cammeh: (GO PENS GO)
Managed not to be spoiled for the score, just finished watching the game.

I had so many heart attacks, jesus christ, my pulse is still racing. Oh my god, what a furious, fast-paced battle that was. Some points:

1.     I fucking love you, Geno. First goal to tie up, slapshot tipped by Hornqvist for the lead, that motherfucking dive on the backcheck to knock the puck off Hamon’s stick as he was gearing up to shoot, oh my god I rewound and watched that like 5 times and made dolphin noises. Such a sexy beast tonight. (Also the 2nd intermission interview with Potash, rushing and stumbling over his clearly memorized non-responsive comments to the first question lol, then talking about having lots of energy and power to make those plays after sitting on the bench through 6 minutes of PK, then brushing Potash off in Russian, LMFAO G ILU SFM.)

2.     I fucking love you, Hornqvist. Oh my god. That man is like a Gears of War Energizer Bunny. He keeps going and going and going and he’ll park on top of the net and give you nightmares. 12 shots, so fucking happy he got payoff with that empty netter.

3.     I fucking love you, Flower. You looked so good, so many moments when my heart was in my throat but you stood firm and said not today you fucking fuckfaces.

4.     500th career assist for Sid!! I fucking love you, Sid.

5.     I fucking love you, Suttsy. He kept catching my eye on every PK, tracking the puck in front so well and making these nifty moves to get the clear.

6.     I fucking love you, Pens’ PK in general??? Wow what a change from the first three games, they mixed that up pretty well. Different personnel and different strategies, stepped up enormously.

7.     I appreciate the way the team is sticking up for each other. When Sid was jawing at Halak after the second period ended and then Hamonic shoved him, and then Tanger immediately swung in and gave Hamonic a shove back, and then Downie beelined onto the ice to scream at Hamonic and point a finger in classic “Watch Your Back, Buddy” fashion. He is really living up to his words in the offseason about protecting our star players. (Of course, that and playing his hard and physical style have netted him his share of penalties as well; I guess we’ll see if they can keep that balanced so it doesn’t become a detriment.)

Related addendum, as to things I do not love: SIX PENALTIES. ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME. I AM GLAD YOUR PK IS IMPROVING BUT YOU DID NOT HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT IN SUCH A DRAMATIC FASHION AGAINST THE #2 POWERPLAY UNIT IN THE LEAGUE, YOU PUDDINGHEADS. PLEASE TIGHTEN THAT UP. THANK YOU.


(#whew what an intense game #it wasn't pretty #definitely a rollercoaster to watch #but damn that win was sweet)

NHL 14

Jul. 11th, 2014 08:55 pm
cammeh: (GO PENS GO)
So I may or may not have bought NHL 14 earlier today.

…I suck so bad, lmao.

I mean, I was expecting that, my gaming tastes run more toward RPGs and FPS — I haven’t played a sports video game since Virtua Tennis on our family Dreamcast in middle school. I don’t know how any of the modes or trading or strategizing in this works yet, there are way too many leagues and players and endless stats and all these combinations of buttons to memorize to pull off moves and everything on the ice moves so goddamn fast.

I almost flung the game away in overwhelmed panic, but then I said to myself sternly, “No. No, Cam. You can do this. You’re going to do this — and you’re going to win the Penguins the Stanley Cup.” So I buckled down grimly and just plowed through the tutorials a few times and jumped straight into a game and—it’s so much fun??

I mean, obviously I still suck so bad, I’ve played for less than an hour, but despite my wild passing, panicked wheeling in circles in the offensive zone, button-smashing to spam shots at the net, and inept, self-destructive flailing on defense (thank you for carrying me, 1st-star-of-the-game Tanger, god bless u_u) I still managed to lead the Pens to victory over the Islanders 7-1!!!!

WHEEEEEE. Ahahaha, small steps. 8D



(#scoring with Sid and G and Kuni was so joyous and Flower was such a monster in net #but then I also scored with Nealer and Juice and was briefly melancholy #because that will never happen again irl #sighhhh #also it's weird because the rosters are all from after the 2012-2013 season #so there were a bunch of guys on the team I didn't even know #oh well I love them anyway #Duper was missing initially and I was horrified #and then I found him in free agency and signed him immediately #fuck yeah for no salary cap #also I saw that T Segs was still on the Bruins #this won't do #I'll have to update the rosters post-haste)
cammeh: (GO PENS GO)
Okay. So it still hurts, but if I’m not going to curl up in a ball and ignore hockey entirely until next season (I seriously debated it) then I need to figure out who of the remaining teams I’m rooting for.

Pulling for Montreal in the East, obviously. GO HABS.

In the West… I like the Blackhawks and I’m happy that they moved on to the next round, but I don’t think my Pens-loving heart could handle them winning back to back Cups right now, not to mention winning three out of the last five years. Sigh.

So in the West it comes down to the Ducks or the Kings, which makes more sense for me anyway since I live about 20 minutes from both of them. I’ve been trying to cultivate some kind of home-team attachment/pride anyway, but I’ve been stymied by…y’know…having no real preference between the two teams, which are on opposite sides of a fierce rivalry. >_> Guess it’s time to go look up primers or something.



(#what always sucks me into getting invested in a team is getting to know their likeable players #who's more likeable - Ducks or Kings??? #who has better behind the scenes videos so I can really fall in love with them?? #damn it #I don't really want to do this #I'm still grieving #but I've got to cope somehow)
cammeh: (GO PENS GO)
So that was the most AMAZING NIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF AMAZING.

I’m both too keyed up and too exhausted to bang out the full eloquent write-up that I really want to in order to imprint it indelibly on my memory forever and ever and ever, so I’m just gonna go with barfing words all over this post in whatever giddy, jumbled manner they so please.

My brother got me tickets to this game for my birthday because I have NOT been able to shut up about the Pens since I got hooked, and he is officially my favorite ever. (Okay so he already was.) It was my first hockey game since I saw the Ice Dogs in elementary school, and definitely my first since becoming an actual fan. Just to put my total lack of experience and giddy excitement into context.

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cammeh: (GO PENS GO)
So on the one hand, as a new fan, every hard loss feels like the end of the world, especially with the bizarre ups and downs of the few months I’ve been watching. I’ve never been invested in a team sport before, and wow, it’s kind of devastating.

On the other hand, I think of all the games and all the years the Pens have played, since long before I knew a single player’s name, and I have to laugh at myself because man - I ain’t seen
nothing yet. There’ve been worse roller-coasters than this one, and there’ll be plenty more in the future, I’m sure.

It’s hockey. It’s the nature of the game. As I hear so many people keep saying, it’s more exciting because anyone can win.

Yeah, it’d be great for the Pens to find more consistency and not keep putting us through the emotional wringer. It’d be great for Sid not to have a -5 stain on his record, it’d be great to keep a lead more than once in a while, it’d be really great if all our injured players could just miraculously be cleared.

But you know what? Nothing I feel as a spectator could ever compare to what those guys on the ice are going through, and they’re the ones I love and support and always will. They’re in it to win it, and I’m behind them all the way.



(#showers let me experience emotional catharsis apparently #I felt like such total shit #and now I just want to charge into their locker room shouting and waving flags #YOU CAN DO IT BOYS #YOU GOT THE SHIT KICKED OUTTA YA AND IT SUCKED #SO PICK YOURSELVES UP OFF YOUR ASSES #MOVE FORWARD #AND GET SHIT DONE #still love ya)

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