1. The Sabres are trying to avoid me. By the time this weekend is over I will have worked on four consecutive game nights, which is definitely a record. I’m not sure if this makes me a bad Sabres fan, but I really don’t mind missing these games. I have the Thrashers game sitting on my DVR, but….no. That’s not going to happen. (Incidentally, I think all you really need to know about the Sabres this season is that they went 0-0-4 against the Atlanta Thrashers. I can’t quite pinpoint why, but that stat perfectly encapsulates the season for me.)
2. It turns out that the “hope” I was feeling last week was really just a desire to be entertained. When the Panthers and the Habs won on Tuesday, and then the Sabres lost last night, my reaction was pretty much just, “Meh, whatevs.” I think it’s interesting (and a little bit sad) that at this point I can’t work up any emotional turmoil over the Sabres. They wore me down. So, if the goal of the Sabres’ season was to get me to stop investing emotionally in each game, well, I guess the Sabres won….but if the goal was to win, then I guess the Sabres lost. Heh.
3. I’ve been working my little caboose off lately, but things are slowing down. Next week I’m just going to sit around doing next to nothing. Maybe I’ll sew some tiny squares of fabric together if I’m feeling feisty.
4. I’ve watched considerably less non-Sabres hockey this season than I did last season so I’m finding myself at a loss when I consider rooting interests for the playoffs.
The following teams are definite “No way, Jose” teams for me: Rangers, Caps, Habs, Hurricanes, Ducks
Right now I’m inclined to like the following teams: Panthers, Bruins, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Blues
These teams fall into the “Maaaaybe I could root for them, if all else fails” category: Blackhawks, Flames, Penguins, Sharks
These teams fall into the “Emotional Wildcard, anything could happen” category: Flyers, Devils, Predators, Canucks
Last season during the playoffs my allegiences switched wildly from series to series. It will be interesting to see how the dust settles this spring in the competition for my support. Playoffs beards will factor strongly in my decision making. At least 85% of my willingness to cheer for the Pens can be directly attributed to Maxim Talbot’s playoff beard.