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Toe Pick!

May 23, 2008

The Cutting Edge is one of my favorite movies. Yes, it totally is cheesetastic, but its quotability more than makes up for the cheese factor. While the ending to the movie provided some closure, it did leave things relatively open ended, in case some idiot in Hollywood wanted to do a sequel.

Well, two years ago, the folks at ABC Family decided to produce The Cutting Edge 2. Like most sequels, it lacked the spunk and sass of the original. What really irked me was that the sequel contained the exact same plot as the original: rich, spoiled girl finds skating partner in ruffian hockey player. Only the hockey player didn’t play the game on ice, he was a roller hockey phenom. And the rich spoiled girl – played by Christy Carlson Romano, aka that annoying girl that tortured Hilary Duff’s character in Cadet Kelly – was the daughter of Kate and Doug Dorsey, the main characters in the original version. However, neither Moira Kelly or DB Sweeney showed up in the sequel, which is wrong on so many different levels. I guess the sequel did really well in the ratings, so TPTB at ABC Family decided to make The Cutting Edge 3. Because there’s no hockey on, and I’m a glutton for punishment, I decided to do a live blog of this movie. Heaven help me.

All times are what my laptop clock says as I am writing this entry.

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The Best Anything Ever

May 15, 2008

This video of Fantasia singing on last night’s American Idol is worth it just for the look on Simon Cowell’s face after she’s done “singing.”

Best TV anything ever last night.

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Oh, Hi, Oh.

May 5, 2008

The awesome dando at Off Camber forwarded me this link from the Columbus Dispatch. The writers at the Dispatch are looking at the different NHL teams, and this weekend was their turn to rip apart Buffalo.

Things they got right:

1. Management is to blame for a lot of the nonsense that happened in the past year.

2. The Sabres need help on the blue line.

3. Thiebault’s status is up in the air, and Miller’s contract is the new source of speculation around town.

4. Lindy’s a good coach.

Things that aggravated the heck out of me:

Rather than sign defenseman Brian Campbell at a reasonable rate last summer or early this season, the Sabres waited and waited. When the price went up – well, yeah – they backed out and traded him to San Jose.

Ugh. Darcy realized that when there wasn’t going to be a deal made with Campbell at the deadline, he pulled the trigger on a trade. Better to have Soupy leave town and get something in return (a first-round draft pick and Steve Bernier) rather than have Soupy leave town in July and get nothing. Its not that Darcy didn’t think that Soupy wasn’t a good fit for the organization, its that they weren’t willing to pay the price Soupy was commanding.

If all of these players re-sign, the Sabres will be paying in excess of $30 million for a B-minus cast of forwards.

Wow. That’s a little harsh. Pommers has really blossomed this year. Hecht has been one of the most consistent players on the team for the past two seasons. Roy-Z has grown up and matured from little snot nosed diver into a reasonably mature player. Timmy, when he’s not injured, averages a point-per-game. Mair adds grit and determination.

Looking at the RFA forwards, Goose adds heart and soul. Paille came out of nowhere this season to become a 20-goal scorer. Bernier has the potential to develop into a solid player now that he’s under the gentle guiding hand of Lindy Ruff.

These guys definitely are not a B-minus cast. I also disagree with the assertion that these are not a dynamic group of forwards without Drury and Briere. Apparently, this writer has not seen much Buffalo hockey. When all the forwards are clicking, they are one of the most entertaining forward groups in the league.

It’s a decent group of puck-movers, but when Spacek is your most accomplished defenseman, you’ve got issues. No offense, Jaro.

Dude. That’s harsh. Expect to hear from Tallinder’s and Lydman’s representatives shortly.

many believe Miller will sign with the Red Wings when his deal is up after 2008-09.

When the main reason for Miller signing with the Red Wings is that he’s from Michigan, you know you’re reaching.

Sigh. This article was definitely as aggravating to read as Bucky’s bj of the Phlyers.

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Everything But The Game

March 21, 2008

Since I’m not on speaking terms with the lot of them after tonight’s game, this post is going to be slightly random.

– I really liked the idea behind the feature during the 2nd intermission about the bracelets the Sabres wore to support Camp Good Days. The little girl’s story was inspirational, and Goose was clearly passionate about the subject, but there seriously had to be a better way to frame the shot of Goose holding his bracelet. As much as I like Goose, I did not need to see an extended close up shot of his groinal area. TMI! TMI!

On an aside, its 1038pm. I checked the Sabres auction site to see what the bracelets are going for. The auction for them opened at 7pm. Crunchy’s bracelet is already up to $100. I’m stunned.

– I’ve been getting some pretty wacky search terms lately. In addition to the usual “mvp hockey wives” queiries, I’ve also received:

  • “ryan getzlaf going bald” (your guess is as good as mine)
  • “paul gaustad favorite food” (bet its not foie gras)
  • “ed kilgore fetish” (AAAAAAAHHH! Brain Bleach, please!)
  • “canuck players wives” (all lovely women, I’m sure)
  • “crossbar calling games” (I didn’t know there were games involved with crossbars)

– Look who’s back!

