Ruff, Gandhi, the Sabres, and Patience. And Superfly Snuka.
Mahatma Gandhi once said:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
I love this quote, and it’s been bantered around in my head a lot these days as protests throughout the Middle East have done a remarkable job at changing some bad situations. Lately, I’ve also been all sorts of ornery calling out the Sabres and Lindy Ruff for being soft and inconsistent, for years, and failing to play any kind of consistent, blue collar hockey.
Well, maybe Ruff is wiser than we think. OK, admittedly, he’s a freakin’ hockey genius. With the tools he has at his disposal, it would be unwise to take on the Boston Bruins in a bar fight. We learned that in the 2010 playoffs. Philly taught us the same tough lesson in the 2011 playoffs.
Lucic taught Gaustad that a few games back.
The Sabres, aside from a few tough young call-ups, are not a squad ready to force a game down any team’s throat just yet. So maybe Ruff is channeling the wisdom of Gandhi here. OK, he’s not, but it’s another day without hockey so let’s have some fun.
“First they ignore you.” Yea, the Sabres have pretty much been ignored since the departure of Danny Briere and Chris Drury. Pegula and Regier brought some attention back to the team, albeit temporarily. Injuries and giveaways have given the hockey world a losing Buffalo hockey team back again. We’re pretty much off the radar, middling around with the .500 club.
“Then they laugh at you.” How many articles were written up, guffawing over the Sabres’ “lack of adequate response” when Miller was given the Superfly by Lucic?
“Then they fight you.” Well, it’s the Sabres doing the fighting now. All of them. They may be getting injured in the process, but the fight is on NHL, and our Sabres are ready to throw themselves in front of any enforcer that makes a beeline for Miller.
“Then you win.” Ted Black recently preached “patience” to the fans, telling us all that once this team is healthy that it will be back to its winning ways. I can get on board with that. I’ve called out Lindy, the Sabres’ soft play(ers), but right now they are enduring a sea change to their season. When they emerge from this injury plagued chaos, they’ll be a tougher unit. They’ll respect and love each other more. The mid-season chemistry will kick in. The AHL guys will be very ready to step in at any moment to play some really great, experienced hockey.
No, Lindy Ruff isn’t channeling Gandhi. But for now, it’s just kinda working out that way.
The next step on the road to the Sabres’ recovery is beating back the Leafs fans’ own not-so-peaceful #OccupyFNCenter movement. Viva la revolution – let’s send them home with salt in their tears.
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