Archive for April 16th, 2008

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Red Alert, Red Alert!

April 16, 2008

Ryan Miller has entered the blogosphere. Miller is writing a playoff blog for Maxim.com. He hasn’t seen a lot of the playoffs, since he’s been in Chicago visiting the girlfriend. I’ll allow all of you a moment to deal with the fact that he has a girlfriend.

Moment’s over.

He’s also apparently taking reader questions through his blog. Does he realize what he’s opened himself up to? Has he seen the questions on Pommers blog? Do I even want to know his thoughts on Britney Spears or what his middle name is?

The answer is: YES!

Anyways, I do like what he has to say about the Avery situation.

The NHL weighed in and will now interpret any actions like that as interference. Ya think? It is like when a kid is trying to annoy someone by getting as close as they can without actually touching them…the whole time yelling “I’m not touching you…I’m not touching you!” The best part is that it almost looks like Chris Drury skates over during the play to tell him to get in position. Haha

Oh, Crunchy. That analogy is ALMOST enough for me to forgive you for earlier making the comment that Chicago is your favorite city when the weather gets warm.

Apparently, you haven’t spent enough time in Buffalo in the summer time. Come walk around Elmwood Avenue in the summer, sit on an outdoor patio for a happy hour and people watch. I’m not talking about one of the usual joints where you and the boys go and booze it up, I’m talking about a nice place.

Go walk along the Niagara River through Niawanda Park and stop at Mississippi Mudds for a hot dog. They’re Sahlen’s: grilled fresh to order. Add some french fries or onion rings and some sweet tea, and its a perfect summer lunch. Finish it off with some ice cream from the co-located ice cream stand. The ice cream is made by Perry’s. You might have heard of them.

Hit up the Allentown art festival. Beautiful art and great people watching. What more do you want?

Round up your homies and hit up the Taste of Buffalo. Since you appear to have the metabolism of a hummingbird on crack (thank you someone at IPB for that phrasing), putting on a few pounds after such an event should be the least of your worries.

Or, take your posse and hit up the Erie County Fair. (I refuse to call it America’s Fair. It always will be the Erie County Fair.) Go see the animals, learn how to give a chicken a bath (yes, there actually is a demonstration on how to give a chicken a bath. Its a lot more complicated than you might think), ride the rides, walk through the Agri-Center and listen to the pitches for the Super Shammy and cookware. Spend a couple bucks at the slots. Get a lemon fizz. Its a great way to spend a summer day.

You know Buffalo’s a great city in the winter. Come and give it a chance in the summer. Please, pretty please?

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Randomness

April 16, 2008

Kevin Sylvester is amazing. On his Sabres.com blog, he mentions that Brian Campbell is again shooting off his mouth to the Canadian media. In the Globe and Mail, Campbell said,

“The accountability inside the dressing room. It’s probably the first team I’ve been on where guys will speak up and say something and you take it to heart. It’s a big change that way, probably the biggest thing.”

As K-Syl rightly points out, this season Soupy was a leader in the locker room. He wore the C for one month and an A for two. If he felt he couldn’t speak up and be taken seriously in the locker room, what the hell was he doing wearing a letter? Or is he pissed that he would talk and his teammates wouldn’t listen to him? Admittedly, I’d probably tune out the drama queen that Soupy became in February, too.

We know the team has a room full of guys that will speak up. Its been rumored that Miller has said a few words to the guys (in addition to his public comments throwing the team under the bus), and we know Spacek is the one that yells in the locker room (which admittedly I would not be able to keep a straight face through). We also know that during his captaincy, Spacek had an on-ice pep talk with the team and the team responded. All of the above just leads me to believe that Soupy is pissed that the team tuned him out.

And another thing, Soupy landed in San Jose, which has a decidedly high percentage of leaders and veterans on its roster. Thornton, Marleau, Grier, Rivet and CuBro all come to mind. He can let them do the heavy leadership lifting. Its not like in Buffalo where he was one of the older guys on the team and expected to say and do more.

And why am I talking more about Soupy now that he’s left the team? Oh, right. It’s fun to watch him become a ball of goo under the pressure that’s been put on him as part of the Thornton and Campbell dynamic duo. In my opinion, Soupy’s UFA value drops after every game. Last night, he spent 22 minutes on the ice, was a -1, and had no SOG. Those aren’t exactly $6 million per year numbers.

– And because Cork at Off Camber rocks, he pointed out that the script for the Sens Roman legionnaire speech was imprinted on the shield he was carrying. You can see it towards the end of the video in my last post, when he waves his arms in the air and the inside of the shield faces out. And I thought the cheesiness of that opening couldn’t reach a higher level than it already did. Would anyone have noticed if the guy had gone off script? He just could’ve rambled about victory/duty/honor/vanquishing one’s enemies and no one would have been the wiser.

I still maintain that SpartaCat coming out to fight him might have redeemed that intro just a tiny bit.

– The crappy results of last night’s games was more than made up for by the return of Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. That show just rocks. Its really amazing what Mother Nature throws at these guys and how they keep right on going to hit their crab quotas. I also like how the show has followed the most of the same boats since the first season, so you really get to “know” these guys. And, its narrated by Mike Rowe, who has the perfect narration voice.

The only thing I don’t like is that product placement has started to seep into the show. The crab count board is sponsored by Yellow Book, and the map of the fishing grounds is sponsored by Honda. Its really distracting, and takes me out of the moment. I know that as a media geek I should be all excited about placements like that, but this is one of the times where I hate it.

– Advertising Age has been very thorough in their coverage of the Project Runway move to Lifetime from Bravo. Lawsuits and such aside, the most recent developments are that Nina Garcia was let go as fashion editor at Elle, and the magazine is now scrambling to keep her on the masthead because she’s under contract to Runway. If she leaves Elle, she leaves Runway. Or she stays at Runway, but Elle is no longer involved. Its all up in the air right now.

The other development they mentioned is that there are talks to maybe link Runway up with ANTM in some fashion. Seriously? That would make sense if the rumors that Tyra wants to leave ANTM are true. But if they’re not, I can’t see Tyra and Heidi in the same room. Each wants to be the center of attention, and probably wouldn’t take too kindly to the other one stealing the spotlight.

I just hope that all these changes don’t wreck what is an awesome show.