a deep run this season.

Killing off all the power players against the best power play in the league was pretty spiffy, boys.  Good work.

Stupid Scott Hartnell felt the need to pick on Timmy K, aka someone half his size.  Keep it classy, Scott.

I don’t like Philadelphia.  This win was very satisfying.

It was also an important win to get, because I’m already nervous about tomorrow night and to go into a game against Carolina with a five game losing streak is a recipe for disaster.

Sabres, please don’t completely embarrass yourselves at home against the Hurricanes.  That would be tragic.

Whoa, Did Not See That Coming.

November 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Adam Mair, Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Butler, Dan Paille, Paul Gaustad, Randomness, Tyler Myers | Leave a comment

Um, Adam Mair got traded.  That came out of nowhere.  Darcy, are you up to something?  Are there plots being plotted?  I sincerely hope so, because I always sort of liked Adam and just waiving him for the sake of waiving him makes me sad.  I realize that now that Danny is gone and he didn’t have to babysit him anymore there really wasn’t any point in keeping him around, but still.  Best of luck in the world, Adam.  I hope you find a loving home somewhere.

In other news:

  • The Catwalk for Charity was last night.  I’ve already seen lots of pictures, and it looked like a lot of fun.  Christopher never fails to make me love him.  Tyler looked adorable with the puppy.  Paul looked kind of drunk.  Maybe he is human after all!
  • Butthead that he is, Alex thought he’d be all funny and freak me out and say he’d be 4-5 weeks.  So not funny, Alex. And it only reinforced my belief that your sense of humor is lame.
  • Everyone I know who was at the games over the weekend said they were even worse in person.  That scares me.  Sabres, let’s fix things for Wednesday night.  Remember when you scored ten goals against the Oilers last year?  That was tons of fun.
  • Totally unrelated, but that was the same night Chara tried to kill Alex.  There’s a freak-out in the post I linked above.

I Am Tired And I Am Cranky.

November 6, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Derek Roy, Empty Threats, Jose Theodore, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Lindy Ruff, Losing Sucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Players, Randomness, Ryan Miller, That was absolutely terrible., This Irks Me, Tim Kennedy, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, What Is Up With All These Injuries?, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

The Sabres lost 5-2 to the Flyers.  This is pukey and disgusting and gross and yucky and I don’t ever want to talk about it ever again.  End of story, goodbye.

Well, no.  I’m just tired and by extension, I’m not in the best of moods.  I wanted the Sabres to compete tonight and play hard and at least make it a close one.  Yes, Tyler scored to make it 4-2, but I didn’t see that goal and they still ended up losing.  Not cool, Buffalo.  Not.  Cool.

After the second period I kind of gave up on them and flipped over to the Capitals game.  Whatever.  At least they won.

Ryan Miller has been really good so far this season, but if he’s in net tomorrow night I will flip shit.  Lindy, STOP PLAYING HIM.  OMG HE’S GOING TO BREAK.

Jose has been really good too.  This makes me happy, but this confuses me.  Jose, you’re supposed to suck and make me want to hurt people.  What is this?

I’m glad Derek finally started scoring.  Thank you, D.  I appreciate it.

Tim Kennedy is just good at life.  He and Mike Grier are so awesome together.

I wonder how many posts I’m going to write this year that involve the sentence “Timmy K and Mike Grier rock my socks when they play together on a line.”

I’m a bit perplexed by the Flyers.  First, they’re so good and they’re amazing and they could ever win the Stanley Cup!  Then they’re a one-line team.  They certainly have a few injuries, but I don’t like using that as an excuse.  It seems like such a copout.  Half the players are going to be injured by the time you get to the Cup finals; you need to suck it up and be able to get past injuries during the regular season.

I like Mo the Second.

The Capitals are all breaking one by one.  If something happens to Lars I don’t know what I’ll do with myself.

This post is very rambly.  I apologize.  I’m watching last night’s “Project Runway” and I’m really worried that Christopher is going to make it to Fashion Week.

Hurray For New TVs!!

October 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Derek Roy, Drew Stafford, Jason Pominville, Lindy Ruff, Olympics, Paul Gaustad, Players, Randomness, Ryan Miller, Tim Connolly, Tim Connolly must be made of toothpicks and chewing gum, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, What Is Up With All These Injuries? | Leave a comment

As I’m sure you inferred from the title of this post, we got a new TV.  It’s big and beautiful and I am salivating at the thought of watching hockey tonight.  Both of my teams are playing really bad teams, so I’m sure both the Caps and Sabres will lose.  It’s bound to happen at some point.

