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I brought Alberta back home with me, apparently.

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What's up guys? I'm currently on a plane headed back to the states after following the Sharks on their Alberta road trip. The Sharks won a game in front of me! That was cool. They ALSO gave the worst team in the league their first win against a western conference opponent in DECEMBER. That was cool because I take value in being right 97% of the time. The trip was awesome, but the hangover is costly. What you may not know about the trip is that it was a dork fest! I spent the entire time with other hockey bloggers from the twitters and you might be surprised, but we are actually fun and only mildly awkward! The 21st century is weird. Since my gameday post for the weekend was awful, I thought I would delight you with highlights of my trip!

Sharks @ Flames

Good lord guys, the Saddledome is WEIRD. The arena is shaped like a goddamn SADDLE.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;The cameras are going to block your view and the roof will block the scoreboard.&quot;&#10;&quot;Yeah but it looks like a saddle.&quot; <a href="http://t.co/cWbgXb8fhv">pic.twitter.com/cWbgXb8fhv</a></p>&mdash; Bonk&#39;s Mullet (@BonksMullet) <a href="https://twitter.com/BonksMullet/status/541432757847470080">December 7, 2014</a></blockquote>

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It takes getting used to, which means that I will have to go to at least twenty more games at the Saddledome to get used to it. The arena itself is old, the interior is all concrete. Getting to the seats can be difficult if you're in the nosebleeds. You enter through the middle tier and have to walk through those sections and go up a ton of stairs to get to the next tier, which makes exiting a problem. With all that being said, I like the Saddledome because it's so unique compared to the other arenas I've been to. All the little quirks make it charming. Flames fans are cool and super excited about the whole 'we're a ticking time bomb' thing.

The thing that really bothered me about the Saddledome was the Garth Brooks singalong during the second intermission. Good god Calgary, you already have the Stampede and cowboy greeters at the airport, just fucking stop. Lyrics to a garbage song pop up on the jumbotron and all the hicks in attendance sings them. A little Flames logo with a cowboy hat bounces on top of the lyrics. I would have taken a video or picture but I was busy being mad at my friend, bookofloob, for making me experience this.

The Sharks won this game although they were terrible and didn't deserve to win, which is hilarious because that's typically a Flames move.

Sharks @ Oilers

Rexall Place is similar to the Saddledome, due to the fact that it is outdated and the interior is concrete. It's not shaped like an oil drop or anything so that's where it loses points. The atmosphere is so funny--everyone is just SO apathetic. This night was rather hazy because I drank A LOT. My good friend, Jeanshorts, works for super-blog, Oilers Nation, and for whatever reason, they have a company limo that goes from the bar they frequent to Rexall. It's pretty safe to say that I drank the most that I've ever drank in my life and I didn't even get sick! TAKE THAT OBAMA! Also:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>*bump*</p>&mdash; SJ (@stace_ofbase) <a href="https://twitter.com/stace_ofbase/status/541813995724754945">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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#AgainIAmRightInMyAnalysis

It was a really good trip and I miss my friends already, but it's good to be back in California. I've missed wearing shorts and swearing at people.


Gameday!

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers

7:30pm PST

Sad Asshole Patrol Center

CSN-CA

Prediction:

Seriously? Again? What the fuck. I'm sure the NHL was all, "you know what would just be enthalling this year? A home and home series between the Oilers-Sharks! Let's renew that hatred from 8 years ago!" Much like Oilers fans being apathetic about this season, Sharks fans are apathetic about the past, present and future. YAY! Anyway, I don't think the Oilers will win this one. Sharks win, 3-1. Goals from Tommy Wingels (x2) and Joe Pavelski.

Setting the Tone:

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Wilco was a staple during the trip and as usual, I cannot stop listening.

Tweet of the Day:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The few. The proud. The Oilers RT <a href="https://twitter.com/mikeFAIL">@mikeFAIL</a>: Sorry <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sharks?src=hash">#Sharks</a> fans <a href="http://t.co/okNWhUbhcR">pic.twitter.com/okNWhUbhcR</a></p>&mdash; Ol&#39; Flooby (@bookofloob) <a href="https://twitter.com/bookofloob/status/541813302787989504">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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"FINALLY I can stop bringing this sign to the games....for now"

Awful Hockey Tattoo of the Day:

booooo