Uh...yeah, let's go with that.

It's pretty sad when the guy who got hit by an Alexander Ovechkin shot is one of the best players on the ice for the Sabres during the third period. Real nice, boys. Thanks for being a trooper Thomas, with your limpish body and grimacing the rest of the game when you came back. I hope your wife takes care of that leg for you when you get home tonight.

I don't really have anything else to say about the game. Ovie scored, as usual. My mom got mad at the Sabres and wanted to fire most, if not all of the defensemen. I decided I really, really hate this team sometimes.

Just so you guys know...Puck Over The Glass is on hiatus for about a week ('til January 3rd). I am going on my band trip to Florida starting tomorrow until next Saturday. We're playing during the Citrus Parade in Orlando, and also the Walt Disney Parade on the 29th. I'm going to miss posting here of course, but when I come back, I'll have lots of stories about what went on during my vacation/band trip!

Oh, and I hope I can come back to plenty of wins from the Sabres. Please boys? ):


This Christmas could be the best one yet.

First of all, I hope everyone had a lovely holiday with their families. I have pictures of most of the gifts I received these past two days.

Now, the first gift isn't really a gift, and I don't want people calling me a traitor. The Pittsburgh Penguins are my second favorite team in the NHL, and I do happen to have a Crosby jersey in my possession. I really do respect the guy (even if sometimes I want to kick him in the nuts, and hate him) but I just can't do it. I don't know why. Maybe I shouldn't have read that biography on him...
Anyways, they were selling these growth posters at Tim Horton's, and this thing is literally seven feet tall. It took me awhile to tape it on my closet door, but I got it down. It's...interesting, to say the least. And just a bit creepy, haha. I have to mark my height on it. I come up to his nose when he's in skates.

I'm super excited about this gift. My stepdad had gotten a new cellphone, and I've been aching for one, so my parents gave me his old one to have. I don't think there's texting on it (yet), but I already changed a few things up on the phone, and I can't wait to use it! My best friend is going to flip since we both thought I wasn't going to get one until I paid for it myself.

My aunt knitted a pair of gloves for me. Aren't they cool? They fit well with the Navy nail polish she got me as well (which you can see in the previous picture).

My brother and sister-in-law got me these nifty looking slippers. They're Sabres skates! They're really comfy and I'm currently wearing them. These are so going with me on the way down to Florida. I hope I don't forget them when coming back up next week.

Oh look, another Thomas Vanek shirt in my possession. This isn't any different. :P My parents found it at Wal-Mart, so they bought it for me. It's cool because it's like he's towering over the city of Buffalo. There's him being Atlas for you.

This is the gift I really, really, really, really wanted this year. The 2003 NCAA Frozen Four Championship DVD between Minnesota and New Hampshire. My family and I watched the first period of it, and so far in it the Gophers and Wildcats are tied 1-1, but I know that's how far New Hampshire gets. (; I am highly amused by Thomas' hair in the DVD. HSBC Arena doesn't look any different. I really want to be a part of a marching band that plays at hockey games. Oh, and they showed Thomas' father, Zdenek, and my mom couldn't believe he was 44 at the time of the game, but I had to remind her that Thomas was 19 years old.

My sister-in-law made cookies for everyone this holiday. I only had one sugar cookie, but she has lemon ones, oatmeal ones, and the Scottish shortbread in the container, too.

Again, my sister-in-law and brother (younger of the two) bought me hand foam sanitizer and shower gel that smells like Vanilla. It's my favorite scent I think because of my mom. She loves it too. I'm happy I was given sanitizer because now when we're going to Florida and the buses stop at a fast food restaurant maybe, I can put that on my hands and I'll be okay, haha.

Finally, they both bought me a Super Mario Land t-shirt. This made me want to find a Super Nintendo at a Flea Market, find a Super Mario Land cartridge, and play. I miss that game. *sigh*
I'm very happy with the gifts that I received this year. I hope all of you enjoyed your gifts, too!


Happy holidays from PotG!

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is one of my favorite holiday movies to watch. I haven't seen it yet this year, but I'm sure if it's on later, my family and I are going to turn it on. Or bring over White Christmas, and watch that. Another favorite of mine.

I probably won't post again until after opening gifts on Christmas Day. From this afternoon on to tomorrow I'll be spending time with my family. I know some of the things I'm getting already, and I can't wait until I get them. I think it's worse knowing what your parents got you upon request, but you can't have it until Christmas, haha. So excited!

So, since Sabres TV still refuses to work, I checked Thomas Vanek's blog to check if he had updated, and he did. This part really got to me:

For the first time my son Blake will really get to know what it is all about. Last year he was a bit too young for that. I’m really looking forward to seeing his eyes gleam and glisten when he’ll see all the parcels under the lit christmas tree.

Basically, I can only imagine the huge grin Thomas will have on his face when Blake does this. The image is so cute in my head!

Oh, and Anne is right - Thomas doesn't really care that he's second in goal scoring.

It’s no joke when I always say that the team comes first. My dream is still the Stanley Cup and that’s something you can only achieve as a team. I want that cup and I want my name engraved on it as the first Austrian player. Personal statistics are well and good but the success of my club comes first.

*swipes away a tear* That was wonderfully put.

I wish you all the happiest of holidays, whether it be Hanukkah, Christmas, or even Kwanzaa! (I think people forget about Kwanzaa. ):)


Sweet dreams are made of this.

Wow, Firefox is being stupid on me and making me type backwards so now I have to do this on IE. If anyone can help me figure out this problem, I'd be grateful.

Anyways, I think the dream I had last night with Thomas was his way of saying he was sorry for the minus game he had last night.

...Well, Mr. Vanek. I forgive you.

So, the game yesterday. My stepdad and I left my house at around 5 so we could get to the arena early. We got there a little after 6, but even then, the boys hadn't even began warm-ups yet. There was an old Sabres/Penguins game being played (I think the Sabres won 8-4, or something). We got some popcorn and water really fast before we sat down in our seats (section 113), and just chilled until the Sabres came out to practice. I immediately whipped out my camera to get some shots (my pictures are on Facebook!), and I noticed my batteries were dying. I had an extra pair of Energizer batteries in my little camera bag, so I pulled them out and placed them into the camera. Of course, my camera decides to not work so I begin to flip out. My stepdad took the camera and tried to work it, but nothing. By the time I had put the old batteries in and saw that they had a little juice left, the Jumbotron was already getting shots of Teppo and I was very sad. I try and get pictures of Thomas during warmups at every game, and of course my camera had to decide to be stupid.

I took a video of the starting lineup, and maybe I'll get that up on Facebook, too. Went through the anthems and then got ready to watch the game. Halfway through the first period, my mom calls my stepdad's cell because she wanted to talk to me. I picked it up and she asked me to call my friend's phone because they had gotten lost on the way to the arena. This was her first game to go to, by the way. I couldn't hear a thing in the arena, and I had dialed the wrong number at first, so I ran up into the hallway to talk to her. By the time I did that they had already gotten to the arena, haha. So I had to run back down again.

I think the standing ovation to UB was neat. They were up in my section too. I hope I can catch the International Bowl next Saturday because that's when I get back from Florida.

