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News of the Weird

February 20, 2009

– So Montreal’s Tits brothers and Roman Hamrlik have been linked to a gentleman arrested last week for allegedly dealing drugs. While initial reports show that the Tits and Hamrlik were not involved with drugs, they were involved with vodka, cars and women. This is just the latest chapter of the wackiness that is the Montreal Canadiens, as reports on the net have surfaced regarding some of the younger Hab’s partying ways. While the fans in Montreal are flipping out, the rest of the league can just sit back with some popcorn and watch another Eastern Conference team spiral away. (The other candidates for the death spiral are the Pens and the Rangers. Both are redefining the term “hot mess.”)

And yes, I realize that the Sabres aren’t a bunch of choirboys, and that a quick search of the internet could find any number of incriminating photos of them. Roy-Z’s appearance on Deadspin a couple of months back is proof positive of this. However, while Buffalo manages to freak out about the Sabres, we somehow manage to have controlled freakouts.  Well, except for that little freakout last winter over Brian Campbell’s performance at the Buckin Buffalo, that is.

– A couple of weeks ago, Bucci posted a list of who he would consider worthy of enshrinement on each team’s version of Mount Rushmore. His choices for the Sabres included Hasek, Martin, Perreault and LaFontaine. I’d keep Hasek and Perreault and Martin and swap Lindy Ruff in for Pat LaFontaine. While LaFontaine is one of the good guys of the game, he spent only 6 years in a Sabres uniform. While I think that he would have spent more time with the Sabres had he not had the concussion problems, I think Lindy belongs on Rushmore more than LaFontaine does. As a lot of blogs have put it, Lindy’s a true Sabre. He played nine years for the organization and served as captain for almost three. In addition, he’s been the team’s coach for 12 years and is the longest tenured coach in the league. He’s spent almost half his life working in some capacity for the Blue and Gold. He’s led the team to a Stanley Cup final, three Conference finals and a President’s Trophy. He’s one of the key faces of the organization, and is beloved by both fans and players alike.

First runner up would be RJ, with Ted Darling a close second.


– Something tells me Father Cooke and the rest of the good Jesuits aren’t going to take this news very well. When I saw the story on the Channel 2 News, I just about snorted a Runt out my nose when I read a reader’s comment that Canisius wasn’t a Catholic college, but a Jesuit one. The stupidity, it astounds me.

– And shut up, Hilary Duff. Faye Dunaway can act circles around you. Please to be enjoying your time in Ottawa with Mr. Comrie.


When You Think of Buffalo

May 14, 2008

What do you think of? Snow. Chicken Wings. Sports futility. A “Buffalo accent” (flat a, random apostrophes, putting “the” before your highway names – the 290 – as God rightly intended). Governmental ineptitude. All those and more come to mind.

Bucci’s latest column is a stream of consciousness look at what he thinks when he hears the names of each NHL team. Its really a pretty good read (and for Bucci that means mildly entertaining and inoffensive. Well, at least until the “Letters to Bucci” portion of the column.) And of course, Bucci does have to mention Drury when he thinks of the Sabres.

Reading his list inspired me to create my own. So, I present my take on “Buffalo Sabres

The Aud. A great old arena where you were smushed next to the people sitting next to you. Thought you were going to die or get vertigo from sitting in the oranges. The loud sound of the goal horn. The “Niedermayer: Dead” sign hanging off one of the luxury boxes. A great old building now put in ruins and destined to be torn down for a Bass Pro.

Let’s Go Buff-a-lo. That chant, when sung by 18,690 people can make the arena sound louder than a heavy metal concert. After a much needed win, it echoes through the corridors and spills out into the parking lots, as people honk honk honkhonkhonk their way out of downtown Buffalo.

Ooh, ah, Sabres on the warpath. An older cheer, but really cool when its pulled out of storage by fans.

        – Doug Allen. Arguably one of the best anthem singers in the league.

          – Lindy Ruff. He played for the Sabres for 10 years and has coached them for 10 more. He’s been here through ups and downs, brawls, heartbreak and has the respect and love of the players and fans.

            – Dominik Hasek. Gumby the Goalie helped resuscitate hockey in Buffalo and introduced the “trick groin” to this town. Also memorable for his “Walden Dodge” commercial and his pronunciation of said dealership’s name.

              – Rick Jeanneret. Simply the best. After watching most of the playoffs on Versus, I do miss the soothing tones of RJ. When does next season start?

                – Darcy Regier. Niles Crane’s twin brother has kept the Sabres afloat. He’s taken a lot of crap this past season, but has kept his chin up and his cards close to the vest. We know that most of the rumors about the Sabres are crap, because Darcy doesn’t let you know things are happening until they happen.

                  – No goal. Do I really need to elaborate on this?

                    – Pat LaFontaine. A great hockey player and human being. Too bad his career was cut short by injuries.

                      There’s more, but I need to stop now, or else I’ll get no work done today.