I went to the game against the Blue Jackets! The Sabres lost 4-1! Bummer!
I have no idea what a preseason walloping means for a professional hockey team. Glenn and I were making jokes on the way out of the arena along the lines of, “Help! Someone tell us what to think! Should we be panicking?! How should we FEEL?!” The average age of the Sabres line-up was about fifteen, so it’s kind of hard to judge. For the most part I had a lot of fun, but obviously I wish the Sabres had won. (Or scored more goals.) (Or hadn’t spend the entire game in the penalty box.)
Here are my observations:
-Vanek looks high strung out there. I’ve been thinking it in all of the practices I’ve seen (3), and now I’m saying it. Dude looks stressed. I suspect he’d feel a lot better if he got rid of some of that money. (Thomas, may I suggest donating a few million to a local non-profit organization? I bet you’d feel a lot less weighed down by the contract if you were giving back to the community. I happen to know of a very highly regarded arts organization that is in the middle of an endowment campaign….. )
-Thibault might have OCD. He is very aware of the amount of snowy debris in his crease.
-Seriously, Mark Mancari (Yellow 19) is the best.
-The hotdogs at HSBC arena are not worth eating.
-Watching hockey is much harder in person because there is no Rick Jeanneret telling me what is going on. In particular, the fights confused me. I like to know why everyone is fighting. Without RJ, I most certainly do not understand why everyone is fighting. (Andrew Peters got tossed out of the game about 5 seconds in.)
-Toni Lydman is the current front runner for Kate’s Unexpected Favorite Sabre. I don’t know why, but Toni Tony Tone Lydman is a Katebits beacon. Every time he is on the ice, I am drawn to him and what he is doing. I guess I just like that guy. My high levels of Lydman awareness has been an interesting development because I certainly didn’t have him pegged as a potential favorite. For one thing, he looks like a Finnish redneck. For another thing, he has baby chick hair. For another thing, his name does not lend itself to a good nickname. I am concerned that “Loodie” is the go-to nickname, and I’m just not into it at all. Right now I’m fighting my Lydman love, but I’m not sure how much longer I can hold out. He’s calling me. (If this keeps up you can expect to see me in the Sabres gift shop fondling the Lydman jerseys and singing R.E.O Speedwagon. “I can’t fight this feeeling anymooore! I’ve forgotten what I started fighting foo-ooor.”)
-The Sabres took, like, forty-five thousand penalties. If I am not mistaken, all of the Blue Jacket goals were scored on the Power Play. It was kind of annoying.
-I like Jaroslav Spacek. There, I said it. I like him. I like his weird rectangle head. I like Jaro. I am prepared to give him my unwavering support this season.
-It appears that I am going to need a jersey for the games. I was jealous of everyone with a jersey. Right now, Lydman is in the lead. (Q:How cute would Heather and I be with Tallinder/Lydman jerseys? A: Extremely! [Lindy, you can’t break up the band!])
-When you think you are taking a picture, but you accidentally shoot a video, it’s funny.