I realize itís technically football season. But really the only thing I know about football is that the field is chopped up by yardage and that there is a quarterback - which fact inevitably gets my mind wandering to pocket change, and then I wonder if there is a quarterback in Nickelback . . . and before I know it Iíve forgotten about football.
I really am very happy for all the avid football fans out there - especially those who cheer on the Buffalo Bills, who, as Iíve been told, are doing pretty well this season. Hooray for Buffalo!
But I was never a sports person, starting with gym in high school. My hand-eye coordination has always been a little whacked, and I have the proverbial two left feet. I did play volleyball in school because I was forced to - but I was really bad at it. My serves went everywhere except over the net. I was actually a starter on the team - not because I was good, but because the team was that bad.
So, while my peers were busy playing and watching sports, I spent my time reading and shopping and scrapbooking and listening to and playing music - nodding sagely when someone made a comment about how well - insert random sports personís name here - was doing that season.
And then I discovered hockey. I think it shocks a lot of my friends and family that I enjoy watching this sport so much. I got cable TV for the sole purpose of watching hockey in high definition.
I donít know exactly what it is that sets hockey apart from other sports to me. Iím definitely not an expert on it - I ask at least three times per season what icing is, and I have a hard time keeping track of the new players the Buffalo Sabres acquire, but, nevertheless, hockey is the sport for me. I enjoy the camaraderie of going to games at HSBC Arena (I havenít been there since the name changed - but I will fix that soon!) with other fans, and I hate the nail-biting tension of overtime. Thereís nothing quite like the excitement that fills the Buffalo arena when our Sabres score. I loved the old black and red jerseys - and thatís what I still wear to the games.
Iíve ďplayedĒ hockey only once - and I did pretty darn well, actually . . . although my form left a lot to be desired. But I wonít quit my day job.
Nevertheless, Iím proud to call myself a Buffalo Sabres fan, and Iím so excited the (pre)season has finally started! Go Buffalo!