I sure did.
That said, it's time to get back to work, and by work, I mean watching hockey. May not sound like much to you, but it sometimes pays my bills.
In the 'ATL' right now, getting ready for the Panthers practice at Philips Arena. The Panthers may feel they are in a haunted house everything they come to the 'ATL' and that's going to happen when you've lost 11 straight to the same opponent in the same building.
If this keeps up, Olli Jokinen might have to turn down an invitation to play in the All-Star Game.
But I think the Panthers come out and play hard tonight and actually snap this funk in the 'ATL.' Yep, I'm bending that limb by saying Florida wins tonight, losing streak comes to a close.
Of course, the 'Thrashers' played pretty crummy last night in Columbus and are ready to make a statement. And they are ready to make it against the Panthers.
-- Anthony Stewart is back with the Panthers, called up after last night's Americans' game against the Toronto Marlboro Lights. I hope the Panthers let Anthony keep his frequent flier miles. His are adding up quicker than mine these days.
-- Don't know how many people flew yesterday, but I've decided flying out late on heavy travel days is the way to go. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International at Dania Beach near Miami Gardens which is close to Opa-locka Airport was close to being empty last night. At least Terminal 2 was, that is. And my flight to the 'ATL' was pretty lonely. Not a full row on the plane. Got to love that...
-- Holy Jokinen! that was a quick post to the blog...anyway, no on Booth tonight and probably tomorrow. I would expect to see him back in the lineup Sunday against the Flyers. Will check on him at practice today.
-- Just got back from practice -- well, we detoured and went to Ted's Montana Grill for lunch. Quite good. I've always liked Ted Turner's TV networks, and he makes some good grub to boot.
Anyway, Booth went through the whole practice, but JM says he's still out. Anthony Stewart back on the fourth line with Tanner Glass and Kamil Kreps. The trio played pretty good the other night, and JM says they play hard, they bring something to the table, they get ice time. Saturday against Toronto, all three got extended time for the first time in a while. We'll see what happens tonight.
-- Panthers say less than 100 lower bowl tickets available for tomorrow's game against the Canadiens. The team is now selling 300 standing room only tickets for the low, low price of 30 bucks. How much? 'Bout 30 man!
The team is also discounting its premium seats for the Sunday game against Philly by 20 percent. Don't really know what that means, but if interested, check out the team website for more info.
Hockey or Dolphins....hockey or Dolphins...
Not much of a choice, eh? OK, I plan on watching the Phins on TV before the hockey game. Best of both worlds...
-- Speaking of Dolphins, Bill Parcells meets with the media today at 6 in Davie. Good times, I'm sure.