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  1. Author Comment AWACSooner My hockey pilgrimage thread! Lead [-] Posts: 146 Fri, Apr 2, 2010 8:54 PM Bear with me on this... My crazy idea is to, within the next few years, go to EVERY SINGLY NHL VENUE to catch a game. A pic from each game will be posted in this thread as documentation of my success...and I have a mini-pennant of each NHL team that will be hung in my home office for each city we make it to. The rules are simple: 1. It MUST be a regular season/post-season game, no pre-season. 2. My wife must accompany me...solo trips don't count (she added this). Since we live in Oklahoma, we go to a few Stars games every year. So here's proof from the American Airlines Center: Dallas vs. Carolina last November. Here's proof from Raleigh at the RBC Center: Carolina vs. Boston on my birthday in January. Tomorrow, we're off to St. Louis to catch the Blues vs. Stars. Next weekend, we're off to Boston to see Rod's last game. Proof will be posted upon our return...and each time we check off another city on our quest. INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote AWACSooner St. Louis #1 [-] Posts: 146 Mon, Apr 5, 2010 6:40 PM So this past weekend, the wife and I went to the Scottrade Center to see the Blues vs. the Stars, and see Mike Modano play one last time before he hangs up the skates after this week. St. Louis won 2-1. True fact: Mike Modano got into only one fight in his entire career...against ROD! I guess when you get thumped by the MAN, you don't wanna fight anyone else. All in all, the facility was great and the fans were loud and enthusiastic...BUT...it irritated me that the concessions were all closed by the start of the 3rd period. And then there's the fans... The fans in our nosebleed section were loud, but also drunk. They were shouting obscenities at the Stars players all game...throwing popcorn at my wife and myself because we were cheering for Dallas...giving me crap because I was wearing a Rod jersey (umm, didn't you guys draft him?)...and then there was the exit... In both Dallas and Carolina, when you want to get up and head out to the bathroom, grab some concessions, or just leave, you do it. In St. Louis, I guess there's this unspoken rule that you must wait for a TV timeout before even getting up out of your seat. With Dallas losing 2-1, less than 2 minutes to go, and us wanting to catch the tram back to our hotel downtown, we left. Oh my God, you would have thought we were both Jesse James or something because we had the entire section booing at us and screaming obscenities as we made our way down the stairs. My wife, because she was in a Modano jersey, caught the worst of it. If I printed the crap they were screaming at us on this board, TSA would permaban me. Anyways, my wife shocked the hell outta me (because she's really passive and reserved about crap like this) when she reached the bottom of the staircase leading to the outside of the level, she gave the entire section a big one-fingered salute...that sent them into a frenzy...but those morons deserved it and more. I have never been more offended by an opposing fanbase...and that's saying something being an OU graduate (those of you who know of OU/Texas know how nasty the fanbases can be towards each other). St. Louis is checked off...and we are NOT going to another game here (or at least sitting in the nosebleed sections with these morons). Next up: BOSTON...this Saturday...vs the Canes! INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote TSA #2 [-] Posts: 7619 Mon, Apr 5, 2010 9:00 PM Root Admin/Carolina Hurricanes Wear a Red Sox hat with your Canes jersey and you'll be just fine there. Ignore the drunken fans in the sports pubs across the street from the Garden that will try and tell you that the Canes were once the Whalers...no kidding, they think this is news to us. Oh, and try the chowda. Fun thread Have you checked your Private Messages? My Home--->My Messages INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote ivyleager #3 [-] Posts: 1845 Mon, Apr 5, 2010 9:05 PM AWACSooner wrote: those of you who know of OU/Texas know how nasty the fanbases can be towards each other HOOK 'EM HORNS!!!!! As someone who went to school in Denton, TX, I'm not affiliated with either fanbase, but always loved saying that. A lot of arena fans are pretty harsh when it comes to getting up and moving around when the puck is in play. After all, there is no replay at the arenas. If you miss it, you missed it. Just remember for your trip to Chicago's United Center or MSG. Fans there will be pretty vocal. INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote AWACSooner #4 [-] Posts: 146 Mon, Apr 5, 2010 10:20 PM ivyleager wrote: AWACSooner wrote: those of you who know of OU/Texas know how nasty the fanbases can be towards each other HOOK 'EM HORNS!!!!! As someone who went to school in Denton, TX, I'm not affiliated with either fanbase, but always loved saying that. Heh. Both my wife and I are OU grads. INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote ivyleager #5 [-] Posts: 1845 Mon, Apr 5, 2010 10:30 PM AWACSooner wrote: ivyleager wrote: AWACSooner wrote: those of you who know of OU/Texas know how nasty the fanbases can be towards each other HOOK 'EM HORNS!!!!! As someone who went to school in Denton, TX, I'm not affiliated with either fanbase, but always loved saying that. Heh. Both my wife and I are OU grads. I went to TWU, and had no idea about the OU/Texas rivalry