1. I really should have written this yesterday, before Ryan Miller recorded a 40 shot shutout, because I FULLY admit it’s a lot easier to write a “YAY, Crunchy!” post today than it was yesterday, but whatever. You’ll just have to trust me that I was thinking this yesterday afternoon, when Crunchy still sucked ass. Anyhoo, my point: Recently I’ve heard a lot of media-types getting wicked cranky about Crunchy (Jerry Sullivan and Mike Schopp in particular), and it’s not that I blame them (Until last night, Crunchy HAS been quite stinky), but I just don’t…..feel that cranky about him.
What I see when I watch Ryan Miller is a head case who plays to the level of his team. Would it be nice if he were more consistent and less effected by the sucky play of his teammates? Yes. Do I think the Sabres are actually losing because of Ryan Miller? No, not really. It’s not like the Sabres are a great team and they’re losing because of bad goaltending- they’re losing because they’re really not that good.
I think it’s perfectly reasonable to expect our highly paid, supposedly “elite” goalie to steal a game now and then, but it would be ludicrous expect him to steal an entire season, and to some extent, I think that’s what people are asking him to do. In my opinion, right now the Sabres are exactly where they belong in the standings- clinging to a playoff spot.
As for all the talk about “he’s being paid like an elite player he should play like an elite player,” I dunno, in Crunchy’s case I guess it just doesn’t bug me. It seems to me that a TON of guys around the league are being paid elite money for non-elite production. (Hey, remember Chris Drury? Right now, Chris Drury has three more points than Drew Stafford. Drew. Stafford. The biggest difference between them is that Drew is a +6, and Dru is a -5. Also, Drury is making $6 mil more per season than Stafford. Intangibles don’t come cheap, you guys! You know who else has intangibles? Ryan Miller. You think average goaltenders are going to periodically appear in public wearing a cheesy fedora and brandishing his goalie stick like a tommy gun? Intangibles, baby.) Who cares what he’s getting paid? It’s not our money, and the Sabres aren’t up against the cap.
In the end, I guess what I’m saying is that every sports fan has their blind spots. Mine is Ryan Miller. I think for most of Buffalo, the blind spot is Lindy Ruff. But that doesn’t mean we can’t all be friends. This is all just a really long winded way for me to say, “Crunchy? Yeah, he kind of sucks sometimes, but whatevs. He’ll pull it together.”
2. The snow was a pain in the patootie to deal with yesterday, but it gave the day a very cozy feel. After my concert last night, I watched the entire game on DVR delay. I’d like to offically put “watching a gameon delay that you know your team wins 5-0, while sipping cocoa filled with homemade marshmallows, and periodically glancing out the window at the foot of snow that all the neighbors diligently piled into pitcturesque snow banks,” pretty near the top of the “Pleasant Ways to Spend the Evening” list.
For those living outside of Buffalo, here’s a picture of the view outside my window this morning. This is what Buffalo looks like the day after a good snow storm.
Kinda gross. Kinda pretty.