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Off to See the Wizard

November 1, 2010

Katebits and Heather B. have already proven that the Sabres are quite like the Sound of Music. However, I would like to submit the hypothesis that the Sabres are also like the Wizard of Oz.

Work with me here.

The Tin Man (for once, I’m not referring to Tim Connolly) would be one Larry Quinn. For all we joke that Larry can be a heartless & ruthless so-and-so, his heart surgery earlier this fall proved that old LQ contained a heart after all. (All kidding aside, I do wish LQ a full and successful recovery from his operation.)

The Cowardly Lion would be represented proudly by one Craig Rivet. His interviews the past days regarding his benching and the status of his captaincy have been very bold and forthright. He could have hid from the Buffalo media, fans and even his fellow teammates, but instead looked deep down inside himself to find the courage to confront his play, his critics and the fact that the end of his career is potentially looming larger and larger in front of him.

The Scarecrow would be played by none other than Jason Pominville. His adventures in neuropsych tests these past few days have proven to Sabres fans that years of parroting The System’s talking points has not killed Pommer’s brain.

Dorothy would probably be most similar to Patrick Kaleta. He proves that there really is no place like home, as he gets to don the familiar blue and gold every night for his hometown Sabres.

Toto is none other than Sabretooth. Do I really need to explain this one?

Picture it (Sicily, 1922): Kaleta, Pommers, Rivet, LQ and The Tooth skipping hand in hand down the Yellow Brick Road Washington Street towards the Land of Oz HSBC Arena.

GM Darcy Regier is of course the wonderful Wizard of Oz. But alas and alack, we do have to pay attention to this man behind the curtain.

See, it really is that easy.