I think the best thing that happened last night (outside of the hockey aspect), was that on my little trip to the women's bathroom, there was an interesting incident. There was a girl in there talking on her cellphone in a powdered blue Sidney Crosby hat. She was about to go into the one stall when she goes 'I have to pay so much for these minutes here, you have no idea!' She went into the stall, and sounds like she's about to cry: "Well, Pittsburgh's losing 1-0 to Buffalo, and...*sighs* I really hope Crosby scores because I got soooooo many pictures with him and everything." This woman a few spots in front of me turned to look at the rest of us and was like 'Oh my God...' It was so funny, haha. And then the girl in the bathroom was like 'I'll talk to you when I get back to Canada!'

...Well duh lady, you didn't know you'd be roaming over here with your phone? Jeez.

After the game, we went to the Sabres store to get the new team photo. If you haven't gotten it yet, do it. You won't be disappointed.
By the way...anyone else having problems with Sabres TV today? The interviews aren't playing any sound, and I'm very disappointed. I don't know about you guys, but I'd like to know Thomas' plans for the holidays so I can squee and 'awww' over how much of a good person and daddy he is, even if what he says doesn't pertain to that.


So this is how you repay me...

Thomas, I hope you know you were a disgustingly -4 on the night. MINUS. FOUR. That is not what I asked! You big, Austrian turdface who I love too much to really be mad at. ):

Besides that and Crosby's non-goal, I had a good time. I'll post more about it tomorrow, when I'm not so dead.

Thomas, we need to talk.

Shelby: Thomas, I need to talk to you about something.

Thomas: Oh no, what did I do?

Shelby: You didn't do anything...it's just about tonight. I'm going to the game thanks to where my parents work, and I'm going to be pretty close to the ice.

Thomas: Oh, so this means I'll have at least one fangirl screaming my name all night long?

Shelby: No, unfortunately. I can't embarrass my stepdad by yelling out 'Thomas, I think you're hot, have my invisible babies!' Besides, your wifey would be angry with me.

Thomas: Right, right. Anyways, what's the problem?

Shelby: Well...since Jeff Carter took over the lead last night with 25 goals, I was wondering if you could score two for me tonight.

Thomas: Shelby, you know eventually I'll get in a slump. I mean, look at Crosby. He hasn't scored a goal since November!

Shelby: But you're not Sidney, Thomas. You're Thomas Effing Vanek, the guy I really look up to. You're one of the reasons why I want to play hockey, and I love seeing you succeed.

Thomas: Aww...Okay, that was really sweet, I admit. So you want two goals?

Shelby: Yessir.

Thomas: How about a hat trick?

Shelby: Go for it.

Thomas: I'll try. If not, I'll just show you some sweet backchecking skills. *wink*

Shelby: *laughs* Okay Thomas. I'll see you tonight!

Thomas: See you - oh, and Shelby?

Shelby: Yeah?

Thomas: Thanks for being such a good supporter. *smile*

Shelby: *smiles* Hey, it's what I do.


Guys, try and look for me above the zamboni entrance if you're watching the game on TV. I'll be in row 15, a few rows above the top of the entrance.


Ole, Ole, Ole, SHUT UP.

If there's anything I hate more than the Penguins goalhorn (which is weird since they're my second favorite team), it's that stupid chant. Please people. At least I don't set cars on fire after my team wins game 7 of the first round of the playoffs.

I know not all of their fans did this, or do this, but some fans of teams are incredibly stupid.

I think the non-call on Begin or whoever was in front of Miller on Hamrlik's goal was ridiculous. If you're going to call Ellis on Halak, then you better call that one, too. What sucks is without that goal, the Sabres could've won the game. The officiating was awful but we expect this when the Sabres play in Canada. It's never any different.

Nice to see the boys score twice with the man advantage. Their penalty kill continues to do well too, even though the 5-on-3 was capitalized on, and you can only give up so many power play chances against a team before they score. So I understand those goals.

Here's to a better game tomorrow. The Penguins came off a pretty embarrassing loss to the Leafs yesterday, so they should be ready to fly (that's a pun) tomorrow. Oh, and it's on Versus! Faaaaaantastic.


"Let's be professional here."

That man right there gave the boys a shutout tonight. That's what I like to see to put a little spark back into the team. Nicely done Ryan! *round of applause* He made some key saves to keep the Kings off the board, and played wonderfully. I think that play radiated off the rest of the boys, so that's good to see at home.

Quick things to note:
- Gauthier needs to get punched in the balls. Actually, something worse. I hope he doesn't get away with that sucker punch that he had on Patty K. He didn't even have the balls to fight Petey sometime after that hit. Bastard.
- "Buffalo Bloggin' with...Jason Pominville. *pause* As Jason Pominville."
- Chris Butler looks like the female version of this girl I go to school with. No freaking lie. I noticed it during his postgame interview. Pretty creepy.
- Dreeeeeew, Roysie, and Ryan get my three stars of awesome tonight.
- I love that Thomas passed the puck to 'Buts' (teehee) who then threw it at the net so Mairsy could score. Giving the new kid a point, loves it.
- Speaking of Thomas, when they were showing clips of the Winter Classic and they showed the Buffalo bench, my mom's like 'Thomas, you tard. You lived in Austria and you couldn't handle the cold?' when we saw he was wearing his hood thingie, haha. So all night I was going 'Thomas, you tard!' (But I said it out of love, okay. Okay Thomas? I love you.)
- And speaking of Mairsy...hey, let's go out to dinner sometime...with your wife, and we can talk about the SPCA, all right?
- I'm pretty sure the PA announcer said 'Number twenty-four...Chris Butler.' instead of 'Number thirty-four.' Nicely done.
- What the hell was with the lines all night? I never thought I would see a line of Peters-Roy-Stafford. EVER.
- Ryan's postgame interview? I need a GIF of his facial expression when Rayzor said 'Let's be professional here.'

Snow day!

Sorry there's been a lack of posting here for the past two days. Two days! I can't believe I've held out for that long, unbelievable.

I have a snow day today which is pretty sweet. The only thing I do hate about having snow days is that the automatic message from my school calls super early. I would still be sleeping right now if it weren't for that thing. *shakes fist at phone* I can't even take naps in the middle of the day unless I'm sick. Maybe my body is just messed up like that.

Good to know that the first thing I wake up to is this:
Sabres recall Chris Butler and Matt Ellis from Portland

I'm interested in seeing who is sitting. I'm going to guess Maxim Afinogenov and Nathan Paetsch, straight up.Okay, the defense is a little iffy, but I'm pretty certain Max is out.

It is ridiculous how many line changes this team has had over the past two weeks. All these injuries cause people to be switched around, and then they have no chemistry with each other or anything. I feel like no other team has had to go through this like the Sabres have. Ugh. Whatever the line changes are for tonight, I hope they work.


Only I would miss my bus by three minutes.

I stayed home today because I missed the bus. My bus driver told me yesterday before I got off that there would be a sub and I would have to go out earlier than usual. I have a long driveway, so I can't just wait inside for my bus to come, it sucks. Anyways, I get out there and time is passing by slowly. After listening to two songs on my iPod, I thought 'Maybe I missed it by a minute...'. I had completely forgotten that I was supposed to go out earlier, but then I decided to stay a little longer outside. At around 7:45, I trudged back up to my house to give my mom a call and tell her that I was just going to stay home. I looked back out the window three minutes later, and guess what I see? The bus.

Sorry school, but I can only stand outside for so long freezing my fingers off. Stupid bus.

There's an article on my man in the paper today, so if you haven't checked it out yet, please do so now: Here.

