1.Yesterday afternoon Schopp and the Bulldog had one of the most intelligent and logical conversations about Lindy Ruff that I’ve ever heard in the Buffalo media.
As everyone who regularly reads this blog knows, I’ve been harping on the Lindy issue for many months, but one thing I’m still not sure I’ve ever adequately expressed is that my real interest isn’t in seeing Lindy fired. For me, the most compelling thing about the Lindy conversation is….the actual conversation.
Hearing a radio show where the callers were essentially challenged to make arguments that go beyond the endless repetition of “He’s one of the best in the league,” and “It’s all Larry Quinn’s fault” and “He’s doing the best with the players he’s got” was extremely refreshing. Extremely. And the callers came through with intelligent responses. (FOR REAL.) That was the part of the show that really blew my mind. A guy called in, and defended Lindy with keen observation and a total lack of sentimentality. I’m not sure I’ve EVER heard someone do that before. It rocked, and it made me think about the Lindy issue a little differently.
The case for or against Lindy isn’t clear cut. There’s quite a lot to discuss once we are operating in a conversational environment where Lindy isn’t in some bizarre blameless bubble. All I really know for sure is that if Larry Quinn is the devil, and Lindy Ruff is a saint, the conversation is useless because it’s pure fiction. By clinging to these cartoonish characterizations, we’ve been opting out of discussing the Sabres in any meaningful way.
I’ve been perplexed and frustrated that much of the main stream media in Buffalo has (until very recently) appeared to value Lindy’s quotability over reasoned, critical analysis. Blogs have been clawing at this issue for awhile, but it’s the main stream media that can really effect the tone of the large scale conversation. There are two perfectly reasonable sides to this story, and if both are approached with levelheadedness, we can elevate the level of dialog.
2. In addition to interesting Lindy conversations, Schopp and the Bulldog have been talking a lot about the impossible pipe dream idea of Martin Biron returning to Buffalo as Crunchy’s backup. There are a couple of good arguments to be made in favor of this plan, but the most compelling one is something I hadn’t thought about until Bulldog brought it up.
Ryan Miller is almost certainly going to the Winter Olympics this year. He might even be the starting goalie. What are the chances that our high-strung, underweight, prone-to-exhaustion, little scarecrow of a goalie can handle the extra workload with ease? Yeah…I’m thinking not good.
We need a better backup, and Marty Biron ain’t got no job.