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.