I have started and stopped about ten different post today, but I have absolutely no focus or clarity of thought. It occurs to me (and this qualifies as a MAJOR “duh”) that my lack of focus might have a little to do with the fact that I’ve been breathing paint fumes for two weeks, and I’m living in the midst of total chaos.
This is the mess I can see from where I’m sitting right now.
This is the mess I can see if I stand up and turn my head to the right.
So, this is my excuse for my piss poor blogging of late. Everything is crazy in my house, and I CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT.
1. I read Bucky’s column today and I had two thoughts:
First, Bucky Gleason made me laugh with this line, “By the sounds of things, Ruff was ready to deliver breakfast in bed to his players and thank them for beating the Islanders.” Heh.
Second, while I liked the column (seriously! Some of that information was interesting and hilarious!), I disagree with Bucky’s conclusion which seems to be, “FINAL ANALYSIS: Lindy is the best coach Buffalo could ever hope to have”. I do NOT understand why everything is so black and white when it comes to the Lindy discussion. In my opinion, a coach’s job performance grade is going to change over the course of a season- possibly multiple times. Why is everyone around here so eager to be all, “LINDY IS GREAT! CASE CLOSED!” or “LINDY SHOULD BE FIRED! CASE CLOSED!” What the hell? If the Sabres play consistently well all season, then Lindy should keep his job. If they suck, or they fall back into the same old habits they’ve had for the past two and a half years, well, then he should be fired. We don’t have to decide his fate for life right this minute, in fact, IT’S COMPLETELY DUMB TO TRY. Right now, I’m perfectly happy with Lindy, but I absolutely will start squawking for his removal if the team takes a nosedive. If we are thinking critically about Lindy, our opinions will change over time. Right?
I think an article about how Lindy is taking conscious steps to morph his coaching style is both interesting and relevant, but it’s waaaaay too early to declare that he’s a “better coach” now. Lindy deserves a lot of credit for the fast start, but let’s just hold our horses, especially in light of the games played over the weekend.
2. The games played over the weekend were worrisome.
3. Adam Mair is on waivers! Holy Toledo! Do the Sabres still have a glut of players at forward (I’m seriously asking- I have no idea), or is Darcy laying the groundwork for another move? It’s a drag for Mair that he lost his job while he was injured, but I don’t mind this move at all. This is the kind of move we were begging for last season. Combined with the Paille trade, it’s a shot across the bow of the locker room, “If you don’t play well enough to make the line-up, you’re out of here.” I like it. Now, the Sabres just need to trade one of the top six and then I think even Derek Roy might be convinced to start playing hard every night.
4. Finally, just so you don’t think I’ve been sitting around sniffing paint and stewing in my own filth, here are a few pictures of the house progress I’ve made.
Don’t even get me started on the Sunflowers….
.….they were a major pain in my ass. But they’re gone now.