Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hockey, Hockey, Hockey

My husband and I went to a hockey game last night. Rochester is in the American Hockey League, a step down from the NHL. Back in my younger days we had season tickets. As far a games go this one had it all, missed scoring opportunities, penalties for roughing, crosschecking, slashing et al and fights with four 5 minute fighting penalties and three 10 minute major misconducts. The crowd was wild with testosterone! It just occurred to me that my last two posts have blood in them. At one time we had a 5 on 3 power play and couldn't score plus we had 37 total shots on goal. The final score 4 - 0 and we were on the losing end of it. I've been around hockey for most of my life and I've never really cared for the fighting aspect. While they can be entertaining at times for the most part I don't get why someone would pound their fist on the helmet of their adversary. The secret is to get your opponents sweater over their head so they can't see what they're doing and get their arms tangled up in the jersey. At least that would be my strategy. My favorite aspect of the game is the defensive play. I have a soft spot in my heart for defensemen. Sure the goalie and the forwards get all the glory but damn, those defensemen have to skate backwards for most of the game. Nothing is sweeter to me when a defenseman scores from the point.

Between periods they have different contests and one is sponsored by the New York State Lottery. They throw balls into the crowd with numbers on them, if you get one you turn it in and get a prize package. Now whenever something comes flying at me at a hockey game it's usually a puck and I duck. I was hit in the face with one once and not only did it hurt quite a bit it was also embarrassing. So here comes a ball right at me, I'm not jumping up to catch it, let someone else fall over the seats to get it. The guy in front of me deflects it and it lands at my feet. Hubby turned it in and we got the items below.The best part were 10 scratch off lottery tickets. (Yes, I know, there's only 8 in this picture) Each ticket has 10 chances to win. With 100 chances we won 2 bucks on one ticket and 25 bucks on another. It must be my lucky week. I also won a $25. gift card to on a contest over on Britt's blog.

Today I spent 4 hours watching Gone With The Wind. Fiddle dee dee, whatever in the world did Scarlett see in that wimpy old Ashley Wilkes when she could have had Rhett Butler? Silly girl.


Kitten Herder said...

AHL hockey is all about entertainment. Here in NH, we love our Manchester Monarchs!