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Sabres Media Roundup

March 18, 2008

– This weekend, TWC Sports showed an extended version of Staffy’s Power Play episode. This one touched more on Staffy’s life off the ice. He talked a lot about the music he’s interested in. I admit to never having heard of any of Staffy’s favorite bands. Then again, I listen to mainly Top 40 stuff, which he kind of turned up his nose at. He also admitted that if he has to hear the techno version of 4 Non Blondes “What’s Goin On” one more time, he might dunk a bitch (my phrase, but his idea.) Maybe that’s why Goose hasn’t released a playlist to sabres.com, he’s got 4 Non Blondes on there, and he doesn’t want to get dunked.

In regards to his personal music, he’s no longer a member of Red Seal Peach (and let us pause here for a moment to remember the dearly departed Fabian video that is no longer on myspace.) and is instead working with Jordan Parise on a “band” called Invisible Children. They hope to put out a CD this summer.

Whitey also talked movies with Staffy. The last movie he saw was Saw 4, which he rented in NYC. I also want to point out how he can watch the Saw movies, but Goose and Yo-Yo freak out over them. He admitted to liking Lindsay Lohan, because she’s Lindsay Lohan. (Oh, Staffy. I expected more from you.) In what I thought was a semi-shocking admittance, he admitted that he likes The Notebook. And he also put forth that any guy that says they don’t like The Notebook is really lying because its a good movie. He didn’t cry at the end, in case anyone was wondering. I think The Notebook admission might cancel out the Li-Lo admission, but just by a smidge.

In team related stuff, a fan asked him who his road roommate was. He’s had four roomies so far this season. To date, he’s roomed with Paille, Roy-Z, Paille again, C-Mac, Gaustad for about a week, and now he’s back to Roy. Staffy has no idea why he’s had the revolving door roomies, except that maybe its because he’s the young guy.

I kind of liked the cable knit toque he had on his head. Then again, knowing hockey players, that hat probably cost more than one of my student loan payments.

– Moving on to WGR’s Schoop and the Bulldog’s presentation of Goose On Sports…

Lindy didn’t have a come to jeebus meeting after the Pittsburgh game, players did individual gut checks. Their core problem is that they needed to play like one 5-man unit, instead of five 1-man units. When one guy gets out of position, everyone else gets out of position trying to compensate. (I’m kind of surprised that Lindy didn’t have a meeting, he seemed like he was ready for a good, old-fashioned ass-kicking at the end of that one.)

Goose also pointed out that the team can’t rest on their morals after these past two wins. I hope they’re not resting on their morals, or even on their laurels. There’s still 9 games left to play.

Schopp and the Bulldog got Goose talking about his move from center to wing when he plays with Yo-Yo and Pommers. Goose said he has to remember to play the winger options and not the center ones, but thinks the move has helped his forechecking. He also likes playing with the Doodle and Yo-Yo, since they’re such complete, all-around players.

The overriding theme of the interview was “the system.” The system works because all lines play the same system. That’s what makes it so easy for a guy to go from the top line to the fourth line in the same game. This point was banged home about 57 times during the interview. And it was only a 15-minute segment, too!

Schopp & Bulldog asked whether the team was bothered by the Soupy trade, whether the players saw it as a betrayal by management, that management was no longer committed to winning. Goose pointed out that players have to trust management, and they don’t have the right to know what deals and contracts are in the works. He does make a good point, that while the players are looking out for themselves, management is looking out for the good of the franchise. Sometimes, management will make what fans view as an unpopular decision, but its ultimately for the good of the franchise.

The other night, the “Mair’s Office” sign in the 300s was replaced with “Please Don’t Quit on Us.” Goose saw it before the game, during his meditation. His first impression was not that the sign existed, but that they took down the Mair’s Office sign. (He’s observant, that one.) Mair was not available for comment on the fact that his sign is gone. Goose reiterated that the team has not quit. The fans just need to believe in them and have faith in the system.

