Sabres vs Coyotes 10/8/09

Okay, here’s the terrible truth.  I don’t really feel like the NHL season has started.  I missed the first Sabres game, and then I got all wrapped up in the Twins, and I’ve barely had a chance to watch a single minute of anyTHING because I’ve been so busy and preoccupied with about ten thousand things, none of which are hockey.

I’ve been feeling a bit sad, Hockey-wise, so today I’m doing what I almost never do, I’m about to watch a DVRed game.


Mood: I am downright DELIGHTED right now.  Tonight my orchestra played with the fabulous, charming, very talented and wonderful, Ben Folds.  I hearted him before the concert, but I heart him even more now.
Favorite Sabre: You know, I’ve barely had the chance to look at the roster much less evaluate the players.  I guess I’ll go with my old standard, Goosenheimer Smith.  HONK!
Least Favorite Sabre: Oh, hell.  I don’t know.  Roy-Z?
Prediction: DVR delay games never end well.  If the Sabres lose, expect dramatically oversized outrage.
Musical Act Representing My Hope For This Game: Ben Folds


He’s sassy, he’s fun, he’s cute as a (nerdy) bug’s ear.

After the 1st (0-0)

Mood: Still chipper!
Favorite Sabre: Staffy is failing to score at every turn, and yet I kind of love him tonight.
Least Favorite: I see Roy-Z is still choosing to pass the puck to some invisible player behind him in lieu of shooting at the net.  Roy-Z is a slag-faced whore.
– The Sabres should have made Ed Jovanovski pay for icing the puck two thousand times in a row.
– EW! EW!  A THOUSAND TIMES, EW! Cellino and Barnes pop-up ads during the game?!
– Crunchy is so spunky.
– I looooove my television.
– Seriously.  Since when does Jason Pominville participate in scrums in front of the net?
– That Coyote totally grabbed the puck and threw it across the ice!  Cheater!  Well, at least Rick and Harry are amused by his trickery.  I like to hear RJ giggling.

– HOOOOONK!  Okay, that was MEGA rad how Goose basically just walked up to Jovanovski (who was hogging the puck behind his net) and STOLE THE PUCK WITH THE SHEER FORCE OF HIS WITHERING GAZE.  Too bad the he just fell down once he had the puck.  I think Goose was surprised that that trick worked.
Summary of events: I feel like the Sabres aren’t sucking!  They’re so chippy, and although they can’t score, they look like they’re TRYING.  I also feel like that entire period consisted of each teams neatly, and skillfully stealing the puck off the other’s stick.  Everyone was all, “Hey, look over there! *points at something in the crowd* SIIIIIKE!  I’ll just be taking that puck now, thank you very much.  SUCKER!”
Musical Act Representing This game so far: Liz Phair (I just realized how much this post will reveal my age.  Just the other day I was wondering if I should bother to figure out who Lady Gaga is, or if I should just assume she’ll go away soon.)


She’s kind of a wreck, but she’s weirdly lovable.

After the 2nd (0-0)

Mood: Concerned.  This game should be, like, 15-0 in favor of the Sabres.
Favorite Sabre: They all look the same….
Least Favorite Sabre: ….except Vanek, who looks like an invisible pile of puke.
Summary of Events: The Sabres shot the puck 45,000 times.
– Oh for PETE’S SAKE, that was a FOUR MINUTE power play you just wasted, you goobers.
– Oh for PETE’S SAKE, we do NOT attempt to fix our bone-headed skating mistakes by taking a bone-headed penalty.  Steve Montador.
– Oh for PETE’S SAKE.  Don’t take ANOTHER bone-headed penalty on top of the FIRST one.  Hank Tallinder.
– Huh.  They killed all that off.  Good work, goobers.
– Whoa. Teppo’s wife is priddy.
I’m officially worried that the Sabres are never going to score again.
– Dude.  Crunchy is such a spindly stud.  Three-on-ones are no match for his spindly studliness.
– Rick is outraged that Fiddler left the Predators because, “A FIDDLER in NASHVILLE?  Come ON.”  He’s got a solid point.
– Dave Tippet needs to regrow his mustache.  Stat.
– Okay, the Sabres got the puck in the net ten years after the whistle blew.  But we’re reviewing it anyway.  Let’s take this opportunity to appreciate that funny phone the refs use for times like this.
Musical act representing this game so far: Dave Matthews Band


Let’s face it, this game is a little annoying.  Tomorrow some hippie is going to come along and be all, “Duuuude, I’d rather see a hard fought 1-0 game then a 7-6 game.”  And then I will reply, “Zip it, hippie.  The Dave Matthews Band This game is annoying.”

At the end (2-1, Sabres)

Mood: Jubilant!
Favorite Sabre: CLARKE MACARTHER, also  Mike Grier
Least Favorite Sabre: Sorry Mair and Paille.  Turns out you’re just extras.
Observations of the 3rd:
-It is MONUMENTALLY irritating that the Coyotes just got a goal, but it was totally inevitable.  Now we’ll see if these Sabres have any fight in them.
– Hot DAMN.  MacArthur, I had NO IDEA you had that in you.  WOOO!  1-1!
– Oh no. Tyler Myers.  Please please please be okay.  You’re okay, big fella.
There are very few things I love more than seeing the back of Sabretooth’s head as he watches the game down near the glass on the broadcast
– You know what I love about hockey?  How the time outs are, like, a nano-second long.
– The Sabres power play doesn’t look that awful but apparently, it is TARE. A. BULL.  The Sabres have been on the power play for half of this game.  No goals.
– Crunchy just made a save with his armpit.  He’s a master!- The Coyotes are wisely taking penalty after penalty, secure in the knowledge that the Sabres are incapable of scoring on the power play.
– WOOOOOOOOOO!  FINALLY.  Thank you, Vanek.  2-1, Sabres! (And is it just me, or is MacArthur looking taller, faster, and like we might never see Paille again?)
– Please hold this lead, you goobers.  Only a minute and a half to go.
– Holy Crap.  They won.
Summary of Events: You know what?  That was a GREAT game.  I’d rather see a hard fought 2-1 win than a 7-6 fiasco.  Heh. (But The Dave Matthews Band still sucks.)  This was exactly the kind of game that they would have DEFINITELY lost last season.  You know who I think might have been the difference?  Mike Grier.  That guy just skates around, keeping things under control, doesn’t he?

