6 Things

1. I can’t believe that just yesterday I was all, “Oh, we should just enjoy hockey at face value.  Everything is wonderful.  Tra la la.  Totally calm about losing.  Peace be with you blah blah.”

I think what I actually meant to say is that the Sabres are TERRIBLE at hockey and that WE SHOULD DEFINITELY BE FREAKING OUT ABOUT IT.

When the highlight of the game is an EXTREMELY ill-advised, come-way-WAY-out-of-the-net-in-a-race-to-the-puck, move by your star goaltender, you know you just saw a game with a massive bullhonky factor.  (But that play was pretty fun. I got the feeling that Crunchy was sort of like, “Oh, fuck this,” right before he decided to go for it.  He was also VERY amusing at the end of the game in his desire to vacate the net for an extra attacker.  He did a lot of exasperated arm waving trying to get Lindy to give him the okay to skate to the bench.  His desperation to get off the ice was comical, because there were still two and a half minutes left in the game at the time. I suspect he just wanted to get off the ice because he was massively annoyed.  Can’t say I blame him.)

2. Tyler Myers.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT GUY?  There was one shift tonight where he somehow managed to turn the puck over, like, a hundred times in a row. He’d get the puck, turn it immediately over, get the puck back, pass it directly to a Blue, get the puck back, trip over nothing, get the puck back… on and on …FOR, LIKE, HALF AN HOUR.

Look, I know he’s young, and young defensemen are supposed to be all erratic and nerve-racking, but honestly, he scared the ever-loving crap out of me tonight.

Someone needs to help him.  I’m not sure who that someone is.  Maybe a priest or a shaman.

3. Vanek and Staffy were poopy tonight, and they were poopy in the Leafs game.  They’re both fired.

4. The water in the women’s bathroom near my section (120) must be flown in from some sort of arctic spring, because it is the COLDEST WATER IN THE EFFING WORLD.

Please, Mr. Pegula.  Can we PLEASE have some non-allllmost freezing water?  I’m not asking for much here.  Tepid will do.

5. I have no idea why I’ve never thought to do this before, but tonight I snuck some chocolate-chip cookies from the Co-op into the arena in my purse.  It was an EXTREMELY good idea.  I can’t tell you how much a delicious cookie hits the spot during a game like that.  I don’t like most of the arena food, and I intend to sneak delicious snacks into the arena for the rest of my life.

Next Wednesday the snack will be Salt and Pepper Pistachios. If the game is terrible again, instead of sitting in your seat, stewing about how hard the Sabres blow, you should come by my section and enjoy some delicious nuts.

6. Before the game got all massively lame (i.e.- before it started) I had a very vivid moment when I imagined what it might be like to sit in the owner’s box on the day I bought the Sabres.  I imagined looking down at the sold out arena, and the team I love standing at attention for the national anthems, and thinking, “This is all mine.”  I really can’t imagine how fun that must be.

I also can’t imagine what it would feel like to watch that game thinking, “This….this…is all mine.”

Heh.  Welcome to Buffalo, Terry Pegula!

14 Responses to “6 Things”


  1. 1 Sam February 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Re: cold water at hockey games
    The water near section 116 is also arctic-ly cold. I am always amazed by the level of coldness of the water. It’s disturbing. I don’t expect public bathrooms to have hot water, but room temperature (and this stuff is not even “ice temperature”) would be fine, ya know?

    Poor Mr. Pegula- imagine being so exicted that this team is finally yours and then seeing…. that. Eww.

  2. 2 Katebits February 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I KNOW! It’s DISTURBINGLY cold. I always think, “How can something this unfrozen be THIS INSANELY COLD?”

  3. 3 Ed February 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Logically, massive water consumption by 13,000 people means any water used after the first period or so is getting drawn from pipes that are really, really far from anything warm. Hence, it feels very cold when it gets to your hands or whatever else you’re washing in the arena john.

  4. 4 Katebits February 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I don’t CARE why it’s so cold. DO YOU HEAR ME, ED?! I DON’T CARE HOW STUFF WORKS! ;)

    I just…don’t think it’s right. Water shouldn’t be that cold. Something must be done, because water shouldn’t be that cold. I’m convinced they’re adding something to the water to prevent it from freezing so that they can deliver it to us at temperatures far less than 32 degrees.

  5. 5 ndtii95 February 19, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Can we please, please, PLEEEAAASE throw Tim Connolly out of the charter plane on the next road trip?????

    I get physically ill watching him play hockey, and if he is on the team much longer, I may have to resort to watching the games with a bag over my head. Without eye-holes.

  6. 6 Ed February 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Well, I can see my logic and finely honed talent for expository writing have no place here…

    :-P

  7. 7 Ed February 19, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Although, I can’t resist pointing out that it’s entirely possible for water to be well below 32 degrees and not be frozen, with no additives whatsoever (in fact, the more pure the water, the more likely this is to occur).

  8. 8 Katebits February 19, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Good day, sir! I said, good day! *slams door*

    (Just kidding, Ed. I don’t say good day. Well, I do. But I mean it in a nice way.)

  9. 9 Katebits February 19, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Although, I can’t resist pointing out that it’s entirely possible for water to be well below 32 degrees and not be frozen, with no additives whatsoever (in fact, the more pure the water, the more likely this is to occur).

    Okay, now I really do have to ask you to leave. :P

  10. 10 Ed February 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I kinda takes the edge off your sarcasm when you apologize for it all the time. But then you Minnesotans are half Canadian anyway…

  11. 12 Katebits February 19, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I got your drift! That’s all that matters in these parts.

  12. 13 patty February 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I can also vouch for Section 118 – ice freaking cold. I’ve been to other arenas, and the water is never like that. I think Tom & Larry were looking for ways to help the team “break even” and turning off the hot water in the ladies room was a big money saver. And I always forget and get surprised and then swear every single time…
    Last night’s game hurt my eyes to watch. I thought Lindy looked more upset than usual, and was pretty frank in his post game comments. No contract, new owner who wants to win above all else (we pray!) = Lindy’s job security being at risk now more than ever. Miller should start whacking d-men with his stick after they make awful plays. And Lindy should start smacking the backs of helmets when guys get back to the bench after bad or heartless shifts. That would at least be entertaining to watch.

  13. 14 Sam February 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I agree that there’s more to the story than just massive water consumption. I have been there super early before and it’s just as cold as after the game. CONSPIRACY!!!!


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