I heard Gerbs got hurt, and he's going back to Portland because Patty K is set and ready to go. ): Is this true that he was hurt in the game on Saturday? Since I didn't have a chance to watch it, I have no idea...and I haven't read any news reports about his injury than besides what I saw from 3rd Man In. Any information would be appreciated.


Guys, I'm going to college!

I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that I was accepted to the University of Buffalo. (: I better start working on my flab so that I'm able to be in good shape for women's hockey next year when I go! Oh, and of course, I better keep my grades up now so that I look good in transitioning into the college lifestyle. Goodness, I can't believe that on the 17th, I'll be two months away from my 18th birthday. Time has flown by so fast.

In Sabreland news, Craigory is having some achy shoulder problems and said he won't be able to play for at least two weeks. Then again, when he had knee surgery he was back in no time, so...maybe it'll be the same thing with this? I can only hope. I love seeing his leadership out on the ice for the boys. Don't be gone too long, Rivs!

Thomas was also named the third star of the week in the NHL, and he made the Hot List on NHL.com. It's too bad I can't steal the picture from the site because my Print Screen button is being ridiculously stupid right now. *glares at keyboard* Thank you so much.


My band teacher talks too much.

funny pictures

I had a Christmas concert earlier in the day and it went pretty well. Nothing happened that should be considered 'Epic fail!' so I guess that's a good thing. Afterwards, the parents and kids had to stay to get info on our band trip to Florida coming up in two weeks. This thing took a whole hour. He had said it would be a short meeting. YEAH RIGHT.
Then again, if I think this is bad, the spring concert is going to be so much worse. He tells all the parents what each senior is going to do with their life and what college they're going to go to. It takes about an hour and a half, it feels like.

SO, hockey stuff. I've missed five periods of Sabres hockey in a row and I feel very deprived. My girlfriend and I opted to play hockey instead of watch it in her basement, so we had a good time. I even said 'Ah, we don't have to watch this game. I mean, they're playing the Devils. How exciting could it get?'
It only figures that Thomas would get the 10,000th goal in Sabres history, and the boys would come back in the game to win it, 4-2. Thanks a lot boys, you really know how to give me a great mood. Of course, I'm being sincere. I'm happy they could win after falling to the Leafs.

I can't believe there isn't a game on until Wednesday. AGAINST THE DEVILS. Again. Oh fantastic, I can't wait.

Figures the game that I miss, things like this happen.

I have a concert so I'll make this post short and talk more later:

Thomas Vanek is never allowed to leave the Sabres. Ever. You heard it here first. If he does? I will cry for days - no. WEEKS. Maybe even months if I'm in love with him as much as I have been the past two years. He just needs to stay right here.


This game meant nothing to me because...

I watched the first period, and that was pretty much it. Sam and I were talking on the phone the rest of the time in my room and since I don't have cable up here, I had the boxscore going on my computer. It looks like it was a boring game though? Aren't these Sabres-Leafs games supposed to be exciting? I mean, hello, the preseason one I went to was ah-mazing with the comeback the Sabres pulled off! This game just looked so blah.

I'll let you ladies and gents handle the postgame thoughts and whatnot. I've got nothing on this one.

Edit: Rachel over at Meet Me @ Chef's posted the greatest video ever. This was my first time seeing the wonderful 'Fabian' being performed.

Fabian (Live)

Drew, you are so hella sweet in those leopard pants.


I wonder if Pommers is the guitarist, or drummer?

Jason Pominville updated his lovely blog today and talked about the upcoming game versus Toronto tomorrow (whoa, I haven't seen them in forever!) and answered a few fan questions.

He tells us fans that Loodster and Hank the Tank are experts when it comes to playing soccer. I would LOVE to find video of the Sabres playing soccer before a game recently (there is a video of YouTube of them practicing, but it's from two years ago). Then again, I guess Max wouldn't be that good...I mean, he did flip and hit his head somehow, remember?

Pommers also hasn't touched NHL '09 yet. I played it with my girlfriend the last time I saw her, and I was disappointed that the PS2 version looks exactly like the PS2 version of 08. Adam Mair still doesn't look like Adam Mair. Thomas Vanek looks scary, but still a sexy beast. At least they finally got the colors of Ryan's pads right. Oh, and he says he plays both Guitar Hero and Rock Band. I can see Jason being a drummer when he's alone, but I bet if the guys got together, Derek would immediately go 'JUST A MINUTE HERE.' and sit on his butt to jam to some tunes on those pads. You go Derek, you go.

Oh, and Jason, I want you to know that I have French songs on my computer! If you're ever looking for some...you know, I'm here. Give me a call!


I can't get over how awful Tampa is!

Sabres win 4-2 after a slow start to this game. I was getting nervous as time went on, but the boys pulled through again!
Quick summary:
- Cari is good luck. I DIDN'T SEE YOU. ):
- I really love Mike Robitaille's analogies that he pulls during the intermissions/post game. They are so humorous.
- Holy crap, Adam Mair has to have his helmet off a lot more often. Or fight more often. Now those are some fights I can watch and enjoy!
- Gerbs hitting guys a whole foot taller than him is amusing. And sad. Seriously, how could you let someone that small destroy you?
- Delay of game call on Ryan was BS. I love how he was waving his hand to the ref and he didn't notice until like, ten seconds later. Unbelievable.
- I love our PK.
- Jason Pominville actually scoring an empty net goal and not shooting it wide of the net is a miracle. THANK YOU, POMMERS.
- I can't say anything more about Thomas Vanek this season. What a stud.
- We're 11 points behind Boston? Aiiii, we should've gotten into overtime a few times...it might've helped us out.


This hat, it has three owners. Three players (may) have this hat.

My title for this post pertains to the fact that in today's interviews from the Sabres, three guys may be wearing close to the same exact hat. Thomas Vanek (see above), Derek Roy, and Ryan Miller are all wearing black hats that look almost exactly alike. I know Thomas' hat is from D&G (ooo), and I don't know where Derek and Ryan got theirs from. Just some of the random things I notice during interviews.

Oh, and Thomas totally said in his interview 'We have to get some early girls.' EARLY GIRLS?! But what about your wife? Don't take after Tim Connolly, who probably likes his women late. (Yeah, I went there.)
Next time you're being interviewed Mr. Vanek, don't screw up words. I think you meant to say 'goals'. (;

Oh, and this whole thing about a ref saying 'f u' basically to Ryan? Well, fuck you too, ref. If I may use a quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail - "I fart in your general direction!"


I will probably have more to say tomorrow, when I'm not so ecstatic and dead.

Looks like we've got our first 20-goal scorer in the NHL this season. (;
Suck it, Pens. It's sad how much I liked you two years ago, and the love is slowly dwindling away...I don't think I'll ever be able to wear my Crosby jersey again. What a shame.
This was a great effort by the team tonight, and I'm glad they rallied back to beat the Penguins. Another heartbreaking loss to them.
Let's go, Buff-a-lo!


Buffalo making history once again.

I still don't know how I feel about this.

I say it all the time; the fact that I am in no way a fan of the Bills or football, period. Football is not a game I like to watch. It bores me to tears. I prefer watching college ball because it just seems to be a hell of a lot more exciting. Also, I think the Bills have created enough heartbreak for this city for me to not ever pay attention to them. I tend to stay clear of things like this.

I can't help but feel awful that the Bills MIGHT move to Toronto.
Since the man who was behind all of this died recently, most fans are excited about the Bills having a chance to stay in Buffalo. I still don't see it happening. Unless they get a miracle like the Sabres did in Tom Golisano, I can't see the Bills being here for much longer. With how the economy is around here and everything...they will probably pack their bags to head up north permanently sooner than later.

