Still, despite the slightly implied “Read your own Freedom-Online-Dictionary-You-Internet-Hand-Out-Information-Junkies,” Slava is truly a great follow on the Twitter, and if you’re not following him, then you’re doin’ it wrong-o.
So what is “bandy?” Well, it turns out that it is all sorts of awesome – so long as you consider using frozen soccer fields as an ice rink.
FROZEN SOCCER FIELDS AS A HOCKEY RINK.
Oh, hell yes!
Bandy. We have bandy! It’s ours, and Bettman and Co. (Pegula) can never take it away.
Get ready for the onslaught of “Good! I hope he stays there! He sucks!” comments on the message boards and the bar stools. Yes, the yelling and fist-shaking WILL take place despite the fact he’s been developing into one of the Sabres’ best defensemen.* (You know how it goes, folks: he’s a Euro. Yes, I went there.)
And Dubs steals the show with the addition of his newly popular #BecauseItsBuffalo hashtag.
You can find more of @TheyCallMeDubs over at the insanely/awesomely NSFW Sabres/Bills blog, “Dear God Why Us Sports.” Check it out – it’s worth your time, every day. (If you haven’t, shame on you – THEY’VE BEEN ON OUR SIDEBAR FOR MONTHS/YEARS!!)
How about that Ehrhoff guy? He’s getting paid his hockey money this year, but he still took off for Krefeld in Germany to play, which means some unlucky guy loses his job over there. How about that for solidarity?
The hashtag “#ThePlayers” was created to call fans’ attention to that supposed solidarity, and how these guys should just really be able to play hockey. Except that guy Ehrhoff relegated. The good NHL players will get to play and get paid this season. The rest, well, they get to shinny at the local rink together.
Not surprisingly, even the power of Peter Gabriel is powerless against Gary Bettman and co. Still, everyone give @GrilledCheez the “Hey – nice try, nice try!” lest our old little league coaches be disappointed in us.
Also, this made me want to grab an old Certron and make up an old fashioned mix tape. Briefly. It took hours to make those damn things.
Next up is @LindyRuffsTie, who takes us from romance and mix tapes to the gates of Hades: