I’ve almost come down from my Habs/Halakian high I’ve been on since Monday night. Almost, but not quite. It was just too good to be true, the way the team shut down the high-powered offence of the Washington Capitals, and the way Jaroslav Halak was absolutely lights-out for the full 60 minutes.
It made my heart soar like an eagle.
Now it’s waiting for game seven. “Game seven.” Doesn’t that have nice, wicked ring to it?
How do I prepare for a big game? I don’t do much. I try not to answer the phone after the puck drops. But I can tell you, from the minute I wake up on game day, I think about what lies ahead. When I was a kid, game day was like going to the circus. I couldn’t wait. The hours just dragged by, waiting to see my Habs again. We were lucky to see them once a week, or once every couple of weeks. It was always Leafs, Leafs, Leafs where I come from. And there were only two channels.
I still have this feeling of excitement and anticipation after all this time, so I guess I’ve never grown up. However, I really don’t have any special routine I follow, unlike this fellow:
I received an email yesterday from a reader, Mikey D, and he explained what he does to get ready.
“This is my routine. First, I put on my special Habs shirt which has only been worn for t.v games and never outside of my home. It’s got 23 cups on it and is washed only once a year. Well, hey…I’m a superstitious guy! Then I put on the 1993 Stanley Cup hat. Both have their own hangers. Then I cook up my burger and fries and put the meal on my stool with the Habs cover. I set up Stevie Ray on the stereo and grab my chilled Habs mug and fill it with my favourite beverage. Finally, I open my windows so that my neighbours can hear my cheers. They might be tired of hearing “The House is a Rockin’ but they know I’m a die hard Habs fan and they leave me alone. Hey…if I was a Caps fan they’d be stuck listening to Milli Vanilli and look what happened to them when they thought they won!!!! Win or lose…we are still the greatest.” Mikey D.
Yes, indeed. Habs fans are a special breed.