I have no right to say anything since I am not a fan, but I hope that there will be a miracle for the Bills, too. I think the fans deserve it after how many years they've stuck by their team's side.


Hecht fought - we're not Jochen!

You can whip that out anytime you please, Sir Yo-Yo.
Sabres won 4-3 in a pretty intense game.
Quick Summary:
- Watching this game made me realize how awful Tampa Bay truly is of a team. What a complete mess.
- Sabres won against a team who they should be able to beat. let's see if this carries over to the Pittsburgh game - and the Penguins lost to the Senators earlier today. They're going to want to win a game in their own building on Monday.
- How awesome was Nathan Gerbe tonight? That little dude was getting hit all over the place and got up right away. Didn't miss a beat at all.
- 19th of the season, baby.
- Speaking of my man, what happened in the third period? Did Lindy bench him or what, because I saw a lack of Vanek out on the ice.
- "Gaustad and Downie are having a nice chat from the benches, and they're pretty far from each other. Maybe they need AT&T."
- If I had known Gerbs would be up here anytime soon, I would've asked for a Gerbe jersey instead of another Vanek one. (I should do that instead of the more than likely All Star jersey I'll be asking for of Vanek's...)
- How were Derek and Nathan on the same line? The height on that line is amazing, with the exception of one Drew Stafford. Jesus.
- I love Vincent Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis. I can't help it.
- I am frequently amused seeing the other arenas when the Sabres are on the road. With only a few exceptions, most of the arena tends to be full of Sabres fans. Tonight was no different.

The best news I've heard all week. (Or could be worst?)

Look who might be making his first appearance in an NHL game tonight.

I got the email about an hour ago in my inbox thanks to Sabres.com, and I couldn't be more excited. It's too bad Marky had to be sent down so that Gerbs could come up, but maybe this can shake some things up a bit. I just hope Nate doesn't look too lost out there...or he doesn't get the Staffy syndrome. We all know what bringing players immediately up from the AHL can do to some players. Drew never fully bloomed down there since he was up here most of the time in '07. I really, REALLY hope the same doesn't happen to Gerbs because he has a lot of potential.

With him coming up, how are the lines going to look tonight? Here are my thoughts:
Vanek-Roy-Stafford/Gerbe? (Considering this line has had nine points in the past four games, I wouldn't touch them, but...)
Hecht-Gaustad/Gerbe?-Pominville (Jochen is no centerman. And I know it might be early to shift Gerbe up to the second line, but who else would he play with? I can't see him playing with Max, or Goose, or someone like that. Maybe ump down Stafford and make Gerbe a winger.)
Afinogenov-Mair-Kotalik (God, I hate this line.)
Paille-Gerbe-Stafford? (Wow, I can't count players, I don't think. That line was just smushed together.)

However it ends up, I hope it works.


I never would've guessed country music.

Since I don't wish to talk about that thing that occurred last night, I'll talk about the 'Your Sabres Delivered' portion of the week where Thomas Vanek answered some questions.

Do you still follow the Minnesota Golden Gophers? Do you and Drew Stafford ever bet on the games when they play North Dakota?

"Yeah I definitely still follow the team and I know they are having a great season this year. I had a lot of fun there in school and learned a lot playing in that program.

"Drew and I don’t make bets or anything like that but we do talk a lot of college hockey especially when those teams face each other."

Can we all totally see Van and Staffy talking in the locker room about the battle between ND and Minny? Because I can. I remember the segment last year during one of the Sabres games where they were like 'Drew Stafford also has a linemate that he used to be rivals with...' and I was like 'THOMAS VANEK.' and what do you know? That's who it was.

What do you remember about your first Thanksgiving in North America and do you have any similar or national holidays that you celebrate in Austria?

"No we don’t have any holidays like that. I remember my first Thanksgiving though. I didn’t know much about it at the time and remember just all of the food that my billet family had. There was so much and it seemed like they just were bringing more and more out. That was an experience for me."


I know you list Herman Maier as one of your favorite athletes – have you always been a fan of ski racing and do you ski at all?

"I think just coming from a big ski country in Austria I have always followed the sport. He is one of the best and I’ve enjoyed watching him as an athlete. I haven’t gotten the chance to meet him yet, but I really would like to make it happen. We’ve been at the same place at times but for one reason or another we end up missing each other. I’d like to meet him though, I’m a big fan.

"As far as skiing myself, I haven’t gone as much as I’d like to but I try to go when I can. It’s a great sport."

I imagine him being a klutz on skis. I have no idea why. I'd like to see this go down someday...maybe I should head over to Austria someday, and be on the lookout. That's right, Stalker Mode ON.

Do you watch different forwards in the NHL and maybe try to imitate their moves in the offensive zone?

"Not really. I watch a lot of teams and study players but not with those intentions. I think that everybody has their own style, and I have my own style. Every player has a set of moves that they try to use and it’s good to know what they are but I don’t really copy them."

I'm glad that he doesn't try to copy other guys. I don't want to be like 'Wow, he's pulling so and so's move.' on some nights.

Leaving Austria when you were 14 years old, who was one person who helped you acclimate to life in North America? What was the biggest difference or hardest thing to get used to culturally?

"I had really great billet families and they helped me with everything. The toughest part was obviously the language barrier. When I came here I didn’t know a word of English and that took a while to learn. But I had a lot of support which really made things easier being so young."

Thomas, you know, you're allowed to speak German anytime...Please. I'd appreciate it if you did it. Oh my gosh, I should send a question for the Sabres Show when they do 'You Asked For It' and be like 'Could you please say something - anything in German?' It would make my LIFE.

Who is one goaltender that you hate to face?

"All of them.

"With the way the game is played now goals are hard to come by and every goaltender makes it difficult."

Thomas Vanek is afraid of no one (secretly).

Why do you think that you and Derek Roy are so compatible on a line together? Have you ever had long-term chemistry like that with another linemate?

"No I can’t say that I have. Part of that is because I never played on a team for more than a few seasons so Buffalo is really the first place that I have been able to do that. I think the chemistry comes from knowing a player. Derek and I know each other’s tendencies and have played with each other so long now that I think they complement each other. That familiarity helps on the ice."

You know, I don't care if nothing else works. Thomas and Derek need to stay together always. HAM AND EGGS, as Roby likes to say.

Who has the worst taste in music on the team and what do you listen to?

"I don’t know. That’s a tough question.

"I like country music a lot but I listen to a little bit of everything."

But I guess that's how this picture came about:

I feel a little better now about last night's game. DON'T DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT AGAIN, YOU BIG DUMMIES. ):


I am done with this game.

I saw Gregory Campbell score, and I thought that was enough. No, the Panthers score again in a span of, what? Ten seconds?
I don't even care if it's the second period only, this game has officially made me sick and I'm through. Goddamn mother*(#&@) defensive breakdowns.


Carolina Hurricanes fire Laviolette...is any coach safe in the NHL?

Checking up on the Blogosphere, I learned that Peter Laviolette was fired today and replaced with Paul Maurice, the ex-coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I was quite surprised considering the Hurricanes won the Cup under him in '06, and even with the fact they missed the playoffs two years in a row, Carolina was still a strong team in a pretty weak division.

