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I got all excited this morning when I realized that we play St. Louis tomorrow, because that means one of my favorite Prodigal Sabres returns to Buffalooooo!!!
Jay McKee is my first REALLY big Sabres love.  Before him,  there were Hasek (I was 5; don’t judge me) and Brian Holzinger, but that was before all the hormones kicked in, so I think those were truly just hockey loves.  I mean, I did think Brian was absolutely adorable, which he is, but I didn’t know anything about him, so it was purely because he was a Sabre.  But Jay?  Oh, I love Jay.  I once saw he and Marty Biron with their now wives at an *NSync concert.  You know, the one at the Ralph.  Anyways, my friend Colleen approached them only after Nicole and Anne Marie left, probably flocking to the bathroom, but she got a picture of them.  AND JAY WAS WEARING A VISOR THAT SAID PORN STAR.  I actually wouldn’t doubt it.  I’m still madly in love with Robert Jay Alan McKee.  ❤
So you can imagine my excitement when I looked at the schedule.  Now, normally I’d know what team we’re up against next, but since these long breaks between games KILL ME, I try not to focus on the next game too, too much, because then I can’t distract myself from my Sabres deprivation..  BUT, when I saw it was the Blues, I looked at my mom, and in some pathetic little voice, go, “awwww we play Jay!”
But then I found this.
UMMMMMMM WHAT?
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY THAT YOU CAN HAVE ST. LOUIS PLAY IN BUFFALO AND RELEGATE JAY TO NATHAN PAETSCH STATUS!!!!  Has Murray completely lost his mind?  I think so.  Because if I have to sit through another Jay-less St. Louis game, I’ll cry.  No, really, I will.
Now I’m all depressed.  Talk about high to low in 60 seconds.
BUT THERE IS SILVER LINING, because that article also brought out that Paul Kariya might now play??  That’s fine by me since he’s “hot like a firecracker,” as Rick might say.
But also the Men’s Journal is out now, and once I get off of my butt I might go to the store and pick it up.  And when I say I might, I will.  Most definitely.
I don’t care if I’m not supposed to like Chris Drury anymore, he’s so gosh-darned handsome.  So I don’t care.  I’m going to buy it, and I’m going to enjoy it.  Besides, how could I not enjoy Henrik Lundqvist and (DUH!) Markus Naslund??!??  Enough said.
AND THERE IS NO INTERESTING HOCKEY NEWS.
Except for the fact that Mike Ryan got demoted to Albany.  NOT FAIR.  Of course he’d be in North Carolina while I was in Boston, and of course he wouldn’t be in Albany when I drove through there, either.  NOT FAIR AT ALL.  But seriously, they couldn’t have used a better picture of him?  I mean, his eyebrows look fantastic, but his hair is a little bit foofy…  Whatever, though.  HE HAS A JOB, and that’s all that matters, and now MJ is very, very, very close to him, so yay.
Alright.  I’m going to go buy some new CD’s, and I’m going to go buy Men’s Journal, and enjoy the beauty of NHL players for a little while, in order to forget that the Sabres aren’t playing tonight, at least for a little while.
Have I mentioned that I really don’t like afternoon games?  No?  Well I really don’t like afternoon games.  I don’t have time to really get much done today, and I wanted to go to MetroPark and return a purse, and Tony Walker to return my North Face, and clean my disgusting bedroom, but I guess I’ll only do the first two.  Plus, when the game’s over, I feel like I should be getting ready to go to bed.  I’m just so used to games ending at 10, and then I get everything ready for tomorrow, and curl up on the couch and fall asleep watching Law and Order reruns…
And remember how I said I’d try to liveblog this game?  Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to happen either; I’m pretty sure I’m watching the game at Katie’s house, and she just doesn’t appreciate hockey blogging.  In fact, she thinks it’s quite comical that, while we’re at a game, I furiously text throughout it, while barely taking my eye off the ice.
SO!!, this is what you get, for now.  And I just realized that I said I’d write yesterday, but it was just way too nice outside to stay in the house, and when I go outside, I can’t read the screen of my MacBook too well, and then I had to go to work.
OOOOH and I love my job… kinda sorta.  I can’t remember if I mentioned or not, but I work at a nursing home in a really nice Buffalo suburb.  I’m a nurses’ aide on a really cute little unit, which we call households, because there are 12 patients with their own rooms, and then communal living room, dining room, and kitchen.  I doubt I’ll get to watch much hockey on the big TV because Fred (one of my residents) likes to steal the remote, change the channel, put the remote in his pocket, and then wander off.  But little Helen Miller (No relation to Ryan; snap.), the second I met her, asks, “Did you see that Sabres game last night?!”  So Helen is basically my new best friend.  And she also watches Hockey Night In Canada, just to watch it.  We’re buds.  Sorry Kim, but I’ve found a replacement for you in your camping absence.
Okay, enough rambling.  Serious hockey talk now.  Maybe.
PORTLAND PIRATES:  They kicked ass Saturday night!  Or, should I say Mark Mancari kicked ass with his hat-trick and 2 assists.  Nathan Gerbe and Tim Kennedy also picked up some points.  Adam Dennis was in net.  Portland beat the Manchester Monarchs by a score of 6-3.  Their next game is Saturday, at home, against the Springfield Falcons.
MY NEW FAVORITES:  Okay, so I realize that I’ve written about Daniel Paille A LOT in the past few days, but I’ve just fallen in love with him since the All-Star Break last season.  I think, then, that these guys are in the running for my Top 5:  Derek Roy (a lock for #1), Daniel Paille, Tim Connolly (I said I fall hard), Nathan Paetsch, Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, Patrick Kaleta, and Jochen Hecht.  I believe I’ve decided (wow, that was fast):  (1) Roy; (2) Paille; (3) Kaleta; (4) Paetsch; (5) tie between Pominville and Gaustad.  I think Connolly should get an honorable mention thing, you know, he can be a fave when he’s in the lineup.  That works for me.
HENRIK, RICK, AND STEVEN:  The Hockey News had a short interview with Henrik Lundqvist on their website:  Henrik likes comedies, and I honestly have never heard a person ever say that The Calling is one of their favorite bands!  I love The Calling, so now I am forever endeared to Henrik.  Fine by me!  Next up was one with Rick DiPietro.  I love this guy, too.  He loves the Sabres’ jerseys, his favorite cereal is Raisin Bran Crunch, and his first job was being a janitor.  Last but not least was Steven Stamkos.
And now I’ve lost my train of thought, and there isn’t a whole lot of Sabres news to write about (except for the fact that Patty K didn’t take Brian Campbell’s advice to heart, and moved out of his parents’ house), so I’ll write about our win (knock on wood) when I get home later tonight, while watching more hockey on Versus.
Go Sabres!

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