1. The Sabres were so GOOD yesterday (except for the 3rd period but I’m totally cutting them slack for that because it was their second game in 24 hours, and because I just love them right now). I know it’s been safe to think “playoffs” for weeks, but I think last night was the first time it really sunk in with me. For the first time in my fandom, the Sabres (OUR Sabres) are going to make the playoffs! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! And I will have tickets to the home games! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! This is a big deal for me.
2. This is SUCH a big deal for me, that yesterday I told my BFF Janz that I could NOT play on his concert series on April 14th because there is a possibility that the playoffs will begin that night. And hilariously, Janzie completely understood why I would make that choice. He wasn’t necessarily happy about it, but he got it. For me, being a Sabres fan has been filled with moments like, “If I could go back to 2007 and tell my myself then how my life would be in 2010…,” but really, this one takes the cake.
To recap: I told Janz I didn’t want to play Brahms B-flat sextet (which is one of my favorite pieces EVER written) because there is a possibility that a hockey team would be playing the first game in a series of seven, and Janz, who knows me extremely well, was all, “Oh, yeah. Sure. That makes perfect sense.”
Sometimes I feel like I’m at an age and stage of life where everything is all set, and I trick myself into thinking there are no more big shifts ahead. Of course this is REDONKULOUS, and I know this is redonkulous, but thinking about how much hockey has changed my life makes me excited about what might be around the next bend. I mean, honestly.
3. I think Panera is hugely overrated. I would say that I have no idea why everyone loves it so much, except for the fact that I think their egg soufflé is the most delicious thing on the entire planet. So basically, my position on Panera is that I hate it, except for the egg soufflé, which is my favorite food in history of time and space.
4. I wrote this post about Jochen Hecht in September of 2008, and I refer back to it frequently when thinking about Yo-Yo. Last year was obviously a rough one for Yo-yo, but he’s been quietly putting together a pretty good year for himself. I hadn’t really thought about it until yesterday, but his return to defensive respectability might be playing a BIG role in the Sabres’ season. Probably much bigger than we give him credit for. Like I said in that post, Jochen Hecht is someone who seems to WANT to be taken for granted. It’s somehow a part of his persona. But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t sit up straight and take notice when he has a game like he did yesterday. Hecht’s first goal was extra sexy because it’s was so out of character for him. It was as if Clark Kent accidentally pulled a Superman move without first removing his nerd glasses.
5. I wrote this on Twitter last night:
Yikes. I didn’t even notice that Torres was out today. Of course, I didn’t particularly miss MacArthur either. So…whatever.
I’m tempted to call Torres a bust, but it’s not like we have a gaping hole where MacArthur used to be in the lineup. Plus, there will be playoff this year (PLAYOFFS!) and who knows how Torres might come in handy in the playoffs. I keep thinking about him like I think about Dominic Moore in retrospect, but it’s silly. Torres will have a much bigger opportunity to step up than Moore every had. Darcy didn’t get Torres for the regular season, he got him for the playoffs. Now, there certainly isn’t any reason to expect that Torres will suddenly be a visible force in the playoffs, all I’m saying is that I think it’s too soon to get all frothy about him. Unlike it was with Moore, Torres and Lindy have a few more weeks to try to make this work.