That being said, it appears that no matter what your track record is with a team, no coach is safe anymore. That brings us to Lindy's future - now I'm not saying the man should be or will be fired because I love Lindy Ruff. I can't see a Sabres team not being under him, honestly. Since I was seven I've been watching the Sabres under him. I can hardly remember the years before that. But you have to wonder, if the Sabres keep pulling this crap will Lindy stay at the helm? Many other blogs and members of WGR were saying that Lindy basically can't say anything else that he hasn't said already. He's trying to drill into these guys' brains that there needs to be more consistancy, more driving to the net during games, and they have to get ugly goals. It's a grind, as Lindy would like to say.

The last thing I want to see happen to this team is read a report that Lindy Ruff was fired and replaced with some guy I never heard of before, or another guy that was fired previously. Like I said, this more than likely WILL NOT happen for Lindy has a good relationship with the players and the ownership. It's just something that I don't wish to see in the near future.


Real quick.

Thanks for reminding me, NHL.com. Bastards.

It's time to screw those statistics - clean slate time!

Lindy Ruff told the media today that the Sabres started a 'clean slate'. They were told to forgot about the previous 24 games. Forget about this current slump they're in. Forget about the points, and the goals, and the assists (which I thought was amusing because Craigory said that 'Thomas Vanek looked like he was the only one scratching his head at somehow getting rid of his 18 goals.') They need to pretend that they're just starting the season out, and from the sounds of how Lindy and Craigory both reacted to the practice, the players responded well. We can only hope that shows up on this road trip, which should also help them. Getting away from home eases the pain.

Does this mean Buffalo may perhaps seriously try to play like they did in the first five games of the season? Defense first, but also have a scary offense? You know, with people scoring other than Vanek?
Let's all put our hands together and pray (or if you're athiest, just cross your fingers) for the Sabres and ope their game plan decides to work for this roadtrip, because if they come back 0-3, I will have to go down to the arena and do a little more than knock a few heads together.


I'm so glad you guys were inspired to play hockey tonight.

Too bad you couldn't have, oh, I don't know, SCORE A FEW GOALS AGAINST NASHVILLE?
I have nothing to say about this game besides how awful it was to watch you do nothing for sixty minutes. Capital 'A' 'W' 'F' 'U' 'L'.
Whatever. See you guys on Thursday, I hope?


Oh hello, I'm back again.

I had a fantastic time at the Sabres/Penguins game that happened on Friday. I'm not one to get too rowdy at games (unless I'm screaming for our boys), but I was one of those people who were all over the refs case about some of the calls they made and the ones they didn't make. My poor stepfather. The poor woman in front of me too! She kept looking back everytime I yelled, and I did it right in her ear.

Dear lady in the Stafford jersey,

Forgive me for screaming in your ear. Oh, and forgive my man for stealing one of your man's goals, because seriously, that went off Staffy's stick.

the girl in the Vanek jersey behind you.

I didn't really pay attention to any of the game last night because I was spending time with my girlfriend. We watched all of the first, but then went off to go do some other things instead of watch. We did hear that the Canadiens won though, so I knew the boys lost. Sounds like the defense broke down again on Markov's game winning goal. *sigh* I'm pretty happy they they pulled out this week with four points, but six still would've been great to get.

Okay, and now I'm on TSN, and I see the headline SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE.

Dear NHL,

Stop using that freaking headline for every article you bust out. Every two teams that are struggling, and meet, you put that as the headliner. We get that something has to give, thank you very much.


Hm, do I want the Oilers or Stars to win? I don't know...I'll leave this one as a toss up.


See you at the game.


My brother gave me and my stepdad the tickets tonight because some friends were in town for Thanksgiving. Also, my parents bought me that jersey in the picture today as an early Christmas present. It's my third Vanek jersey in my possession. Yes, I'm a little obsessed, haha.

Go Sabres.


Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, even though I said it yesterday, haha. I hope everyone has a wonderful time with their families. (: Don't get too stuffed up though, in case you're going shopping tomorrow. GOOD LUCK IF THAT IS THE CASE.

I'm leaving at around three to go to my sister's house for the celebration, and I'm hoping my sister-in-law makes breadsauce. It's soooooo good. It's an English dish (and she's of English decent), and it's so good with turkey. *crosses fingers* She only makes it once a year.

If you haven't watched this week's installment of the Sabres Show yet, do it. The level of cuteness is currently baby blue - "Squeeing may happen". I love our boys and the things they do for the community.THOMAS, I CAN NOT LOVE YOU ANYMORE THAN I DO ALREADY, IT IS GETTING RIDICULOUS NOW. YOU CARE ABOUT OUR EDUCATION, OKAY. OUR GOALS TOO. AND YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL TO ALL THOSE KIDS AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, AND MANY OTHER YOUNGINS MORE THAN LIKELY IN AUSTRIA WHO WANT TO PLAY HOCKEY.
You are at the level of 'baby blue' all on your own for me, sir. <3


Good times never seemed so good (so good, so good, so good)!

This is something I'm NOT thankful for.

Sabres won 3-2 against the Bruins tonight in a wonderful fashion. They had me quite nervous there in the third after Kessel scored, but managed to hold onto the lead. They are 1-0 so far in these new duds. Luck, I tell you! It brings them good luck.

Good thing Cari went to this game, because I think she brought her boy good luck. He could've totally had at least four goals today if it wasn't for that 'no goal' call and the fact he was tripped up by Charbacca (Chara). Nice to see that he's slowly getting back into his rhythm. Derek, I hate you less now! And stop looking so gosh darn cute in interviews, I can't stand it!

Yo-Yo then made us remember that, hey, we can score shorthanded too and got that game winning goal. I was too busy talking to my mom about how Jason Pominville could be nicknamed 'Wide Load' when Yo-Yo scored, and we were like 'Bzuh?!' Pretty funny actually, haha.

Let me be honest here, I was really scared that something happened to Thomas' shoulder after Lucic nailed him hard into the boards. That's right. I used the term nailed.
Then when I heard 'lower body injury', I thought of his knee. Thanks to the team doctor, that was screwed up during his physical in September. Good thing Lindy said it was only a contusion...then again, that got me scared too. D; Seeing him sitting on the boards before the third period; scoping the ice and placing his mouthguard into his mouth made my heart flutter, and I said outloud 'He's so heroic. *sigh*' That's the 10-year old fangirl in me, by the way. My 17-year old self was saying 'He is a BEAST. You can't contain him!'

So, things I am thankful for after today:
- My friends, family, and my wonderful girlfriend.
- The Buffalo Sabres and the many joys (maybe sorrows) they give me during the season.
- Thomas Vanek, by even exisiting in my life. THANK YOU.
- The education I have received. I cherish it greatly, with all the knowledge I now have.
- I'm especially thankful for being on this Earth. I try to use every minute to the fullest, because you never know when something is going to happen.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it, and a happy belated Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends. (:


The good, the bad, and the mediocrity of the Buffalo Sabres.

A friend of mine in study hall today said to me 'I saw your man in the paper today. There's a good sized picture in there, with an article about the good, and the bad with the Sabres.' so of course, I had to go pick up a copy of The Buffalo News to check out the picture...and article obviously.

If you haven't read the article yet or don't want to read the entire thing, I'll post a quick summary:

The Good
- If I may steal a nickname from The Goose's Roost for a moment, Atlas Vanek.
- The PK, which is an awesome improvement from the past few years.
- The PP on the road. Actually, let's give road games as an entirety an applause. *claps*
- Mark Mancari representing the amazing depth down at the farm. Or should that be up at the farm, now? Either way, the Sabres will be stacked for years to come. Fear not friends!

