Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pregaming

So as I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to head downtown to the arena this morning to watch the boys practice. I haven't been to a morning skate in a long, long time and it was pretty chill. Going on weekdays is best because not that many people are there. It can be a little crazy on weekends because the people in attendence can be a little whacky. It was pretty quiet so you could hear everything on the ice. I wanted to shout, "HIT THE FREAKIN' NET" when they were doing shooting drills. Also, when Lindy gathered the team at center ice I couldn't hear anything so I wanted to shout, "HEY LINDY...SPEAK UP....I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" But no. I didn't want to be that person.

It's fun being there when the guys are just taking it easy and messing around with each other. The players were practicing their breakaways on Miller and he kept letting them in and they were giving him a hard time and he was like, "I stopped the second one!!" and then he stopped the next shot and he was like, "Woooohoooo!!!!" It was the first time I've ever heard emotion in his voice. Just kiddinggg. Max was messing around with Lalime but it was hard to understand what Max was saying.

Something interesting I noticed was that Peters was practicing with the defensemen for most of the time. And then when most of the players left the ice, he stayed on the ice with James Patrick and Rivet. It looked like Rivet was showing him how to skate backwards and giving him pointers. I wonder how Petey would be as a defenseman...food for thought.

After watching them practice I moseyed around the Sabres Store. Everything is 20% off until Christmas Eve, for those who are interested. I was browsing through the Sabres yearbook where it has all of that fun stuff; favorite food, favorite movie, etc. I found it amusing that Miller wrote that if he wasn't a hockey player he'd want to be an architect. The only thing I could think of was George Costanza's dreams of being an architect ("You're an architect?" "I'm not?"). Ahh gotta love it. I also saw most of the players afterwords eating their pregame meals. I'd say most of them were there, every so often another player would come in a little late and join a table. Good times.

My iTunes is acting all wonky and saying that it can't locate my songs, when CLEARLY all of my songs are in my iTunes folder. So I don't know what its deal is and why it can't find any of my songs when they're there. It's driving me crazy and it's really, really frustrating. I'm trying everything... Oh well. Go Sabres.

8 comments:

Jill said...

That's funny! I hope you took pics! Post them dammit!

Cari said...

"You're an architect?" "I'm not?"

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT WHEN I LOOKED AT IT TOO!!!

I have yet to go to a morning skate... I just go to training camp. But, Kim and I are taking our friend Jen to the game on Monday, and we're probably going to go to the skate, as well. What time do you recommend getting down there? And were the guys at Chef's??

TheRick said...

I have wondered for a few seasons as the team got thin on the blueline due to injuries why they have not lined up Peters back there. When he was in juniors he sometimes played on the blueline and the Sabres toyed with him there while he was with the Amerks. Lindy felt he was not strong enough of a skater to play defense. He has a point. Peters does not have the ability to get back down the ice fast enough. Still I would not be opposed to giving him a chance and seeing how he can do in a game situation.

Caroline said...

That's funny! I hope you took pics! Post them dammit!
Sorry I didn't :(. I was thinking about bringing my camera but I figured that the pictures would have been kind of...boring hah. Just because it's them practicing and such.

Caroline said...

I have yet to go to a morning skate... I just go to training camp. But, Kim and I are taking our friend Jen to the game on Monday, and we're probably going to go to the skate, as well. What time do you recommend getting down there? And were the guys at Chef's??

Yeah definitely go on a weekday because I remember a few years ago I went on a weekend and it's kind of a shit show haha. I remember one time a guy was mocking all the girls screaming at the players that when the zamboni came out he was like, "OH MY GOD IT'S THE ZAMBONI GUY!!!" it was so funny haha. I got there a little after 10, and they were already on the ice. So around 10 is a safe bet. Yep they were at Chef's.

Caroline said...

I have wondered for a few seasons as the team got thin on the blueline due to injuries why they have not lined up Peters back there. When he was in juniors he sometimes played on the blueline and the Sabres toyed with him there while he was with the Amerks. Lindy felt he was not strong enough of a skater to play defense. He has a point. Peters does not have the ability to get back down the ice fast enough. Still I would not be opposed to giving him a chance and seeing how he can do in a game situation.

I have thought about it too. I figured he just wasn't fast enough, but at the morning skate he was doing a bunch of skating drills and some footwork with the other defenseman. Not to mention him and Rivet doing some skating together with James Patrick at the end. I wonder how often he practices with them.

Shelby Rose said...

I can see Millsy as an architect. Then again, I think he would be better suited for an artist type...sitting in a studio all day, drawing things.

Caroline said...

I can see Millsy as an architect. Then again, I think he would be better suited for an artist type...sitting in a studio all day, drawing things.

In his downtime he probably draws a lot of designs for houses, and fantasizes about his "dream" job...