Sabres @ Ducks 1/19/10

Pregame

Mood: I started out the evening all “WOOOOOOOOOOO!” because I had a MAJOR home improvement breakthrough today.   You see, when I pulled up the carpet (weeks ago) there was this REALLY sharp wooden strip around the perimeter of the entire downstairs.  I guess this is how the carpet stuck to the edges of the floor (along with 45 million staples).  I’ve been totally ignoring this project because every time I got down on my knees and attempted to use the tiny crow bar the guy at Home Depot told me I should use for this activity, I quickly wanted to KILL myself because of the brain searing frustration.  Seriously, last week I struggled for about an hour on a three foot strip.

But today I wised up.  I went BACK to Home Depot, and I looked long and hard at all of their crowbar/prying-looking-things, and I chose the one that I thought would get the job done- and guess what?  That baby popped these annoying carpet strips RIGHT OUT.  You should have seen me zooming around the room all triumphant and proud.  It might have been the most satisfying moment of home ownership so far.  I solved a problem I’ve been avoiding, and now my floors won’t tear my guest’s feet apart!  Hooray!

The only problem is, in my zeal for this project, I probably went a little faster than I should have, and I wound up giving myself several cuts and scraps with various decades-old nails and tacks.  It was…very dumb.  Especially after I started wondering if my tetanus shots are up to date (they are not).  (Incidentally, if you think you might have tetanus, do yourself a favor and DON’T google it.)

So, the long and the short of it is that my good mood was really tempered by my SURE case of impending lock-jaw.   It all balanced out, and now I’m back to “neutral” on the evening.

Favorite Sabre: Oh, Tyler Myers.  Everyone loves you.  Including me.
Least Favorite Sabre: Thomas Vanek.  I actually pretty much love Thomas Vanek lately, but I REALLY want him to seek professional help with his low self esteem issues.  I’m very tired of watching him berate himself.  It’s time to get serious about this Thomas!  There is no shame in going to a therapist.
Prediction: Originally I was thinking the Sabres were going to lose this game (they have to lose eventually and the Ducks ALWAYS beat them), but now I’m watching the Duck’s pregame coverage, and apparently they have a very feisty streak going themselves- 7 home wins in a row.  I’m always suspicious of streaks, but I think our streaks balance each other out.  Someone has to lose and end their streak, and it might as well be the Ducks.  So, the Sabres are winning this game, 4-2.
Balanced item representing my hopes for this game: All these people on this bike

As you can see, the Sabres are EXTREMELY well balanced.

After the 1st (4-0, Ducks)

Mood: The only thing saving us is that this is a late game and so it barely feels like it’s actually happening.  Plus, it’s so bad it’s funny.  I am however, worried about how I’m going to come up with things unbalanced enough to represent this game.
Favorite Sabre: HAHAHAHA!  Um….no.
Least Favorite Sabre:
Rick Jeanneret.  I don’t CARE if he’s old and worn out, he’s not allowed to take vacations, and he’s not allowed to retire.  EVER.  I blame Rick.
Summary of events: First we got punched in the face, then kicked in the gut, and then CoreyPerry peed on us, and then the Ducks announcers laughed at us.  It was REAL LAME.
Unbalanced thing representing this game so far: The score

4-0

Just look at it.  That’s some unbalanced shit right there.

After the 2nd (4-3, Ducks  I KNOW!)

Mood: Completely.  Electrified.
Favorite Sabre: Many, many Sabres are making me love them right now, but mostly, I love Ryan Crunchy Miller.
Least Favorite Sabre: Sorry, Patty. It wasn’t even all your fault. They totally hung you out to dry, but a save or two would have been handy.  Everything calmed waaaay down when Crunchy came in.
Summary of events: Connolly and MacArthur scored two quick goals and made everyone in Buffalo sit straight up in their pajamas and slippies.  Then, the Sabres proceeded to RELENTLESSLY kick ass.  Eventually Montador scored, and now everyone in Buffalo is UTTERLY CAPTIVATED.  (Just as an aside: I’m sorry about your crappy day, Bills fans.  But HOW ‘BOUT THEM SABRES?! )
Item representing the balance of this game so far: wacky teeter totter OF AWESOMENESS

Sometimes you’re an elephant, sometimes you’re a mouse, but either way, CoreyPerry is disgusting.

At the end (5-4, Ducks; Poop.)