The Bad
- Staffy and Finny not producing much as of late. What happened to all those assists for Max? And Staff must have a REALLY bad infection.
- Tin Man. Though, this is only because of how many games he's missed this season so far. He's only played 3/10 of this season. Ouch.
- The Sabres aren't doing well at home. Actually, they suck at home. They started pulling that crap in the middle of last season. Listen guys, I don't have a car and I can't afford to go on a road trip to see you guys play in Washington or something. GET BETTER AT HOME.
- Five-on-five play is poop. Sabres are outscored about ten goals in five-on-five play.

The Mediocre
- The defense and goaltending have been shaky at best in this losing streak, where they basically dominated the first ten games. They're getting better, but...what really happened?
- Derek Roy. He's getting better too. No offense to Cari, but those 'Get behind #9' commercials have to stop. DEREK, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO THE ALL STAR GAME UNLESS YOU PULL OUT SOME UNBELIEVABLE PERFORMANCES OUT OF YOUR ASS.
- As I said in the first point, the goaltending is starting to end up in the middle because of shakiness. I have a feeling both goaltenders will bounce back soon, though.


Tim Connolly's musculoskeletal injury turns out to be a broken rib.

Dear Tim Connolly,

Hi, this is Shelby. I'd like to start this by saying you look like my stepdad and that's sort of frightening. When I got your autograph at Puck Drop this past September, I was starstruck because you look so much alike. Grow some hair or something, I don't know.

ANYWAYS. Onto business matters.

A broken rib, huh? I can understand why you didn't want to let that out to the media. Then again, is that really musculoskeletal? What the hell? Lindy agrees with me that you had a reason to feel uncomfortable about saying that. People probably think you're a wuss right now.

Listen, I've never had a broken rib or any broken bones in my life. I can't begin to imagine how much that hurts. I can only hope you come back soon, but I know when you hit the ice again, you'll get another injury. A groin pull. A hip problem. Back spasms. Because you're Tim Connolly. The Tin Man.

I wish I could say you'll still be here next season - but don't count on it, buddy.


(Oh, and I know I have a picture of Danny Paille at the top of my post, but only because the face he's making is adorkable! Aw, Pie. <3)


Even though it was a crappy team, at least Buffalo has something to cheer about.

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 54-31. I know the Chiefs have a record of like, 1-10 now, but I'm just glad the Bills could get a win over them so at least Buffalo will have something to talk about and be happy about. I don't care if the Chiefs suck. Let's all be happy a team won in this town on the super professional level for the longest time in awhile (okay, two weeks almost).

I am not taking anything away from UB, who won in double OT on Friday night. I am planning on going to school there next year for college so I promised myself I'd go check out their games whenever I got the chance. Students can get in free. I hope I won't be busy with schoolwork or hockey practice to not be able to go. I'd like to see them in person.

My brother was talking on WGR yesterday morning about how the city should probably be paying attention more to the UB Bulls and their success. I agree. This city may be close minded on most of the other sports in this town because of the Bills and Sabres, but there are also a lot of other people who do pay attention to college sports and the Bandits, and the Bisons, etc. etc. If we can't depend on the professional sports, then we should turn our heads and watch some local colleges taking a run for titles and the like.

Let's go, Buf-fa-lo!


I wish I knew how to quit you.

I can't garner up a good enough picture describing how I feel right now. Numb. Cold. Lonely. A mix of those things.
I'm glad the Sabres aren't playing until Wednesday. I can't stomach the thought of what happened tonight. They were so close. So close to finally beating this streak, and then it gets destroyed by that little penalty Vanek got when he was holding onto Gervais' stick. Unbelievably not cool. I didn't see the Guerin goal, so I don't know what happened there. I just...
I just want the boys to have something to be happy about, that's all. Is that too much to ask?


What was in those pancakes?

I seriously don't know what to say about this game. The defensive end was so much better than it has been these last few games - and then the boys forgot how to score. You just lost 3-0 to Philadelphia, for fuck sake.

Oh no, I thought for sure if they lost I would be like 'Well, they played better defensively, but now they just lost their scoring touch.' No. I see Thomas Vanek lose the puck in the dying minutes, and then Philly scores an empty netter. GOOD JOB. So then I stormed off from my TV, with tears forming in my eyes because 1.) I'm a sap and hate watching my favorite player screw up big time on a play like that, and 2.) I can't take this streak anymore. I want my team back, please.

I think Drew Stafford had 20 shots on goal tonight. I still can't believe nothing went in. Marty Biron isn't that good. I don't believe Philly's defense is that good. The goalposts next to Marty were gods tonight for him. So were those pancakes he must've eaten before the game.

Will Thomas ever learn how to score on breakaways? I think Lindy should force him to do like, 20 practices of just breakaways on Ryan or Patty. This is getting ridiculous. How can it be exciting when I know he's not going to score on a breakaway?

Oh, how about Mancari tonight? He did an awesome job hitting. I saw most of the grit back tonight, and that was good to see. Too bad it didn't help out the score.




Craigory Rivet says that YOU have a lack of focus.

This picture amuses me highly for some reason.

Now that the wound isn't as deep as it was yesterday, I can go back to rooting this team on tomorrow. Okay that's a lie, I will probably yell at them the minute they start the game and say they did something wrong. They made me and many other fans this way. I blame you guys. I just hope I'm not in a bad mood tomorrow before the game, that's not what I need.

Craigory Rivet was interviewed this morning after practice, and his basic message to the media about the Sabres now was that 'there was a lack of focus'. Damn right there was a lack of focus. I can't believe how many brain farts the Sabres have had in these past three games, it is truly disgusting. Lindy also said to the media today that if guys don't do this right, they're getting benched or scratched. Henrik Tallinder was his first victim last night and didn't play the rest of the game after coughing up the puck to Blake Wheeler in his own zone. Listen Hank - don't make a pass to a player when you're in front of your goaltender, and that player is still in the zone. I know I know, it's Thomas Vanek and he's being awesome right now, but stop it silly.

I would like to watch a good game tomorrow against the dastardly Flyers. I will be expecting their goons (all 20 of them) to come out and try to destroy Vanek - and I would hope to something holy that people will stick up for him. That's all I need to see is you guys go limp all of the sudden in the 'standing up' department.

Here is to a far better tomorrow than today.


Stop it, Thomas Vanek.

When I think my brain is about to shoot out of my skull because of how angry this game made me, I see this:

I don't appreciate this Thomas, I don't. You guys still were awful in the last half of the game and should get your asses whooped in practice for the next two days.
...But I am a little less angry after seeing his face in this picture because it makes me fuzzy and warm inside, and damn it, I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO FEEL THIS WAY AFTER A LOSS TO A DIVISION RIVAL.
I lovehate you, Thomas.

One of the only good things about tonight. You can't contain him.

I'm almost through with this game.

Some of us may like these high scoring games, but I certainly do not. The fact that the Bruins are scoring on weird bounces and making our defense look like idiots again isn't really helping out, either.
Sabres, why oh why do you decide to let me get frustrated with you extremely during divisional games? Especially ones where you are losing going into the third period, damn it.
Sorry Lizi, but I never want to watch the Sabres play the Bruins again. I am sick of seeing them.
Better pick this up and score a few in the third otherwise I will not be a happy fan, boys.

