Sabres @ Leafs 1/1/09: Special “Fuck You, Sabres” Edition


Mood: I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to even watch this game, much less blog about it, but I’m going to give this a shot.  The Caps game was a real turning point for me.  For the first time since I became a Sabres fan, I really had to face the fact that regardless of the winning or losing, lately I’ve found the Sabres fundamentally unlikeable. I mean, they’re not just bad at hockey, they’re lazy douchebags about it.   I hit the wall with them on Tuesday.  I hit the wall, and then the Sabres threw up on the wall, and then I painted “Fuck you, Sabres” on the side of my bulldozer and I bulldozed the wall.  It wasn’t pretty.

As most of you know, I’m a fairly new hockey fan.  I don’t have a long history of this, and the sudden realization that I don’t even LIKE the Sabres has been disconcerting, to say the least.  As someone who lived quite happily without hockey for thrity years, when I find myself very miserable over hockey, I tend to take it seriously.  Unlike some of you, who were born into sports fandom, becoming a Sabres fan was a conscious choice that I made, and it’s a choice that I still question from time to time.  The fact that hockey now occupies so much of my time and energy still bewilders me, especially when I find the Sabres this frustrating.  Why on earth am I doing this to myself?

I think sports fandom is a really complicated and fascinating thing.  When I started watching hockey, I did it because I wanted to be a part of this town.  I wanted to stop feeling like I was on the outside looking in.  I wanted to be a Buffalonian.  So much of my sports fandom has been wrapped up in this “Yay!  Buffalo!” thing that until recently I’ve not had to confront the flip side of that coin, which is that BEING A BUFFALONIAN SUCKS.  THE SABRES SUCK ASS AND I HATE THEM WITH THE BURNING PASSION OF A MILLION WHITE HOT SUNS.  I CAN’T FUCKING BELIEVE THAT LINDY REARRANGED THE LOCKER ROOM STALLS AND THEN THEY WROTE AN ARTICLE IN THE PAPER ABOUT IT LIKE IT’S FUCKING NEWS! I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M CHEERING FOR A BUNCH OF A-HOLES WHO ARE SO CHILDISH THAT THEIR BOSS HAS SEPARATED THE TROUBLE MAKERS!  WHY DON’T THEY MAKE DEREK ROY SIT IN THE CORNER WHILE THEY’RE AT IT?!   I DON’T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT THEIR DUMB ATTEMPTS TO “HOLD THEMSELVES ACCOUNTABLE”.  ACT LIKE PROFESSIONALS YOU FUCKHEADS. AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!  I HATE THEM! I HATE THEM! I HATE THEM!

But I digress.

I’ve realized something amazing in the last two days.   Even if the Sabres disintegrate into full blown irrelevance, I can NEVER not be a Buffalonian again.  In a weird, awesome way, that makes me feel really happy.  I think all along I’ve had this wacky fear that as quickly as the Sabres turned me into a Buffalonian, they could somehow UNturn me.  It’s not true.  The Sabres are no longer my primary emotional connection to this town.  That ended a long time ago.  I have a whole life here now.  I can afford to kick the Sabres around a bit, because I don’t really need them anymore.  Not like I used to.

So, without further ado, here is a gameday post, completely devoid of affection for my team.  Because I can.

Favorite Sabre: Okay, I lied.  I still have affection for Goose.  He’s the only one who made it out of the Caps game with a little piece of my heart.  Goose not only played with a shred of dignity, but he’s also the only Sabre whose postgame interview was at ALL appropriate to the situation.   I think if Adam Mair had given an interview he might have maintained a scrap of my respect as well.

Prediction: The little assholes are going to win this one.  Then they’re going to give irritating post-game interviews about how they stuck to the system and worked as a team.  Then, after that, they’re going to lose three in a row.  Lather, rinse, repeat- for the rest of the season.
Item representing my love for the Sabre: I just googled “smallest thing in the world,” and Google tells me that a “Quark” is the smallest thing in the world.

This is the first thing that comes up in an image search for “quark”.  I can’t believe that he’s the smallest thing in the world.  Quantum mechanics are so weird.

After the 1st (0-0)

Mood: See above
Favorite Sabre: Meh….but I remembered that I don’t hate Matt Ellis.
Least Favorite Sabre: See above
What we’ve learned: When the Sabres hit rock bottom, and everyone is freaking out, and Lindy pulls out his most intense coaching moves (rearranging the stalls), and the Sabres are playing as hard as they can because they’re genuinely upset….they’re exactly as “good” as the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Item representing my love for the Sabres: 3/4ths of a quark.