Mood: EXHAUSTED.  That game was completely and totally insane.
Favorite Sabre: Ryan Miller you are wonderful
Least Favorite Sabre: Jason Pominville you are fired.
Summary of events: This period was considerably less “totally lawless” than the others but the Sabres had the edge for the ENTIRE time EXCEPT for the split second when Pominville was tossing an ill advised pass that Connolly was totally whiffing on.  That nanosecond completely blew.  But, the Sabres never gave up, and that was a HUGELY entertaining game.  I’m sorry they didn’t win, but I’m pretty proud of them regardless. (Except for Pommerdoodle.  Bad dog.  Bad. *rubs Pommerdoodle’s snout in the terrible pass*)
Balanced thing representing this game: yin and yang

Breath in, breath out.  Breath in, breath out.
We knew they would lose eventually.
It’s all good.

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22 Responses to “Sabres @ Ducks 1/19/10”


  1. 1 mcguffers January 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I would like to punch the Ducks announcers in the face, but scoring 2 goals in half a nanosecond appeases me. :)

  2. 2 Katebits January 19, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Me too, mcguffers! All of a sudden I’m WAY into this game.

  3. 3 Pookie January 19, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Congratulations on the home improvement victory! As my bosses back on the Santa Fe Opera stage crew would say as they used heavy rubber mallets to remove screws from set pieces “right tool for the right job”. That’s a motto to live by!

  4. 4 mcguffers January 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! This period is so much better than the first.

    Oh, and who dare make Getzlaf bleed his own blood??

  5. 5 Katebits January 19, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks Pookie! It was a GIANT victory. My floors have been an embarrassment for weeks. It’s a whole new world now.

    “right tool for the right job”

    Word. So. Much. Word.

  6. 6 petek January 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Kate, I find myself hoping the Sabres score another goal this period, not just so they tie the game, but so they make your balancing metaphor easier to maintain.

  7. 7 Katebits January 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you, petek! I’m at a loss about what to do next…..another goal would help. ;)

  8. 8 george January 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    “Unbalanced thing representing this game so far…”:

    Buddy Nix’s syntax and diction.

  9. 9 mcguffers January 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    “Unbalanced thing representing this game so far…”:

    Getzlaf’s beat to hell face.

  10. 10 Katebits January 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

    HAHAHAHAHA to you both! I’m sorry I didn’t check the comments sooner!

  11. 11 mcguffers January 20, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Sometimes you’re an elephant, sometimes you’re a mouse, but either way, CoreyPerry is disgusting.

    Ahahahahaha!!

    I am so tired, and I have class tomorrow, so if these little brats don’t win, I’m gonna… I’m too tired to think of a really good threat, but it’ll be bad if they don’t win!

  12. 12 Katebits January 20, 2010 at 12:14 am

    You tell ‘em mcguffers. :D (I am also losing steam here, but there is NO going to bed now.)

  13. 13 mcguffers January 20, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Well, that’s not good.

  14. 15 petek January 20, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Not the worst loss ever.

  15. 16 Katebits January 20, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Not at all. I kind of liked it, actually. :)

  16. 17 Caroline January 20, 2010 at 1:02 am

    *rubs Pommerdoodle’s snout in the terrible pass*
    hahahahaa omg

  17. 18 Matt January 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    My favorite part had to have been Lalime’s slash to Perry’s “mommy-daddy button”. Even thinking about it now makes me wonder what he did to piss off Lalime so badly.

  18. 19 Phil January 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I remain convinced that my rousing from bed cursed us last night. I’m sure the smelly, stained, old and worn out vintage white jersey didn’t help the karma any.

    And no, I do not blame you, Katebits. Your HOLY MOTHER OF LINDY RUFF line is an instant classic :)

  19. 20 SueInVA January 21, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I now like to shout “Holy Mother of Lindy Ruff” at good hockey news!

    I watched most of the first period live and the second period on dvr yesterday. I remember thinking at the time that if CoreyPerry wanted to protect his junk perhaps he should not stick his butt in someones face. Especially Lalime, as this is not the first time he has used his stick to make a point! Too bad he got caught! :D

  20. 21 mcguffers January 21, 2010 at 11:19 am

    if CoreyPerry wanted to protect his junk perhaps he should not stick his butt in someones face.

    Hahahaha! That should be embroidered on a pillow!

  21. 22 Katebits January 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Heh. I didn’t think Lalime’s slash was so egregious actually. He didn’t really seem to put his heart into it.


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