Tuesday, May 22, 2007

They tell me its a 12 step process...

I want to say right from the start that I am an addict. I admit it. I've been told I have all the signs: willingness to do anything for a quick fix, constant cravings, I cant go a day without it. I really didnt mean to chuck work to watch hockey games, or repeatedly hit refresh on the Washington Post website at the tradeline deadline. Or write my senior thesis on hockey. Really. You can check this addict out at Capital Addiction. Thanks for having me HLOG ladies!

1. Where you're from, what you do - basic things.

I am relatively new to Washington DC, having just moved here a year ago to continue working in politics. I moved here from Vermont, the icy cold state that taught this native New Jerseyan to love hockey!

2. Your team and why you like them.

My team is the Capitals. When I first moved here from VT, I was just excited to be in a place with a pro team (Vermont's closest pro team is the Montreal Canadians and getting tickets to a VT college game is as likely as Elvis showing up in the Poconos). I figured that I would get a ticket plan to the Caps and catch a few games. I had the Center Ice package, so I was going to get my hockey fix that way. But after going to a few games, I was drawn in by them. They are a young team in a rebuilding stage yet every night they leave everything on the ice, often against deeper, more experienced teams. The Caps don't let their age, injuries, or anything else become an excuse for them. They play a scrappy game and I know that as their experience builds, so will our chances to hoist the Cup. Sorry for how long winded I am about the Caps:)

3. Your least favourite team and why?

Toronto Maple Leafs. Darcy Tucker. If his on–ice antics aren't enough, owning a bar called Philthy McNasty's is definitely a reason to dislike him.

4. Your favourite player of all time & now?

Tough question…of all time, I would have to Wayne Gretzky. He is a great ambassador of the game. Favorite player now would have to be Milan Jurcina. He is a young and talented D-man, who I think is following in the footsteps of his fellow country man Zdeno Chara.

5. If you had to punch one hockey player or member of the NHL organisation, who and why?

Jaromir Jagr, with a right hook, on behalf of all the Caps fans who had to suffer through his era in DC.

6 What you'll be looking forward in this group blog.

I am really looking forward to having a place to blog/chat with other female hockey fans who understand that we are not puck bunnies! I know that my "voice" on my blog is a different from a lot of the other bloggers, who are mostly male.

7. What you don't like in general?

Goat cheese, warm Diet Coke, having to wrap my own sari (really, I need my Mom's help for that), girls at hockey games with signs that say something like "Alex Ovechkin, I will polish your stick anytime!" or "Ride me like a Zamboni, Sidney!", and really slippery hand lotion.

8. What role do female fans play in keeping the game alive?

First, I know I would not have played any sports in my youth if my Mother had not been around to drive me back and forth to practices & games, to buy uniforms, and most importantly to tell me I was great at a sport even after I dropped a ball or struck out. Its also important to note that we are part of a new generation of hockey fans that are female and blogging about the game, writing about it in papers, and playing professionally. I think that as the blogosphere grows, so will our influence.

9. What role do female fans play in picking heroes for the community?

I think that female fans pick more well rounded heroes – its not just the guy who scores the most points, but a player who is involved with the community, a player who will have a great legacy, etc. I have found that we are more likely to look at the bigger picture and that we are more open to hockey heroes that aren't players, but people who support the sport (like bloggers!)

10. Hockey just isn't the same without...

NHL on ESPN. Sucks for us on this side of the border who end up chucking that weekend trip away to pay for Center Ice:)

11. If you were on a deserted island, which player would you pick to
stay with you?

Zdeno Chara. He is tall, and I am going to need someone to pluck those coconuts off the trees for my vegetarian self.

12. Crosby, Ovechkin or Phaneuf (hey he tried!)?

Ovechkin!

13. The player you'd like to take for a grand night out/a movie/a boring event?

Grand night out: Mike Green, just to see a guy with a Mohawk in a tuxedo.

A movie: Donald Brashear. I'd like to see him at a screening for Sleepless in Seattle.

A boring event: Ovechkin, because he seems like he is always ready to liven things up.

14. If you could make your own team, regardless of whatever players, what would it be called and where will it be/how would it be like?

