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SADFACE. =[[[

Anyways, if Facebook did, I would definitely search out the real account for LA’s Denis Gauthier, and proceed with that request. Please allow me to indulge myself in sharing the message I would then send to him:

Dear Mr. D. Gauthier, Jr,

Let me, please, take this opportunity to express my disgust with your behavior.

First of all, Mr. Patrick Kaleta was not even attempting to hit you when he crashed into the boards. If you watch the replay of the event, Mr. Kaleta was attempting to hit, I believe, Mr. Jaret Stoll, with a clean hit, NOT YOU. But what do you do upon seeing this? You attempt to hit Mr. Kaleta, but in doing so, bring your elbow up to the level of his head. Luckily, at that time, you missed you check.

What you do at this point, is what infuriates me. Mr. Kaleta skates away, but yes, he turns back towards you. But you have to know that Mr. Kaleta has a reputation for doing such, and that he just came back from a semi-lengthy injury, and that he was going to be up to his usual tricks. But you just can’t let it go. For some reason, unbeknownst to any of us viewers, you lose your head, drop the gloves, and instantly punch a defenseless Mr. Kaleta in the face.

Now, I am one to use the expression, “I am going to punch you in the face,” quite often, BUT NEVER DO I MEAN IT. What you did classifies you as a “gutless puke,” as Mr. Michael Robitaille would say. And I second the sentiments of one Mr. Lindy Ruff when I say that the NHL needs to suspend you immediately for you classless, careless, and hurtful actions. It was a despicable event which I wish was never seen in the great game of hockey.

I have one thing left to say to you; I present you with the wording from the rule-book of the National Hockey League that applies to the matter: An instigator of an altercation shall be a player who by his actions or demeanor demonstrates any/some of the following criteria: distance traveled; gloves off first; first punch thrown; menacing attitude or posture; verbal instigation or threats; conduct in retaliation to a prior game (or season) incident; obvious retribution for a previous incident in the game or season..

I have been of the thought all along that the instigator rule has to go, but you obviously fall under its range, and some action needs to be taken. I do not care how long you are out, or how much money you forfeit; only that the NHL does what they say they do, and that you are punished.

Because we all know that even if the NHL does not punish you, you will get your comeuppance because this is nothing new for you. You have a reputation for taking cheap shots and being dirty, so someone will give you a taste of your own medicine, somewhere along the way.

You had just better hope that Mr. Kaleta will recover from the issues with his eyesight, because if this becomes a recurring thing with him, not only will the Sabres remember it, but many of their fans will as well.

And yes, I alluded to Mr. Kaleta’s reputation for hitting and turtling, but I do not care about his reputation. If that is what other people know that he does, it is their own fault for falling for his ploy. That is his game, and when people like you fall for it, it becomes effective. Players like you are the reason Mr. Kaleta has said reputation, because he would not have that role if his opponents did not react to his actions in a manner similar to yours.

But that is enough. I am through discussing your ridiculous actions. But if a redhead wearing a Sabres jersey ever slaps you across the face–EVER, you know why.

Good day, Mr. Gauthier.

*******

Alright, well, good game last night. We’re fortunate that Ryan Miller and Derek Roy showed up for the entire 60 minutes, before the rest of the team slowly came around. Because if they hadn’t, that game could’ve turned out widely different.

But props to the other goal scorers.

And I am very excited about Chris Butler. You always hear the rookies come up and say, “Oh, I’d like to just keep it simple, blah blah blah,” but rarely do you see it actually translate to the ice. Butler actually did just that, and I was quite impressed, because I don’t recall hearing his name in a negative way at all. And his post-game interview was adorable. After someone complemented him on the first pass out of the zone plays, he just went, “Aw, thanks,” and now I’ll always expect him to say “Golly, gee whiz,” for some reason…

But anyways, hopefully we can carry that through tonight in Montreal. I’m assuming Patty L will be between the pipes since Crunchy played yesterday, but he did get the shut out, so who knows.

Like I said, hopefully we’ll carry it through.

I have to work, unfortunately, so I’ll probably only see about half of the game, but I’m going to bust my ass to get everyone in bed by 7 pm. Brittany is working with me, so that’s good, and I don’t plan on taking a dinner break tonight, just so I can get everyone in bed. I should rephrase that. Everyone who doesn’t watch hockey will be in bed by 7 pm. If they watch hockey, they can go to bed whenever they want, because I’ll put the game on in their rooms, and they won’t mind at all.

I love the way I work. =]

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ETA: I have to say, that while I was watching this game, I was completely blinded by my love for Patty K and just ecstatic about his return. Therefore, I didn’t actually blog constructively, and for some reason, felt that the Sabres played a good game. Ummm, what hockey game was I watching, you ask? I have no effing idea. So read this with a grain of salt, and please know that I am really, really, really upset with our defensemen, our forwards, our power play, and more specifically, Clarke MacArthur, Maxim Afinogenov, and a few others. Yikes… You call that hockey? Shesh….