Everyone’s feeling the love for Ryan Miller (as am I), and rightly so.  The dude’s been on fire lately.  He’s going to be pretty BAMF for Team USA in February.  I’m choosing not to think about what will happen after the Olympics, when he’s too tired to even make it to the crease.  We’ll get there eventually.

(And just for the record, no one believes my theory that Lindy keeps playing Ryan to exhaust him in an attempt to sabotage Team USA.  Yes, I know Lindy doesn’t like backups and trusts Lala about as far as he can throw him, but still.  He’s the coach of Team Canada.  Ryan is the presumed starter for Team USA.  It’s always possible.)

Jason is one of the several Sabres leading the team in scoring.  I like this.  It made me really, really sad last year when he sucked.

Poor, poor Goosie has the flu.  I hope it’s not swine, Paul!  Feel better soon and beware the pig!

Timmy sat out practice with “minor bumps and bruises” (according to The Buffalo News), which means he’ll be out for the next 6-8 weeks with an undisclosed upper-lower body injury.

Derek Roy needs to get on that whole “I haven’t scored a goal yet” thing stat.  Not scoring goals is BAD, Royzie.  You must fix this immediately, or else.

Happy birthday, Drew!  I always thought it was fitting that he’s an almost-Halloween baby, since he’s kinda, well, out there….and reminds me of Halloween…uh…this sounded better in my head.  I apologize.

I have absolutely no intention of watching the game tomorrow night.  I will be trick-or-treating, because anyone who has an awesome costume and passes up on free candy is lame.

I’m afraid to wear my Caps jersey because last time I did, they were in the midst of that awful, painful losing streak.  They’ve won six straight and I don’t want to jinx that, but like I said.  I want to wear it.  Bad.

I wish my stupid Lars t-shirt wasn’t backordered.  The hockey gods seriously do not want me to own this shirt.

I’m really excited for the first game of the Tyler Myers era.  I sincerely hope that his play over the first nine games had nothing to do with him having to impress the coaches and everything to do with how he normally plays.  (Does that sentence even make any sense?)  I don’t want him to be a fluke.  I want to know that he’s actually a really talented player.

I’m writing an article for the school paper on the swine flu and I’m interviewing my dad for it.  Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but after his brief appearance on Channel 2 Monday afternoon, he keeps telling me I have to call public relations to get an interview with him.  I plan on hiding the remote right before the Sabres game starts and blackmailing him into giving me some quotes on how the oink-oink can affect a high school environment.

Go Sabres/Caps!  Woo!

Third Periods Are Problematic.

October 29, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Happy!!, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, What Is Up With All These Injuries?, Winning Is Totally Awesome, Zach Bogosian | Leave a comment

I think third periods must have slept with the Caps’ girlfriends or something, because this team does not like them and do not play well in them. They’re really lucky that Varly came through for them and managed to prevent Zachity Zach from single-handedly winning the Thrashers.

I wish Alex would just score a hat trick already.

The Thrashers don’t look as good without Ilya. I hope he comes back soon.

Lars is so good at hockey.

I hope this doesn’t happen when they play the Islanders tomorrow night. That would be quite upsetting.

In other, Sabres-related news: TYLER IS STAYING!!!!!!! AAAHHH!!! TYLER! I LOVE YOU!

This wasn’t a surprise to me, but I’m still insanely excited. TYLER YOU SHALL SAVE US ALL!

Not that we’re putting to much pressure on him or anything.

Wee!

October 28, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Atlanta Thrashers, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Butler, Clarke MacArthur, Happy!!, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Pominville, Jose Theodore, Mike Grier, New Jersey Devils, Players, Ryan Miller, Thought-provoking Stuff, Tim Kennedy, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

I know that this was exactly how Buffalo started out last year and I know it’ll all start going downhill soon enough (probably around the time Ryan gets completely exhausted at the Olympics), but for now, I’m completely enjoying the Sabres’ success.  They’re winning, and they’re beating good teams.  This is fun.

Marty Brodeur has not looked good this season.  At all.  I’m ecstatic that Timmy got his first NHL goal (AAAHHH!!!  TIMMY!!!  I LOOOOOOOOVE YOU!!), but Marty did not look good at all.

