Archive for March, 2008

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Mish-Mash.

March 23, 2008

Buffalo.com is a great source for the random Sabres photography. Last night was the Sabres Foundation’s “Aces & Blades” fundraiser. There were some photos posted to the site chronicling the events.

After looking at the photos, the following thoughts come to mind:

  1. Why is Crunchy dressed like my 60-year-old high school English teacher?
  2. Whose bright idea was it to put Sabretooth in a suit? Where does one even find mascot sized clothing?
  3. Good call to have Goose and Staffy go tieless and roll up the shirt sleeves. Its one of my favorite looks on a guy.
  4. I love the picture of Goose on page 2. The expression on his face is priceless.
  5. On Timmy with the beer in his hand: my cousin works at the Buffalo airport as a TSA screener. He checked Timmy through the line this morning, and reported that Timmy was a little green around the gills. My aunt made the comment that maybe Timmy was just scared about the surgery. Cousin reported that this was not fear green, this was hungover green.

– Paetsch has been cleared to play Tuesday against Ottawa. To make room, Funk has been sent down to Rochester. Good to see Patches back in the lineup, even if it is only for the remainder of the regular season. (Too much needs to happen at this point for these guys to make the playoffs.)

– Look what I have:

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My Sabres Green Team window cling came in the mail on Saturday. Since the background of the cling was an opaque white and not at all see through, I trimmed out the “Green Team Member” portion and the white background and am now left with the green slug. My neighbors probably wondered what I was doing, since I was contorted into the hatch of my car while trying to apply the cling to the rear window. At least I have something Sabres related on my car now.

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Everything But The Game

March 21, 2008

Since I’m not on speaking terms with the lot of them after tonight’s game, this post is going to be slightly random.

– I really liked the idea behind the feature during the 2nd intermission about the bracelets the Sabres wore to support Camp Good Days. The little girl’s story was inspirational, and Goose was clearly passionate about the subject, but there seriously had to be a better way to frame the shot of Goose holding his bracelet. As much as I like Goose, I did not need to see an extended close up shot of his groinal area. TMI! TMI!

On an aside, its 1038pm. I checked the Sabres auction site to see what the bracelets are going for. The auction for them opened at 7pm. Crunchy’s bracelet is already up to $100. I’m stunned.

– I’ve been getting some pretty wacky search terms lately. In addition to the usual “mvp hockey wives” queiries, I’ve also received:

  • “ryan getzlaf going bald” (your guess is as good as mine)
  • “paul gaustad favorite food” (bet its not foie gras)
  • “ed kilgore fetish” (AAAAAAAHHH! Brain Bleach, please!)
  • “canuck players wives” (all lovely women, I’m sure)
  • “crossbar calling games” (I didn’t know there were games involved with crossbars)

– Look who’s back!

Welcome back, Teppo! Glad to see you on skates again, and all smiley. I’m sure you’ll be happier when you’re cleared to play in a game and when you’re getting paid again.

– Timmy’s toast for the remainder of the season. Monday’s surgery will put the tin man on the shelf until the beginning of next season. I’m glad to see that its getting fixed, because it sounds like he was in a considerable amount of pain, and the “will he play / won’t he play” each night was a bit of a distraction for the rest of the team. But at the same time, reports of him allegedly being out on the town partying it up while he was on the injured list probably didn’t help things either. Hopefully, the surgery will be successful, and the tin man will return all bright and shiny and new for the start of next season.

– SI did an informal poll of MLB, NHL and NBA athletes regarding their choice for president this year. The poll was limited to American citizens that are registered to vote, which narrowed the pool considerably. All athletes that answered were granted anonymity in regards to their answers. What I thought was interesting was that the vast majority of NHL players that answered the poll were for McCain. One of the players made the comment that his wife said he needed to vote for McCain, because he’s a fiscal conservative, and look what tax bracket they’re in. (That’s an “oh dear”, on so many levels.) Only one NHL player was for Clinton. After reading some of the comments all the athletes provided, its just another reminder that athletes are people like you and me, concerned about taxes, healthcare, the war, etc.

