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Oh My God, They’re Back Again!

September 18, 2010

Yes, I did use a line from a Backstreet Boys song in my title. Deal with it.

I went to Puck Drop today. Hockey is back my friends!

Excellent graphics!

- Got to the arena at about 930 and found seats in Section 105. I know it’s supposed to be cold in the arena, but holy moses, it was cold in the arena. I was wearing uggs, jeans & a sweatshirt and I was still cold. I wish I would have brought gloves as my hands were freeeeeeezing.

- The seats in this section (or maybe just my row) looked like they could use a good steam cleaning. They were kind of spotted and gross looking.

- For every one well behaved and considerate child I saw, there had to be at least three hellions. The worst offenders were the woman who sat in the row in front of me and let her three children (all under the age of 6 or so) use the two rows as their own personal jungle gym. She was trying to keep them under control, but it really wasn’t working. Thank god she left before the jersey unveiling or I would have been angry with her little monsters.

- During the practice session, Lindy called huddles repeatedly to explain plays in the whiteboard. The players all look like Lindy is attempting to explain nuclear physics to them rather than basic hockey plays.

Uhhhhh…

- The Adult Street Hockey tournament was going on outside the arena. The best team uniform that I saw was worn by a group of gentleman who called themselves the Buffalo Rangers. Each of their sweaters had a departed Sabre on the back: Kennedy, LaFontaine & Drury. These guys get the award for both creativity & snark.

- I saw a woman wearing a number 28 jersey with Goose on the nameplate. Is that fair or foul? (Or is that fowl? :::rimshot:::)

At one point, Gaustad and Myers (I think) were standing at the bench entrance in their undergear and watching the practice. One word from Lindy and they turned tail and ran back into the locker room. It was pretty funny, like they got scolded by dad and were headed to their room to serve out their punishment. Another player briefly came out, munching on a banana, but soon left.

At least I THINK this is Goose and Myers. Suggestions welcome on whom else it could be. Updated to say that I’ve been told that it’s Kassian. Thanks Mike!

- Lindy was quite vocal during the drills, with Roy-Z, Montador and Gerbe getting some name attention.

- There was Pominville graffiti in ladies room. I’m sure whoever thought it was a great idea to write Pominville’s name in a heart in a ladies bathroom stall clearly never thought it through, that the object of her affection would never get to see her adoration for himself.

- The smell of pizza & hot dogs at 10am is kind of repulsive. Same thing with the overly yeasty smell of beer fresh from the tap. But if that’s your thing who am I to judge?

- Montador blocked a shot and stayed down on the ice on all fours for a bit, then moved to the bench to shake it off. That shot looked like it hurt.

- Can someone please tell me who was the other player skating in the red practice sweaters with Gerbe & Grier? My eyes are horribly bad and not having numbers on the back of the practice sweaters was NOT helping matters. Whoever it was had nice chemistry with the other two. (On a random note, I was typing notes on my iPod, and Apple consistently wants to change Gerbe’s name to Herbert. I feel like that’s a nickname in waiting.)

I know the red guy is someone completely obvious, but it’s annoying me that I can’t figure out who it is!

- Has Lindy always made players do push-ups on the ice after drills?

At one point, there were four or five different players doing push-ups on the ice.

- While the Zamboni was prepping to come out, the coaches were “helping” to remove the pucks from the ice by flipping them into a bucket with their sticks. Their aim…not so good.

They looked to be having a great time doing this, until the Zamboni appeared and ruined the fun.

- The new sweaters look sweet. It’s so good to see the white sweaters back out on the ice this year. I hope this isn’t a one year only thing, and that the slug is dead and buried for good.

New duds. Same dudes.

Even the ‘Tooth got in on the fun!

Staffy! He better come down with a massive case of contractyearitis, or his time in Buffalo could be coming to an end.

None of my other sweater reveal photos came out that great,  so if you want to see more, visit the gallery on sabres.com. (And someone please explain why Pommers always has a “where am I” look on his face.)

- Watching the scrimmage after the reveal was fun. It was actual hockey played by actual hockey players! Who cares if nothing but pride and a spot on the team is on the line. For the fans, it was great to see.

Hockey!

- Nice nod to history with the names of the two teams for the scrimmage.

I think they would be proud.

Here we have species Crunchious Goaltenderous in his natural environment.

- All in all it was a good day. I did buy a new t-shirt at the Sabres store (the blue one with the logo script) and a set of fridge magnets. The cynical part of me knows that the team is making money hand over fist today because of the new gear, but the stuff does look great.

