Monday, September 28, 2009

Preseason Game Against Tampa Bay: Thrashers Lose

Nothing like a good Sunday afternoon game! It's a preseason game and the Falcons were playing on the TV, so it was a light crowd, but far larger than any of the other preseason games.


Before the game, we had the first meeting of the Atlanta Thrashers Fan Club. We got our membership cards and a goodie bag. In addition, we had some eye candy! They dragged poor Zack Bogosian out to discuss sunshine and rainbows.





Blah blah new pieces blah blah good season blah blah thank you blah blah
The kid is good at this, and judging by the reactions of some of the ladies I was sitting with, some fans think he might be good at a variety of things.





Don telling us about fantastical unicorns, trying to work out something with Manny, magic beans and Ilya re-signing.



The meeting went well and it seems like the Thrashers are excited and behind the fan club. I think that we will be able to do a lot of good in the community with the money we raise, and selfishly, I think there will be a lot of cool Thrasher involved things for the fans to do. If you haven't joined, you can do so online here http://www.atlantathrashersfans.org/




After the fan club meeting I hustled on down to the class...at the opposing side. Yes enemy territory. Actually I hustled my fat ass over to the Wetzel Pretzel stand and got a cinnamon pretzel. It was gross though, too much cinnamon and I only ate half. Then out of the boards near the glass a roach crawled out and I was disgusted and threw the pretzel away. Phillips, only the finest! ANYWAY...I usually head to the enemy side for a goalie. Only once last season did I go to the enemy side for someone other than a goalie and he was on Tampa Bay as well, it was Ryan Malone. Today I was hunting something much larger and much younger.


6'6" of Swedish goodness, #2 overall draft pick, Victor Hedman!





What surprised me most was his baby face. It's usually the other way around. I'm expecting a baby and get a grown man. He is HUGE. It was fun to see him by St. Louis. He is a cutie. I think he has green eyes. Notice the large portwine birthmark on his face? He says when he was younger kids teased him about it. Then he got bigger. They stopped.





Skating with the puck.





Shooting the puck





Biting his lip looking like a kid that got lost in Target.





My old buddy Ryan Malone was there, too. Still as hot as ever. He spent more time in the net during warm ups than either Smith or Nitty. I was beginning to wonder if he was gonna guard the crease for Tampa. Hell, if he's good, can we use him?





Mike Smith, a god between the pipes (a god, not THE God). He did the most amazing save I've ever seen in person. He did this spin/flip thing that was breathtaking. People were clapping. When I came home I couldn't describe it to my husband, I had to use my Marty Brodeur McFarlane figure to do a play-by-play reenactment.





Don't worry Vinny, I haven't forgotten you!





Our old Thrasher killing friend, Nittymaki. I was surprised he didn't get the start.





Mike Smith warming his bad ass up in the net. Ryan Malone still lurking behind him.





Uh oh, Mike must have skated away, look who is back.





A Tampa Bay game just wouldn't be the same without the Heatmeiser taunting St. Louis.





Smith: What's up Moose, you look worried.
Moose: My girl is over there taking pictures of the opposing team again.
Smith: I hear she thinks I'm quite a bad ass.
Moose: No way.
Smith: Way.
Moose: She does like goalies.
Smith: Just wait until she sees my special spin/flip move tonight.
Moose: Hmph.





I love an aggressive puck-handling goalie. Now if he would just go nuts a few times like he did last season, I'd be in love.





Vinny looking very handsome. According to Thrash (he's my facebook friend because I'm cool like that) someone saw Vinny and St. Louis having dinner at Twist in Buckhead.





Maybe Malone thinks he'll have an easier time getting Nitty out of the net.





Swarming the goalie.





Tampa's two babies headed right for me!





First period!


Opening face off.





Pavs in his crease.





Face off with Stampkos and Reasoner.





I was sitting in 108 (though my ticket said 411)with fellow minor-media star Wazzupwityou, of http://wazzupwitchu.blogspot.com/ fame. As usual, it was a light crowd. Every moron in the world had a ticket in our row and despite the gazilion of empty (better closer) seats in front of us, had to sit in our row. Of course like good Atlanta fans, the game was already 12 minutes in progress. So I said, no problem guys, you fight over these seats (they were trying to figure things out) and I will go and sit in these BETTER seats.


