Thursday, September 18

Pominville!!!! and Ladies, Start Your Engines!!

BREAKING NEWS!!!  JASON POMINVILLE HAS SIGNED A 5-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION!!!
Yay!  That means I get to stare at my favorite Justin Timberlake look-a-like way past my 21st birthday...  =]

So on this beautiful, albeit a bit chilly, September morning, I should have been attending classes at Erie Community College, and Kim should have been cozy in her Tonawanda home, studying.  BUT, since TRAINING CAMP IS MERELY HOURS AWAY, we could not resist the temptation to see our guys before The System starts to work them over.

At 8 am, we started our adventure.  Now, we weren't quite sure what to expect, because we weren't too sure that they would show up, seeing as it's technically their last day of vacation until at least April, but hopefully June.

But...  Here's what we did encounter:

8:20 am : A white Cadillac Escalade pulls into the parking lot.  No one exited.  About 15 minutes went by with no activity.  We did notice, though, that the truck had a California license plate, so by default, we determined that the mystery man inside was none other than new-comer Craig Rivet.  At this point, he backed his truck up and proceeded to talk on the phone and drive to the other end of the lot, where he put the truck in park.  Here's what we assume he was saying to the person on the other line, who we decided was one Derek Roy:

Craig:  Dude, where are you?  Is anybody coming today?
Derek:  Um...  Yeah, dude.  What are you talking about?
Craig:  Well no one's here yet.  Don't you guys know that I have no idea where the hell I am?  I've only been in Buffalo for three weeks, you know.
Derek:  Yeah, Craig, we know.  We're coming, man, don't get your panties in a bunch.
Craig:  This just better not be some kind of joke or trick that you play on the newbies.  'Cause if it is, it'll be your panties that are in a bunch.
Derek:  Whatever dude.

8:45 am : Whilst poor little lost Craig Rivet is chatting furiously with Royzie, he is ignorant to the fact that Jason Pominville just drove right by him in a silver Expedition, blaring the Jonas Brothers, and thinking he's all hot in his aviator sunglasses (we're not 100% sure that he was listening to the Jonas Brothers, but admit it, it's not a far-fetched idea).

9:10 am : A wacky little bird scuttles across the parking lot, chirping.  Apparently he was as excited as we were.

9:20 am : Jochen Hecht arrives in a white BMW, but is apparently too cool to get there so early, so he stays in his car for a while.

9:25 am : An older model black Cadillac pulls up.  A tall, dark, and handsome man gets out, but his back is to us, so we are yet left to wonder as to his identity.  That, though, is revealed when Mr. Patrick Lalime pulls out his brand-spankin-new bright blue goalie mask.

9:30 am : Henrik Tallinder apparently didn't know what the weather was going to be like today, as he exited his BMW wearing a sweatshirt with shorts and flip flops.  Also arriving at this time was Paul Gaustad, dressed similarly, but driving an older model Mercury Mountaineer (I have to say, I was quite surprised he wasn't in some little, economical hybrid).  Ryan Miller appears to double as Mary Poppins, considering that he can fit all of his goalie equipment into a sporty little BMW, and Toni Lydman arrived in a black Audi.  A black Equinox or Torrent

9:35 am : Goaltending coach Jim Corsi arrived, Tim Horton's in hand.  Adam Mair pulled up in a white Lexus ISF (SOOOO JEALOUS.  Adam, I'm stealing your car.), and a mystery Sabre, who we are guessing is Ales Kotalik came in a silver Mercedes.

9:40 am : At this point in time, a black Lamborghini parks across from us.  Who on the Sabres could possibly afford a Lamborghini besides Thomas Vanek?  No one.  He carried in an armful of colorful jerseys.

9:45 am : Almost hitting my car, Drew Stafford literally flies into the parking lot in a black Suburban with a Minnesota plate.  About the same time, Derek Roy, chauffeuring Daniel Paille and Adam Dennis, arrive in his boxy Mercedes SUV, which is very stupid-looking.  Immediately, all three gentlemen jump out of the truck and literally run over to Tommy's car, and proceed to gawk at it for a few moments, like kids at FAO Schwartz.

9:50 am : Teppo Numminen arrives, looking better than ever, and pulls his gear out of a gold Mercedes SUV whilst chatting on the phone.

10:00 am : An unidentified Sabre arrived now, in a black BMW SUV.  We couldn't figure out who it was, but he was skinny.  And because he didn't appear at any other time, we assume this was Nathan Paetsch.

