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25 Things I Loved About the Game Last Night

In no particular order:

1. Pretty

2. Much

3. Every

4. Single

5. Thing,

6. But

7. Especially

8. The

9. Hat

10. Trick,

11. The

12. Extremely

13. Joyful

14. Winning,

15. And

16. The

17. Sense

18. That

19. Nothing

20. Can

21. Ever

22. Go

23. Wrong

24. Again.



Some Advice

Dear Sabres,

I know I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to you recently, so maybe I’ve lost some authority with you, but I URGE you to listen to me now.

Are you listening?


Pommers?  Are you listening?

Okay, good.

Now listen carefully…..

I cannot help but notice that you are scheduled to play the Lightning Bolts tonight.  Do NOT underestimate the Lightning Bolts.

I was recently in Tampa where I saw the Lightning Bolts play the Penguins, and while the Pens won the game, the Lightning Bolts did not go down without a fight.  They were surprisingly feisty actually.  The Lightning Bolts skated around, and hit the Pens, and generally acted like they intended to win the game.  The Lightning Bolts were especially good in the first period.  Sabres, if the internet is to be believed, the first period recently is when you like to skate around, not hit anyone, and generally act like you do NOT intend to win the game.

If you’re not careful, the Lightning Bolts will be up 10,000-1 in the first period.  That is not a situation that anyone is in the mood to see.

It is my recommendation that you 1. Do NOT take the Lightning Bolts lightly, and 2. Attempt to win from the very beginning of the game.

I know you can do it.

Good luck tonight,


5 Short Things

1.  My lifetime supply of deeply discounted meats and cheeses arrived in the mail today!  Rejoice!

2. I’m sorry this blog has been so lame lately.  It’s not entirely my fault.  I’ve been pretty busy and the Sabres just haven’t been that funny lately.  Be FUNNIER, Sabres!

3. The image of Hank’s dangling, dislocated/broken/comPLETEly-effed-up arm has been haunting me all day.  I don’t know why that gave me such a terrible case of the heebie-jeebies, but it did.  *shiver*  (Also, poor Hank.  And Poor Heather.)

4. We have no healthy defencemen.  To apply for a job as a Sabres defenceman, please call Darcy Regier at, 1-800-HOLY-EFF ext: SCREWED

5. When the teams are evenly matched in their suckitude, I really, really love sloppy hockey.  If the Sabres had won that game last night that would have been one of my favorite games of the season so far.  I’ve always enjoyed watching the Lightning, and I think it’s because their games are always on the verge of spinning totally out of control.   I know that technically the Rangers are a good team and the Lightning are a bad team, but I’ll take Tampa any day over a team like the stodgy old Rangers.

6. Are you getting ready to open your wallets to support the sports-related non-profit of my choosing?  Well, GET READY PEOPLE!  :D

Sabres @ Lightning 12/6/08


I’ve had a really lovely day.  I made marshmallows!  (Well, truth be told, I made marshmallow goo.  I have to wait a few hours to see if they set correctly and turn into actual marshmallows. )  I’m going to do something different tonight for this gameday post.  I’ve been feeling like the old format has been getting a little stale, so this evening I’m going to wing it.  Yup, we’re flying by the seat of our pants people!

Just like everyone else who has been paying close attention to this team, I am at my wit’s end.  I have but one goal tonight: don’t let the Sabres ruin my, “Yay!  I made marshmallows!” good mood.  We’ll see how it goes.

Favorite Sabre: Itty-bitty Nathan Gerbe makes his NHL debut tonight. Here’s hoping for some pocket-sized heroics.
Least Favorite Sabre: No comment. *eyes Lindy suspiciously*
Biggest current problem: My right foot is asleep.

After the 1st (1-1)
Very important information: My marshmallows are no longer goo, but they are also not marshmallows.  They’re somewhere in between.  I’ll keep you posted.
Gerbe Update: His name is Ger-BAY?  So far I’m underwhelmed.  Except by his tininess.  His tininess is overwhelming.
Best thing about that period: My foot woke up.
Second best thing about that period:  I love it when guys get a huge, wide-legged, skating wind-up before they shoot.  I like it even more when the rebound from the FIRST big shot is so huge that it allows the SECOND guy to have a big crazy wind up too.  Nice work Goose and Staffy.
Sad reality: The Sabres are not trying to impress me or anyone else.  Also, I’m not sure I’m doing very well with my loosey-goosey gameday post.  I need structure.

After the 2nd (3-3)
Things I don’t like: When Rick says the puck “squirts” out of play.  Ew.
Things I do like: When a guy scores at the exact moment I am calling him “a pile of puke”.
Things I HATE: When the Sabres give up a goal within a nanosecond of getting a goal.  WHICH IS ALWAYS.
Things that make my eyes bleed: The Sabres power play.
Things I find weirdly hot: Jochen Hecht and Vincent Lecavalier….fighting?  With…punches?
Silver lining: The Sabres are officially “comically bad”.    I have a fairly high tolerance for things that are, at the very least, funny.  If you can’t be good, be funny- that’s my motto.  (That and, “If you can’t play well, play loud.”)

At the End (4-3, Sabres)

What we’ve learned, part I: If the Sabres play the WORST team in HISTORY of the world, they MIGHT win.  But honestly, that one was kind of a toss-up.  Wooo?   Aw, hell.  I’m going for it.  WOOOOOOOOO!!  (That felt dirty.)
What we’ve learned, part II: If you want your goo to turn to marshmallows you should do something….different from what I did.  Whip them longer?  Get a more precise candy thermometer?  Pray to Lindy Ruff?

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