Enjoying the Playoffs, Step #2: Facing the Reality of the Playoff Situation

Today we continue out reprogramming in preparation for the Sabre-less playoffs. Yesterday, we temporarily cast the Sabres aside. Today, we take our first tentative glimpse at a world of hockey that does not include our beloved team.

Lesson # 2:

Facing the Reality of the Playoff Situation

Take a good hard look. I know it’s difficult, but force yourself if necessary. Just look at him. Face it.

Damn you, Drury.

It is a scientific fact that Chris Drury without a beard looks like a rat-faced geek, but unfortunately, it is not beardless Drury we are concerned with today. No, today we must come to terms with the far more visually compelling and tantalizingly dangerous Drury. Today, we must face, Playoff Beard Drury.

Sigh.

Frankly, he’s the least of our worries.

The EC Playoffs are a dreadful sight to behold. Once the Sabres were eliminated from the playoffs, I was reduced to pinning my hopes on the Senators falling all the way out. Once that became a mathematical impossibility (thanks a LOT, Canes) I had to admit that the absolute worst had occurred. The Sens, the Flyers, the Rangers, and the Caps, are ALL in the playoffs, and the Sabres are done. The scope of the disaster is still difficult to comprehend, but this is the situation that the Hockey Gods have handed us, and this is the situation that we must accept with grace and dignity.

I see two reasons for hope.

First of all, the EC is fairly evenly matched from a villian/rooting interest perspective. In all the match-ups, I can pick a clear “Katebits Semi-Endorsed If Not Fully Beloved” team with the exception of Caps/Flyers. Caps are the clear choice there, but that’s really only because the Flyers are so grody. (I have highly conflicted feelings about the Capitals and I’m curious to see where the playoffs take me as far as they go.)

The second reason for hope is the Western Conference. The Western Conference is jam PACKED with teams I know nothing about, and therefore don’t hate. This is kind of a mixed blessing because while I don’t hate most of those teams, it’s like starting from scratch. I have nothing to grab onto and no point of reference. All I know is that I don’t want Brian Campbell to win the Cup, so that eliminates the Sharks, and I am grossed out by the Ducks….but after that, the competition for my heart is pretty wide open. This week I have to work every evening, so I will miss all the early starting games, but I’m pretty excited to watch the late start Wild/Avs series once I’m nestled back into TWC Headquarters each night.

So, the situation is this: Chris Drury is going to be skating around with his fetching play-off beard being all hot and clutch for the DISGUSTING RANGERS, and it is almost certain that somewhere along the way, a team I hate will win a playoff series. On the other hand, particularly in the Western Conference, there is a lot of opportunity for a yet-to-be-discovered team to capture my fancy. It’s not a good situation, but now that I’ve sat down and faced the cold hard facts, I think I’m beginning to believe that I can do this. I can watch the playoffs even if the Sabres aren’t involved.

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Please join me tomorrow for the third and final lesson of our course on enjoying the playoffs, “It’s Still Hockey, And it’s Still Being Performed By Hockey Players: It Can’t Be All Bad.”

12 Responses to “Enjoying the Playoffs, Step #2: Facing the Reality of the Playoff Situation”


  1. 1 Amy April 8, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Every time you start thinking of Chris Drury’s playoff beard, just think of the awesomeness that is JP Dumont’s. Dumont’s beard can kick Drury’s beard’s ass single-handedly.

  2. 2 Jennfer April 8, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Oh,I need help. I always thought Drury looked like a robotic ass, but he looks HOT with the beard. I can’t even watch the Rangers/Devils playoff games unless he shaves, or I might end up rooting for the Rangers to win and that is NOT what I want, although the beard is very becoming on him, makes him almost look human.

  3. 3 Katebits April 8, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Jennfer! Grab a hold of yourself! Chris Drury, while totally hot with a beard, is STILL and always will be, a disgusting-on-the-inside SLAG-FACED WHORE. You must NOT root for the Rangers. He’s one of them. He always was. EW! EW! EW! EW! EW!

  4. 4 Katie April 8, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Such a lovely beard does not deserve to have to grow on such a Slag-Faced Whore.

    Thanks again for this wonderful playoff preparation program, Katebits! And I hope you do find your Western Conference team. Last year I discovered the Canucks, who quickly became my Western team. But, of course, they too are out of the playoffs. Looks like I’ll be searching with you (and trying to avoid a certain red-headed former Sabre like a spin-o-rama-ing plague).

    For now – I’ll take comfort in the fact that my second favorite Eastern team has a good chance to eliminate my most-despised team. Go Pens!

    Can’t wait for part 3!!

  5. 5 jonhoepfinger April 8, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Kate if you need me to, if the Rangers make a run, I’ll sneak in while Drury’s asleep and shave that bread right off.

    He’ll wake up like the movie producer in the Godfather.

  6. 6 jonhoepfinger April 8, 2008 at 8:41 am

    And by bread I mean beard.

  7. 7 Jennfer April 8, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Katebits, thanks for the “slap in the face”. I needed that! Thinking those thoughts made me feel all dirty and gross. Just because he looks good with the beard, he’s still the Slag-Faced Whore underneath all that sexy facial hair.

    No, I will be strong, the Rangers MUST NOT WIN. And they won’t!

  8. 8 Shari April 8, 2008 at 10:38 am

    He’ll wake up like the movie producer in the Godfather.

    “Leave the gun, take the canoli.”
    Chris Drury – EW, period.

  9. 9 Mike in Idaho April 8, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Kate, my wife is a die hard Buffalo fan who got sucked in back in ’99 and says she will vote for San Jose and Detroit. I was surprised she picked San Jose since she hated Campbell the whole time he was with the Sabres and was glad to see him go. I am a Devils fan but I would not advise getting involved with them this year, they are not very good and I am surprised they even made the playoffs. Getting shut out 11 times this year was just plain sad, almost as sad as Blobby.

  10. 10 Pookie April 8, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Getting shut out 11 times this year was just plain sad, almost as sad as Blobby.

    Speaking as a Devils fan, I have to disagree Mike In Idaho — compared to this season’s Devils, Blobby is like the 60’s era Canadiens! :P

    It’s not a good situation, but now that I’ve sat down and faced the cold hard facts, I think I’m beginning to believe that I can do this.

    Yes! Yes, you can!

  11. 11 Katebits April 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Kate if you need me to, if the Rangers make a run, I’ll sneak in while Drury’s asleep and shave that bread right off.

    He’ll wake up like the movie producer in the Godfather

    AAAAAHAHAHAHA! Do it, Jon!

    Mike, I’ll admit, I am wary of the Devils. The Ookie sisters have taight me well. :P I’m impressed by your wife’s Sharks fandom. Soupy just irrevocably tainted them for me.


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