Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What a Night it Was, it really was Such a Night...

This was me at the Sabres-Preds game last night:



So when chosing my games for my mini-pack before the season, I saw that Nashville was going to pay us a little visit. I thought back to the last time we played them. It was an 8-4 decision and it would have been an entertaining game to be at for fans. They are also a Western Conference team that we don't see at all so I thought it would have been nice to watch the team take on an opponent that we don't really get a chance to see very often. Plus our good friend JP Dumont was going to be in town too. Cool. All good reasons to pick Nashville as one of my games. Someone help me see the light because I surely was misguided...

I usually describe a Sabres loss as a "shit show", but that doesn't even justify exactly what that game really was. That was the most boring and worst hockey game I've ever attended, and probably will ever attend. What both teams lacked in chances they made up for in turnovers. I knew that Nashville was going to get an unfortunate goal and that's all they would need. Of course. We gave a no-name goalie a 30-save shutout. Of course. A former Sabre scored on us. Typical. Really, should we be surprised? I would have liked to see Max in the lineup. Granted, I'm sure Lindy expected more from the offense, but in hindsight, I don't think Max would have made matters worse if he was playing. He would have at least made things exciting. I'm not the type of fan who's all, "MORE GOALS, MORE GOALS!!! FLASHY PLAYS, YAY!!!" I actually would rather see my team play a tight, responsible defensive game and go from there. That game had none of that. I understand that Max was scratched so Peters could be inserted into the lineup because of Nashville's lineup. Except...there were no fights. Not even when Tootoo ran into Miller. Instead I saw Paetsch take a glance at Tootoo and then just skated away.

A Paetsch-Tootoo match up would have been ridiculously uneven, but that's your goalie out there. You can't let any player, especially a player like Tootoo take runs at him without any worry of retaliation. Every goalie deals with contact, but how many times is Miller going to get interfered with and ran into without any consequence? What kind of message is that sending? What kind of message is that sending to the other teams? "Feel free to run into him all you want, he's just our goaltender after all." Is Ryan Miller going to have to smack a bitch?

A few highlights of the game were:
- A little boy, probably around 4 years old, turns to his dad towards the end of the second period and says, "Dad, why is the score still 0-0?" His father responded by saying, "Yes, it's still 0-0. I don't know what to tell you, buddy." I just got such a kick out of the exchange because firstly, the kid was cute and I love seeing fathers taking their young sons to sporting events. So wholesome. And also, because really, that's what was going through everyone's heads at the game. They couldn't have said it any better.

- The fan who got tackled and arrested in front of the doors that lead into the player's hallway after the game. Why was he arrested? I don't know, I missed the altercation. Either he and another fan were going at it, or he was trying to get past security so he could burst into the dressing room and give the player's a piece of his mind. I prefer the latter scenario, don't you?

- I got some nice shots of Ryan Miller doing his meditation routine or whatever the hell you want to call it, but I still need to upload them but that probably won't be for a little bit (reasons below after my lovely analysis of such a beautiful display of hockey).

The lowlight of the game (besides, you know, the game):
- There were two idiot fans behind me. I couldn't believe how dumb they were. Grown men too. They were from Detroit and they kept taking jabs at Buffalo. Ahem. That's right, they were from Detroit and they were taking jabs at Buffalo. They proceeded to say that Ryan Miller is a mediocre goalie because of his "long hair and photography". Or something like that. They had an exchange that went something like, "Why does everyone like Max, he sucks, blah blah blah. The same can be said about Ryan Miller. He's such a mediocre goalie, he only had one good season. He's got his long hair and he likes photography, and he thinks he's such a good goalie. I just want to shout to him, 'HEY RYAN, YOU'RE MEDIOCRE AT BEST!' " How special. They also thought that Numminen was our enforcer on the team. Makes sense.