I’m completely blown away that the fans made a sign like that. Obviously, I don’t go to a lot of games, but the Mair’s Office sign is a constant one at the arena. For that to be taken down for a plea to the players is something special. You wouldn’t see that in most other NHL cities.

Goose is intensely focused on making the playoffs, because he loves the playoffs. But the team can’t think big goal (playoffs) right now, but instead has to think little goal (beating Tampa Bay). There was some discussion about how Buffalo fans treat the playoffs, we make it loud and we sustain the loud all game long. Its a completely different environment than a normal game.

In respone to the blue and gold make green campaign, the team put recycling bins in the locker room. Goose reports that they fill up a bin every day from all the water and gatorade bottles they use. He also said that they players cannot believe how many bottles they go through a day. (Shoot, I know what I haul home in a week from my cube, so I can only imagine that multiplied by 24-25.)

Goose is also trying to figure out whether blue and gold actually do make green. He knows blue and yellow make green, but isn’t sure about gold. Whatever, he’s just the cue card reader.

And in some shocking developments, it looks like Sabretooth is maybe making a career jump?

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I guess T-shirt gun operation and hugs don’t pay as much as they used to.

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7 comments

  1. (I’m kind of surprised that Lindy didn’t have a meeting, he seemed like he was ready for a good, old-fashioned ass-kicking at the end of that one.)

    Lindy did say on the morning show that he spoke to the players after that game. It sounded like he generally talk to them at least briefly but this was a chat that was on the longer end. So maybe he didn’t have a “meeting” per se but I don’t think he allowed the game to pass without comment.

    Goose reports that they fill up a bin every day from all the water and gatorade bottles they use.

    Jeez, maybe they should invest in some Nalgene bottles for their water there. Better to drink tap water anyway!

    In other news, if I were Staffy I’d probably be really paranoid about my body odor or snoring or something if I switched roommates that often.


  2. Why must Drew Stafford continue to make me love him? Seriously? He’s so ridiculous I might be in love.


  3. MJ, I know, I’ve been in hockeylove with Drew Stafford for about a year now. I was really disappointed by the Lindsay Lohan comment because I’m not sure that his motivations are, well, because he really loves Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. However, his comment about The Notebook brought me back. That paragraph was an emotional rollercoaster for me, Amy.

    Hah, I agree with Meg. He probably sleep walks and snuggles with his teammates at night.

    I’ve never been to a playoff game, I hope to go to one…soon…ish…..or next year is ok too. I have to love the team either way.


  4. He probably sleep walks and snuggles with his teammates at night.

    Hee! Maybe that’s why he’s back with Roy. They’re all, “Well, Derek, you seem ever-so-slightly metrosexual. We’re sure you can handle a few surprise night snuggles!”


  5. Jeez, maybe they should invest in some Nalgene bottles for their water there. Better to drink tap water anyway!

    Seriously. If the concern is that each player needs his own bottle to prevent the spread of germs, just get some masking tape and a sharpie and label each players Nalgene bottle.

    I agree with Meg. He probably sleep walks and snuggles with his teammates at night.

    Hee! Either that, or he snores, and the team has to do the roomie shuffle to keep Staffy from getting smothered with a pillow in his sleep.


  6. I wonder why Pommers and Goose were separated? Was it a trying time in their relationship? Was Goosie vaccuuming and scared Pommerdoodle and they didn’t speak for a time?

    I’d really love to know how roommates are selected. I know after a certain point, players are allowed to choose their roommate or choose to room alone (depending on the team policy of course). But, I’m sure that Anyone younger than Afinogenov doesn’t have much of a say. That’s probably why Grizz was stuck with Snuggles for a while.


  7. I know after a certain point, players are allowed to choose their roommate or choose to room alone (depending on the team policy of course).

    I think its in the CBA that after a player has played X number of games (its a lot), that they’re entitled to their own room on the road. I remember reading it in Mary’s book, but darned if I can remember the number.

    It sounds like Goose and the Doodle have roomed together since Rochester. I wonder if its just a case of “they haven’t killed each other yet, so let’s keep it going,” rather than trying to do something innovative.

    And Snuggles. Heee.



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