10:05 am : Trying very unsuccessfully to be fashionably late were Maxim Afinogenov (looking like a big, hot mess), Andrew Peters (in short shorts), and Jaroslav Spacek (in a lime green polo), driving black cars, a BMW, an Acura, and a BMW, respectively.  I guess it's better late than never.

10:45 am : Another unidentified Sabre arrives in a white Range Rover, after we left.  I can only hope it was Tim Connolly.  I have yet to see him outside of a Sabres event in person in so long.  I don't think Tim Connolly actually exists anymore...

We took pictures of them all for you to see...  We're not so mean as to keep them all to ourselves.  Just I get Derek, and Kim gets Paul.  The rest are fair game.

So that was our morning.  I was glad to see that the Buffalo News had an article about one of my favorite minor-leaguers, Mark Mancari.  I really hope he gets a chance to show off his game in the NHL.  After going to a few Amerks games last year, he's truly quite a presence on the ice, and a leader for that young team.

And I seriously cannot wait until tomorrow.  Like, this is honestly the most excited about a hockey season that I have ever been, and that, my friends, is saying something.

6 comments:

lakebnd79 said...

love, Love, LOVE your blog! Where in the world were you parked? Did anyone see you as you were taking pictures? Give you 10 Points for excellent stalking technique!
I bet Pommers will be updating his vehicle soon. Girls, you must stay on top of that!
Had to laugh at Crunchy's picture. He has big guns, but those poor little thin legs. Looked like he was in high school carrying his little Sabres bag on the first day of school. And Max, God, he looks like my 80 year old great uncle. All he needs in that picture is a cane. His hair was all amuck and it looks like its thinning.
Ahhhh...I've come to the last picture of Andrew Peters. Looks like he may have suspected something.
Keep up the good work!!!

Cari said...

Where in the world were you parked? Did anyone see you as you were taking pictures? Give you 10 Points for excellent stalking technique!

We actually parked right in the back lot near Amherst Manor and Millersport, where they all park. It was actually quite obvious, but I think the only ones who noticed us there were a couple equipment guys, but they didn't say anything, and, like you noticed, Peters.

And Max, God, he looks like my 80 year old great uncle. All he needs in that picture is a cane. His hair was all amuck and it looks like its thinning.

AHHH!!! When he first got out, the sun was shining on his hair and it looked red. Seriously, I said aloud, "What is Brian Campbell doing here?" Ugh, he looks terrible, and it's funny 'cause he's Kim's fave. She actually said he looks like a grandmother.

And don't worry; Sabre-stalking is our favorite past time. =]

Jason said...

cari,

My wife sent me the link to your post and the pics and I got a good chuckle out of it! I dont know if you get alot of guys reading the blog, but I have to correct one little detail: Vanek is not driving a Lambo. It is an Aston Martin DB9 ~ a sweet ride in its own right: 6.0L V-12 w/ 470HP!(I know, you probably don't give a crap...) And it shows my boy TV to be quite frugal with his money as the DB9 goes for around $180K. If I had his contract, I prolly woulda gone with the Lambo Murcielago with a price tag north of $360K!

Jill said...

This is great! I love it! More Miller pics please! LOL! I expect to see 10 times as many pics from the red carpet event... LOL!

Cari said...

JASON!!

I have to correct one little detail: Vanek is not driving a Lambo. It is an Aston Martin DB9 ~ a sweet ride in its own right: 6.0L V-12 w/ 470HP!(I know, you probably don't give a crap...)

Quite frankly, sir, I do give a crap. Thank you for correcting me on that one. I don't really know too much about fancy cars, since, as a college student, there's no way in hell I'll ever be able to afford a car like that unless I fulfill my life's dream of marrying Derek Roy. But, yes, Tommy is proving to be quite frugal. I'm impressed! I sure as hell would've bought a Lambo if I made $10 million last year.

And Kim and I love all of our male readers, especially the males, because then we don't feel quite as insane as we suspect everyone believes us to be. =]

Cari said...

I expect to see 10 times as many pics from the red carpet event... LOL!

DON'T WORRY; THERE WILL BE A PLETHORA OF PICTURES OF ALLLLLLLL OF THEM. I'm so excited to continue my career as a paparazzi. I just have to buy a new charger for my camera, because being the completely unorganized person that I am, I've lost it.