Remember that time you ran into your ex? Yeah, like that.
Oh, I’m good…good…how are you? Oh, jinx! haha, no you go first…
Oh, not so good, huh? Oh, I’m sorry. Oh, I see you got a new man in your life. Is he nice?
Oh, he is nice? Wow, that’s kind of surprising actually. Why? Oh, well, you know how those jock-y receiver-y types are – you never know when they’re gonna blow!
Ow, geez, sorry, sore subject. So, have you been going out long? No? Well, if he’s so nice, I’m sure you’re ready to move on to the next level. Why are you making that face….no? Oh, it’s just a rebound fling, is that what you’re saying? 😉
No, I don’t think you want me back. I mean, why would you? I was only devoted to you for, what, 25 years. No, I’m not being a smart ass.
Hah! It’ll take more than a muscle-bound boy toy to make me jealous. You like me for my personality, remember?
So you have kids yet?
OW! Okay, okay, sore subject. Well look, I can’t say I’m ready to make a big play, but, you know, if you ever want to talk – yeah – oh, yeah, we should definitely do coffee sometime. Soon.
Okay, well, can I get your number? Yeah…I got a new phone. Okay, yeah, I’ll facebook you.
Wait, seriously, can I get your number? No? Arrrgh. Well, at least we’ll always have the rink…
A little time to vent.
Too many things this week have made me say, “REALLY?!?”, so here’s a short list.
Really? 33 degrees? If my squash plants die it’s gonne get ugly ’round here.
REALLY? A key to the city? Impressively, I am more embarrassed by this move than any other Byron has made thus far. My favorite comment so far? – We’ve probably only got a few hours, then, until T.O. claims the key has some sort of secret collusion with another lock.
Really. $13,000 a day is a LOT. As much as I hate the whole, run away and cry about it thing, Golisano is as close to “I can’t blame him” as I’ve ever gotten. So as long as he leaves the Sabres here, I’m not going to complain.
REEEALLY? It’s okay to physically beat activists over the head with signs now (literally)? Take a note from Ghandi, you crazy West Senecans!
The NY Times does not believe in the K-Gun
Tangential sports reporters at the New York Times are skeptical that Turk Schonert’s “spread the ball around” philosophy will work with the Bills.
The same indignant comment could be made about the idea of finding ways to spread the ball around more, and my scouting eye wondered why Schonert would do this.
It’s odd that any sports reporter would question this philosophy, because just about every team that has won the Super Bowl recently has relied not on one particular offensive superstar to carry a team, but complete distribution of the ball, regardless of whether said team has one or more stars.
Since 2000, every team that has won the Super Bowl has had their top three receivers separated by less than 400 yards, and their top two usually within 200 yards of each other, with notables like the 1999 St. Louis Rams (3 receivers within 300 yards of each other) and the 2006 Indianapolis Colts (top two receivers within 50 yards) hallmarked by extraordinary offense distribution. By comparison, teams that got close but lost (2003-4 Carolina Panthers, 2004-5 Philadelphia Eagles) had individual stars (Steve Smith, Terrell Owens, respectively) that were separated by 500+ yards from their second best receiver.
It’s not rocket science. The more players contributing to an offense, the more likely a team will be successful. The early ’90s Bills had Kelly, Reed, Thomas, Lofton, Metzelaars, Beebe and more contributing significant offensive numbers. Good teams have several good players getting good stats.
An individual superstar who you force the ball to can win you games, but to win it all, you gotta distribute the rock. If the Bills can successfully do so (and replacing Rock Hands Royal with a fast, young tight end) should lead to a successful year for the Bills.
Late blogroll additions
- My Safety is Harvard – I dig smart chicks, but holy crap look at her posts about Henrik Tallinder Mike Ryan (thanks brian). If there were someone out there in the blogosphere who better encapsulates our kind of obsession, good luck finding them. Plus she loves our name. Which is something we use quite often to, you know, make it happen.
- The Willful Caboose – Because Top Shelf informs me it’s her one-year anniversary and that she’s pretty good at what she does. Which she is. Nice.
- Top Shelf – Because I am an idiot and hadn’t added her when we started. What a faux pas. Insensatez. Unforgivable. Now it’s fixed.
And yes they’re all ladies. What can I say? I love ’em.
Which is a perfect segway into this: The Dukes e-mail address is talleywhackers (at) gmail (dot) com, so if you want to hit us up with tips, with notes, with dates, you know, drop us a line.
Scrawled notes from camp
So Hugging Harold Reynolds has this really hysterical series of postcards from camp. My faves so far are Jason ❤ Edyta and Randy Moss’ letter to Mercury Morris.
But when I got to the Bills’ one, I was let down. The boys at HHR sunk to cold jokes about upstate NY. HHR, you’re better than that. Thus, I offer this correction:
This poll has a margin of error of +/- 3%
July 21, 2008, 4:18 pm
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We just wanted to throw it over to Kevin at the BfloBlog for this excellent, excellent post on Sabres season ticket renewals.
With the Sabres at a 97% renewal rate for season tickets, especially after a season where they (barely) missed the playoffs, it shows the absolute devotion local Sabres’ fans have to their team.
What’s interesting is Kevin’s analysis of why, with local MSM bashing the Sabres on a regular basis, a team in (relative) flux, and a tough economy:
What Sabres fans do ask for on a year-in and year-out basis is a competitive team that’s fun to watch, and is also affordable to go see. I think what’s often lost in the grumbling about the Sabres is that while “mediocrity” is not acceptable, neither is having a team that prices 75% of Western New York out of seeing them. The Sabres were competitive last season, they were fun to watch (especially when you stopped constantly comparing them to the previous year’s team) and they were affordable on many nights to the fans. Sure, “gold” games are not for those on a tight budget, but here were values to be had for those willing to look.
My absolute favorite part was this little nugget on the forgiving, patient, and extremely knowledgeable support Sabres’ fans give not only the players, but also management:
4) Maybe we all don’t think Regier’s an idiot… Many people are able to see that Buffalo doesn’t see the value in overpaying for free agents, and that it is an organizational philosophy to largely grow their talent from within. I understand that not every fan agrees with that, but it is what the Sabres believe. Those who are screaming the loudest about the Sabres incompetency seem to be those who don’t agree with that thought process. But based on the desires of ownership and the personal philosophies of upper management it is what it is.
It’s a good read, and it gives you hope for not only the Sabres’ chances in Buffalo, but it shows the Buffalo fan values its team moreso than any other.
As Commander-in-Chief of the military, I totally understand this.
But as a college sports fan, and one loyal to my alma mater, I have to ask GW, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING?
Chest bumping an Air Force grad? SERIOUSLY?! I thought you were loyal! Yale all the way! WTF?!
I hope the Yale Sports message boards are lighting up because of this….this….BETRAYAL. I hope those Ivy Leaguers are outraged. I hope John Kerry – a fellow Yale alum – calls for censure. Hillary Clinton – another Yale alum – has full cause to incorporate this into her campaign.
Gawd, I can’t wait till this guy is out of office.
HT: Laura via Beltway Confidential