Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend's events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.
I had written a bunch of words about how the Sedins are really underappreciated that was set to lead this week's edition of WWL. Then I kind of tripped over this post while looking for a story about the Sabres, and it unfortunately forced the Sedins to the backburner in a hurry:
Lindy Ruff was the first to see it, as he began to laugh sitting at the front of the bus. Gradually, the rest of the team began to see what caused his reaction.
A horse. Well... a man dressed like a horse, was exiting the hotel lobby. ... Apparently we stumbled onto a mascot convention that was being held at the hotel. The technical term, we soon found, was a "furry" convention.
I'll repeat: the Sabres' hotel ahead of Saturday's Sharks game was also hosting a furry convention.
Drew Stafford(notes) provides an on-the-scene look via his Twitter: "There's a furry convention at our hotel in san jose! I think there's a fox and a zebra in the room next to mine. Could be a lynx though."
And later: "Nevermind just found out it's a half fox/half ferret...he refers to himself as a ferrox or fender. #furryfacts"
This has brought unimaginable joy to my day. I've been giggling for several minutes now. And then, my friends, I saw the pictures.
(Coming Up: Seriously these Twitpics, oh man; a high school kid stops Mikko Koivu(notes);Ryan Kesler(notes) gets punked by Andrew Ladd(notes) then cries about it; a hilarious shot at the Oilers; Brett Lebda(notes) is a real American hero; take the Crosby bowling, take him bowling; the unstoppable Mike Cammalleri; Terry Murray gets ahead of himself; the Canucks escalate Hockey Night in Canada feud; and the Sharks commentary team is still the greatest.)
Like this one.
The caption informs us that the two cuddly creatures in the picture are named "Buzzles" and "Smittens." Of course they are. How could they not be? There's also a Twitvid of some furries, umm, I guess they're dancing? I kid you not.
But the best pic, by far, is the one above that features Ryan Miller(notes), with a wolf in a Sharks jersey and a fox with human hair in a Ducks jersey.
You'd think if you were a Sharks and Ducks fan, you would dress as a shark and a duck, but then I'm not a creepy weirdo in a Disney suit that smells like sweat and is unable to go within 200 feet of an elementary school, so what do I know?
By the way, you'll notice that the Ducks jersey is No. 18. Got me thinking, "Which Duck does this ‘person' like the most?" Turns out, no one on the Ducks wears that number this year, but guess who wore it the three seasons before that?
That's right, Drew Miller(notes). That had to be six individual kinds of hilarious to his brother.
It's important to note that I now officially hate the Sabres for indirectly forcing me to delve deeper into the world of stupid costume enthusiasts than I ever wanted to venture. Which is to say "at all."
Oh and by the way, the Sedins are awesome. You can look forward to finding out why next week.
Boston Bruins: Things have gone from bad to worse for the Bruins. They had one win in their last eight prior to Sunday. Then they got demolished by the Hurricanes. Dennis Wideman(notes), who has deservedly caught a ton of crap lately, was a minus-4 and on the ice for all five Carolina goals.
Buffalo Sabres: You have no idea how difficult it is to now find news on the Sabres that doesn't pale in comparison, entertainment-wise, with a picture of Ryan Miller and two freaks. So here's a thing about how Mike Grier(notes) was not eager to play his old team.
Calgary Flames: The Flames are eighth in the Western Conference and were, on Friday, actually in ninth. Says George Johnson: "Even casual fans are calling for the lot of them to be shipped off for hard labour at Botany Boy, and we're still two-and-a-half months away from the habitual first-round playoff punt." Ouch.
Carolina Hurricanes: I don't even know what to make of this, but any reaction video to a Hurricanes loss that includes the sentence, "Come on Mario and Luigi, let's beat 'em all up," and "Oh yeah, I'm gonna use the power of my nose," is my favorite video ever.