So the semester is winding down and I have so many things to do before it ends. Between studying for final exams, taking final exams, writing final papers, registering for classes for next semester, putting together a portfolio, and doing some presentations, I'm very busy and I'm very stressed. I'm trying to remain positive and I keep telling myself that in a week or so it will all be over and then I'll be a free woman until January 26th, when the second semester begins. Right now I'm just trying to tough it out. So this will probably be my last update for a few days until I finish some things. I have to do a presentation on Elvis tomorrow. I'm still trying to figure out how to sum up Elvis Presley's career in five minutes...

11 comments:

Jael said...

Guys from Detroit. Taking shots at BUFFALO? lulz

I've been there once in my life, and I never, EVER want to go back there again. Dirtiest, most depressing city i've ever been to. EVER. I thought my friend who lives there was exaggerating... Nope!

So, yeah, those guys would have gotten on my nerves.

Shelby Rose said...

You should've taken those guys out, Caroline. I can see you taking them down. Especially since they were from DETROIT. Stupid people.

I expected more out of the boys last night. What did we all get? Crap hockey. NOTHING. ZIP. I could've been more productive watching paint dry. I mean, come on, not even a fight?!

Caroline said...

Guys from Detroit. Taking shots at BUFFALO? lulz

Haha, Detroit isn't all that bad. Maybe I have a soft spot for it because I know what it's like to live in a place and have people dissing it all the time. At least there's some cool history to the Motor City.

They were just dumb and they didn't know what they were talking about. I don't mind sitting near a person who's going to talk about the game while it's going on, but they have to know what they're talking about.

Caroline said...

You should've taken those guys out, Caroline. I can see you taking them down. Especially since they were from DETROIT. Stupid people.

I expected more out of the boys last night. What did we all get? Crap hockey. NOTHING. ZIP. I could've been more productive watching paint dry. I mean, come on, not even a fight?!

I totally could have taken them. Even though one of the guys was like 300 lbs, no big deal or anything.

Haha actually someone sitting near me was like, "I should have taken up my friend's offer and helped paint his house...it would have been more exciting."

That game was boringggggg. Unbelievable.

Rachael and Lucinda said...

Is Ryan Miller going to have to smack a bitch?


hahahaha wouldn't that be great?!
can't wait to see your photos!

R

Jill said...

What douche bags...

S.A.M. said...

Hey Caroline! It's Sam from Face First Into the Boards.. I've been a little slow about getting here but now you're on my reading list! You have a lot of great insight with a bit of humor and fun pics thrown in...a great mix. I look forward to reading your blog more. :)

Caroline said...

hahahaha wouldn't that be great?!

You know he wants to. I love it when he gets sassy. But then he's all responsible and he's like, "Well I don't want to be selfish and take a penalty or get thrown out of the game, I want to help my team." Ryan, I'm gonna need you to stop being so nice...

Caroline said...

Hey Caroline! It's Sam from Face First Into the Boards.. I've been a little slow about getting here but now you're on my reading list! You have a lot of great insight with a bit of humor and fun pics thrown in...a great mix. I look forward to reading your blog more. :)
Hey there! Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it! I'll be posting more as soon as this chaotic semester finally comes to an end!

Anne said...

- The fan who got tackled and arrested in front of the doors that lead into the player's hallway after the game. Why was he arrested? I don't know, I missed the altercation. Either he and another fan were going at it, or he was trying to get past security so he could burst into the dressing room and give the player's a piece of his mind. I prefer the latter scenario, don't you?

Security is HELLA tight down there. You cannot get anywhere without proper credentials visible at all times. He was probably drunk and they were arresting him to send a message. They don't mess around with security down there.If you don't have credentials you need to be escorted by someone who has them.

Caroline said...

Security is HELLA tight down there. You cannot get anywhere without proper credentials visible at all times. He was probably drunk and they were arresting him to send a message. They don't mess around with security down there.If you don't have credentials you need to be escorted by someone who has them.

Yeah I've been back there before. You would think that the President or someone is back there...I mean they're only hockey players. ;)