Ryan Miller will soon hurt himself/get too cranky to play well/get exhausted by the Olympics as I mentioned above, but for now, I’m thoroughly enjoying his awesomeness.  Ryan, you’re not so bad when you’re playing well.

We ended up getting the Devils feed for the game which was annoying in that I couldn’t hear Rick and Harry, but was cool in that I could hear what other announcers (namely, Doc) think about the Sabres.  I agree, boys.  Chris Butler was a wonderful find.

I can’t believe Clarke MacArthur already has five goals.  This is redonk.  He’s got to stop scoring at some point.  It’s not like he could get thirty.

I’m pretty sure Pommer got his third of the season in February last year.

Mike Grier and Timmy K playing together continues to amaze me.  I love the two of them.  They’re so good together.  Their chemistry is spectacular.

Lots of NHLers have been struck with swine (or at least are coming clean about when they had it) today.  I hope none of the Sabres catch it.  And I hope Quintin Laing doesn’t get any of my beloveds in Washington sick.

Tonight was Tyler Myers’s ninth game, but there wasn’t seriously any drama surrounding it, was there?  There’s no way they can send him back to juniors.  No.  Way.  I will jump off a bridge or something drastic and (only slightly) unnecessary like that.

Tomorrow night the Caps play the Ilya-less Thrashers.  It will be in HD, which makes me happy.  I’m sad Ilya got hurt, and in a contract year, no less, but his absence makes the Caps’ job a bit easier.  I would love for them to continue this sick-nasty winning streak they’ve got going.

Speaking of contract years, I’ve been feeling rather warm and fuzzy towards one Jose Theodore as of late.  It’s not secret around here that he and I never really got along very well (scroll down to the earlier ones), so this fondness is a new territory for me.  I don’t think he’s the same goalie that won a Hart trophy a few years back, but he’s been the better goalie for the Capitals to this point in the season.  I just hope that IF the Caps re-sign him, he doesn’t start sucking again.  I really hate  when players only play well in contract years.

If/when Buffalo loses to Toronto, I will cry.  I’m just letting you all know.

Ho-Hum.

October 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Chris Butler, Randomness, Ryan Miller, Tyler Myers | 2 Comments

Once again, we’re in the midst of a relatively long stretch without Sabres hockey. Thanks to Saturday night’s game I’m in a very pro-Sabres mood and this is bothering me. Alas, I will have to rely on the Capitals tonight to distract me from studying. (If they lose to Philly again I am jumping off a bridge.)

I guess the big story tomorrow night in New Jersey is it being Tyler Myers’s ninth game, but I really don’t see how he could be sent back to juniors after the way he’s played here.

I can’t believe Mike Richards wasn’t suspended.

It’s my beloved Christopher (Butler)’s birthday today. Happy birthday! (Totally just found that out over at Sabretooth’s House. Thanks, Anne!)

I had a weird dream involving Ryan Miller teaching me math the other night. It was…odd. Very odd.

Facts.

October 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo Sabres, Drew Stafford, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, Ilya Kovalchuk, Mike Grier, Paul Gaustad, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tim Kennedy, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

Fact: I love Tyler Myers. I would drop out of high school to marry him if he asked me. He’s amazing. He’s wonderful. He and Paul Gaustad can team up to rid the world of global warming and cure cancer.

Fact: I’m really pissed I missed the Capitals game.

Fact: Alex doesn’t score goals when I don’t watch.

Fact: That was the WORST shootout I have ever seen in my life. And I’ve seen a lot of shootouts and they’re always bad.

Fact: Timmy K and Mike Grier have the best chemistry. Its awesomeness is second only their goal celebration hugs.

Fact: Toronto will not win a hockey game this season.

Fact: Mike Richards’s hit was vicious. Good grief, Mike.

Fact: I hope Ilya’s ok.

Fact: Marty St. Louis confuses me.

Fact: I really wanted Drew to face Ryan in the shootout.

Fact: I am so insanely tired and I couldn’t even muster enough energy to care about this game until Drew tied it. I want to go to sleep so badly but sleeping in the job is the number one no-no when babysitting.

Fact: I don’t think the Sabres were all that mind-blowingly good tonight, but being able to come from behind at the very end and win is huge, even against a team like Tampa Bay.

Fact: Don Cherry’s suit was crazy tonight.

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