They gained a half a quark because Ryan Miller stopped a penalty shot, but they LOST a 3/4ths of a quark because of that Sabres power play where the Leafs had control of the puck for fifteen years.  Net loss = 1/4 of a quark.

After the 2nd (3-0, Sabres)

Mood: Alright, fine.  I admit it.  I’m amused.  But I still hate these effers.
Favorite Sabre: Meh. Meh.  A thousand times, meh.
Least Favorite Sabre: Jason Pominville.  Yeah, you heard me.  You know what two goals gets you tonight?  Nothing.  You’re playing against CuJo.  Stop acting like you don’t suck.  No one on this team gets to act like they don’t suck for AT LEAST a month.  I don’t care HOW many goals you score against CuJo.
What we’ve learned: I’m still rooting for the Sabres.  I wasn’t so sure I would.  I still like it when they score.

Item representing my love for the Sabres: three quarks.  One for each goal.

quark4 quark4quark4

Yes, this represents three times the love I started out with, but PLEASE remember that these quarks are extremely, extremely small.  So, I love the Sabre three times a quark.  That’s like loving them three times the chance that we’ll ever see Tim Connolly play hockey again.

At the End (4-1, Sabres)

Okay fine.  They won.  Please remember dear readers (and I say this with your own best interests at heart), this is what they do. They suck SO HARD that you wish you were dead, and then juuuust when you’re ready to swear off hockey for the rest of your life, they pull themselves together and play a really solid, complete game….FOR ONE NIGHT.

You know what they’re doing right now?  They’re patting each other on the back in the locker room, and they’re all thinking, “OMG! OMG! OMG!  We’re sooooo good at hockey! YAAAAAY!”  And Lindy is all, “WOW.  I’m a GENIUS!  I really sent them a POWERFUL MESSAGE when I moved their stalls!!  I’m going to go tell them how much I love them.”  They are all SO PROUD of themselves right now, and they are FORGETTING about the last 18 months.  Yes, they ARE that dumb.  Dear readers, PLEASE DO NOT BE FOOLED.  For the LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT BE FOOLED.

I’m not going to trust these guys for at least two months.  If they play like this for two months, I MIGHT forgive them for the Caps game.  Maybe.

32 Responses to “Sabres @ Leafs 1/1/09: Special “Fuck You, Sabres” Edition”

  1. 1 mcguffers January 1, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I have no idea what that thing is, but I think Derek Roy has worn that suit before

  2. 2 Chaz January 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I thought that WAS Derek Roy

  3. 3 Gambler January 1, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Looks a little like Brind’amour to me.

    This game is hurting me everywhere.

  4. 4 Katebits January 1, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I thought that WAS Derek Roy


    Yay! They scored! (I still hate them. Passionately. :P)

  5. 5 Katebits January 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Oh, CuJo. Don’t you know these are the Sabres?

  6. 6 Chaz January 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Well, you’d think CuJo remembered playing the Sabres for the 1,000 years he played for the leaves the first time. Apparently, he’s forgotten a lot.

    I too see Brind’Amour, but the eyes…they just scream DRoy. =P

  7. 7 Gambler January 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    You know it’s a sad state of affairs when the Sabres end a period winning 3-0 and I still have a bad taste in my mouth. I’m veeeeeeeery leery.

  8. 8 Chaz January 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Now, I didn’t see it but weren’t the ‘hawks up 3-0 and lost 6-4 to the Dead Things?

  9. 9 Gambler January 1, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    It was 3-1, Chaz, but I get your point. And the Sabres are a lot worse than the Blackhawks, hence my depression after watching the game this afternoon. Luckily for us, the Leafs are also a lot worse than the Wings. We’ll see how this plays out.

  10. 10 CrotchetyOriginalSam January 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I think this is my favorite blog post you’ve ever written. You’re like Augusten Burroughs or Charles Bukowski – your best stuff flows out of deep-seated suffering and painful introspection. If only my similar rage at the Wild could be channeled into better writing skill…

  11. 11 Katebits January 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Aw, thanks Sam! I’m glad my frustration amuses you. :D

    Gambler and Chaz, I won’t consider this in the bag until the an hour after the game ends. I know these guys could figure out a way to blow the lead on the bus home. No lead is safe.

  12. 12 Gambler January 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I know these guys could figure out a way to blow the lead on the bus home.

    It’s :^:::::::::::::::::::::: because it’s true.

