Friday, September 4, 2015

Random Happy Time, 25 O’Clock - Sweater Heaven!
The 2015-2016 marks the 25th anniversary of San Jose Sharks hockey. Tiger and Rabbit reminisce about their favorite hockey moments and Tiger tries to decide which player jersey to buy next.


Rabbit: O(≧∇≦)O So this coming season is the 25th anniversary of Sharks hockey.

Tiger: Wow, what a ride it has been. While there have been many ups and downs throughout the years we’ve watched this team, I have a lot of great memories.

Rabbit: One of the biggest memories I have has to be “The Kill.” \( `.∀´)/

Tiger: For those that don’t know, we started watching hockey in 2001 and became fans of the Colorado Avalanche during Ray Bourque’s storied journey to finally raise the Stanley Cup.

Rabbit: While we loved the players, we didn’t necessarily love the team, and eventually went shopping to find one we could truly claim as our own.

Tiger: There was an NHL lockout and after that, ESPN and other channels stopped airing hockey so we were forced to watch the local team, the San Jose Sharks.

Rabbit: The Sharks and Avs actually had a bit of a rivalry going so we weren’t fans of Team Teal but it was the first season back after the lockout and we weren’t going to miss watching hockey again. During the second round of the playoffs, on May 8th, 2006 against the Edmonton Oilers, there was this special moment that we know as “The Kill.” The San Jose Sharks had taken a 1-0 lead in the series and were up 1-0 in the second period of the game. The Sharks took two penalties and had 101 continuous seconds of 5-on-3 disadvantage. If that wasn’t enough, defensemen Kyle McLaren and Scott Hannan broke their sticks during the play, effectively turning it into a 5-on-1 disadvantage. Goalie Vesa Toskala and the guys on the ice did everything in their power to keep the 1-0, killing off the entirety of both penalties. The Sharks went on to win the game 2-1 before losing the series 4-2 to the Oil.

Tiger: (-^〇^-) I have two major memories that both happened during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was the Western Conference Quarter-finals and the Sharks were meeting their southern rivals for the first time in the playoffs. The series was tied 1-1 when Team Teal rolled into the Staples Center to face the LA Kings on April 19th, 2011. The game started out ugly with the Kings taking the early lead. With only a minute played in the second period, the Sharks were already facing a 4-0 deficit… then started “The Comeback.” Patrick Marleau knocked home a blast from Dan Boyle, Ryane Clowe scored on the powerplay, and Logan Couture brought the Sharks within one. LA wasn’t done yet, adding another tally in the second while Ryane Clowe answered back five minutes later. With less than a minute left in the second period, Joe Pavelski powers his way to the net and ties the game. The third period saw both teams tighten down on defense so it was on to sudden death overtime to decide the winner of this goalfest game.

Rabbit: ((((;゜Д゜))) I’m on the edge of my seat!

Tiger: Just three minutes into OT, Marleau and Thornton charged into the offensive zone, they were well defended but no one was covering Setoguchi coming down the far boards. Marleau made a glorious pass and Seto buried the puck behind Quick. The Sharks completed the comeback and won the game 6-5 in overtime, taking a 2-1 series lead.

Rabbit: You know Wallin got an assist off of Cooch’s and Seto’s goals, right?

Tiger: He was also on the ice for LA’s last goal too. Clowey man, and Seto. Those guys I miss. But the SJ vs LA series wasn’t done giving more spectacular moments, up next is "The Slide." On April 25th, 2011; the Sharks were leading the series 3-2 and had the opportunity to finish off the Kings in their hometown. The game was hard fought with the Sharks taking the lead in the second but the Kings answering back and tying it up in the third. Once again, this game would be decided in OT. The game looked dire for the Sharks, taking a 5-minute major penalty that continued into OT. After they killed it off, Joe Thornton came up the far boards and chipped the puck to Devin Setoguchi, who took it around the net and back out the other side. He found Patrick Marleau streaking towards the net and passed it to him but the puck ricocheted off of a skate and landed in front of Thornton, who was now standing in front of the net. He hammered it home and won the game 4-3 and closed out the series against the Kings 4-2. His iconic celebration of sliding across the ice on his back showed just how much the Sharks relished the win.

Rabbit: Such great memories and I’m looking forward to making new memories in the coming season. (>’o’)> ♥

Tiger: I’m excited too; the Sharks are going to have a retro jersey that harkens back to the original Teal sweater. ♥ <(‘o’<)

Rabbit: And of course, you’ll be getting one. (>’o’)> ♥ <(‘o’<)

Tiger: I’m definitely picking up one and I’m hoping to get another player jersey but I’m not sure who. Maybe Wingels in white and if Mueller plays for the Barracuda, I definitely want to get their alternate jersey.

Rabbit: We’re running out of closet space and you want to get three more jerseys?!

Tiger: I'll make space.

Rabbit: Speaking of anniversaries, happy anniversary! ヾ(@°▽°@)ノ

Tiger: 【・ヘ・?】 Anniversary for what?

Rabbit: For us, silly.

Tiger: *scratches head*

Rabbit: I can’t believe you forgot! This month marks a year since we started TvR.

Tiger: Oh wow, really? Has it been that long?

Rabbit: It has, we posted our first Q Attack in September of 2014. I want to thank all the Qgers and Qbbits for sticking with us! Please continue to read our posts; we definitely have more content planned for 2016! <(^o^<)

Tiger: (>^_^)> Yes, thank you for putting up with all our shenanigans. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or just started reading, we thank you. We’ll try to keep coming up with new content and topics that we hope you find interesting.

Rabbit: I think we should do a food only segment, where we talk about our favorite dishes every month.

Tiger: I want to do a Fallout and TES weekly discussion.

Rabbit: How about a “Saitou is Awesome” segment?

Tiger: A “Ga-Ga-Ga-Gundam!” mode would be better.

Rabbit: Ge-ge-ge-get out of here! (メ`ロ´)/

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