Second Round Surprises

Well, so far this round has been a lot more palatable than the first in terms of gross teams getting their just rewards. Of the remaining teams, I am cheering for the Pens and the Stars, so obvy those series have been pretty enjoyable thus far, but I’ve been surprised by two realizations this week:

1. I like the Red Wings. I like their uniforms, I like their robot-Swede vibe (I can barely tell the Zetterstroms and the Linsburgs apart), and I just like their general, juggernaut-with-a-side-of-annual-playoff-disappointment “thing”. Like I said, I’m rooting for the Stars in the West, but I find I can enjoy some Red Wings if necessary. Although I really know nothing about him, I downright adore Chris Osgood. If he’s an asshole, don’t tell me, because I don’t want to know. My affection for him is due entirely to this picture:

Look! Nerd glasses! He’s my people!

I’m woman enough to admit that I’m grasping at straws here with Chris Osgood. I’m trying to keep my options open to increase the likelihood that I will be able to cheer happily for someone in later rounds. Sue me. (But seriously, GO STARS!)

2. The Canadiens took a mighty tumble in the first round in the battle for my affection. I thought I loved them, I swear I did…..but no. If they would STOP SUCKING, I would probably love them again, but as it stands right now, I do not love them. Carey Price makes me sad. I didn’t particularly enjoy the pre-playoffs perception that he was “unflappable” because 20-year-old boys should not be unflappable. That’s just weird. Now that he has been, um, flapping, I just feel bad for the poor kid.

I was cheering for the Flyers in the first round and I found cheering for them to be remarkably easy, but those days are over. I hate them again. The fact that the Flyers are still putting up a decent fight in the post-season is reactivating my frustration over the Sabres. We were within a few points of the Flyers for a lot of the regular season, and now the Sabres are done, and the Flyers are not, and it’s PISSING ME OFF. Watching the Flyers win playoff games is an unwelcome reminder that the Sabres really SHOULD have made the playoffs this year. I JUST WANT THE FLYERS TO GO AWAY NOW.

So I find myself in an odd position: both of these teams leave me feeling cold. Theoretically, I want the Habs to win, but I find them too frustrating to cheer for, so it’s not very fun. I can’t wait for this one to be over. This series is the new Caps/Flyers series. Everyone else is freaking out about how entertaining it is, and I can’t bare to watch it for two seconds.

3. I can’t BELIEVE that Chris Drury isn’t growing a playoff beard! What a waste. Honestly, I can’t even remember why I used to like that guy. Heh.

4. I miss the Sabres.


15 Responses to “Second Round Surprises”

  1. 1 Jennfer April 29, 2008 at 9:45 am

    I thought the playoff beards were an unwritten rule, but I have surprised at how many cleanly shaven faces I’ve seen. Its really disappointing!

  2. 2 Jennfer April 29, 2008 at 9:46 am

    And I miss the Sabres, too! I miss seeing daily updates on and I miss seeing them on the ice, sucking or not. At this point, it doesn’t matter. I JUST WANT TO SEE THEM PLAY!!!

  3. 3 jonhoepfinger April 29, 2008 at 10:03 am


    Kate just put your faith in the Pens. They won’t let you down. Plus is a treasure. And the Penquins need to go to the finals because of it.

  4. 4 Schnookie April 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

    That picture of Osgood is AWESOME. I have always been kind of “Meh” about him, just because it’s the Red Wings and all, but after seeing that, I was like, “Awww! Look at him! He’s such a nerdlinger!” I am now convinced those are his glasses, and he wears them under his mask, and he squints at the puck, and is generally unathletic like me, and he likes to do crossword puzzles, and goes to Pub Quiz Nights all the time. I don’t want to hear otherwise, either. I love nerdy Osgood.

  5. 5 Katebits April 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    I bet nerdy Osgood wears his backpack on both shoulders and his pant legs too short. He’s the most adorably unathletic professional athlete the world has even known. He’s only had success as an NHer because he figured out some mathematical formula which allows him to read the puck faster than any other goalies. Aw, he’s such a cutie.

  6. 6 Schnookie April 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Nerdy Osgood is TOTALLY only an NHLer because of his math smarts! He brings his lunch to work every day in a brown paper bag. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and an apple. How can you not cheer for the guy?

  7. 7 Meg April 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Osgood is legitimately very likable as far as I know.

  8. 8 Katie April 29, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    As a fellow near-sighted nerd – that picture brings warmth to my heart!

    I can’t BELIEVE that Chris Drury isn’t growing a playoff beard! What a waste.

    I couldn’t believe it either! Although that may be good for my continued dislike of him because I must admit that last year’s beard was yummy.

  9. 9 Valerie April 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I think there must be some conspiracy or something between the players to ruin the significance of the playoff beard (but they would never pull it off.)

  10. 10 Shari April 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I took my lunch to work and had penut butter and jelly and and apple all the time!! Comfort food ya know.
    YEEEEES! Hossa just scored!!!

  11. 11 Amy April 29, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    That picture of Osgood with the glasses is awesome. I love hockey players that embrace their nerdy side.

    He brings his lunch to work every day in a brown paper bag. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and an apple.

    And on alternate Thursdays, he brings in a lunch pail with a thermos full of soup.

  12. 12 Schnookie April 29, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    And on alternate Thursdays, he brings in a lunch pail with a thermos full of soup.

    Ooooh! Soup! Sounds spicy!

  13. 13 JBo April 30, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I miss the Sabres too, but at the same time (sadly), I’ve come to accept that they’re not in the playoffs.


  14. 14 SAM May 2, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    fantastic picture of Osgood! I’m glad you’re finally seeing the light as far as the Wings are concerned. I am also thrilled that Osgood is a Red Wing again (as he has been all year, but it still makes me happy) Ossie seems to be genuinely likeable and he’s just a solid goalie, which is a good thing for Detroit, especially with old man Hasek strugglin so much of late.

    and clearly, he wears nerd glasses. What could make him better, really? He used to own some sort of a pub in Detroit, I dont know if he still does. I love how he looks like he’s 15.. still! I remember someone making a joke about him when he was a rookie, about how he doesn’t look like the paperboy so much as the paperboy’s kid brother and it’s so true.

    okay enough rambling, he’s just one of my favorites so I can’t seem to help myself. :)

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