until I moved down there. I was recruited, by default, to cheer on OU for the two years I was there. I must have jinxed 'em. INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote AWACSooner Boston vs. Carolina...April 10, 2010 #6 [-] Posts: 146 Mon, Apr 12, 2010 8:24 PM The weekend after Easter, my beautiful wife and I continued our pilgrimage to Boston...for the Hurricanes' last game of the 2009-2010 regular season. With the experience of the trashy St. Louis fans from the previous weekend behind us, we decided to brave the Bruins fans...and boy, were they great. Honestly, the in-game experience was the best we've ever had...and don't get me wrong, I LOVE the gameday experience in Raleigh. Sure, I took some friendly ribbing form the B's fans, but it was all good-natured and respectful. Quite a few of them were displace Whalers fans... Heh...how original! I came to this arena for one reason and one reason only...to see Rod play his last game. And I didn't get the memo prior to the game that he was injured. So I was extremely PISSED when I saw Sutter wearing the "A" and another Caniac told me what was going on. So yah, now I hate the Habs even more... Take away the glass, and I could've been sitting on the bench...it was the best seat EVER! Manny being Manny... The boys looked insanely shell-shocked after the three shorties were scored on them...honestly, I kinda laughed after the first one cause I think I have now seen just about EVERYTHING crazy there is to see in a game. Yah, Paul wasn't happy... Staal and Rosey talking afterward. Eric was really pissed after those three goals... The experience was GREAT and I honestly hope these guys go the distance in the playoffs (I know some of y'all don't, but Dad's from Mass. and I was raised watching this team, so there). They exceeded my expectations and were a great group of guys to hang out with...and as they told my wife, I was a "great spowt" in taking their ribbing. And get this, they didn't have a problem with people getting up while play was going on... That concludes this season...stay tuned to this thread during next season...hopefully I can knock out a few more cities before or after I get deployed this fall... INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote TSA #7 [-] Posts: 7619 Mon, Apr 12, 2010 9:09 PM Root Admin/Carolina Hurricanes AWACSooner wrote: Manny being Manny... Now this Manny being Manny I can deal with Great thread, looking forward to your adventures next season! Thanks for sharing. Have you checked your Private Messages? My Home--->My Messages INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote Ref107 #8 [-] Posts: 3709 Thu, Apr 15, 2010 5:20 PM Root Admin/Carolina Hurricanes I would love to be able to do what you are doing. I wish you all the best in both finding seats and being able to afford them when you visit my home town Toronto. INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote AWACSooner #9 [-] Posts: 146 Thu, Apr 15, 2010 6:34 PM I WILL find tickets...even if they're in the Bob Uecker section! INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote coastal_caniac #10 [-] Posts: 2085 Wed, Apr 28, 2010 3:05 PM Great stuff there AWS! INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote AWACSooner #11 [-] Posts: 146 Wed, Aug 25, 2010 4:11 PM Ok guys...looks like I got some quality time in the sandbox starting next month. HOWEVER, I should be back in time for Rod's retirement ceremony in February...and the airline tix/hotel have already been booked. The next week after that game will be spent out east and we're looking at knocking off a few more cities in the pilgrimmage...Nashville, Columbus and Pittsburgh. See y'all in Feb. INTERACT My Recent Posts ReplyQuote TSA #12 [-] Posts: 7619 Wed, Aug 25, 2010 4:56 PM Root Admin/Carolina Hurricanes Stay safe, we'll be looking forward to your updates as the pilgrimage continues. INTERACT My Recent Posts
  2. Welcome aboard, glad to have you jumping in.
  3. So much for the Caps fans not coming here to defend their player. Message to Caps fans: If you come here to argue for and defend your player, don't bother.
  4. So much for the Caps fans not coming here to defend their player. Message to Caps fans: If you come here to argue for and defend your player, don't bother.
  5. All set for now, thank you to all who reported me.
  6. Its possible but its not the issue we're looking into. Thank you.
  7. Can someone report this post for another test?
  8. I think Joni hurt his knee late in the summer at home. He gave it a short time to see how it would heal and then they decided to just go ahead and fix it. This wasn't like when Kaberle or Stillman were injured in the playoffs and they waited all summer to see if things would heal, only to put then under the knife right before camp.It does appear that things didn't heal up exactly as planned.
  9. [quote name=hockeybaby]Forsland on 99.9 saying that Joni will be out for tomorrow night, and that it is worrying that we don't have him. Please tell me that our whole defense is not relying on one guy! Why is there an air of worry/ slight panic that he is still not ready to go? He also said that Staal is fighting and injury too, most likely a groin issue. Tomorrow will be a tough one without all hands on deck at 100%.
  10. Alberts has definitely given the defense a boost and when Pitkanen is 100% healthy, he'll give the offense a much needed boost. Here's an old clip of Alberts:
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