Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Love-Hate Kind of Game

Things I hate:
  • Versus commentators. Listening to them, you would have thought that the Sabres were off to last season's start. I mean, I know they didn't play perfectly by any stretch of the imagination, but you would have thought you were witnessing a total domination by the Bruins, which, by the second period, was hardly the case. However, they did provide me with the "that's what she said" moment of the game when they kept referring to Manny Fernandez's "big stick." Yes, I am 12 years old.
  • Looking like we were the team coming off back-to-back games in the first period.
  • When they interview players on the bench during the game. These guys need to be focused; they don't need a pretty commentator asking them dumb questions while play is actually going on.
  • How much my heart rate increases during shootouts.
Things I love:
  • Drew Stafford coming up big in regulation and the shootout. That tying goal was a thing of beauty.
  • Ryan Miller making a case to be considered one of the league's elite goalies. He was a rock once again, and I love his post-shootout celebrations because they seem so against his usually stoic nature. I love when he lets his guard down.
  • Thomas Vanek staying hot and saving the game in the shootout, his Achilles' heel last season:

You can't stop him. You can only hope to contain him, and you can't even do that right now.

  • Watching the boys give each other facewashes, noogies, and high fives after that win. I love when their inner dorks come out in a moment of victory. Besides, if I had just gotten two points when it looked like I wasn't supposed to get one, I would want a group hug, too:

My Unsung Hero of the Game goes to Clarke MacArthur, who has quietly amassed three goals this season, a season in which he wasn't even supposed to be on the starting roster.

4 comments:

Jill said...

You are so right ... his celebrations are so out of his stoic norm. He deserves it to be jumping up and down on that ice though! LOL!

Shelby Rose said...

I ended up going to bed early last night, so I missed the tying goal and the shootout, ugh! The Versus commentators were the main reason I decided not to switch TVs when two shows were DVRing at the same time, making me not able to watch the Sabres. I hate them that much.

I was happy to hear that Drew finally scored. It was going to come to him eventually. (:

Katie said...

He deserves it to be jumping up and down on that ice though!

That he does, Jill! I love seeing him react so spontaneously because it's such a departure from the zen-like state he's usually in.

Katie said...

I ended up going to bed early last night, so I missed the tying goal and the shootout, ugh!

Oh no! It's ok, though, just watching the highlights was probably better than listening to that commentary all over again.