It's an amazingly wonderful feeling. Just the fact that it's "official" now is so great, because I can talk about the Sabres in the playoffs, their possible opponents, where I'm going to watch the games, what games I'm going to be attending, and all that fun stuff without any guilt of jinxing them in any way.
When the Sabres beat Tampa to clinch a playoff spot, first I jumped for joy.
Then I cheered and did a celebratory fist pump.
I am so ready for the spring weather and the playoff hockey that comes with it. Playoff atmosphere in Buffalo is so tangible and everyone jumps onboard. There's something so electric when you're watching the Sabres on the big screen outside of the HSBC Arena along with 10,000+ other fans...while there's another 18,000+ inside. And then of course actually being in attendence for a playoff game. Nothing like it. For the past two years, I had to sit in on other team's fun and watch them compete in the playoffs, but it's so exciting knowing that the Sabres are going to be there. Anything can happen in the playoffs as we have seen, and I can't wait for it.
It's a little worrisome that some of our key players are going down with injuries right now, but let's hope that they're all ready to go once the postseason begins... I also hope that the Sabres figure out their power play too, although it seemed alright against Tampa. But then again, it was Tampa. We all know how spectacular Ryan Miller has been for us, and I can't wait to see him in playoff action! I knew he was going to be wonderful in the Olympics and he certainly didn't disappoint. During Sabres games, MSG has been showing flashbacks of playoff games and seeing the clip of Ryan Miller in 05-06 made me remember how excellent he is come playoff time. I think over the years Sabres fans have seen firsthand what a great goalie can do for his team. All in all, although this goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway... We're damn lucky to have Ryan Miller!
We're also lucky to have him because he gives great interviews, such as this one. If you're an ESPN Insider, you can click here to read the interview with Ryan where he's asked about hockey, his personal life, and designer jeans... If you're not an ESPN Insider (like moi), well my friend Alex typed out the interview and posted it on a Sabres forum that I post on, so if you want to read it you can right here. The best part of interview is when they start talking about designer jeans, and Ryan gives us this little piece of information:
RM: Those are the only jeans that fit me. I'm too skinny. I have to wear designer ones.Oh Ryan, I'm sure we can all relate. Don't you just hate it when you're too skinny so the only jeans that fit you are designer ones so you have to buy them? Am I right, ladies?
So between that little tidbit and that .gif of him stretching his groin that was the best sexual innuendo I've seen in a long, long time...I think it's obvious that we're lucky to have a gem like Ryan Miller. Oh, and the fact that he's a damn good goalie is important too.