2 Things: Schopp and the Bulldog Edition

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.

10 Responses to “2 Things: Schopp and the Bulldog Edition”

  1. 1 Pookie July 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    You should steal one of the grossest* bodies from Body Worlds and then prop it up in net for non-Crunchy nights. Opponents will see the lipless, eyelid-less monstrosity and they’ll fun in fear. It can’t fail!

    *Please note: There is no such thing as “grossEST” with Body Worlds. They are all equally gross, which is to say, they are all individually simultaneously the most gross thing ever.

  2. 2 Katebits July 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    They are all equally gross, which is to say, they are all individually simultaneously the most gross thing ever.


    I’m not sure I feel comfortable with Crunchy getting a good look at those Body World bodies. He might see it as a good weight loss program.

    Crunchy: Hm. Skinlessness is so slenderizing.

  3. 3 Pookie July 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Life can’t be all about having lips and eyelids, you know.

  4. 4 Becky July 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    So maybe Marty would rethink his decision regarding backup goalieship. That would be nice. And then Lalime goes out on a medical leave?

  5. 5 Katebits July 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Becky, it seems like maybe Marty priced himself out of a starting gig? It’s a little odd (IMO) that he couldn’t find a starting gig somewhere. I mean, he’s not a star, but he’s fairly serviceable, isn’t he? Probably not a great starting goalie, but a fabulous backup. If he does have to consider a backup gig, I’d think Buffalo would be on a list of places he’d consider.

    I have no idea what would happen to Lalime. Buy him out, trade him, whatever. The point that they were making on the radio, and one that I think is very valid, is that the Sabres themselves keep saying over and over again that they think they could have made the playoffs if Ryan Miller had stayed healthy. Well, if Darcy and Lindy think that the season was sunk because Miller missed 13 games (or whatever it was) shouldn’t they be somewhat obligated to go out and find a better backup? If that’s the excuse they’re going with, then they should try to fix it. Clearly Lalime didn’t cut it, and Miller was worn out the year before because T-bone didn’t cut it.

  6. 6 Katebits July 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Pookie, somehow I missed your comment! :^:::::::::::::::::::::

    I’m just want to be the best professional corpse I can be.

  7. 7 Amy July 18, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I can’t believe that there was rational discussion being had on WGR. That’s like oil and water mixing!

    Life can’t be all about having lips and eyelids, you know.

    Oh, yuck. The wonky eyebrow would look normal compared to no lips and no eyelids.

  8. 8 Pookie July 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    The wonky eyebrow would look normal compared to no lips and no eyelids.

    I think if Crunchy donated his body to Body Worlds, his eyebrows would have to stay. The curators would remove his skin and eyelids and then just plop the eyebrows back on!

  9. 9 Katebits July 18, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I wouldnt be surprised actually if Crunchy’s eyebrows got their own section of the exhibit (doing chin ups, of course).

  10. 10 JBo July 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Haven’t written on here in awhile. Thought I’d throw my two cents in. This is my idea with the goalie situation:

    Have two full-time goalies. How does that work, you ask? There are 82 games a year. They can each play 41. Does this not sound AWESOME?!? Probably unlikely to happen, though.

    Also, they can have their own backups who are in the system over in Portland, and can be pulled up when needed. Thus, Lalime can keep a job, and Thibault can come back to the team!!!

    Sigh. A fan can dream.

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