3 Things (All Ending in “Heh”)

1. Yesterday, about midway through the second period when the score was still 0-0, I turned to Robin and said, “Do you get the feeling that the Red Wings are just toying with us right now?  Like a cat, batting around a half dead mouse just for fun?” In retrospect, I don’t think the Red Wings were really toying with us, they were just sitting back and waiting for the Sabres to make mistakes so that they could swoop in all efficiently Swedish-like, and calmly clobber us.

The Sabres hung on with the Red Wings for the better part of two periods, but in the end, the Red Wings are light years better than the Sabres.  Which is fine, I suppose.  The Red Wings are an elite team, and it’s a rare season when a team can match-up well against the Red Wings of this world.

What we saw last night really wasn’t alarming, it was just evidence of what we already knew- that the Sabres as they are currently constructed, coached, and managed, are….not very much like the Red Wings.  Heh.

2. Last night I sat in row 1, section 201, and let me tell you, it’s a far cry from section 310..  I had never sat in the 200s for a Sabres game before, and it was a fun treat.  Did you know that they deliver food and drinks to you in the 200s?  Meaning, we had a waitress?  Robin had a hot fudge sundae delivered to her seat, which was a perk I simply didn’t anticipate.  (I had many beers delivered to my seat.)

I had been warned that the 200s would feel manicured and sterile compared to the 300s, and this was true, but the people sitting next to us were friendly and knowledgeable, and they didn’t seem too offended when we booed the Detroit goals.  I was half expecting to be surrounded by disinterested businessmen in suits, but come on, this is Buffalo, how suit-y can it be?  Granted it was just one game, but honestly, I like the 200s, and I don’t care who knows it.  I think that in the great scheme of things, I’d probably be happiest in the plain old 100s, but the 200s were NOT without their charms.

If you are a 200 level season ticket holder, and you need a new BFF, you should call me.  Heh.

3. I suppose I should write some kind of obituary on the season, as last night was the death of any reasonable hope of the playoffs, but I’m just not in the mood.  In the end, I think this season will fade quickly from our collective consciousness.   There hasn’t been a ton to grab onto this year, good or bad.  I’m content to let this season slip away quietly- like a guy who you wound up dating a few weeks longer than you probably would have if you had been following your instincts from the start.  Sometimes things end in a big bang of drama, but often things just fizzle away.  This year’s Sabres are TOTALLY the hockey equivalent of the time that guy stopped calling you, but you didn’t even notice it until a month later when you were on the treadmill at the gym trying to remember what it was you were going to pick up at the grocery store on the way home, and you suddenly thought, “Hey, wait a second…whatever happened to the 08-09 Sabres?  Those guys totally brushed me off…..a month ago.”  Heh.

5 Responses to “3 Things (All Ending in “Heh”)”

  1. 1 Caroline April 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    …they were just sitting back and waiting for the Sabres to make mistakes so that they could swoop in all efficiently Swedish-like, and calmly clobber us.

    The Red Wings know how to do that well.

    And I like the 200s too. I’m a mini-pack holder and my seats are in the 100s, but my dad gets several games a year from one of his clients in the 200s. Sometimes he gives me the tickets. It’s always fun.

  2. 2 Amy April 7, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve sat in the 200s a couple of times. Like you said, it’s not really suit-y. There’s a surprisingly high number of families with kiddies, too. Last time I was in the 200 level, I had an apple stuffed pretzel with some sort of caramel dipping sauce. It was delicious. It’s a shame you can’t find those around the rest of the arena.

  3. 3 Katebits April 7, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Amy, I was pretty surprised at the difference in food choices in the 200s. I mean, I understand why I don’t have a waitress up in 310, but why wouldn’t the Sabres offer me an apple stuffed pretzel? I would totally buy that! Is my money not as good? :P

  4. 4 yourfriendandy April 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Good call on point 2, but from the sounds of it the 100’s are slightly lamer. When I was a kid I used to sit in the 300’s with my dad at the Aud (remember those orange seats??). Since the lockout my dad has split season tickets with five other guys and the new seats are in the 100’s.

    I’m not a fan of sitting there. No one gets involved in the ‘lets go Buffalo’ chant or yells obscenities on bad calls or cheap hits. I do anyway and am always met with weird looks from the people around me. It’s a far cry from the scene I remember from a decade ago.

    Not to mention at the Bills games we sit in the 300’s and that’s another story altogether!

    But hey, the Sabres aren’t out of it yet. Florida lost tonight and needs to lose one more of their last two, the Rangers need to lose their last two, and the Sabres need to win out.

    … it could happen.




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