Mark recorded the Sabres game tonight against Ottawa. (Canada) The game was simply amazing. Mark told me before the game began that as he watched a junior hockey championship game between Canada and Sweden, he wittnessed something he had never seen before.
In case some of my non-US or Canadian readers are not familiar, hockey is a sport that gets rough from time to time. And, we are told that when roughnecks on opposing teams duke it out on the ice, fans love it. Every team has their designated “tough guy” who goes out on the ice to rough some feathers.
Well, last night, one of the junior Canadian players did what is known as a “face-wash”. This means he takes his glove and swipes it over the face of the opposing player. I suppose this could be a pretty humiliating gesture, but Mark said to his total shock, the Swedish player then BIT the Canadian on the hand!
Forward to tonight’s game. Our boy, Andrew Peters, got into a bit of a scuffle with Ottawa opponent Jarkko Ruutu. The two jostled about and Peters face-washed Ruutu. Suddenly Peters’s glove fell to the floor and the camera showed Ruutu taking a bite of Peter’s hand! Peters hopped about shaking his hand and yelling that he had been BITTEN! Good grief!
To see such behavior in a professional sport is incredible, but when Andrew Peters was sent to the penalty box, I was a bit surprised. When Ruutu received no penalty at all….well! After Peters served his two minute penalty, one of the refs raced over to the penalty box to give Andrew a replacement glove as the original was being sent to a lab for DNA testing.
I was getting a bit distressed by this game, but in the end, Buffalo won, 4-2, and I felt better. What a game, though. Quite strange.
After finishing the game, I went to see what the weather was up to and OH MY!
That is freezing rain coming down at a startling rate. It is pouring, actually, just like “regular” rain. In the second photo, a gust of wind blew by just as I snapped the photo!
I am thinking tomorrow might be just a really good day to rest. Yes, rest, stay in bed and sleep! Don’t get me wrong. I really do love winter, but what does freezing rain have to do with winter? Oh, and by the way…our thermometer out front says the temperature is about 18 degrees which is WELL below freezing…