You’ll be Happy with the Olympics and You’ll Like It, Damn It.
So this weekend has been a whirlwind for me. I’ve written on here before that I am in an a Capella group here at school. And yes, I know, I’m cooler than you. This group that I am in just finished recording our newest CD this past weekend. Usually, it takes a few months to record a full length album. We’re did ours in a week. I’m currently sitting in the studio now as the sound guys of the group mix it. Just to put it into context for ya, Thursday night I came in to record at 9:00 PM at night and didn’t leave until 4:00 AM (and got up for class 8:00 AM nonetheless). On Friday, I went into the studio at 4:30 PM and left at 4:30 AM. Needless to say, I’m a wee bit burnt out. HOWEVER, I am no one to bitch. Like at all. Our sound guy, Eric Froebel (who is one hell of a guy that I have tons of respect for) has logged around 60 hours this past week. We basically asked him to do something that usually is done by two guys to be done alone and in about 1/8th the amount of time it is usually done. Eric Froebel, you’re my hero and I respect the hell out of you. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Anyways, after finishing up recording it was nice to take a break and be able to watch some hockey. Unfortunately it ended in a Silver (not Gold) Medal for Team USA but it was probably the most exciting game the Olympics have seen in a number of years. So, take that people who don’t respect hockey.
Despite this loss, there are things that Sabres fans can be equally happy and sad about. Oh, all of these things are related to Ryan Miller, by the way. Let’s look at ’em.
Why Sabres fans should be happy:
Well, Ryan Miller is now a household name. And that is awesome. No one on the Sabres deserves it more than The Man, The Myth, The Miller. Like most people, I friggin love it when I’m right. And when it comes to Ryan Miller and the Olympics, I was totally right. He completely backstopped this team all the way to an undefeated record sans the gold medal game. So, hooray me, hooray Ryan Miller, hooray team USA but most importantly hooray for the pilgrims.
Pre-Olympics Miller was on a bit of skid alongside his Buffalo Sabres. His awesome success should provide new energy for both Miller and the team. The Olympics provided a clean slate for Miller to pick himself back up and return to fine form. He clearly did return to form as pretty much everyone sang his praise. Hell, even the Canadian hockey fans couldn’t stop cheering when Miller got his medal. From the announcers, to the print media, the TV crew, my professors to even my mom. EVERYONE was talking about Miller and deservedly so.
Post-Olympics Ryan Miller should be looking to build on the success of an amazing tournament. I’m excited to see what he looks like down the stretch for the rest of the season.
Why Sabres fans shouldn’t be happy:
Overall, this tournament was thing: Long. Although the US did themselves a favor by being the first seed and playing themselves out of one game. However, Ryan Miller was on the ice for pretty much every minute of every game. Between talking to press, saving the world and playing in the actual games, Miller didn’t have much time to stop and breathe. And he’s not going to anytime soon. The Sabres get right back into action this Tuesday against, you guessed it, Cindy Crysby and the Shitsburgh… I mean Pittsburgh Penguins. But hey, this is the same Ryan Miller that started 76 out of 82 games two seasons ago. So there you go, he can do it, it’ll just be a hell of a run.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with what happened during the Olympics. Lindy Ruff picked up a gold medal and Ryan Miller captured a Silver Medal, tournament MVP and the hearts of the American public. Epic win.
The next three days are pretty important for the Sabres because the trade deadline is this Wednesday at 3:00 PM. We’ll see what Darcy has up his sleeve. Hopefully that something up his sleeve is named “Martin Biron“.
Until next time…