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Sleep with anger

-Last night-
To go to sleep angry is something you shouldn’t do.  So I was glad that CSN showed the new Shark Byte right after that appalling game in LA.  It was chock full of fun and cute things and happy cheerful banter.  Something other than what was probably going on in the Sharks dressing room and on the plane home tonight.  I hope, but that’s because I’m still a little mad.  Maybe I should watch it again.  The Shark Byte, not the game.  That wallaroo was adorable.

I thought the Sharks would give a few strong performances here, since they were facing teams they should take seriously.  The Canucks game was depressing but McLellan said it was a good effort.  He’s the expert, so I’ll just believe him.  But this game in LA was painful to watch.  The team could not have been more disjointed if they had itching powder in their gloves and helmets.  They were so very much out of sync, it was hard to tell who wasn’t making hasty wrong decisions and bizarre choices.

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The unforgiving minute

Well that was demoralizing.  I’ll just open another beer and try not to think too hard about the Canucks winning twice in a row, in my sight, this time against the Sharks.  Booooo.

In less than a minute, the Canucks @ Sharks game went from wonderfully tied with a goal from the Sharks’ 4th line to a stifling 2 goal lead for the Canucks. In such cases, a fan should close her eyes and think of… somewhere else.

I started the night with my ear to a horse’s stomach, listening for sounds.  I could hear sounds, I didn’t need a stethoscope.  There were lots of gurgles and bubbling sounds in there.  Stethoscopes don’t help.  I can hear all the good sounds with my bare ear, stethoscopes amplify extra noise that is hardly ever what I need to hear.

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Thanksgiving

It took me a lot longer than I expected to get back online after the trip to Vancouver.  The access was there (even at the Vancouver airport, so very nice of them!), but I couldn’t think clearly at all.  I was distracted by things like what it means that I’m watching a hockey game on my phone in an airport waiting room while a young man in hiking boots across from me is knitting.  Am I sexist for noticing that?  Was that legitimately unusual or am I an old fuddy-duddy?  In any case, the whole moving from place to place left me disoriented and I’m still a little fuzzy.

The Sharks have announced their Black Friday sale.  That would be coming up on Black Friday, which is Friday.  Everything except jerseys will be marked down 30%, and jersey customization will be available on site for $65.

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Red Card: Sharks @ Stars

I don’t know exactly what a red card is but I suspect it has to do with misbehaving in a soccer game.  So I think it’s kind of ironic that I watched the Sharks @ Stars game at a sports bar called Red Card. I usually lean toward older, danker places where the wood (there’s got to be lots of wood) was steeped for years in cigar smoke and the leather upholstery is a bit alive with the scent of many bodies.

Red Card isn’t like that.  It’s got shiny metal highlights and a lit bar that changes colors. It also has exposed brick walls and black and red leather upholstery. You know it’s a pub, even if the chairs and bar stools are of a distinctly modern design.  It also has a bunch of satellite feeds so it gets pretty much any sports event you need to see.

I order soup and beer and watch the Sharks game begin.

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On the road again

I was surprised by how difficult it was to find a place to watch Sharks or Flyers games the first day I was here. I spoke to bartenders, hostesses, a hotel concierge and one bar-restaurant manager, and none could answer me the simple question: where can I watch a Sharks/Flyers game?

Answers I received:

-“We might show that if it’s on CBC and nothing else is on.  But I can’t promise anything.”

-“Right upstairs”, to which upstairs responded “what channel is it on? Oh, no, we only show Canadian teams.”  To which downstairs retorted “I used to work upstairs, I know they have a lot more hockey channels than we do down here.”

I did not go back upstairs to pursue this matter.

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ECHL’s SF Bulls update

The new face in Bay Area hockey needs a name.  That is, the SF Bulls’ mascot needs one.  I like Ferdinand but I don’t think that would go over well in the ECHL.  Maybe it would.  I think it would be okay for their mascot to be known as “the only bull who won’t fight.”  Mascot fights are kind of silly anyway. 

If you’d like to chime in with a suggestion, go to their website to do so.  You can also pick up t-shirts in their shop.  I like the colors.  If it can’t be teal, a lot of orange works for me.

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This old barn needs a team

It’s been 16 years (or it will have been) since a hockey team played at the Cow Palace.  I don’t mention that simply to make those of you who saw it feel old.  As Carol Klatt, Mayor of Daly City said: “16 years is a long time to go without hockey.”  Mayor Klatt confessed to being a Blues fan, since she is originally from Missouri.  She’s also been back to watch the Blues play. Old loyalties aside, she promised: “I plan to be behind the glass when that first puck hits the ice” in a San Francisco Bulls game.

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  Tags: cow+palace, daly+city, echl, joe+barkett, pat+curcio, sf+bulls

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net

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