My 5¢ – 01/21/2013


And so the NHL Hockey Season Begins in Buffalo

If you haven’t already heard, the Sabres of Buffalo beat those meanie Flyers of Philadelphia 5-2 down at the First Niagara Center yesterday to open the season.

The lead up to the first game over the last couple of weeks was something surreal.  It was like I had to flip some internal switch inside of me to get into immediate NHL hockey mode.  Up until yesterday, I really couldn’t find that switch. Coupled with the craziness by the Sabres fandom re-embracing the team in such dramatic fashion after the lockout, things were indeed surreal.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my internal hockey clock was messed up.  We have the sport seasons in Buffalo.  First come the Bills in late July, then come the Sabres in late September and then we have this cooling off period for both in late spring and early summer as the teams work on their offseasons.  When this seasonal routine is messed with, it does screw up the professional sports mechanisms of the locals.  The NHL lockout did this.

After a few more games by the blue and gold, I hope this lose this messed feeling I have.

As for the team itself, I loved the win.  Thomas Vanek had a 5 point game…the first from a Sabre since Drew Stafford in 2008.  Ryan Miller made some solid saves.  Drew Stafford’s fight with Scott Hartnell was my fave moment of the game…Stafford stood toe-to-toe with the Flyer’s tough guy and held his own…could set the tone early in the season.

The Sabres hit the ice again up in Toronto tonight against the Maple Leafs.

Audio highlights from WGR:


Go Sabres!

My Dog and Cat

One thing I have been noticing about both my dog and cat lately is that they both eat like it is their last meal when being fed.

I think there is a life message in there somewhere.

Who is Sergio?

I wrote about Sergio Rodriguez here a couple of weeks ago—>

He is looking to run for mayor of Buffalo on the Republican ticket come November.  Today he was on WBEN’s Hardline show with Dave Debo.  It was my first chance to hear him speak about his candidacy.

My initial take on actually hearing him.  Rodriguez really has to start coming up with some solid ideas.  I know it is early on, but most of what he talked about was the general stuff we hear out of politicians…we need fix schools, poverty, jobs, etc.

To Dave Debo’s credit, he did try to draw more out of Rodriguez, but it just wasn’t happening.  Like I said, I know it is early on, but the quicker he starts putting together a solid platform, the better it will be for him to start making it race and for us to find out who Sergio is.

Audio of Sergio Rodriguez on WBEN’s Hardline:

I Have a Dream

When I think of Martin Luther King Jr. each year on his federal holiday, I always think about his dream and how even today in the 21st century, racism is still alive.

For as far as we have have come as a world and country, we still have a long ways to go to get this hope from him.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

I wonder if I will ever see this in my lifetime.

New Black Sabbath Album

I have been waiting for a new Black Sabbath album by the original lineup of the band for most the last 30 years of my life.  Fans were teased in the late 1990s with a reunion tour and couple studio cuts included on a live album from that tour.

Here is one of them:

Late last year, the band announced they were reforming for a new album and tour.

It looks like Sabbath fans will finally get to hear some new original original Sabbath in June of this year and I can’t wait.

For people who aren’t fans of Black Sabbath, you probably will laugh at what I am about to write.  But to me, they are my Beatles.  When I was just getting into seriously listening to music in the early 1980s, my childhood friend’s older brother made a mix tape of Black Sabbath for me.  It literally changed my musical tastes forever.

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