SI has also placed every single one of their issues online. Searching through the issues for articles about some of my favorite athletes, I found the following tidbit about Ryan Miller:

Standing bare-chested in the dressing room and wearing only a pair of padded hockey pants held up by suspenders, he calls to mind, in the words of Spartans assistant athletic director John Lewandowski, “a man preparing to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.” His teammates have dubbed him Quadzilla, a sarcastic reference to the less-than-formidable musculature in his legs.

Oh, Crunchy. I wouldn’t blame you if you decided to go over the Falls in a barrel after tonight’s game.

– I about fell off my chair when I saw this at work today:

Humorous Pictures

Have a great Easter weekend, everyone. And if you don’t celebrate Easter, have a great weekend.

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Its a Doodle!

March 21, 2008

How can you not like and respect Jason Pominville after reading this article?

“The little, lovable guy,” teammate and road roommate Paul Gaustad said with a grin. “He’s always got a smile on his face. He’s a good guy, approachable.”

So is a labradoodle.

Those who have known him longest — Gaustad, goaltender Ryan Miller and Pominville have spent the past six seasons together, three in Buffalo and three in Rochester — can see why fans get so attached.

“Being around him for the last six years, he’s a fun kid,” Miller said. “He’s easy to talk to, kind of goofy sometimes, and maybe that’s the reason.”

Why does the trio of Gaustad, Miller and Pominville sound like they could be trouble off the ice?

I do like that Pominville responds to fans questions via his blog, and even answers the unusual ones (Britney? Seriously, people. There was nothing better to ask him about?). He also handles himself well in the locker room with the pre and post game press gaggles.

Its kind of scary to think that he was put on waivers in 2005 and the Sabres almost lost him. If that would’ve happened, then this wouldn’t have happened.

I just remember there being a lot of talk about “who is this Pominville kid” during that playoff run, and now two years later, he’s the captain of the team.

My how things change.

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Every Girl’s Crazy About a Sharp Dressed….

March 20, 2008

Crunchy?

I found this little article about the Crunchy and the Big Ten Hipster Emporium on the NHLPA site.

He started the BTHE because he wanted to put his business degree to use. Related to this, I think its commendable that he went back and finished his degree despite leaving school early. He also admitted that now is a good time to start a business, since he’s young, not married and is still early in his career. Admittedly, those are all good reasons to start a business, and the fact that he’s seriously interested in fashion doesn’t hurt, either.

His goal is to cater not only to MSU students, but also to the hockey community, since players have difficulty finding clothing because of their build. Wives of hockey players are also a target audience. I wonder if Sid’s favorite designer “Giovanni” will be featured in the store.

This was probably my favorite part of the article:

“Derek Roy is a very fashion conscious guy. And Adam Mair, he’s fun. One day, he’s got the designer shirt and jeans on, the next day, he’s wearing a sweatshirt, sweatpants and a baseball hat.”

Aww, Adam Mair can do stylish and schlumpy. Good to know.

Reading the article and poking around on shop the refinery dot com, it sounds like the Hipster Emporium is East Lansing’s version of Tony Walker & Co. (those of you from the Buffalo area will know what I mean by that.)

Some of you know that in June I’ll be in northeastern Indiana visiting family for a high school graduation. During that weekend, I’ve tentatively penciled in a trip to East Lansing to go to the Hipster Emporium. (Trip to E. Lansing dependent on family obligations during that trip, plus I will have to use sock puppets to explain to the fam why I must go to Michigan to go shopping and who Ryan Miller is, but I digress). I will definitely report back on my shopping experience and whether there were any Crunchy sightings.

In my next life, I am totally making sure that any employment contracts I sign have a no Dr. Seuss rider.

Reading this article made me start looking at wikiquote for Dr Seuss quotes. I’ve forgotten how great his writing was. The rhyming and pacing are phenomenal and the illustrations helped to frame the words.

Not to be cliched, but my favorite Dr. Seuss quote is:

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.

