Friday, April 17, 2009

Hockey Players Stripping!

That got your attention (one way or the other)! Final game of the 2008-09 season. Thrashers vs. Lightning.

What a wonderful season it's been. Well, let me explain...the Thrashers haven't had exactly a wonderful season, but I've had so much fun going to all of the games, making new friends and enjoying this sport that it's been wonderful for me.

I've been a Thrashers fan for a while but because my husband works odd hours, I didn't get to go to as many games as I'd like. When I met Shauna at work a little over 2 years ago...problem solved! A rabid hockey nut that was free to go to games.

We've had a blast this season. So sad it's over :(

So the Lightening stormed (hehe) into town for our final game of the season. The arena was full (WOW) and times were good.

Warm ups!

I had a very special sign for Moose for the final warm up. Moose is such a hard worker and such a good team player, I wanted him to know how much he was appreciated. My sign says "Thank you very much" and has a little Moose relaxing with a drink.

I even made sure his little margarita had salt on the rim

I also had a sign telling them to bring Stuie back.

Here are my signs in action! Thanks to Mr. Fred I have a picture of me, my sign and my Moose!

Colby and some guy laughing and having a good time....hey wait that's Slava! Who knew he could smile???

My Moose, how I will miss you.

Kari warming up. Good to see him in the nets again.

Hey Bobo!

Our Little superstar.

Kari smiling like he just sugared your gas tank.

Moose in the usual spot.

Well Toby, I didn't know you cared! I didn't think you liked me "like that."

Stuie! I so hope he's back on the roster next season.

Smile Moose, smile.

Oh Toby, what are you warming up by shooting for? Everyone knows Toby NEVER shoots it.

Oh Slava, what's wrong with the stick, buddy? Enstrom still can't take his eyes off of me. Is my fly open?

Slater skating with his hair blowing in the wind.

Awwww, what are these Finnish babies talking about?
Ramo: Päivää
Kari: Päivää
Ramo: Kuinka voit?
Kari: I am pretty good, glad to be back in the game. Glad this season is over.
Ramo: Yeah, I don't blame you, your team sucks.
Kari: Dude, you play for the Lightning.

Kaptain Kovalchuk

Colby and Pevs chatting.

Boultsie and Stuie

Bobo and Bogo

Every time the Lightning come to town, The Heatmeiser is waiting for them with a funny St. Louie sign. They say the midget gets mad and the team mates laugh. Again, 5'9'' my ass.

Moose striking a majestic pose.

Hainsey has quite a female following. I'm sure his Hollywood good looks have something to do with that. I love the chick blowing him a kiss in the background.

On to the game!

Sorry it's backwards, but oh well. Congratulations to Colby Armstrong for winning the Dan Snyder award. I tear up every year for this. Seeing is funny, sweet smiling face makes me think what we lost when Dan died. I'm constantly in amazement at the forgiveness of his family and how they work to truely turn Dan's memory into something possitive. Army deserves it.

We started out in 216, seat B. Good for pictures, you were above the glass and could see the action. Opening face off.

The Lightning making Kari do some work.

Kari making a save.

Fight! Apparently Konopka was talking some shit to Boultsie and Boultsie had to straighten him out. Boultsie won!

Not to be out done, Thorburn decides to take on....holy shit, that's ARTYUKHIN. Don't do it Chris! Arty handed Thor his ass.

Boultsie: Dude, wtf were you doing??
Thor: I wanted to fight, too!
Boultsie: That was freaking Artyukhin, are you nuts?
Thor: I did okay.
Boultsie: He totally kicked your ass.

Bogo wanted to dance, too. He did a good job against Pettinger. Two out of three ain't bad!

WTF???? Why is there a puppet at the hockey game? It wasn't part of the show either, some fan brought it.

Second period we notice our friend David sitting 3 rows from the glass under us. We him asked if anyone was by him and there wasn't so we went on down.

Action shot from the new seats!

I was on the row that was right by the Tampa Bay bench so I got good shots of the back-up(back-up) goalie, Karri Ramo. Don't get too comfortable, Karri. You'll be warming up soon

A shot of the tank, Artyukhin. Shauna a/k/a Mother Russia was going nuts.

Poor McKenna, he was NOT having a good night.

McKenna has had an NHL baptism by fire this year. I think he's played well considering he's been mostly AHL and ECHL and now suddenly he's facing the likes of Ovechkin, Malkin, Crosby, Kolvachuk and Staal on a night basis. Plus he's brought good looks to the Tampa goalies.

Ilya and Bochenski waiting for the face off.

Well, poor McKenna got pulled after letting 3 in. Welcome to the game, Karri Ramo!

Ramo tracking the puck.

Poor McKenna. Getting pulled wasn't bad enough he got constantly heckled while on the bench. Some super loud guy a few rows back was constantly yelling:
"McKenna you suck."
"Don't worry McKenna, it's not your fault."
"Your walking home, McKenna."
"Even your mom hates you McKenna."
I guess it's because I'm such a goalie homer but I couldn't take it any more. I yelled "LEAVE MCKENNA ALONE!" (Maybe I should make a video like this )

I love a good heckle, but come on. He kept yelling. And I yelled (as I was sitting right by McKenna at the time)"kick his ass, McKenna." I'm sure he appreciated being defended by a girl.

A shot of Ramo's yucky brains mask.

Ramo seeing more action.

Some action up close.

Thrashers win 7-2!! It's our last game of the season so it's time for the 7th man award and the "Shirts off of our back" promotion. The 7th man is an award given to a super fan. It's chosen by people writing in and nominating someone and the committe choosing you. The 7th man gets first choice of who they want a jersey from. As usual, 7th man chose Ilya.

The shirts off of our backs is a contest where season ticket holders are randomly selected to receive a players game worn jersey. They don't get to choose who they want.

I didn't have a very good view of Moose taking off the jersey, but I got before and after.

I love burst mode! He and Thrash look like they are having serious discussions. The last picture is funny, he's looking right at me. Maybe he's thinking "I thought I had a restraining order against her."

Take it off, Stuie!

Go Bobo Go!

Boultsie is such a nice guy.

That's quite a line up! Moose, Ex, Bogo, Hainsey and Oysters.

Ex is showing a little skin!

Kari showing us what is exactly under his jersey.

Thrashers win, there are no more games....GUEST AT THE POST GAME!
We had the ultimate guest, Coach John Anderson.

Drink up coach! You deserve it! I've seen a few games where I wouldn't blame you if you pulled out a crack pipe.

Best part of the night, I know the guy who got the Moose jersey. Jamey was excited when they called him and told him he would be receiving a jersey that night, but he didn't know whose he would get. He was super excited to learn he got the Moose's jersey! He said when he got it, he couldn't wait to show it to me. Isn't that sweet. He let me hold it, smell it and snuggle it. It actually smelled SOOO good, Moose didn't play in it.
So that's right...THIS jersey
Is the one in my very hands. *SWOON*
What a way to end the season!


Ms. Conduct April 18, 2009 at 5:40 PM  

Oh girl, do you ever deliver!

Sunshine36616 April 18, 2009 at 6:29 PM  

It made your Moose fever worse, didn't it??

mean mom productions April 19, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

holy!!! Congrats on the shirt. yeah the title got my attention definitely!


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