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Well I guess this is as good a day as any to start blogging again. I told myself (sorry for not sharing it with the four of you that read this) that I wouldn't spend the energy on this blog until the Sabres turned things around. And technically they have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at swordplay
Since Trevor and Jon already gave their "season over" posts, I figured that I wouldn't bother giving my take on it. I convinced myself that it would have just been redundant, having no choice but to repeat most of the things they already said. But since then, there has been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at swordplay
I have to admit, upon writing my post two weeks ago, I wasn't sharing the same excitement that the rest of the Sabres faithful seemed to find glory in then, but I honestly didn't foresee this team eventually playing the way they have in the past five games. I guess... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at swordplay
As much as I've enjoyed watching the Sabres for the past month, let's face it: The two-point hole out of 8th they currently find themselves in may as well be 20. I'm not saying that a playoff appearance is impossible for Buffalo, just highly unlikely. Not only will the Sabres... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at swordplay
"No matter what the people think about Darcy Regier, he is three or four steps ahead of everything. He's really a smart guy." "He knows full well what he can do this summer. He understands what he can do by giving up one of those draft choices." Those words came... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at swordplay
All the suspicions and questions ever had about the Sabres being more of a "friends and family" network rather than a competitive hockey team were all but answered last night. Upon reading Ryan Miller's comments in John Vogl's new article, I don't see how anyone could think differently. "It was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at swordplay
As I watched the game versus the Rangers last night, I was a bit under the influence (duh?). Being caught in the blurriness of alcohol, I let my imagination start to run wild. I actually let myself day dream to the point where I was asking myself, "Where will I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at swordplay
The Detroit Red Wings are the measuring stick of what a hockey franchise is supposed to be these days. Hell, you could make the argument they've filled that bill for almost 20 years now. However, what you don't hear very often is how many years it took them to become... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at swordplay
I remember once wasting my time and energy on a post where I simply stated that listening to Kevin Sylvester was the equivalent of an eyesore to the ear. All I was pretty much trying to say at the time was he's simply boring and doesn't capture the game at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at swordplay
Or trade someone, or something? After a week and a half of the Sabres looking like the team we were all promised, they're obviously back to their normal selves. They were only able to hide their true colors for 4 games. What happened, Trevor? Did you start rooting for them... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at swordplay
Okay, calm down. I still despise the Bruins. But seriously, Tim Thomas is the effin' man. We all knew this four years ago (or whenever it was) when he was mic'd up in the All-star game in Montreal (I think). He was funny. He giggled like a little kid while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at swordplay
A current 12-game road losing streak + a 3-10-2 record in their last fifteen + failure to win back to back games since November 11th + the all-star break staring you in the face + the trade deadline less than five weeks away = The perfect time to fire your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at swordplay
Even though Lindy Ruff has finally confessed that he won't be blaming injuries anymore, I'm still sick to my stomach that he (and the rest of the Sabres organization) actually resorted to that in the first place. Many fans and members of the media veritably fell into his hands at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at swordplay
Well everybody, it seems we aren't so lucky after all. When Terry Pegula took over this team, we all felt for some reason that things would be a little different than how they've transpired. He displayed an emotion and drive to make this team a success, "multiple Stanley Cups" was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at swordplay
The results are in for the NHL's mid-season talent show, and one of the best and hardest working players in the league won't be there. This doesn't bother me as much as you may think, but I do believe that if one is deserving of being selected, then selected he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at swordplay
A little while back, I remember hoping that Jhonas Enroth would turn out being the diamond in the rough I thought he could be. Praying that if he would put up great (or even good enough) numbers, Darcy would find himself in an unavoidable pickle: having to choose between the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at swordplay
Hate; Spite; Jealousy; Disgust; Revulsion; Repulsion; Resentment; Malevolence; Grudgingness; Invidiousness; Lust: All words that came to mind while watching the Red Wings/Blackhawks game last night. Some of these words are linked to the feelings I have toward my team, some in envy of other teams (or their fans), or both.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at swordplay
Just making a statement. If you think about it, he's the perfect commentator for this bullshit/dreadful/awful/pathetic hockey team. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at swordplay
The Edmonton Oilers rolled into town at 2 a.m. having just snapped a three game skid in Chicago the night before. Without the services of defensemen Ryan Whitney and Tom Gilbert, up-and-coming star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would headline the injured list. As a Sabres fan, you had to be thinking that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at swordplay
After weeks and weeks of constantly pointing out the various afflictions that have burdened my brain while watching the couple dozen previous Sabres games, more often than not, the general conclusions of my posts have mostly placed blame on either coaching or management. Although I'm comfortable with my reasoning for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at swordplay
I want to first say Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you all have a very fun and safe holiday tonight. The long dick of the law will be out trying to fuck all of us tonight, so keep your legs closed and make sure you have safe means... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at swordplay
I was given one thing to smile about last night. After what has been a hellish week of work so far, my lady and I treated ourselves to the best burgers on the planet for dinner. Driving home with a happy stomach full of fresh beef and quality IPAs, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at swordplay
Last season, 34 trades were made between the dates of December 28th and February 27th. James Wisniewski, Dwayne Roloson, Kris Versteeg, Joffrey Lupul and Mike Fisher were all among the higher-end names put on the move. This season, it's speculated that we will have more of the same headed our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at swordplay
Is there anything to say anymore? Every day I read about this team. I read what they say in their post-game interviews and what fans and journalists say in reaction to what was said in those interviews. And now, I'm officially lost. There is not one simple answer to this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at swordplay
In response to what Trevor said: The next time you want to blame all of your problems on injuries, take a look at the list of injuries that I copied and pasted from the official Pittsburgh Penguins website. Last I heard, at least 2/3 of this list are pretty important... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2011 at swordplay