Slater Face off.





I'm pretty sure this is a goal, but I can't seem to find the puck in our net. Pavs can't seem to find them before they end up there, either.





One of many fights. I love that the ref is holding Hedman back. "No, you stay out, you are just a baby."





Then baby falls down and goes boom!





Not a problem. The baby gets up.





The baby needs someone to play with, so he goes after our baby, Bogo.





Yet another fight near the bench.





More fights! This time Boultsie and Thor are squaring off. Preseason my ass!





Second Period!


Now in front of me, the amazing Mike Smith.





Afinegenov and Downie after the face off.





Another face off.





Thrash is a tough looking mascott.





Man I love Ryan Malone. They put him up on the kisscam and he plays along by hugging Stamper. I love it when they play along! Everyone cheered.





Third Period!


Sometimes you just don't realize how small St. Louis is. 5'9'' my ass.





Yet another discussion.





Pavs: Dear God, please let them release Manny. Please don't let them notice how I have been playing lately. Please don't let them know I pushed Kari down the stairs. Amen.





No wonder we had 10 penalties. The best thing about this fight is that it's St. Louis and Little. You can't even see them.



A fight between Little and St. Louis would look like this




The #4 overall draft pick and the #2 overall draft pick.


Opening night is against the same guys. Our last game of the season back in April was against Tampa, too. Ugh. We better have a better showing than we did last night!

10 comments:

JuneyMoon September 29, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

Oh Zachy...our little Armenian tomato.

Hedman is huge. I don't remember 18 year old boys looking like that when I was 18...

Tara September 29, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

5'9'' my ass << This should be made into a sign somehow.. I keep seeing/reading/hearing that everywhere.
Maybe it should be Heatmeiser's next sign.. Just a suggestion.
I had a ticket for 304,but ended up moving down to 112 and then 114..
I hope there'll be some empty seats in the lower bowl on saturday.

Brittany September 29, 2009 at 9:49 AM  

I love how in the picture of moose talking to Smith that their uniforms are virtually flipped flops of each other. Smith white jersey, moose white pads, Smith black and blue pads moose navy blue almost black and blue jersey. That made my day!

Sunshine36616 September 29, 2009 at 9:57 AM  

@Juney, they didn't build them like that when I was 18 either. At least they didn't in south Alabama.
@Tara, maybe I could suggest that to Heatmeiser. I've never made a poster taunting someone. I leave that to him, he's an expert. I'm thinking maybe the sign says " 5'9'' my" then a picture of a donkey.
@Brittany, I can't believe I didn't notice that. They do color coordinate nicely!

The Canadian September 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM  

You guys keep Kane as long as you want.

I was a little upset that we didn't get to see Hedman play when they were up here... but whatevs. :)

Looks like it was at least an interesting game. Smith also did magical things here (much to our dismay). We were wanting to see Tokarski in net.

The kids hockey fight is adorable.

Hellllloooo Zack Bogosian...

Michelle September 30, 2009 at 8:24 AM  

This was a great day and getting to sit on the glass in 108 just made it even better. You have described the day to a T, and I love the verbiage of the goalies discussion you provided, as well as the many 'meetings' that were had on the ice. Can't WAIT for Saturday!

Sunshine36616 September 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

@The Canadian...yes, Zach is a very handsome young man, isn't he? Magic on the ice, too. Very tough and fiercely competitive. Good combo!
@Michelle...thank you! Those seats you had ARE amazing. I love doing the convos. Nothing says delusional like a made-up conversation between two goalies about me! My new thing is the praying. I wasted a lot of pictures last year because they would have their eyes closed. Not this season!

Laura September 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM  

HA. So it's Pavs fault about Manny, eh? I knew it had to be something...

Beth Dolgner October 1, 2009 at 7:14 PM  

Great action shots! That kiss-cam moment was classic - always nice to see players with a sense of humor. And geez, Bogosian is one good-looking guy! He looks like Skeet Ulrich from Jericho/The Craft.

Sunshine36616 October 1, 2009 at 9:23 PM  

Thanks Beth! Yes, Bogosian is a very handsome young man. He gets all the girls swooning. I've seen them from ages 16 to 60 go nuts over him.

Laura, this season we blame EVERYTHING on Pavs!

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