Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 01/31/12 at 07:00 PM ET
At the last minute I got a break on some tickets to the Sharks Foundation benefit at Club Auto Sport, San Jose (sponsored by Porsche and Joseph Georges wines). It seemed like the sort of thing I should check out if at all possible so I did. Granted, I have a moderately bad reaction to wine, and I’m no petrolhead, so it wasn’t the kind of event I would normally attend. Even so, there were some good wines and a lot of pretty cars that even I could appreciate after I got over the flushed, feverish sick feeling that hits me when I drink wine. Even a tiny bit of wine, it seems. They tasted good anyway. And how can you not love a DeLorean tricked out as a time machine? Yes, fun and pretty cars.
There were a lot of photos being taken but I didn’t see any autographs being done. That lent a casual, friendly air to the event. Of course I could have missed them if they were discreet. A reliable eye-witness I am not. I didn’t see anyone climbing inside the cars, it is possible that this was not permitted. I did not ask. In the back there was a little Ferrari room, with Ferraris in it.
The silent auction sold mostly large bottles of wine that had been autographed by the team. The live auction featured the ever-popular dinner for four with Douglas Murray. The high bid for that was around 21k. Um. Wow. I’m going to guess the event raised a whole lotta money for the Sharks Foundation.
All players were accounted for I think. Marty Havlat was there looking much better now that he’s lost the crutches. Crutches are a terrible look on anyone. I did not see Jason Demers but I am a lousy spy, it is possible I missed him. I thought that was impressive, for everyone to be there. It is a good cause and a fairly high-priced event, so I can see the incentive to get everyone there, but still, good for the Sharks to all show up.
This morning we waited to find out if Clowe will play tonight. I thought it was not good news that he was so quiet about his status yesterday. Ugh, worry worry. Apparently he expects to be better for Thursday, but not tonight. That is a legitimate bummer.
There’s no reason not to expect Burns back in the lineup. No one has suggested otherwise and he skated as usual with the team this morning. Well, that’s one. Can we have another? Still out: Wingels, Clowe, Havlat. I could add Sheppard but he’s never been in the lineup so maybe he doesn’t count unless the team is hurting for forwards… oh. Right.
The Sharks play the Blue Jackets tonight. The Blue Jackets. Poor them. What a totally dismal stinker of a season they have had. I know there’s one in every season but I always feel bad for the team that falls so far behind so early that they have to play a whole lot of games with no hope of success. I guess they have to recalibrate their hopes and expectations, make a single win a bigger deal that it might be in a race for a playoff spot, work on the details of their game or something. So depressing.
Burns was among the first on the ice and started tapping the glass with his stick, once per pane, as he went round the rink. He made it about half way round before missing one. Guess he was skating too fast. Yeah, fine, I count panes of glass too. Have I mentioned I’m a little on the OCD side?
McCarthy was back and in front of the net. I tried not to jump up and down clapping my hands. I succeeded. McCarthy is so earnest and quick and has been bouncing in and out of the lineup in what has to be a frustrating way. I so want to see him succeed. Even if it means Clowe is out, good for McCarthy.
I could not discover whether or not Demers was at the Foundation event last night. When I did not see him on the ice, it set the wheels and worries whirring. I saw Desi and start to wonder if I am sure I saw him at the wine tasting. I thought I did… The harder I think, the less sure I am. One of these days I will learn to be rude to my guest and take notes. Not that attending such an event is of any great significance, but when everyone else is there I guess an absence stands out more.
I wrestled for a bit with the wireless connection. The coaches came out and still no Demers. Then followed a flurry of tweets saying pretty much the same thing:
@KKurzCSN: “Demers is out with a lower body injury.
Well that explained that.
Vandermeer was skating as a winger again on the fourth line. I don’t think I’m a fan of that. I understand the need to get him some ice time but really? I’m glad he’s feeling better but I don’t know if he is really the forward we’ve been looking for.
Speaking of Vandermeer, he’s blonder than I thought he was. Funny how hard it is to identify hair color with helmets and wet hair and all that.
McLellan left the ice after about 30 minutes, the rest of the team was been out there for a little longer, about 40 minutes in all.
While waiting to see which goalie left first, I wondered if, after that nice charity benefit last night, the Sharks would be feeling too charitable to put the Blue Jackets away as they should? I would respect the sentiment but be very irked by such a result.
Nemo was off first. Okay then, Niemi it is.
Looks like the Blue Jackets will start Mason, if who left the ice first is still a reliable indicator. Poor Blue Jackets. I guess it makes sense to try the other goalie. Sanford hasn’t had much luck with the Sharks.
Three Sharks are approaching benchmark games: tonight will be Dan Boyle’s 800th, Brent Burns’ 500th, and Douglas Murray’s 400th.
And still no wireless. Sigh.
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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.
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