Alright, it’s worked twice, so now I feel obligated to keep up with the pre-game letter writing. The Sabres are NOT losing today. NOT ON MY WATCH.
I feel that over the last few days we have developed a trust. I give you some gentle advice, you follow it, and then everyone wins. You win a hockey game, and I win a greater confidence in your ability to be awesome. It’s been fun!
It’s because of this trust that I feel I need to come clean with you now. Remember how I told you not to take the Lightning and the Panthers lightly, because even though it seems like they are stinky, in reality, they’re totally capable of beating you? Remember that? Well, I might have been slightly exaggerating their non-stinkyness. Just a smidge. The truth is, those teams really ARE pretty stinky. (I saw the Lightning last Sunday, and while they were great in the 1st period, they were TERRIBLE in the third. They were so terrible that about 15 minutes into the third we all got preoccupied with our iphones in a quest to figure out if the Lightning had taken ANY shots on goal in the period. [For some reason the arena was not keeping a period-specific shots-on-goal tally anywhere that we could easily see.] What I’m trying to say is that the Lightning DO kind of suck.)
I’m admitting this to you now so that you know you can trust me. My slight exaggeration was for your own good, and you can’t argue with the results. By convincing yourselves that you were going to have to work hard to beat your opponent, you wound up winning easily. I know it seems paradoxical (Crunchy, will explain what “paradoxical” means to you later), but it’s true. Play easy, lose hard. Play hard, win with ease.
So, I hope I have earned your trust.
I hope I have earned your trust because I am about to tell you something, and I really really really need you to listen as hard as you can.
*snaps fingers* Timmeh, stop sneering into thin air. Look at me. Right here. *imagine me using two fingers to point to my eyes, and then using those same two fingers to point to Timmeh’s eyes. Back and forth between us.* Right here, big guy. Listen to me.
The Carolina Hurricane really are good at hockey. I know. It makes no sense. They sucked ASS at the beginning of the season. If this were still November I’d probably be all, “Unless you show up drunk (like REALLY drunk), you’re going to beat the Hurricanes,” but sadly, this is NO LONGER THE CASE. If you were thinking about showing up to the game even slightly buzzed, I URGE you to reconsider. Carolina’s recent record is something like 24-1-0.* You MUST play well against them or they will beat you in HUMILIATING fashion. I’m really really really serious this time. For rizzle. The Hurricanes can eff you up, especially that Staal guy. I HATE that guy. DO not let him eff you up. You should eff HIM up.
So, go out there and kick some ass. I know you can do it. You’ve been playing well, and organized, and beating a hot team on the road would be SUCH a good way of convincing yourselves and your fans that you plan to make some noise in the playoffs. Everything is leading to the playoffs now. Don’t you want to go barreling into the playoffs like an unstoppable juggernaut? I think you do.
PS- Crunchy might have to explain “paradoxical” to me as well, because I have no idea if my example actually is paradoxical. Mostly, I just like how that word sounds.
*totally made up “recent record”