Welcome back, Teppo! Glad to see you on skates again, and all smiley. I’m sure you’ll be happier when you’re cleared to play in a game and when you’re getting paid again.

– Timmy’s toast for the remainder of the season. Monday’s surgery will put the tin man on the shelf until the beginning of next season. I’m glad to see that its getting fixed, because it sounds like he was in a considerable amount of pain, and the “will he play / won’t he play” each night was a bit of a distraction for the rest of the team. But at the same time, reports of him allegedly being out on the town partying it up while he was on the injured list probably didn’t help things either. Hopefully, the surgery will be successful, and the tin man will return all bright and shiny and new for the start of next season.

– SI did an informal poll of MLB, NHL and NBA athletes regarding their choice for president this year. The poll was limited to American citizens that are registered to vote, which narrowed the pool considerably. All athletes that answered were granted anonymity in regards to their answers. What I thought was interesting was that the vast majority of NHL players that answered the poll were for McCain. One of the players made the comment that his wife said he needed to vote for McCain, because he’s a fiscal conservative, and look what tax bracket they’re in. (That’s an “oh dear”, on so many levels.) Only one NHL player was for Clinton. After reading some of the comments all the athletes provided, its just another reminder that athletes are people like you and me, concerned about taxes, healthcare, the war, etc.

SI has also placed every single one of their issues online. Searching through the issues for articles about some of my favorite athletes, I found the following tidbit about Ryan Miller:

Standing bare-chested in the dressing room and wearing only a pair of padded hockey pants held up by suspenders, he calls to mind, in the words of Spartans assistant athletic director John Lewandowski, “a man preparing to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.” His teammates have dubbed him Quadzilla, a sarcastic reference to the less-than-formidable musculature in his legs.

Oh, Crunchy. I wouldn’t blame you if you decided to go over the Falls in a barrel after tonight’s game.

– I about fell off my chair when I saw this at work today:

Humorous Pictures

Have a great Easter weekend, everyone. And if you don’t celebrate Easter, have a great weekend.

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Well, That Sucked

February 16, 2008

I knew it wasn’t going to be a good game when Sean Blessed Avery scored :10 into the game. Sean Avery of all people. Probably the only way that would have been worse is if Drury would have scored. Besides, Harry Neale was singing Miller’s praises in the pre-game, saying his GAA was 1.53 in the past 10 games, and he hasn’t let in a stupid, give-away-the-game goal lately. I’m a big believer in tempting fate, so of course as Harry Neale said that, the tiny voice in the back of my brain starting crying that Miller would do exactly what Neale said he hasn’t done.

Anyways, I’d promised myself that I’d be nice regarding Soupy for the foreseeable future, if only because last week I became the owner of a Soupy autographed stick. I promised that being nice about Soupy would be some sort of karmic thank-you to my uncle who bought and gave me the stick. Well, that idea lasted until today’s game. The Soupster was on the ice for four of the five Rangers goals, and for most of them, he stood around on the ice with his thumb up his bum, not even trying to bail out Miller.

Speaking of Miller, I wonder if he was shaken from that first quick goal and never got his head screwed back on straight. Giving up 4 goals in 12:25 is completely unlike Crunchy. On the other hand, its not like he was getting support from his teammates or anything.

If the team didn’t have a game tomorrow, I would really advocate a bag skate. There was little to no effort shown by the team today. Sure, they responded with a quick burst of energy after the first Rangers goal, but after that, its like they decided to phone this game in and focus on Pittsburgh tomorrow.

For all the bagging on Pratt and Kalinin lately, they finished the game at +/- 0. Soupy and Spacek were the aforementioned -4 and Hank and Toni a -1. I also still like the little bit of feistiness I see coming out of Pratt. Its more than any of his teammates exhibited, save Kaleta, who almost ended up in the third row of seats racing to get the puck on an icing call.

Since a “sign Soupy to a 6 million dollar deal” column would go over like a popcorn fart right now, will Bucky fall back on his old standard of “this team needs Briere and Drury” for his column tomorrow? (For those of you that care, Drury finished with 17:07 TOI, 1 assist and 3 SOG.)

I need a nap. And a cookie. Or a drink. I’m not picky.

Updated: Looks like the classless away fan debate has reached the MSM. As someone who’s lived in Buffalo her entire life, I should probably be keeping my mouth shut about this issue, lest I be accused of not knowing what I’m talking about.

But then again, it fills me – as a lifelong Buffalonian – with a sense of pride hearing “Lets Go Buffalo!” chants loud and clear during away games. I love seeing crowd shots featuring the blue and gold (or red and black, if your a jersey behind) mixed in amongst the home team crowd. Do some of these fans get carried away? Absolutely, but then again, the home team’s fans probably shouldn’t stoop down to their levels.

Its also aggravating how the media can put forth the idea that people are proud to be from the area but not moving mountains to move back here. I know what the Buffalo economy is like. It sucks, quite frankly, and the area’s political situation is nothing to write home about. But who am I to begrudge people from following their hearts and job opportunities to outside the area? I’m one of the few lucky ones that got a job right out of college in her field. I knew that if I wasn’t lucky, I’d probably leave and become one of those “classless away fans.”