All For Me??!!

Friday, January 4th, 2008, 1:59 am

Quite nice of my friend Mark to take me to tonight’s Penguin-Maple Leaf game. I should’ve known something was up when he told me to bring my little camera along, as he couldn’t find his. I’ve taken it to games before and never really gotten many good shots, so it was odd that he wanted me to bring it. That is, until the intermission between the first and second periods, when this flashed up on the scoreboard:

Yeah, I know–screw Kylee Jo Cochran, whoever she is. Mean Gene does NOT share billing. At least my name was listed first.

Best hockey game I’ve ever been to. Pens fell behind early, then came out swinging in the second. Jarkko Ruutu beat the stuffing out of Darcy Tucker, a fight that everyone agreed was the best in the Arena all year. Ruutu caught Tucker with some serious shots and sent him to the box dripping blood. And then the real fireworks started, as the Pens took the lead in the second and blew things open in the third with three goals in 48 seconds. Place was totally going nuts, and then Ryan Malone won a unanimous decision over Mark Bell. Evgeni Malkin had two goals and everyone was screaming for him to get his hat trick, myself included, as I wear a Malkin jersey since we share the same first name (well, if I were Russian my name would be Evgeni) and the same nickname, Geno. Malkin got the puck on the doorstep and just had to shovel it home, but he whiffed, making the crowd groan en masse. But Malkin got the puck just inside the circle, cut to the middle, and released a wrist shot that reached warp six before it dented the twine.

Of course the crowd went wild. Now, you might think that they were cheering Malkin’s first hat trick. But don’t forget, today (well, yesterday) was MY birthday. MY day. So as the standing-room-only crowd chanted "GENO! GENO! GENO!!!", I’m sure you’ll understand when I say that they were all cheering for me. And, well, why wouldn’t they be?

I closed my eyes and let the adulation wash over me. And it felt…delicious. Thank God my birthday only comes once a year. I don’t know that my ego could handle all the love.

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6 Responses to “All For Me??!!”

  1. Daddy Says:

    Kylee Jo Cochran is a whore.

  2. Darcy Says:

    You are a riot.

  3. Maudie Says:

    GENO! GENO! Happy nascence!

  4. Human Head Says:

    GENO!!!

  5. Justin Says:

    It was a great fight, Ruutu hardly beat the stuffing out of him but hey you are Pens fan.

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