1. Today I heard Howard Simon say (and I’m totally paraphrasing), “Lindy reams these guys out after EVERY GAME, he yells at them, he makes them sit through long video sessions, he drills the fundamentals, he never lets up. And then night after night, they come out flat and with no effort.”
When I heard Howard say all that I was thinking, “Exactly. Lindy’s lost the room. They are tuning him out. Nothing he says is getting through. His message is stale.”
And then Howard finished his thought by saying, “So obviously, it’s NOT LINDY’S fault. Lindy is doing his job. IT’S THE FAULT OF THE PLAYERS. They’re not listening!”
I guess don’t think it matters whose fault it is. To me, the only point that matters is that Lindy is ineffective. I thought it was interesting that Howard Simon thinks all the evidence points to Lindy being awesome, and I think all the same evidence points to the Sabres desperately needing a new coach.
2. I believe change is good, and I think we Buffalonians are too resistant to change. I wrote a lot about that in the comment thread from my last post, so if you want to read more about it go here.
3. It’s been such a relief to hear Mike Schopp and Mike Harrington squawking about Lindy this week. I think it’s absolutely bizarre that our local media, who is SO critical of the Sabres is so many other ways, treats Lindy with such kid gloves. The gloves are begining to come off, and even though it’s painful in some ways, I think the conversation about the team can be a lot more honest now. Even if Lindy has job security for life, he shouldn’t be treated as untouchable in the Sabres dialog anymore.
4. I would say, in general I’m really, REALLY not a FIRE-THIS-MAN-RIGHT-NOW kind of gal. Calling for the head of a man I respect and admire has worn me out, so I’m going to bed. Goodnight, SabresNation! Sleep the deep sleep of fans who had the day off from watching their team play. Maybe tomorrow it will all be better. Zzzz.