You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.
Mark Twain, 1889
Which leads us pretty perfectly into the 2009-2010 Buffalo Sabres, I think. I know they've missed the playoffs in back-to-back years. I know the players are telling us things they've been telling us for a couple of years now (I'm ready to take over, I'll play like a champ, we know now how much it sucks to lose) and yet, here I am, watching the Bills hang in there with the Patriots, but really mostly excited because football means hockey is officially almost here.
I think we're going to get one of two things this season. Either the previous starters are finally going to pull it together and play like they mean it every night with the kids coming in and adding some spark and we'll be watching a solid playoff team while some of the suits get to say a little bit of I told you so (deep breath) OR the starters will continue to play when they feel like it, the kids will struggle, and things will get very, very bad and hopefully lead to someone somewhere getting fired. I don't think it's going to be another middle-of-the-road, on the edge of the playoffs season. I could be wrong, it's just a weird feeling I have.
I have a number of things to say about the upcoming season - I know, you're shocked - and those things will start coming in the next couple days. For now I just wanted to kind of shake off the dust and welcome back those of you who wander away during the off-season. Despite the feeling that it'll be a really good season or a really bad one, I'm here hoping fervently for the former just like always. Even I'm a little surprised at the level of excitement and hopeful for the upcoming season. Really, I'm completely pathetic.
One last quote from Mark Twain before I go: