Archive | November 2011

Andrej Sekera Week


A little over a week ago I wrote about fan hatred of European players on the Sabres. As I wrote in that piece, I am tired of the hate directed at Andrej Sekera by many Sabres fans. Especially considering that he has been one of the more consistent defensemen on the team this season. Since I wrote that piece I have been pleased to see that there are Sabres fans who also do not like the hatred directed at Sekera. I therefore declare the week of November 27 to December 3 to be “Andrej Sekera Appreciation Week.” Read More…

One Night In Columbus-Game Reaction


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Friday night, our beloved blue and gold played a roadie in Columbus, Ohio, a state where most people go to watch the Browns…er, I mean the Bengals…um, I meant the Cavaliers…oh, and the Blue Jackets are there as well. Hockey isn’t big in Ohio, and the Blue Jackets haven’t done much to improve that line of thinking. But then, one night in November, the Sabres came to town.

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Let’s learn about the Boston Bruins!


Two years ago I got my best friend, Josh Strate, into NHL hockey. Josh is from Canton, NY which is not far from Potsdam and very far from NHL hockey. Josh, along with every other kid from Canton, grew up watching St. Lawerence University and Clarkson University do battle on the ice. St. Lawerence has seen some great hockey players grace its ice, including Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverly.

During our Freshman year of college, Josh and I watched the Sabres duck out in the first round of the playoffs to the Bruins. After that series Josh was hooked. The next season he began following the Sabres with me during pretty much every game. Despite my efforts to make Josh a full time Sabres fan, he decided that he wanted a team of his own. Unfortunately, Josh picked the Bruins. I couldn’t be mad at him because he didn’t really know that the Sabres and B’s don’t get along. Long story short, Josh spent the year learning all about the Bruins and was rewarded at the end of the season with a Stanley Cup victory.

This team is soft.

Three days ago Josh told me he wanted to contribute to The Ruff Writers somehow. We decided that a game preview would be best. Consider this your opportunity to learn all about who’s who for the Boston Bruins before the game tonight. Without further hubub, I present Josh Strate’s Boston Bruins game preview. Pay attention, you could learn a thing or two. Hit the jump to see what Josh had to say. Read More…

I’m Pretty Much Tyler Myers.


The summer before eighth grade I was on top of the world. That summer I was coming off of a successful Bar Mitzvah, I bought my first guitar and I literally had no responsibilities in the entire world. I spent every day bumming around with my pals and doing a whole lot of nothing. The only time I spent not playing street hockey, I spent riding my bike. I was an unstoppable machine of summer. The jewish community recognized me as a man and I’d be damned if I didn’t act like the man. The pinnacle of my summer, the aforementioned bike riding, would also prove to be my downfall.

While riding one day, I hit a bump in the sidewalk. My bike stopped dead underneath me. My body, however, kept moving forward as if nothing happened. I flew over the handlebars, arms outstretched like a mini superman. I was way too cool to actually buckle my helmet so naturally it flew off my head as I flew to my demise. I hit the side-walk hands first. My right wrist absorbed the 100 pounds of shock that was my body. A nearby construction worker called my mom and she took me to the hospital. About three hours later I was sitting at home with a broken wrist. The greatest summer in the history of ever had come crashing to an end. Read More…

European Sabres (Somewhat NSFW)


I am not saying that Sabres fans are biased against European players, but I am certainly not saying that they are not. Okay, I actually am saying that many Sabres fans are biased against the European players on this team. After the jump you will find my somewhat NSFW thoughts on this bias. Read More…

My Name is Jhonas.


Before I proceed with this post I would like to take care of a couple housekeeping issues. First of all, Hi. How are you? It’s been a while since I posted but I miss you all dearly. Second, sorry that the theme of this site keeps changing. Every time I find a theme I like it has some sort of restriction that blocks my path. We’re sticking with this current one. Stay posted as  new header and background images are forthcoming. Third, the title of this post is a Weezer reference. That is all. Enjoy this post (if you can decipher it).

It says a lot that Jhonas Enroth only needed one goal from his offense to pull out a win a last night. It says a lot about the Sabres that they could only muster up one goal last night. It says a lot that Jason Pominville is on a six game point streak and Thomas Vanek’s streak hit four. Basically, lots of things were said last night.

The Blue Album is a fantastic album.

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Reckless Abandon


I interrupt my studying to bring you a few thoughts regarding some of the comments I have seen since the Sabres lost to the Bruins on Saturday. Some of these thoughts pertain to the events that transpired on Saturday, while others pertain to more prolonged issues that must be addressed. I hope that some of these will bring some perspective to my readers. Read More…

Soft Serve


One of the things that I am tired of hearing from Bruins fans, even when it has no bearing on the conversation at hand, is the softness of the Sabres. If you look at the numbers (which I have done), based entirely on Total Hits, you cannot really argue with them on that fact. We will, of course, consider only the numbers since the lockout. Read More…

From Where I Sat, Amerks Edition: Section 114, Row O, Seat 11


Tonight I found myself at my second Rochester Americans game of the week. Tonight’s contest was against the 2011 Calder Cup Champions, the Binghamton Senators. This was by far the best Amerks game that I have attended yet, despite it being the lowest scoring of the three. If you are not aware, the final score was Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) 1, Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres) 3. I give you The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Read More…

From Where I Sat, Amerks Edition: Section 114, Row D, Seat 13


Tonight’s “From Where I Sat” is another Amerks post. I attended my second Rochester Americans game tonight, where the Amerks took on that punk Syracuse team. After Saturday’s abysmal loss in Syracuse by a final score of 2-5, I expected nothing less than a battle royale. While I did not get to see that, I was pleased with the outcome. Since you may not be aware, the final score was Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) 5, Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres) 6 in OT. Without further ado, I give you The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Read More…