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Failing The Stress Test

It finally hit me last weekend.  I finally reached the point where I couldn’t take the stress of the Sabres frantic pursuit of a playoff spot.  Quite honestly I lasted longer than I thought I would but it did help that I spent a week in Mexico almost completely out of touch.

As the Sabres prepared to play the Rangers last Friday night, I couldn’t sit still.  I had so much nervous energy, I was unable to just sit in my comfy chair and watch the game.  So I grabbed my Iphone, opened up the WGR App and took a stroll around the neighborhood.  For an entire period.  There were probably some people who were thinking “what’s up with the crazy guy walking around and cheering/screaming?”

The next night it happened again but this time, walking was not an option.  I had promised my lovely wife that we would have a family night out for dinner and ice cream(if you work at Jenny Craig, please disregard the ice cream reference).  Don’t worry I did DVR the game in the event I needed to go back and watch whatever I missed.  By the time I got home, the Sabres were leading and I only had to worry about them holding on the rest of the way.

Now to tonight’s game with Washington.  I started getting nervous about this one on Sunday night right after the Caps beat Minnesota to move back into a tie with the Sabres.  When I came to work on Monday morning it felt just like the Monday after the end of the regular season and I was awaiting the Sabres playoff opener.  At least I didn’t have to wait 3 or 4 days for this game to be played.

I am now officially in “hunker down” mode where my family knows I’m not the most fun person to be around.  Unless the Sabres win, then I’m fine.  Tonight I will be down in my basement/office watching the game by myself, not answering the phone and not conversing with members of my family(except during intermission when I take the dog out for a walk so I can work off the nerves).

I would like to apologize in advance to anyone I come in contact with this week and next because I may seem distant and anti-social.  I am far from that but these are special circumstances and I don’t drink(other than the odd cake vodka shots at WGR events) or smoke so I have no outlet.  I can’t binge eat either because that would defeat the purpose of my diet.
So Good Luck to the Sabres in this stretch run and here’s hoping I get to do all of this again in a couple of weeks.

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