Thursday, December 11, 2008

Captain Craig = Father of the Year

Today I bring you a random collection of tidbits about what our beloved athletes are doing in their spare time (sorry, I defer all TimmyHo spare time tidbits to MJ):

* One of my best friends just got a job at Toys R Us, and she informed me today that, on her first day, she has already seen more Sabres on the job than have ever come into my library or dance studio (translation - she saw one of them). Apparently Captain Craig decided to take his afternoon to be an awesome dad and go Christmas shopping for his kiddies. For some reason, I find that so awesome. I love the idea that such a tough guy on the ice is a doting dad off the ice.

I wonder if his perfect parenting skills are coming in handy with the big kids commonly known as "the core"?


The idea of Craig Rivet shopping for his kids makes me wonder - Do you think kids of professional athletes know what their dads do for a living and how different that is from other people's dads? Someday, little Blake Vanek is going to tell his classmates on career day that his dad isn't there because he's on a road trip to Calgary getting ready to lead the league in goals (again).

Sorry, that was a really random tangent, but it's something that I found very intriguing.

* Apparently Blue Cross and Blue Shield was the place to be today for Sabre sightings. My father, who works there, called to inform me that Derek Roy and Patrick Kaleta were there signing hats for charity. Patty replaced Goose, who was still nursing a sore hand from last night.

I shall now digress again and mention that Goose was phenomenal in the 4-2 win over the Bolts last night. His hit and subsequent fight made me feel deep pride in knowing that my favorite mucker and grinder helped to spark the team to a win. It also led to the quote of the season (so far), when Ryan Miller referred to him as "a big animal." There are so many ways I could take that quote, but for today, I will say that he's like a Rottweiler, sweet and friendly if he likes you and ferocious if you get on his bad side:

Sick 'em, Goose!

* On Tuesday night, I attended Kissmas Bash at the arena (along with way too many screaming teenyboppers). The concert was decent (especially David Archuleta), except for the part where Flo Rida sprayed champagne on the girls in the front row like he was Pacman Jones in a strip club.

That is not my point, though. My point is that I went mainly to show my love for guest host Paul Posluszny. Let me tell you all, "guest host" apparently means big linebacker that you drag on the stage and speak to like a "special" kid before letting him say four words. He looked almost as awkward as JP Losman playing quarterback...


* Finally, Pommer has a new blog up on sabres.com! It's also a "Mail Bag" blog, which is my favorite of his because I always hope that someone will ask him something which will allow him to talk for no reason about his nap buddy for three paragraphs, but that only happens on this blog.

Today, we learn that Hank and Toni rock at soccer (which Jason does not play before games), he didn't do much for his birthday (somewhere, Brian Campbell is severely disappointed), and he loves Christmas (which very much fits his sweet and innocent little demeanor). I can totally picture Pommer still writing letters to Santa. Also, he informs us that he likes to play Guitar Hero and Rock Band, which means that I'm sure Amy from SOTC was completely right about his birthday. He probably spent it playing Goose in Guitar Hero, and maybe letting his girlfriend in on the drums in Rock Band if she can get between the dynamic duo.

That's all I have for tonight. Now, it's off to study for my last final!

8 comments:

Anne said...

Seriously, what else does Craig Rivet have up his sleeve to win us over? Awwww.

I hope your friend survives Toys R Us, I worked there in 2004 around the holidays and it was CRAZY.

Caroline said...

Aww that's so precious that your friend saw Rivet shopping for his kiddies. I love seeing a man be a father...it's so attractive. I think for the kids it's normal for them, since it's all they've ever known. Once they get older they'll realize how different their lives are from most people's, but to them it's just normal.

I hope Paul's hand is alright, I've been real impressed with him lately and it would suck if he had to miss some time.

Katie said...

Seriously, what else does Craig Rivet have up his sleeve to win us over?

Just when we thought he couldn't get any cooler; he has to go and be a cool, hands-on dad, too. I can now picture him being the kind of guy to be out there teaching the kids how to build a snowman.

I hope your friend survives Toys R Us, I worked there in 2004 around the holidays and it was CRAZY.

I hope so, too! When she told me she was putting in an application there, I thought she was nuts, but she seems to be enjoying herself so far...

Katie said...

I love seeing a man be a father...it's so attractive.

I couldn't agree more, Caroline! I love when I see guys taking their little kids to Sabres games, teaching them about hockey and the players. It's very attractive, indeed.

it would suck if he had to miss some time.

I told my dad that I might cry if he's out again, but there have been no reports of him sitting out practice or re-injuring it. I'm hoping he just wanted to rest it so it can fully heal faster.

Jill said...

AWWW Captain Craig!!! So sweet!

Katie said...

AWWW Captain Craig!!! So sweet!

I know, Jill! I love when guys are such beasts on the ice but such softies off of it.

Shelby Rose said...

I bet Craigory's children are so precious. I wonder what he bought for them? I haven't been in Toys R Us forever so I don't know what sorts of things they have now...

Oh, and thank you for putting the lovely image in my head of Blake (in the future) telling his friends that his dad isn't around because he's being a superhero in the NHL. <3

Katie said...

and thank you for putting the lovely image in my head of Blake (in the future) telling his friends that his dad isn't around because he's being a superhero in the NHL. <3

I knew you'd appreciate that, Shelby! I think Blake is going to be a looker when he grows up - just look at his parents!