Edit: Nice job, you buttmunches. Fuck you.
Edit 2: Portland Pirates continue to dominate.
Portland Pirates Beat Hartford Wolf Pack; 4-2
I shouldn't be saying this, but take note from your farm team, Sabres. I know the AHL is different in the level of intensity, but Jesus H. Miller.


Monday night is not all right.

You will rarely hear me talk about football at any point in my life, I think. I don't pay attention to the sport much, and I am not an avid fan of the Bills. To be honest, I actually hated the team and everything to do with football before this year, simply because I hated playing field shows at the stadium. I think I have garnered a better understanding of why the fans love this team so much this season, though. It wasn't because they were 4-1 by the time they went on their BYE week. I actually started to notice how fans reacted during the games and at the age of 17, I am able to embrace the fact that Buffalo loves all of their sports teams no matter what. The whole move to Toronto debate that will more than likely happen is another factor as to why I've noticed this passion. I'm late with the party for this one.

This situation with the Bills made be remember how the Sabres had been in the same state a few years ago before Tom Golisano saved the franchise. Sabre fans were in the same exact boat. Now the Bills fans are. The only problem is that the Bills will probably become the Toronto Bills, and we will only have a baseball, hockey, and lacrosse team in this city with no football involved. If there is any way possible for the Bills to stay here, than I am all for it. I'll even take a miracle. The city needs and deserves it. I mean, look no further for passionate people when you come to Buffalo. There's a passionate fan in all of us deep down inside, regardless of whether or not we're a fan of a specific team here.

On an ending note, the Bills will do better in the coming weeks. The Sabres will get back on their groove. All will be well in Buffalo land - don't give up hope yet because it's not over until it's over (I'm saying this more specifically for the Bills because they play A LOT less games than the Sabres. They only have so many chances to do it right.)


I'm tired.

Came back from Toronto about an hour ago. We had a really fun time, and if I can find pictures online somewhere, I'll post them. I didn't play but I helped my band teacher out on the side while we were marching. It turned out well at the end.

I'll talk about more of it Tuesday, along with my experience at Monday Night Football tomorrow. That should be fun! I know for sure I will be dead on Tuesday. Let's hope I can get some much needed sleep for this.


I bring you the following important announcement.

Now we're making progress!

Now that I'm mellowed out.

My initial reaction to the game while waiting for the subway to come.

I think I was kidding about Thomas Vanek being a jerk last night. It's just that he decided not to score when I was there, as usual. Whatever.

My brother and I decided to take the subway as per usual to the game because it's a lot cheaper that way. The only bad thing is that you literally have to sprint from your seats in the arena down to the train otherwise you will be one of the people standing in a crowded area. We left with about five minutes left in the third period so we made it out of there and got to sit down last night while going back to his car. On the way to the arena, this little girl and her mom sat next to my brother and I and she was was super excited because she was going to see the Rockettes. On the way back after the game, I turned to my brother when we passed by the Theater stop and said 'I wonder how the Rockettes were?' and he said 'A lot better than that game, I bet.'

We got to the arena stop, and went in to go up to our seats which were located in section 310. Their seasons' are in 318, so we weren't that far from my other brother and sister-in-law. My oldest brother stopped by to talk to one of his friends from college, and his dad and everything. I was going to say 'I really like your kicking jersey.' since he had a Vanek Away one, but I didn't. :P I guess they are going down to Pittsburgh today for the game, so I hope they get a better viewing there than they did here last night.

After getting some good food (I got pizza and a Coke), we headed up to our seats. They weren't too bad but they were in the middle of a row and we couldn't stand up. I'm so used to standing because of my brothers' seats. There's a wall behind them and they're at the end of a row, so we can just lean against the wall. Also, I had a pretty big guy next to me so I had to sit in an awkward position since his leg was touching mine. I had no problem with him, it was just that I was sitting uncomfortably.

I took video of the Sabres coming out on the ice, but of course my computer is retarded when it comes to uploading videos. I have no idea where to upload it to. x_X Freaking thing.
The first period of the game was blegh. We talked to my other brother and sister-in-law during the intermission, and we were going to go out after the game but then they opted not to in the third period. They were probably depressed from the score. We were too.
Second period was blegh until Jason Pominville scored, and the two guys next to me had their own sign that looked like a destination road sign and had 'Population of Pominville' on it and they velcroe'd a '6' on the sign. They didn't get on the Jumbotron, but in the third period they did. The camera guy was in our section for most of the third, and I got on the Jumbotron twice. My brother pushed me into the picture when the two guys were holding up their sign so if they showed that sign during the game on TV, I was the girl on the right in the Vanek jersey. :P

We decided to leave with five minutes remaining in the third, but that was because we were planning on going to the store. We passed by it and my brother said by the time we got out of there, the train would have come and gone so no store shopping this time for us.

Anyways, I think I wanted to commit some sort of murder last night. What an awful game to see live. You never want to watch blowouts against your own team. I wanted to stay until the bitter end though, even though we technically didn't but nothing happened after we left anyways. My brother and I both were surprised there wasn't even a damn fight until about the third period, and even that was only a small scrum. The Sabres looked like they already left for Pittsburgh before the game started. What a disgusting display of hockey. I hope Lindy smacked them all over the head after the game. Oh, and most of those goals were not Lalime's fault, so when everyone was freaking out when they put Miller in, I said 'Too bad neither goaltender can score goals for you.' Where was the defense last night? Holy mother of fuck.

Oh, and I don't want to listen to the postgame interviews, because if I have to hear something about the goddamn system from Lindy or Pominville, I am going to chuck this computer out of the window. You know what I have to say about the system? Screw it. Do we fans even know what it is? Sometimes they play it and other times they don't. I don't even know anymore. I'm just so sick of hearing about it.

I probably won't watch any of the game tonight because of the fact I have a parade in Toronto tomorrow. I think it might be on CBC, but I'm not too sure...if anyone has that station, and would like to see any of it, make sure to look out for the Attica High School Marching Band! Hopefully by that time I won't be absolutely dead from all the playing I have to do.


You're all fired, with a capital F U.

If I could write down all of the choice words I have for most of the Sabres right now, I think I would be typing for two hours straight. That was quite possibly the worst, and I mean worst, hockey game I have ever witnessed live in my entire life. My brother is super sweet to take me to this game, and what do I get? A whole smelly pile of shit from my favorite team. Were you guys already in Pittsburgh and left your shells here to play some hockey? Yeah. That worked out real well for you, didn't it?

Maybe if I am cooled down by tomorrow and not so stressed about my parade on Sunday, I will actually type out a halfway decent report on how the game was from a live perspective and what I actually enjoyed tonight. There were some funny moments and I still managed to have a good time regardless of the score. Too bad I'm way too mad at the Sabres currently to say anything nice about them. Better get your shit together and play awesome tomorrow boys.

My record is now 6-5.

Oh, and Thomas Vanek? You're a jerk.

Something seems off about this voting process...

And why do I highly doubt those are all legitimate votes?
Oh, you Habs fans. You slay me.


My oldest brother is an awesome person.

Guess who's going to the game tomorrow?

My mom came home today to pick me up so that we could go pick up my report card at Open House. I don't know why my school does it that way, but I guess it gives the parents an excuse to talk to our teachers and whatnot if they want to. My mother avoids that like the plague. My grades are as follows:

Studio In Art - 95
Economics - 94
AP English - 97
Band - 98
Lifeskills 2 - 99
Average: 96.65 (about)

I'm quite proud of myself. I thought for sure Economics would end up lower, but that's not bad at all for being my lowest grade. Oh, I can't wait until next semester when I have two more classes added to my grades so everything will be distorted.

