Thumbs Uo: Um, you guys. The Stanley Cup Playoffs ROCK. Last year, when I started watching hockey during the playoffs, I took a lot of the uniquely “playoffish” aspects of the situation for granted. Then, once the season started, I forgot about all those things. These are my first playoffs as a real fan and I have to say, I am PRO playoffs. Very pro.
Thumbs Down: My work schedule has been all wacky this week and I’ve been working evenings. I haven’t been able to watch any EC games. BOO! Right now, I’m so into this that if I could just clear my schedule and do nothing but watch playoff hockey, I would. Sadly, I need to work so that I can pay for Center Ice, and keep my cupboards stocked with Pirate’s Booty.
Thumbs Uo: My mother. On Wednesday, I settled down in front of the Wild game, determined to get to know and to fall in love with my Minnesota team. Just as I was getting the remote, the computer, and the Booty all conveniently arranged, the phone rang. It was my mother, Lois, calling to make sure I was watching the Wild, and to tell me that she was watching too. This is a DELIGHTFUL development, guys. As far as I know my mother had never watched a single hockey game before. The image of her knitting along with the Wild game is infinitely amusing and adorable. Anyway, that game turned out to KICK ASS, so Lois and I spent the evening calling each other at each exciting twist and turn. I was very impressed with her ability to get swept up in a game that she knew nothing about. That Lois,….she’s a keeper.
Thumbs Uo: The Minnesota Wild. Yeah, they lost that game. Yeah, all of their defensemen are injured. (As a Sabres fan, injured defensemen are pretty much par for the course, so this is familiar territory.) The thing is, I’m a Minnesotan. For real. It’s in my blood, it’s in my heart, and it’s in my speech patterns. I just LOVED watching the Xcel Center erupt during the third period of game one. I have often considered how odd it is that I didn’t discover hockey until after I moved away from Minnesota, but I really appreciate how hockey is creating a new connection back to my roots. So, I am cheering FULL BLAST for the Wild now.
Thumbs Down: The Caps/Flyers series. I’m just not into this one.
Thumbs Uo: Listen, I don’t want Brian Campbell to fall apart, but I DO want to stop reading all about how he’s the second coming of Jesus in the Sharks media/blogs. Honestly, we Buffalo fans aren’t totally stupid. There’s a reason we bid Soupy a fond adieu with uncharacteristic grace. That reason was perfectly encapsulated by Soupy’s redonkulously bad play against Iginla the other night. Soupy is awesome until he his so bad you want to claw your eyes out. Anyone who wants to sign him to their team but fails to understand his “awesome until hideous” MO is setting themselves up for disaster.
Thumb down: Sabres press conferences. I didn’t see the press conference because I was working, and I didn’t hear the gang on Schopp and the Bulldog because I was napping, but what I have gathered from the interwebs is that the press conference went something like this:
Larry Quinn: The sky is blue.
Darcy Regier: Grass is green.
Larry: Money is also green.
Lindy Ruff: Some of our players didn’t play well this year. Also, water is wet.
Darcy Regier: Wet water has been identified as a major goal of the organization moving forward.
Larry Quinn: It’s true. Wet water is a key part of the core.
(some dude passes out)
Bucky Gleason: WET WATER WOULD HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR 5 FOR 25 FOUR MONTHS AGO!
Larry Quinn: Mistakes were made.
Darcy Regier: Puppies are wicked cute.
Are hockey teams legally obligated to call a press conference and state the obvious periodically?
Thumbs Uo: Spring, glorious spring! Yesterday I was sitting on Elmwood Ave, watching the world walk by and yammering on my phone, when the slow flow of traffic stopped a car containing one Mike Ryan (Buffalo Sabre) right in front of me. While continuing to talk on the phone, I waved and he politely waved back, and then he drove away. It was so totally random and amusing. This really has nothing to do with Mike Ryan, but I love how Elmwood Ave bustles during the spring.
Thumbs Down: No Sabres in the play-offs. I’m still not over it.
Thumbs Uo: No Sabres in the playoffs. It’s so much less stressfull this way.