I received a very exciting (and totally offensive) shout-out from Kevin over at BfloBlog today! It seems that after only two days of existence, The Willful Caboose is poised to take over the Buffalo sports blogosphere. Kevin is understandably nervous, so I will forgive him for his suggestion that my brain is too small to write a hockey blog. (Listen Kevin, it sounds to me as if you are suffering from a little anxiety about your own brain. Brains come in all different shapes and sizes, and no matter what, every brain has something to offer, even the little ones. I think you will find that blogging is much more enjoyable if you just relax and stop worrying about the size of your brain.)
Now, when I decided to start a hockey blog, I had two thoughts:
1. I don’t know anything about hockey.
2. Any hockey blog I write will inevitably turn into an in-depth analysis of the hotness of each Sabre.
That being said, I honestly did not expect that in my third post I would be forced to cast aside the illusion that I can pull off a semi-respectable blog. I had intended for TWC to chronicle my first year as a hockey fan, but I can feel myself veering off course already. You see, in Kevin’s post, and the ensuing comments, the issue of Teppo Numminen’s hotness was raised. It seems that the average male Buffalo sports fan does not think that Teppo is hot. Obviously, The Willful Caboose is more desperately needed than I had originally thought. I cannot allow one more day to pass while Teppo is denied his due respect as a Super Hottie.
Teppo Numminen is hot. He’s hot because he is beloved in a room full of guys 15 years his junior. He’s hot because although I’m sure he doesn’t smoke, he seems like the kind of guy who carries a cigarette lighter, just in case I smoke. (Which I do not, but I appreciate the effort, Teppo. Thank you very much.) Teppo’s sense of humor is well documented. He exudes calm and dignity, and at the same time he’s got a delightful hint of sleaziness. I feel confident that if I ever met Teppo on the street, he would pose agreeably for a cell phone photo, and not just a normal shot, but one of those group self-portraits where we put our heads together and he holds the phone out with his long arm to take the picture.
After the terrible free agency, when we had lost our co-captains and the city was adrift in a sea of angst and rage, I for one, was incredibly relieved to hear that Teppo would be returning to Buffalo. I think it speaks volumes that in the immediate aftermath of the co-captain debacle, Sabres management prioritized inking Teppo to a one year deal. Teppo is hot because we need him to be hot. This year, more than any other year, we will turn to Teppo for leadership. No matter who winds up wearing the “C”, Teppo is the undisputed Papa Sabre…..and that’s hot.
And if all that doesn’t convince you, watch this video of a devastated Teppo reacting to a loss in the Olympic finals. The interview is in Finnish, but Teppo’s disappointment and passion transcend mere obstacles such as language.
Boys, almost crying, but not crying is hot. Write that down.
All joking aside, thanks for your support, Kevin! I just want to be the best “new to hockey, girly blogger” I can be!