i've been clearly slacking off with posts here and feeling a lot of guilt about it. i'm over two weeks behind on my sunday feedbacks, and i've been AWFULLY quiet on the flames' recent trouble puttin' em in the win column... the reason ? i've been working stupidly long days and decided that the 'spare' 5-or-so hours each day are better spent sleeping than blogging....
i was working with a couple of dudes who were key crew on the dark knight (and will remain nameless). one of the guys was a bit of a jerk with a crazy sense of entitlement, but the other was a genuinely nice down-to-earth human being.... too bad he was a canucks fan.
in the professional work-related emails that went back and forth between this guy, me, and my boss, it became clear where his NHL allegiences lay. it wasn't rocket science to figure it out --he lives in vancouver and ended one email with "The hockey game is starting in 2 minutes, I must sign off now." i forwarded this one to my boss (there was some pertinent work info contained in the body of the note), and acknowledged "he sounds like a canucks fan: therefore he is my enemy." my boss, in her response to his work-related queries, added "Just a heads up, walkinvisible knows more about hockey than any chick you'll ever meet. She will also make certain your room sucks and you get the worst seat on the plane if you say anything like 'yeah vancouver!' or 'flames are fizzling' And never mention anything about lombardi."
[this amuses me mostly because my boss, though acutely aware of my passion for the flames, knows pretty much nothing about the sport other than what i babble on about on a day-to-day basis. she often refers to "gretzky's team" (not "the coyotes" or "phoenix") as her favorite, and has a surname that nobody could pronounce until the emergence of her namesake as a star in the NHL a few years ago.... but i digress....]
the day of the guy's flight from vancouver, he sent a message inquiring (among other things), "The wings are town! Are you nervous ?"
my response ?
"i'm nervous as hell about detroit.... But I doubt we'll score on ourselves on a delayed penalty so I guess things could be worse...."
well, that was over a week ago now. it was just after the canucks' humiliating loss in phoenix, and the last time i remember feeling confident in my flames in any capacity, or cavalier enough to insult vancouver's team... the really upsetting part is that, even two weeks ago when the pesky 'nucks were climbing in the standings, the flambés knew that their destiny was in their own hands; that they needn't concern themselves with vancouver losses, so long as they took care of their own wins.
well, that sure didn't happen.
and now things ARE worse...
i'm planning to write a pre-game tomorrow, and get back into the swing of things... i went to the SJ game the other night and there ARE some positives (none of which include vandermeer or leopold) that the boys can build on.