Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sharks Hockey is BACK!!!

The signs are here. The nights are getting cooler. Cloudy days are replacing sunny skies. Hunters are happily trudging through brush and forest, hoping to bag a trophy buck. The glow of bright orange reminds us that Halloween is coming. Nights are rowing longer and the days shorter.

Fall has arrived and with that is the start of the NHL's ice hockey season. Skate blades hang from the locker room, sharpened and ready for use. Hockey sticks wait, fresh tape on handles. Eager fans argue on which player will get the most goals, highest number of assists, and top the penalty points on the roster.

Which rookie will make the team? Who was traded and which players were picked up during the off season? What odds do the different sports media give the team to win the Stanley Cup?

I am a Sharks fan.

No, this isn't an opening to some twisted clinic. I proudly wear my teal & white. I proclaim my colors every time I open the door to my teal & black motor vehicle. I have a "This is Sharks Territory" sign posted above my preferred dispatch workstation. At home, I have an ever-increasing display of Sharks memorabilia going back to day one, year one. One of my treasured photos is a snapshot of my son (in his younger days) skating with SJ Sharkie in a parade as a member of the Kids Club. He couldn't have been more than ten at the time, playing street hockey with a boy's love of the game. We went to many games, just the two of us through-out his awkward teenage years.

Every October, our family would sit back to watch the games. Looking at the 'new' team, we'd all high-five one another and say, 'Yep, looks like this could be the year for the guys!" We'd cheer on the guys, and occasionally hiss & boo when a player would make a bonehead move. At the end of the playoffs, we'd sigh and say, "Next year, we'll bring the Cup home."

Is this the Sharks year? Darn right it is and until the final horn blows in the last game of the Stanley Cup final, no one will convince me otherwise. I know the players won't touch Lord Stanley's Cup until they win it. One year, when Sebastian & I were at the Tank for a game, the Cup was there on a tour. We had the chance to have our photo taken standing next to it. Of course we took advantage of the opportunity. It's the second favorite hockey photo I have.

I am hoping to see the guys holding it high during a victory parade in San Jose. That will be my third favorite.

One more thing: my crusade to get NHL channel is hit a road block. I'm just not a big enough fish. Charter Cable (in Reno) doesn't believe there are enough hockey fans to warrant signing NHL to their line-up. Great, but we have NASCAR, golf, two horse-racing (which I do happen to like), and a gazillion foreign language channels (which I can't watch but HAVE to be on the Guide - go figure). And both the NHL Center Ice and NHL Game Center still consider Reno NEVADA part of San Jose CALIFORNIA. Therefore the games are blacked out.

No worries. They set the rules. I came up with a way around them. I caring family member OUTSIDE of the black-out area has signed up for a game center package and is letting me use it in their name. I'll be able to watch the games.

You hear that folks? Just find someone in a no restriction/non-blacked-out area and have that person register and pay for the service. They will need an email account - used Gmail or yahoo. They only need give you the sign-on information and you will be able to watch the forbidden games!

I didn't set the rules, I just found a way around them.

By the way, Hockey News has the Sharks odds at 19:1

as of Sept 29th, the roster is as below:


from the official site of the San Jose Sharks

# Name Height Weight Date Of Birth Age Birth Place
37 Adam Burish   6' 1"195Jan 6, 198330Madison, WI, USA
88 Brent Burns   6' 5"230Mar 9, 198528Barrie, ON, CAN
39 Logan Couture   6' 1"200Mar 28, 198924Guelph, ON, CAN
10 Andrew Desjardins   6' 1"195Jul 27, 198627Lively, ON, CAN
9 Marty Havlat   6' 2"210Apr 19, 198132Mlada Boleslav, CZE
48 Tomas Hertl   6' 2"210Nov 12, 199319Praha, CZE
38 Bracken Kearns   6' 0"195May 12, 198132North Vancouver, BC, CAN
81 Tyler Kennedy   5' 11"185Jul 15, 198627Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
12 Patrick Marleau "A"  6' 2"220Sep 15, 197934Aneroid, SK, CAN
43 John McCarthy   6' 1"195Aug 9, 198627Boston, MA, USA
83 Matthew Nieto   5' 11"190Nov 5, 199220Long Beach, CA, USA
8 Joe Pavelski   5' 11"190Jul 11, 198429Plover, WI, USA
42 Matt Pelech   6' 4"230Sep 4, 198726Toronto, ON, CAN
15 James Sheppard   6' 1"215Apr 25, 198825Halifax, NS, CAN
19 Joe Thornton "C"  6' 4"220Jul 2, 197934London, ON, CAN
13 Raffi Torres   ** 6' 0"215Oct 8, 198131Toronto, ON, CAN
57 Tommy Wingels   6' 0"200Apr 12, 198825Evanston, IL, USA
# Name Height Weight Date Of Birth Age Birth Place
22 Dan Boyle "A"  5' 11"190Jul 12, 197637Ottawa, ON, CAN
61 Justin Braun   6' 2"205Feb 10, 198726Minneapolis, MN, USA
5 Jason Demers   6' 1"195Jun 9, 198825Dorval, QC, CAN
27 Scott Hannan   6' 1"215Jan 23, 197934Richmond, BC, CAN
52 Matt Irwin   6' 2"210Nov 29, 198725Brentwood Bay, BC, CAN
7 Brad Stuart   6' 2"215Nov 6, 197933Rocky Mountain House, AB, CAN
44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic   6' 1"205Mar 30, 198726Montreal, QC, CAN
# Name Height Weight Date Of Birth Age Birth Place
31 Antti Niemi   6' 2"210Aug 29, 198330Vantaa, FIN
32 Alex Stalock   6' 0"190Jul 28, 198726St. Paul, MN, USA
** = Injured Reserve

Stay safe out there!

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