Musical act representing this game: Kelley Polar.


I know this man personally and I love him dearly.  He reads this blog, so be nice in the comments.

But please feel free to make fun of his white eye shadow.


17 Responses to “Sabres vs Coyotes 10/8/09”

  1. 1 Pookie October 8, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I watched 10 seconds of Lady Gaga from SNL on my computer and decided that I think I just don’t really get straight-up pop music, let alone all the extra Lady Gaga stuff.

    Also, I’m so excited to see this post because driving home from work today I thought, totally out of the blue, “I can’t wait for Katebits to start writing TWC game diaries again! Remember Quark? That? Was awesome.”

  2. 2 Sharpie October 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Just ignore Lady Gaga and hope that the mindless zomb– er, public masses realize that without her freakish outfits she just sucks. (or is it that she sucks more because of them? If I could bring myself to listen to her music just once I might be able to figure that out)

  3. 3 Meg October 9, 2009 at 12:03 am

    All I know about Lady Gaga is that you can dance to her songs and sometimes she wears muppets. I don’t think the poor muppets have done anything to deserve that.

  4. 4 Katebits October 9, 2009 at 12:37 am

    WOOOOOO! The Sabres win!

    Thanks, Pookie! Aw, Quark. He was awesome. I’m a better blogger when I’m blind with rage. Or drunk.

    And thanks everyone for the Lady Gaga advice. I think I’m too old to worry about her too much. If she really sinks into our collective consciousness, I’ll pick her up sooner or later, but if she’s just a passing fad, I’m be glad I didn’t waste the energy on her.

  5. 5 Heather B. October 9, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Was Teppo THERE? That’s SO WEIRD because halfway through the game I suddenly found myself thinking about James Patrick (hey, it happens) and then thinking, “I wonder what Teppo’s doing with himself these days?”

    He and his wife are a CRAZY beautiful couple though, aren’t they?

  6. 6 Katebits October 9, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Yeah, Teppo and his wife were chilling at the game. The showed a nice long shot of them so that we could all drool in the face of their beauty.

    Did ya get your magnetic schedule, Heather? Did you love the seats? :D

  7. 7 RITBeast October 9, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Kelley Polar’s beard is beautiful.

  8. 8 Erin October 9, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Thank you for your comments on the Dave Matthews Band. I was starting to feel like I was the only one who felt this way.

    Why didn’t I know Ben Folds was playing with the BPO? WTF. I would have totally gone to that.

    And hockey………..Miller is a beast. But I’m nervous because at the begining of last season I thought Miller was a beast then too.

  9. 9 dave in Rocha October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Ahh, I missed these diaries.

    And as big of a fan as I may be, and as much as I might like to analyze the team, I’m just not capable of thinking up terms like “Goosenheimer Smith”. That’s a good one.

  10. 10 Matt W October 9, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Teppo was also shown for a weirdly long time on the Coyotes broadcast feed, which I thought was interesting. Though, maybe they share the same cameras with the local B-lo feed?

    Good game, though. Nice to finally getting used to the idea that hockey is around and I might not have to be chronically depressed about Buffalo sports.

  11. 11 Amy October 9, 2009 at 11:08 am

    sometimes she wears muppets.

    And takes them as her dates to the VMAs. No word on whether Miss Piggy took that out on poor Kermit.

    And how much money have Cellino and Barnes forked over to the Sabres/MSG/TWC (that would be Time Warner Cable, not The Willful Caboose)? There’s the live action pop-ups and the plethora of Derek Roy reading off a cue card commercials. It’s borderline overexposure.

  12. 12 Gambler October 9, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Kate! I cannot believe you got to play with Ben Folds! I am incredibly jealous. I love him.

    My mom tells me that those Cellino and Barnes pop-ups pop up during regular shows, too. Like Desperate Housewives: “Are you desperate for a personal injury lawyer?” That is so redonk. Not to mention creepy.

    Heh. This was a great diary. Dave Matthews Band does suck. So does Lady Gaga, although I have a soft spot for Poker Face now that my sister and I have made up a silly dance to it (it involves our poker faces).

  13. 13 TheTick October 9, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Matt, Teppo played for the Jets/Coyotes for 15 (!) seasons. He also went in the booth with them last night, apparently.

  14. 14 Kathleen October 9, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Ugh, seriously. Didn’t one of you get disbarred? You guys really think we all forgot about that just because you pop up 47 times a game?

  15. 15 Katebits October 9, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Teppo played for the Jets/Phoenix for FIFTEEN YEARS? I had no idea he was with that organization for so long!

  16. 16 Patty (in Dallas) October 10, 2009 at 2:27 am

    I think “Zip it, hippie,” is going to be my new motto. :D

  17. 17 Karen October 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Ooh, I saw Ben Folds with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, I am totally jealous that you got to play with him! How awesome!

    I still haven’t managed to watch a single bit of hockey. We’ve caught colds ’round these parts, illness + 7 month old baby = in bed at 9 most nights. *sigh* Someday I’ll watch a whole game again.

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