Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gone traveling with the Sharks...












I love road trips - the joy of exploring new terrain, the freedom from the daily routine, the chances of meeting new people...

It's even better when you combine a road trip with HOCKEY - specifically SAN JOSE SHARKS HOCKEY.

Tonight my good friend and I fly to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to begin a crazy, teal-brained, whirlwind Sharks road trip across the Sunshine State. We're taking the red-eye from SFO, which is the only teacher-friendly flight of the day that gets us there on time...

After chilling in Miami Beach and Little Havana early in the day, we'll head to Sunrise (Fort Lauderdale suburb) to see the Florida Panthers host the Sharks. The Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators last night, and narrowly missed beating the Montreal Canadiens earlier this week, so while Olli Jokinen is no longer on their team, Nathan Horton, Cory Stillman, and Keith Ballard can still do some damage. Though he's been without serious points so far in the season, Jay Bouwmeester isn't one to scoff at, either.

Luckily for Richard Zednik, Kyle McLaren has been sent to the minors... shucks, no reunion, which would surely be cordial and charming.





Saturday we'll cross the state (via the Everglades) to the Gulf Coast, to see *Barry Melrose's* Tampa Bay Lightning play Team Teal. In the process, we'll greet an old friend, Matt Carle, and witness the first Bolts game of veteran Marek Malik.

If we have time before the game, we'll try to check out either the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, or Fort DeSoto Beach (#1 beach in America, so it's claimed).

Post-game, we'll celebrate by re-crossing the state to catch our 6am flight from Fort Lauderdale. Yea us...

After all, gotta make it back home in time to see Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the Sharks Store, followed by a visit from Sid the Kid, the Malkin-ator, and, um, Satan, the latter of whom joined forces with the Pittsburgh Penguins recently.

GO SHARKS.

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