My favorite thing having to deal with the Devils is this.

So, like I promised, I’m liveblogging tonight. For the first time since, like, October something. Sparky’s in the lineup!! Yay ManChild II !!!!! Hopefully playing with Derek will help him out a little bit, production-wise. And, like I said, I really, really hope that Patty K runs someone–HARD–tonight. It’d be even better if it were on his first shift. Nothing like jumping right back into the game.

First Period

18:54 left Stupid Devils. Not a terribly bad goal, in my opinion, but the rebound was baaaaad. 0-1

16:30 Derek showed up to work tonight. My mother says he was “inspired by [my] beauty last night.”

14:10 ANOTHER GOAL POST?? Seriously, I think we need to start a Monopoly-esque Free Parking for the player who hits the most posts in a season.

13:02 DREW STAFFORD ILY!!!!!!!!! Beautiful tip-in! OMGAH FINALLY WE’RE RUSHING THE NET. “Upon further review, it is a good goal.” Yay! 1-1

12:31 That’s the Patty K I love!! Way to put us on the power play, dear! ❤

11:20 The power play looks impressive, thus far. I like that they’re shooting a lot more. EMPHASIS ON A LOT. They’re looked really good.

9:20 Okay, if anyone knows the count of 5-on-3’s in our opponents’ favor this season, please tell me. My curiosity has been peaked.

8:16 Booooo. Drew, you’re not allowed to be friends with Parise anymore. 1-2

3:10 Oh, Max… If only you could score fancy goals like you used to be able to do

2:26 Someone’s got a death wish. You don’t hit Patty after the play and live to tell the tale, Mr. Rupp (for long, at least).

0:00 Overall, a decent period. I’m pretty pleased with the Sabres thus far. Good enough job on the PK, and good puck movement and opportunities on the PP. It’d only be better if Pat had listened to me and had run someone, but whatever. There’s still 40 minutes for that. =]

(Roby just called Tallinder a “wounded puma.” What the hell is a wounded pew-ma, and what is it doing on ice?)

(TIMMY’S NOT DEAD!! And he can draw?? WHAAA??? It’s too bad that he’s such a man-whore. He’d probably be a really good father. That is, if he doesn’t have a whole litter of kiddies already… Hmmm…. It almost makes me love him again.)

Second Period

16:30 Okay, this has nothing to do with the game, but I REALLY MISS TIM CONNOLLY. That video only put me back into withdrawal. =[

10:12 Did I mention that I ❤ Patrick Kaleta? I did? Well, I did it again. Sue me.

9:08 Wow, that goal wasn’t awful, or anything. I realize that it was tipped, but man, was that puck moving slowly. Yuck. 1-3

8:50 PATRICK KALETA, I’VE SAID IT TWICE ALREADY TONIGHT, BUT I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY LOVE YOU. Yayyyyy, you’re really cute. 2-3

0:00 Kim called me right after Pat scored (to ask me if I was freaking out, which I was), so I have nothing constructive to say about the rest of the period. Sorry.

Third Period

17:32 Collin White has a dirty mouth. Anyone have any soap??

16:41 Seriously? Seriously? That was a stupid penalty.

14:45 Nice work, Reggie!!! Showing flashes of Timmy with his holding of the puck in the offensive zone on the PK.

13:58 WHAT. THE. HELL. Way to just fall apart there, guys. MacArthur should’ve had that puck out, and Paetsch should’ve had him. And Miller? NO MORE POKE-CHECKS. Next time I see you at Wegmans, I’m telling you to stop poke-checking. 2-4

12:06 Paetsch hit someone!! Yay!! (Sidenote: It’s pretty pathetic when the only thing that I’ve cheered about thus far in the third is a mediocre hit…)

10:22 Ummm… What?? For reals? How was Ryan supposed to do anything about that when whatshisface bowls over him?? 2-5

10:10 YAYYYYY PAUL!! 3-5

6:42 Oduya? I wanna kill ya.

4:37 Um, so I really like how, as soon as Clemmensen is touched, the whistle blows, but a Devil can be on top of Millsie, and the Devils can then take possession of the puck, shoot, and score, and no one thinks twice about it. Cool deal.

0:03 Way to get emotional when it’s way too late.

0:00 Devils win, 3-5. That’s a damn shame.

Honestly though, that wasn’t a bad game at all. That is, if you look past the fact that officiating was a little lame, and that we lost.

Patty K should get the pigeon in my opinion.

That’s about all I’ve got to say… =[

…except this: FAIL.

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