Back to the title of this post: When my mom got home, she came into my room and was like 'Why do you sound so blah?' I tend to sound blah whenever I get home from school because I'm dead tired, but she gave me a hug and went 'Jason is taking you to the game tomorrow.' Well, my mood certainly changed! I guess he got an email saying that STH could buy more tickets for the game against the Blue Jackets, but it was first come, first serve. My other brother Corey is going with my sister-in-law in their regular seats, so I have no idea if we have seats near them now or what. I'll have to ask Jason that when I go to his house tomorrow immediately after having driving class. This weekend is going to be so hectic, ugh.

So yes, if any of you that are going (or are watching on TV) see or hear a girl in a Sabres Christmas hat with her Vanek Buffaslug jersey on that gets really rowdy during the game, that would be me. I am 1-0 for this season, and 6-4 at games since 2007. Let's hope it goes to 7-4 tomorrow night.


It was going to happen sooner or later.

But you're not...Thomas Vanek. ):
Oh well, I knew it was going to go down like this sooner or later. Damn.

Anyways, Sabres won 4-3 and finally beat that winning streak that St. Louis had against them these past thirteen years (THIRTEEN YEARS!). Good time to do it too, even though I was getting scared at the end again. Can we get a 3-0 lead and then hold onto it for a good while? Please? That'd be awesome. At least they won so I can go to sleep happy and wear my Pominville jersey tomorrow at school and represent his goal of epic-ness.

Anyone else think the Kotalik-Roy-Vanek line was poop tonight except for a few shifts? Goddamn, I think I yelled more when they were on the ice more than I cheered them on. Okay, I did flail when Vanek had all those breakaway chances (WHAT WAS THAT LAST ATTEMPT, AH MY GOD, IT WAS RIGHT THERE FOR THE TAKING THOMAS), but otherwise it was mostly irritation towards them. My mom says Thomas looked tense. And he got a haircut. HE. CUT. HIS. HAIR. This is sad when that's the first thing I notice during a game. '*watches TV* MOM, THOMAS CUT HIS HAIR AGAIN.' 'It grows back Shelby. Maybe I should write him a letter asking him to shave off all his hair because I'm his ~biggest fan~.' 'Wha-wha-wha...NO! *cries*'
Yep, that's how a normal hockey conversation rolls within this house.

I hope to the high heavens that Tim Connolly is all right. God, you cannot strike him down now when he's on a goal streak. TWO GOALS IN TWO GAMES, OKAY. Tim Connolly has a fire under his ass, let him play some hockey!

I am falling more in love with Adam Mair everyday. This might be a bad thing considering my heart is already devoted to Thomas Vanek and all his awesome German-ness stuff...yeah.

Oh, and I am quite proud of Petey for pulling out two fights tonight in the same period. What a trooper. Too bad it was mostly hugging, but hey, if he wanted to put a little spark into the team it certainly helped. So thank you Andrew. (:

Vote now and vote often!


Danny Briere is small and frail.

Lawd, what a frightening photo.

Anyways, today the Islanders and Flyers had a matinee match up today and after giving the Flyers the lead in the second period, Daniel Briere left and did not return. He has a 'undisclosed lower body' injury. He says it's not because of his surgery, but of something else.

''I am playing it on the cautious side,'' Briere said. ''It's a lower body injury and at this point I'd rather not say more. It has nothing to do with the surgery. It's just another thing that popped up.''

I'd say something perverted, but I will not for the sake of your eyes.

I'd say 'Oh, I hope he's out for that game next week.' but we don't know what's going to go down. Maybe he'll be all right by the 21st - or not. The only thing he's done against the Sabres was that shootout goal last year that won the Flyers that one game, jksaikdiowerire. Stupid. Anyways, I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Veterans Day. (: That you took the time to thank those in your lives that have been in the service, and have stood up for our country in times of dire need - and also, to pray (if you have a religion) for the soldiers who are overseas right now.


Ladies and gentlemen, your New York Rangers...

The Rangers are doing a seven page photoshoot for Men's Journal. Link>>
This picture makes me think three things:
1.) Wow, I have no attraction to Wade Redden whatsoever. Maybe it's the fact he was a Senator for a bajillion years. I can't stand those Senators.
2.) I still love Chris Drury, sorry folks.
3.) Markus Naslund...ahh, am I glad you're on the east coast. Then again, I loved you as Vancouver's capitano. ): I miss you as a Canuck...

Thank God Sean Avery isn't around the city anymore, otherwise he would be all over this spread. I still love how their was a GAP ad across the street from the facility where the Sabres practiced, and his big head was on there. Awesome. I hope one of the boys tried to TP the thing. (Danny, I bet it was YOU. You sly dog.) Then Adam would have to discipline him and everything.

If you have not seen M.J.'s latest post, then you are missing out. You're either going to need new eyes after you pour peroxide into them, or you're going to need a new pair of lungs after laughing so much.

Oh, and where are our Sabres in a magazine? I would like a spread of all the guys wearing nice suits and such. Or they could all do this;

Um. Yes. So, uh...what was I talking about again?
Oh yeah!
Sabres. Magazine spread for NeXt or whatever, I don't care. Make something happen, thanks.


Well, this is confusing.

How could the Sabres possibly have an entire healthy roster...and seem to fall apart at crucial times during games now? Could it be with the lines juggled that they aren't used to playing with these guys who were injured for a few weeks? I thought for sure they'd be a lot more dangerous and even more defensively sound when everyone was healthy and ready to go, but with a complete roster, the Sabres are 0-2. Kind of makes you wonder why...

Like I mentioned last night, I didn't really pay too much attention to the game. I watched all of the first period to see Timmy's nice passing play with Pommers before putting it into the net himself for his first goal of the season, and then I saw Wideman's shot go through two screens and end up behind the net. So yeah, the first period was pretty exciting.

The second period was when I started to do word searches, and that's when things began to fall apart for the Sabres. I saw the replay of the Kobasew goal after it happened and noticed how early Ryan went down...again. If there was one criticism I ever had of Ryan Miller's play, it is the fact that a lot of times, he goes down too early on shots. Then again, maybe the defense shouldn't have given Kobasew that much room.

Again, I had to watch a replay for Savard's goal. Ryan had no chance to flop back over on the other side, and once again, Rivet was standing right in front of the net. Those are the times when I would really appreciate blocked shots, guys. Really appreciate it.

Uh, I do remember the last power play the Sabres had and it was basically atrocious. They couldn't even get any good entries in for the puck. Bleh.
I'm looking towards Wednesday. St. Louis always seems to beat us, but we'll see with the Sabres coming in after two losses in a row.

Oh, and I do love the reason why Blake Wheeler changed his number to 26. As Harry said during the game, he changed it so that he could honor all the great 26s who played for the U. of Minnesota for the Gophers. We all know who one of those guys were. (; So I said 'Oh, he can be my new best friend - just not tonight.'

I have no hopes for the Bills today, I'm sorry. It's the Patriots...and even with Matt Cassel in, I don't think it makes much of a difference after the abysmal games with Miami and New York for the past two weeks. Those are the games where you should and must win. But then again I could be wrong, and they could destroy (or have a close game with) the Patriots. We shall see.