Archive for January 23rd, 2008

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Please Be Nice To Them

January 23, 2008

Oh sweet merciful crap. Jerry Sullivan writes in his blog that one of the Sabres players asked Sabres beat reporter John Vogl to write more positive stories to boost team morale. Those of you with tender sensibilities might not want to read the next sentence.

Are you fucking kidding me!!

The team wants the press to be nice to them? Have they not heard of a little thing called freedom of the press? The media can write whatever they want (within slander/libel laws, of course) since they are the media. They have no obligation to write anything “nice” just because a player asked them to. Not only that, the team hasn’t done anything worthy of “nice” coverage outside of the 10-1 win versus Nashville.

Now I really want to know which of the yahoos asked Vogl to write nicer stories, since they deserve a very, very hard slap upside the head. If the team is looking to build morale via the media’s coverage, they’re in even deeper trouble than we thought. I also thought that most professional athletes don’t read the sports stories just because of the potential for negativity. Its a whole turning a blind eye thing.

Based on Sullivan’s comment, why do I have a feeling that players will stop being friendly to the media if they don’t see “nice” coverage?

That’s right . This team makes me sad. And angry.

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Head, Meet Desk

January 23, 2008

Its one of those mornings over here at Shots Off The Crossbar.

– Versus and the NHL extended their TV contract. Way to keep the sport that’s currently the 4th out of the 4 major sports relegated to an obscure network. Remember all that pommerdoodling that happened when the Expletive Deleted Stupid Ice Bowl scored a 2 in the ratings? Well, be ready for more of that.

– Lindy gave his players the day off yesterday. The day off. No bag skate. No Herbies. Apparently, Lindy is not a regular reader of this blog, as how many of us advocated skating the team until their feet fell off or they came to Jeebus. He did take the blame for their recent failures, according to an article in this morning’s paper. I have to disagree with Lindy on this one. He’s not the one that’s got the skates strapped on and the stick in his hands. He’s not one of the 23 guys on the roster that can control what happens during a game. Until he is, he’s not (fully) responsible for what happens.

– This ESPN article gives a great explanation about high ankle sprains and how they’re different from regular ankle sprains. It seems like this is an injury that happens a lot in hockey, so its a good read to understand why they’re such a frustrating injury for players.