    And really, they almost blew the lead for me when James Patrick and Crunchy were all, “We did exactly what we needed to do, and we’re awesome! Now we just have to focus on doing the same against Boston…” So what you needed to do was play against Curtis Joseph? I hate to break it to you, but you can’t do that against Boston. You’re sooooo right about them, Kate, and I WILL NOT BE FOOLED!

  13. 13 Schnookie January 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    This is the single most brilliant live-blog-esque work of writing that I have ever read. CrotchetyOriginalSam is right — your suffering is something the rest of us get to benefit from.

  14. 14 Katebits January 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Way to stay strong, Gambler! James Patrick and Crunchy TOTALLY tried to blow the lead with their post game interviews.

    So what you needed to do was play against Curtis Joseph?


    Thank you, Schnookie. I have to say, it’s really fun a to let it rip like this, and I should thank Heather for leading the way with her blistering post yesterday. I was very inspired by her brutal honesty.

  15. 15 KevinP January 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Hey Kate,

    This may hurt, but now that you have officially declared yourself a Buffalonian you have to realize one thing:

    You have to watch them no matter what.

    Sucks, doesn’t it?

  16. 16 Katebits January 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Kevin, that’s….terrifying, and something I had not really considered. And you’re so right. I don’t even have the energy to claim “I can stop whenever I want”.

    I’m literally scared right now. :P

  17. 17 Ang January 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    i think someone needs a marshmellow.
    We are honored to have you as a or lose. we are all in this together…

  18. 18 mcguffers January 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    That’s why I choose Rochester. It’s like Buffalo, only it’s 10 degrees warmer, we get 1 foot less snow, and unless you surround yourself with hockey fans, no one talks about the Sabres. No offense to you guys in any way, though. We love that your bars close 2 hours later. :)

  19. 19 danielleia January 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    I think that maybe Google images just throws up quirky pictures just for fun.

  20. 20 Shari January 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Hold on a sec!!! What happen to Teppo at the end of the game?
    Skate, stick, or net to the face? They had a towel to his face and off the ice he went. No biggie, he’s the warrior.
    Now if it were Timmy? Out for the year.

  21. 21 CrotchetyOriginalSam January 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    That’s why I choose Rochester. It’s like Buffalo, only it’s 10 degrees warmer, we get 1 foot less snow, and unless you surround yourself with hockey fans, no one talks about the Sabres.

    Of course, the down side of living in Rochester is that you have to live in Rochester. And what exactly do people talk about there? The lack of ferry to Toronto? The superiority of Kodak film in the digital camera age? That weird cylindrical building in the middle of downtown? I’m genuinely interested…

  22. 22 Destiny January 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    It seems the Sabres win whenever I forget they’re playing. I had plans to put the game on WGR (I don’t have cable because I’m cheap) but I totally forgot. I just might forget the rest of the schedule!

    I think the population of Pominville is seeing some decline due to rising taxes or something. So sad!

  23. 23 Katebits January 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Oh, Sammy. Don’t taunt our friendly neighbors! Mcguffers, don’t listen to him! He’s a viola playing, FLYERS FAN. He’s the lowest of the low. :P

  24. 24 KozyShank January 1, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    It’s like they kick the habit and then go on a 3-4 game bender of playing like bags of ass. Can we put them on “intervention”?
    Would that even help?

  25. 25 PeteK January 2, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Kate, My panel of experts and I hereby grant you 2009’s coveted “Best Use of a Ferengi in Hockey Analysis” award. We realize it’s only a day into the New Year, but the panel feels confident that no one else will meld together the slippery nature of the fictional Star Trek species with the slippery nature of ….ice?

    Seriously, thanks for all the posting you do, even when the Sabres anger you. You make the day a little funnier for all the rest of us.

  26. 26 Katebits January 2, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Aw, thanks PeteK! I’m making a space on my mantle RIGHT NOW for my “Best Use of Ferengi (I assume that’s the quark) Award”! I’m so proud! :D Thanks for reading, TWC!

  27. 27 S.Tooth January 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I just can’t believe that Quark’s brother is now going to be Obama’s chief of staff. All that after being Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance.
    Wow that was dorky even for me.

  28. 28 elise January 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    maybe quark should play for the Sabres? i’ll take him if tom brady still isn’t healthy for next year….

    kate, you are a genius blog.

    you MUST visit in january…ANYTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! brewbakers is back to normal…and we can buy floppers from teds…discount from last summer!!!!!

  29. 29 Katebits January 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Wait. Rahm Emanuel is a Ferengi? Wha?!

    Elise, I totally need some new floppers.

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