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Look! It’s Real Hockey(ish) Played By Real Hockey Players

September 12, 2009

I went to Puck Drop today, and this wordy, photo filled post summarizes my day. Carry on at your own risk.

Read the rest of this entry ?

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Hahaha

September 8, 2009

Two funny bits out of the first rookie-only day of training camp:

- Lindy saying he keeps his skates on around Tyler Myers to avoid being intimidated. While I doubt the tall little Baby Sabre could intimidate Lindy, Tyler has to be gargantuan on skates.

- I was watching the Channel 2 News, and the sportscast featured some footage shot by Adam Begnini. Well, Zach Kassian was making like the hard charging player he is, and next thing you know, DOWN GOES BEGNINI! Both Begnini and the camera were alright, but I like that Kassian is showing fire and brimstone right away.

- It’s not Sabres related, but the NHL Twitter feed was sharing updates from player interviews being conducted for their new social networking site. In case anyone cares, Sidney Crosby’s favorite Mighty Duck is Charlie Conway. Aww, Charlie. He grew up into quite a nice little mallard…if you know what I mean.

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That’s Not Something You Read In Rocks for Jocks

July 26, 2008

Perusing the Buffalo News this morning, I cam across this little tidbit about Paul Posluszny. He apparently does not have a television in his dorm room at camp, and the story picks up from there:

“I didn’t bring one last year,” Posluszny said. “Last year I was just so nervous about everything I didn’t have time to watch TV. So this year I said that’s fine, I don’t need one. I’ll catch the news in the morning, and I can keep myself busy without it.”

Posluszny owns a computer but he doesn’t have a laptop, so he doesn’t have that for a diversion at camp, either. He’s resorting to old-fashioned media to get away from football; he’s reading a book.

“I’m in the middle of a pretty good book right now, ‘Guns, Germs and Steel.’ It’s about why certain cultures, particularly the Europeans,developed the way they did,” he said.

The book, by Jared Diamond, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

That’s not something you read – or even gain an interest in – in the simple classes that most collegiate athletes are shunted into. Seriously though, how many collegiate athletes are involved in athletic training / physical education / exercise science / general studies programs? I realize that those programs are the ones that usually co-exist the most peacefully with an athlete’s schedule, but what happens when they enter the real world (either instead of or after a professional career)? A physical education degree will only get you so far.

I like that Poz has a finance degree and that he graduated a semester early. I like that Crunchy appears to have gone back to school to finish his business degree (An internet search shows him with a 2005 graduation date. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. I just like that he’s older than me, but graduated two years after me.)

And that’s not where I thought this entry would go at all. :)

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Campy Goodness

June 26, 2008

Through next Tuesday, Sabres youngins will be participating in prospect camp (Camp Junior Morningwood) at Dwyer Arena on the Niagara University campus. Judging from some of the comments made in the media by the prospects, this is a hard core camp.

Tim Kennedy reports on Sabres.com that some days they’re even starting sessions at 6 or 7am. I realize that these guys are (reasonably) grown adults, but I would love, love, love if Lindy and JP were responsible for waking these guys up in the morning. They would completely be my new heroes if they woke up the littlest Sabres the same way the Canisius ’01 and ’02 Orientation Staffs used to wake up their darling freshmen charges. (That would be a wiffle ball bat / lacrosse stick to the door, and loud music blaring in the hallways. It was great fun. Heh heh heh.)

Why do I find it really amusing that Sabretooth is attending Camp Junior Morningwood?

I guess this just shows you that even mascots need some reinforcement of their techniques.

- I’m really glad that the Sabres extended qualifying offers to all of their RFAs. Although this is just a formality, its just one step closer to getting C-Mac, Paille and Goose under contract. I personally expect Goose to be the hardest negotiation, since he is the RFA with the most experience and really stepped up to the plate this past season. But on the other hand, I do remember the story of his last negotiation, where he called his agent on a Friday to get the deal done, and he was signed by Monday.

- Also, I’ve been reading a very interesting thread on Sabresfans.com, regarding Darcy Tucker’s agent’s appearance on WGR this morning. While Tucker has been bought out by the Leafs, he would prefer not to move his family far from the GTA. His agent admitted that Tucker has considered Buffalo as a destination (whether Buffalo has considered Tucker, is of course, another story). What’s interesting to note is that Tucker and Gaustad share an agent. The agent noted that it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities for Gaustad to call Tucker and discuss the organization. Veeeery interesting. I wonder if this will develop into anything?

- And for all of the Sabres PR gaffes, at least they haven’t thrown any former players as far under the bus as the Florida Panthers did to Olli Jokinen. What they did was way harsh.

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