I know its part of every graduation speech, but its just such a good reminder that we are in control of our own destinies.

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This Game $^&#*$! Rocked

March 19, 2008

First period: Sucked.

Second period: Sucked.

In between the second and third, I started working on another blog entry. But at least I can re-purpose it, since it had nothing to do with the game.

Third period: rocked the cazbah. Six unanswered goals by our little Sabres. I would love, love, love to know what was said in the lockerroom during the intermission that made them come out and play with such passion and fire. It was like a completely different team showed up for the final period. I honestly hope the fans booing had something to do with it.

Sejkera and Weber were +5 for the night. The Pommers / Goose / Yo-Yo line was a +4 (and by far the line that spent the most time on the ice.)

A four point night for Captain Pommerdoodle.

A three point night for Yo-Yo, Vanek, Stafford and Roy-Z. I had to come back and update this, since Vanek was given credit for a goal originally credited to Roy-Z. Vanek got the hat trick (second time this season that his hatter has been granted after the game ended).

Hecht got his 20th and 21st goals. I love that Pommerdoodle tried to give him the puck from his goal the other night, and Yo-Yo just looked at him all confused because it was #19.

Roy-Z’s got to wait till Friday to shoot for 30. If Yo-Yo can get 20, Roy-Z can get 30.

Not bad for a game that we probably should have lost based on the first two periods.

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Sabres Media Roundup

March 18, 2008

– This weekend, TWC Sports showed an extended version of Staffy’s Power Play episode. This one touched more on Staffy’s life off the ice. He talked a lot about the music he’s interested in. I admit to never having heard of any of Staffy’s favorite bands. Then again, I listen to mainly Top 40 stuff, which he kind of turned up his nose at. He also admitted that if he has to hear the techno version of 4 Non Blondes “What’s Goin On” one more time, he might dunk a bitch (my phrase, but his idea.) Maybe that’s why Goose hasn’t released a playlist to sabres.com, he’s got 4 Non Blondes on there, and he doesn’t want to get dunked.

In regards to his personal music, he’s no longer a member of Red Seal Peach (and let us pause here for a moment to remember the dearly departed Fabian video that is no longer on myspace.) and is instead working with Jordan Parise on a “band” called Invisible Children. They hope to put out a CD this summer.

Whitey also talked movies with Staffy. The last movie he saw was Saw 4, which he rented in NYC. I also want to point out how he can watch the Saw movies, but Goose and Yo-Yo freak out over them. He admitted to liking Lindsay Lohan, because she’s Lindsay Lohan. (Oh, Staffy. I expected more from you.) In what I thought was a semi-shocking admittance, he admitted that he likes The Notebook. And he also put forth that any guy that says they don’t like The Notebook is really lying because its a good movie. He didn’t cry at the end, in case anyone was wondering. I think The Notebook admission might cancel out the Li-Lo admission, but just by a smidge.

In team related stuff, a fan asked him who his road roommate was. He’s had four roomies so far this season. To date, he’s roomed with Paille, Roy-Z, Paille again, C-Mac, Gaustad for about a week, and now he’s back to Roy. Staffy has no idea why he’s had the revolving door roomies, except that maybe its because he’s the young guy.

I kind of liked the cable knit toque he had on his head. Then again, knowing hockey players, that hat probably cost more than one of my student loan payments.

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Sabres Alphabet, Volume II

March 17, 2008

I really need a hobby.

A is for American. Staffy, Millsy, Timmy, Goose, Mikey Ryan and The Kaleta are our own little mini team USA. Pommers is half-American, so I guess he can play too. It will be interesting to see if any of these guys are wearing the red, white and blue for Team USA in 2010.

B is for Blog. The Sabres blogosphere contains some of the most insightful, intelligent and humorous commentary I’ve seen on the internet. Has anyone else ever had a nightmare about a player discovering their blog and wondering what the hell are these people on? Just me, then?

C is for Canada. The land that birthed the NHL. Home to eight-and-a-half Sabres. (That Pommerdoodle has to screw up the numbers again, doesn’t he?)

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