I decided to play ball hockey again this year. Tonight was my first game of the season. It wasn’t so good. I took one shift on defense and made a brutal pass that resulted in a goal. The rest of the game on forward wasn’t too bad but I’m not the speedy offensive threat I once was. I’m closer to a third line grinder now. Ho-hum. We lost by three goals. It looks like it will be a long unremarkable season. Fortunately I’m doing it primarily for the exercise. There are a few new guys this year. I think I like the team better this year than last. I do have a nice bruise on my left knee, and both nails on my big toes are cracked. I think this will be my last season.
I figured game six was the Sabres shot at winning the series. Regrettably I was right. I had a ticket for a concert tonight I order well before the playoffs. I thought about ditching the show and watching game seven, I’m very glad I didn’t. The Sabres laid an egg and the concert was amazing. It was obvious the Cryers stars were better than ours. …and once again the Briere trade bites the Sabres in the ass. Briere proving he would have been worth every cent. Bah. Considering the season overall I’m pretty happy… but this no-show game seven is still a bitter pill to swallow. Sigh.
I like Mike Grier. I’m not sure he’ll be back next year as a Sabre. Buffalo News had a good read about him after game 7 loss. Quote from Grier : ‘Tough one to swallow,’ Grier said. ‘I don’t know if I’ve played on a team that I’ve been more proud of. It would have been easy for the group to go the other way and get selfish. The guys stuck together and dug in. The coaching staff did a good job keeping us together. As a group, I’m proud. They played as hard as they could all year.’ Quote from article : ‘Class act, Mike Grier.’ Absolutely agree.
The concert was Old World Vultures and Mogwai. I’m exhausted and will elaborate tomorrow. Good night.