Almost overnight, I have become a complete freak about hockey. Incredibly, my interest in hockey has steadily increased since the end of the hockey season. I have spent the summer wringing my hands over free agency, mourning the loss of our captains, and devouring hockey news. Not only have I been reading Sabres blogs, I’ve been reading Devils blogs, Oilers blogs, and Ducks blogs. I have been watching old hockey games on Google Video. Games that were played months ago. Games that don’t include the Sabres. Even though the tickets will be very hard to come by, and don’t officially go on sale for several weeks, I have already made arrangements to go to seven Sabres games next season. I am obsessed.
Here are the things you should know:
1. I don’t know shit about hockey. Really.
2. Connecting to Buffalo sports has finally allowed me to connect to Buffalo. I have been living here for six years, but until this Spring, I wasn’t a Buffalonian. Well, I am now. I have the Sabres to thank/blame for my new status as “Western New Yorker”. Shockingly, my interest in the Sabres has lead to a wary interest in the Bills.
3. In the absence of actual knowledge, you can expect me to produce post after post of whimsical goofiness. Along with my interest in the game of hockey, has come a girlish interest in hockey players. I will not be shying away from this element of my fandom. No, it’s not mature, or sophisticated, but it’s funny…to me at least.
4. I have noticed from reading sports blogs and listening to sports radio that the vast majority of sports conversation is had by men who seem to really enjoy hearing themselves talk. I am a Minnesotan, and a woman, and as such, I historically don’t enjoy exchanges where both parties are loudly exclaiming their rightness….and then I became a sports fan. Suddenly, I’m in the mood for obnoxious banter! This has been a revelation for me. I intend to use The Willful Caboose as a tool in the distribution of my totally uninformed (and passionately held) beliefs. Just be thankful I didn’t decide to start a political blog.
In short, everything about this endeavor is nonsense. Welcome!