Okay, I'm kidding. But man, I really wanted to beat the Senators a lot. I was getting ready to rant and rave about how pathetic the parts of the game I saw were (I was babysitting through most of the first, fell aslee in the third), but then I read about the seven players with food poisoning. I know a lot of people will go with the whole, "There's no excuse!" thing but you know, sometimes there is an excuse and as far as excuses go, food poisoning is a pretty good one. A co-worker had a run-in with food poisoning a few weeks back and he was down for the count for a while - dehydrated, exhausted, didn't hold down a real meal for a couple of days. While he's no professional athlete, I'd imagine any and all of the above would make it tough to play hockey. Still, stinks that it happened against the freaking Senators.
Watching this game reminded me of a conversation Kate and I had during a preseason game we attended together. You know those big brush things on the top of the helmet of the Sens logo? I'm sure they have an actual name, but I prefer "big brush things."
How cool would it be if the hockey playing Sens had those on the top of their hockey helmets? Let me help you out. It would be SO cool. If they got to wear big brush thing helmets, no way Dany Heatley ever demands a trade. To give credit where credit is due, I'm pretty sure this was Kate's idea. And yes, this is pretty representative of the brilliance that happens when we join forces.
As ridiculous as Jarkko Ruutu's hit on Patrick Kaleta was - there goes our offense - I was cracking up at the Ottawa crowd giving up all thought and just booing pretty much every Sabre who touched the puck. Part of the reason I've never been much of a booer is because I'm just not focused enough to remember to boo every time a certain individual touches the puck. Booing everyone removes that problem completely. They were booing Hank for crying out loud. That's funny.
And in closing, I hear John Tortorella had a classic Tortorella press conference this evening. I haven't seen it yet, but I'll look for it as soon as I get home from work tomorrow. In his honor, here's one of my favorite ridiculous press conferences. Enjoy.
Wait, what were we talking about again?