I think Seattle would be a great place for a team. I would call them the Seattle Pikers and it would be a mixed gender team. If Daniel Briere (5-9, 177lbs) can excel at this level, so can elite female players.

25 comments:

Objectionable Conduct said...

See and one of my favourite things is girls with sexually explicit signs. I kind of disapointed a couple of Flames prospects when I didn't take a dirty sign with me to any of the games I went to this year.

Aside from that, you're cool.

Shmee said...

Haha...on its own, the signs arent too bad. But its the fact that they press them against the glass, in front of my seat, while I am tring to watch the game.

But, I respect their right to let Ovechkin know that they are willing to bear his children:)

Objectionable Conduct said...

LOL Well I wouldn't have Ovie's children... but I would let Sid put it in my 5-hole.

If he weren't sexually ambigious I mean.

McPhizzle said...

Well from one Washingtonian to another (albeit 2 different Washingtons), welcome!

KMS2 said...

objectionable conduct: hahahahaha!! did you really just write that?! There are tears in my eyes because I'm laughing so hard.

as they say on the office: "that's what she said"

Jordi said...

kms2: They must be watching too much Scrubs. Or college radio. I forget.

I dont mind the signs until the girl starts getting convinced and smug that she could do it from all the attention.

Shmee said...

Thank you for the welcome!

Objectionable Conduct said...

kms2 - Yes I totally did just say that.

Which reminds me. It is seriously time for another GAY or NOT GAY in my blog....

CapsChick said...

Can we focus on something other than the gratuitous signage, please, ladies? :)

ANOTHER CAPS FAN! WOOOOO! Soon we will take over the world (or at least fill our own arena...)

Welcome!

Interchangeable Parts said...

Shmee, welcome to HLOG! While we are a little troubled by the native New Jerseyian cheering for a team other than the Devils thing, we can see why the Caps would appeal. What we can't see is why goat cheese wouldn't. :)

Shmee said...

Interchangeable Parts said...

Its so odd because I love cheese. I am one of those ladies who is perfectly content to come home and eat a hunk of cheese for dinner (its slightly horrifying to watch). But I find goat cheese suspicious.

KMS2 said...

shmee, I'm with you. I love cheese, but there are some that I don't like such as, goat cheese, gorgonzola, and blue cheese. But give me Edam, Gouda, Fontina, Gruyere, anything else and I'll be satisfied.

Schnookie said...

Shmee, the recent, sudden death of our fridge at Interchangeable Parts Manor was made doubly unpleasant for the sheer quantity of cheese in it. We are big-time cheese people, and in fact had a cheese platter dinner earlier this week! Rock on, cheese-for-dinner sister! (And your dislike of goat cheese just means more for me. Mmmm!)

Shmee said...

Now if only I could get some cheese at hockey games...

Debcapsfan said...

Yay, another Caps fan!!
Are you going to the Draft Day party?

Shmee said...

I was thinking about it but I could use some company...would you and Rebecca have any interest in going?

Interchangeable Parts said...

"Now if only I could get some cheese at hockey games... "

Shmee, back when I (Pookie; sorry, Schnookie is commenting under her name, leaving me to comment as Interchangeable Parts) had season tickets, I used to pack a picnic lunch with me in case playoff games went into multiple OTs (they never did). I would bring fancy cheese, crackers and chocolate. It was heavenly. If only they had let me bring in some wine...

Shmee said...

Interchangeable Parts said...

That sounds amazing...at the Verizon Center here, not a single food product is allowed inside. So the only cheese I get is a 7 dollar slice of papa johns.

Jordi said...

I'm an anti goat cheese lady too. The thing makes me gag.

Isleschick said...

I just tried goat cheese for the first time last week. It wasn't that bad but..I'll stick to the normal cheeses thank you. :)

Bethany said...

Wow....I'm like the last girl to respond!! Welcome!!!

Jocelynn said...

Nope, I am now last.

Welcome!

All that talk about cheese has made me want to go out and get some brie and a baguette.

Shmee said...

This series of comments made me eat approximately half a pound of mozzarella last night and finish what was left for breakfast this morning.

Breakfast of champions.

Thank you for the welcome!!

Sherry said...

Am I the only one here who hates Cheese? I am aren't I?

Jordi said...

Well Sherry you're a picky eater, go eat a saltine.