Mar 20

Sam Tageson and What the San Jose Sharks did to Rock His World

Sam Tageson

I saw the below video this morning. If it doesn’t bring a tear or two, there is something wrong with you.

What the San Jose Sharks and the Make-A-Wish Foundation did here was simply beautiful. The Sharks signed 17-year-old Sam Tageson to a one day contract. He participated in pregame warm-ups, he got his own jersey, he skated through the famous shark head at San Jose’s SAP Center as the team took to the ice for their game and he stood with the team on the ice for the national anthem.

The San Jose Mercury News has some great photos of it all, click here to view—>

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Mar 19

Why the current #Buffalo Convention Center should have never been built

One simple photo speaks volumes as to why the current Buffalo Convention Center should have never been built. In a perfect Buffalo magical world, we’d be able to go back in time and tell the people who came up with the bright idea to do this not to do this. So it goes.

Then again, without the current convention center, Buffalo would have never had this.

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Mar 04

Video on Anniversary of John Candy’s Death: Buck Melanoma

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It is hard to believe that John Candy left us twenty years ago today. The only and proper way to to mourn him is by sharing the funny he brought us.

Uncle Buck is one my favorite films ever. It is fantastic on many different levels. John Candy was simply amazing and one of the funniest people ever. I wish he was still with us. He was the lovable loser in all of us.

The above clip is when Uncle Buck goes to his niece’s school for a meeting with the assistant principal. The walk and then the talk with Mrs. Hogarth are both funny and brilliant.

Enjoy!

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Mar 02

Audio: Ted Nolan Speaks on Pat LaFontaine’s Departure

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As the smoke starts to clear from Pat LaFontaine’s departure, one of the big questions out there is how it’s going to impact Ted Nolan’s future with the Buffalo Sabres. I thought he handled his first encounter with the media today well.

Here are a couple of quotes that stuck out.

We traded our franchise player, we traded our captain, that’s tough enough as it is. All of a sudden, a situation happens with Patty. So right now, I really have to put how I’m feeling away to the side and deal with the team.

And…

Right now I can’t even discuss that. It’s such an emotional roller coaster. Right now is not the time to discuss that because of the situation that just occurred. When you’re emotional, you never want to make emotional comments on anything.

What does the future hold for Ted Nolan here in Buffalo? Your guess is as good as mine. If speculation holds that LaFontaine’s leaving had little or nothing to do with Nolan’s future with the club, he’s probably got a legitimate shot at having the interim tag removed. The Sabres are playing a lot better with him at the helm. The question is does he want to stick around after what just happened.

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Mar 02

Buffalo, Welcome to Hockey Hell

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As I was making my way down to the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks game on the Metro Rail Friday, I lost my smartphone connection in the tunnel heading downtown. It was somewhere between the University Station and popping back up above ground in the Theater District that the team had traded Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the Saint Louis Blues. When the train went back above ground, my smartphone started vibrating mercilessly as word of the trade was lighting up my phone. I couldn’t believe it. I bought tickets earlier in the day in hopes of seeing what was surely going to be Ryan Miller’s last game as a Sabre.

By the time I walked through the doors at the First Niagara Center, the crowd was buzzing with news of the trade. The mood inside was one of the strangest I ever experienced at a game. Everyone around me was talking about the trade. It was just a really weird vibe. I felt cheated and I am sure others did too that we didn’t get to see Ryan Miller’s last home game. The atmosphere was off and there was still this game going on.

A lot of things were running through my mind. How did the Sabres get here? It was just a few short years ago that Terry Pegula took over the team and the blue and gold seemed destined for the glory us Buffalo sports fans have been waiting years for. But here I was sitting in the cheap seats contemplating the reality of the suffering Darcy Regier promised us last year. The Sabres as I have come to know them over the last decade were gone and it was rebuild time. All this while the team won its third straight by beating the Sharks. The victory was bittersweet. I left the game with a sense of optimism that Sabres are doing the things they should have done a couple of years ago to reshape the team by cleaning house.

Fast forward 24 hours when the rumors of Pat LaFontaine leaving became true. My mind was blown. We will probably never get the 100% truth as to what transpired over the last week to make LaFontaine leave. But these last two days have left me wondering was exactly is going on at Sabres HQ. How do you let someone like LaFonatine walk away after a few months? Is the team really poised to do a successful rebuild? It also makes me question the ownership and Terry Pegula’s ability to put the right people in place to lead the team to the promised land.

Pegula’s investment in Buffalo extends beyond the Sabres. But at the core of what he is trying to do is making the team a contender. When he came here, he wanted to make Buffalo Hockey Heaven. The decisions he is making and the people helping him make them point to something else…HOCKEY HELL.

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