The Barrister and The Apologist
I don't even care that the title of this episode rips off 'Friends' - it's accurate. We're mean in this one. Well, really only with respect to certain creepy members of a certain local newspaper's sports staff.
Recorded during and after the Sabres' most recent game - a win?!?? - against the Maple Leaves of Toronto, we talk plenty about the Sabres, how sad we are about the lack of silver linings this season, and then whistfully predict the inevitable Cup run. Oh, and Joe from Buffalo Wins makes a cameo to talk about striking out with the smokeshow bartender at Gleason's, further adding to the list of things we'll make fun of him about when he returns to Twitter on Easter.
Musical additions by the way of Jefferson Airplane, Homeboy Sandman and Kasabian.
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I am almost certain Apologist is in this picture.
First things first. Read the Apologist's post from earlier today
on this whole Sabres team/playoff run/7-game series/future. There may be a few minor opinions that differ with the DGWU crew, but overall I think it wraps up what we are all feeling quite nicely. It really is a great read.
Since Aps covered it, there is no need to keep rehashing the hockey talk. Excuse the cheesiness that follows, but the shaving of my playoff beard was therapeutic and now it is time to vent. I decided to share two experiences/epiphanies I had on Tuesday night. First, at about 11:45 pm I was walking the last block towards my apartment in Hoboken, NJ when I saw a big guy walking towards me. I mean Yeti big. As I got closer, there was no mistaking the huge B on his chest with a Sabre through it. He was rockin' the same shirt I had on under my Pommers jersey. We made eye contact and both of us just nodded and kept walking. No actual words were said. But with that nod, we communicated a lifetime of love and despair that our Buffalo teams often bring us. There was no need to stop and talk about it or even say "another tough break, huh?" All that was needed was a simple nod, and we both immediately knew what the other was thinking.
This may or may not have been the guy that walked past me. It was dark.
Second, as the title of the post says, it has been a wild ride. Three months ago when we decided to get this blog back off the ground, it just so happened to coincide with the Sabres starting to get their shit together. As they became came one, the DGWU crew did too. Many nights out drinking instead of sitting home watching this team alone and absolutely insane conversations that people wouldn't believe happened. We bonded like the Sabres bonded (OK maybe it was totally different, and ours involved A LOT of beer and whiskey, but you get the point).
Last night after the dust had settled and some extreme vitriol had heaved from all of our collectives mouths, something happened. We were angry, sad, frustrated, confused.....but about 30 minutes after the game we were happy. The Apologist grabbed Yachtsman and I (and Grandpa Tim), gave a little speech about how fun our bender had been and we embraced. Grown men in a packed bar....hugging and laughing. Re-fucking-diculous. And of course we start right back up again on Thursday night when our beloved Buffalo Bills draft 3rd overall (PLEASE LET CAM NEWTON FALL!).
Somehow Nathan Gerbe's peskiness and Tyler Myers' new found bad-assery made us closer. I have said it before but I'll say it again
. These teams bring people together. THIS team brought THESE guy back together. We used the word "warpath" many times this series to represent the Sabres, but it has become much more. We are one fellas. WARPATH.
I just lost this entire post once already, but in the spirit of Ryan Miller and The Buffalo Sabres, I will plow ahead and move forward. BOOF. This series is mystifying to me. We're seeing things out of this Buffalo team that no one could ever have predicted, except maybe the inner warriors living inside the men with Demon Bison on their chests. I am no longer predicting or expecting any rational outcome of these games. Ryan Miller and his woodsman muttonchops have led this band of lumberjacks to a point where they are the hardest wood-chopping & water-fetching squad this city has seen in a LONG time.
Fig. A.) Skeleton; Ryan Miller's.
Outrageously unsubstantiated and outlandish keys to the game:
- Chris Pronger may be trying to pull some Willis Reed Shit on us. I will have none of that thank you. If he does manage to step out on the ice, look for a maelstrom of Kaleta and Myers blindsiding him at every opportunity. Welcome to the Thunderdome, Gaptooth.
- Tyler Myers has been laying lumber all over the place this series. Look for Psycho T. unleash hell today.
- I don't know what Ryan Miller will show up today, but it doesn't matter to me. I will now follow this man into the depths of holy hell with a smile on my face.
- Who will start in goal for the Flyers? Who fucking cares? Either way the Swords will rain havoc upon their crease.
- My mom is reading the blog now. Uh Oh.
Hoboken, NJ today. The Pourhouse. Watching the game in a state that hates Philly almost as much as Buffalo.
Hasek Jersey, with Glory, again.
The bell tolls for you, Philadelphia. AND TYLER ENNIS IS TOLLING IT.
Can we all join hands right now?
Better late than never. Here is your 2011 NHL playoff schedule for the First round series between our beloved Buffalo Sabres and those dastardly Philadelphia Flyers:
Thursday, April 14 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 at Philadelphia, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 18 at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20 at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
*Friday, April 22 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
*Sunday, April 24 at Buffalo, 3:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, April 26 at Philadelphia, TBD
(Thank you, Die By The Blade
Yes, I realize every Buffalo blog and facebook page has posted this already, SO GET OFF MY BACK!!! Sorry, but I am fired up beyond belief and have listened to this amazing piece of brilliance
about twenty-seven times today. I am a little insane right about now.
Stay tuned to find out where the DGWU Sports crew will be watching the game this Thursday evening and maybe you can join us. Also, besides following each of us separately, you can now find us as a whole on Twitter @DGWUSports. Lastly, please keep an eye out tonight or tomorrow for the official posting of the DearGodWhyUs Podcast. It was recorded Saturday afternoon above MSG in a lovely studio that our dear friend/now-producer Megan hooked us up with. I'll save the details for the Yachtsman's intro.
I now leave you with "The Hit". I totally get that neither player is with these respected teams anymore, but how can you not bring this up when talking Sabres Vs. Flyers. (After listening to Jeanneret's call, check out the call around 1:20. "WATCH OUT....oh it's too late")
(now on twitter @TheScizz)
I have now watched that highlight 27 times this morning. That call by Jeanneret is an instant classic. I have also read Bucky Gleason's new column
four times before 10 am. May God have mercy on our souls.
Oh yeah, the highlight below isn't too shabby either. GIVE HIM THE DAMN CCCCCCCC!
How about a live video from someone in attendance? Last one for now, I promise!
OOOOOH AAAAAAAH SABRES ON THE WARPATH. OOOOOOH AAAAAAAAH SABRES ON THE WARPATH.