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Grading the Lockout: Pegula earns a Passing Grade


With that hideous lockout thing finally over, it’s time to deal with our conflicting emotions: do we return to the FNC? Do we re-up with NHL Center Ice? Do we buy tickets? Do we boycott the first game?

Folks, it’s time to move on.

The Internet fan petitions didn’t stop this thing. Our laments on Twitter went unheard. That YouTube video from the father son duo (wherein the father had terminal cancer) did nothing to get the NHL or NHLPA moving. I said this at the beginning of the lockout: “Even if a (fan) petition was signed by terminal cancer patients, all it could possibly garner from the NHL is something like a quick ‘Thanks for your passion’ statement.”

And yes, we learned that Derek Roy’s Ferrari is loud when he starts it. Evander Kane has a cellphone (and iPad) made of wads of hundred dollar bills.

Don’t stop enjoying hockey now. Go to the games. Don’t boycott anything. Have fun. Dream of a Cup.

But none of this is news. None of it is surprising. The NHL is all fun and games between CBAs, but when it comes to the lockouts, we are reminded that it is also an grossly obese animal that requires an incredible diet of cash to stay happy. Again, not news, but it is what it is.

This just part of the process and price we pay to see the best in the hockey loving world skating in Buffalo, NY.

It’s time to move on, and enjoy the game again.

As for Pegula – yes, he voted (as all the owners did) to go ahead with Gary Bettman’s lockout. However, he also:

  • Kept everyone on staff
  • Erected the French Connection Statue
  • Held the innovative “Sabres University”
  • Is helping to rebuild Buffalo
Pegula Grading the Lockout: Pegula earns a Passing Grade

This guy gets an A+ in my book.


This lockout will continue to sting for a while, but those emotions will pass. They always do. Bettman called us “The best fans in the world” for our tendency to return to the game. Hey, he’s an idiot. Whatever. The fact is, we never left the game. Hockey has continued all over the city during the lockout.

Don’t stop enjoying hockey now. Go to the games. Don’t boycott anything. Have fun. Dream of a Cup.

And if you see Pegula, shake his hand. He’s done a lot in the Queen City already, and without a doubt, he’s got more for us on the way.

Go Sabres.


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5 Big Reasons You should Tune in to Every #Sabres Game this Season


Well, I’m back.

Blogging about… the NHL. I feel so dirty. Whatever. It’s time to put the lockout behind us and talk puck. Here’s a good starting point: 5 big reasons why you should tune in to every Sabres game this season.

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#NHL #Lockout Tweets of the Day (11-30-12)


Some of these are funny, and of course, some of these will make you want to hit happy hour as early as possible. Happy Friday, y’all!

And… here… we… GO!


END THE LOCKOUT FOR THE WIVES! Seriously, hockey players can be freaking obnoxious sometimes (all in good fun). Which leads me to this random thought: holy crap imagine Pat Kane as a husband.

He’d get his own TMZ crew/another TMZ crew.


We know the lockout is hurting many, many people who don’t lace up the skates. This food bank news downright sucks. But, is there any hope for a quick resolution before the Holidays?



In fact, the two days of government mediation ended with zero progress.

They must have sent senators.



Also, soccer.



Here’s a touch of good news for the future of the Sabres:

grigorenko #NHL #Lockout Tweets of the Day (11 30 12)

Possible 1st goal call by RJ: “ALLLLLL HAILLLLL Mikhaillllll! Grigorenko puts it top shelf, where momma hides the cookies, for his first career NHL goal!” Might be a couple years before/if this happens. Can we get RJ some youth serum? Anyone have Keith Richard’s phone number for his doctor? Dammit NHL, you ruin everything.

Go Sabres.


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#NHL #Lockout Tweet of the Day (10-30-12)


It’s sad because it’s true:

Maybe RJ is using this time to prepare some legendary game calls. Who am I kidding? He’s probably out fishing with Jim Lorentz.


I’m sorry.

I said I’m sorry!

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Artist’s interpretation of the reading of the tweet.

So much sad. Good lord, this lockout is boring. Hmm. Brings up a random thought: I wonder what it sounds like when Jeanneret yawns? I bet he even makes his yawns pretty damn exciting.

Go Sabres.




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#NHL #Lockout Tweet of the Day: 10-12-12 Has the NHL been Price Gouging?


We skipped that lame 10-11-12 nonsense.

You’re welcome.

Instead, here’s your 10-12-12 nonsense:

Whatever does he mean?

Oh, Bettman and the NHL promised that ticket prices would fall after the last lockout. They didn’t. From the News and Observer:

The fact of the matter is, the average NHL ticket went up almost 25 percent in the five years following the lockout, according to Team Marketing Report.

What the heck are they trying to do, keep up with the scalpers? Yeeesh. Despite the incredible revenue the league was making, prices for fans went up, and up, and up. So dang, is this price gouging?


nhl price gouging #NHL #Lockout Tweet of the Day: 10 12 12 Has the NHL been Price Gouging?

Overpriced and painful. Make it stop, Bettman. Ha! Who am I kidding?

Price gouging is a pejorative term referring to a situation in which a seller prices goods or commodities much higher than is considered reasonable or fair. This rapid increase in prices occurs after a demand or supply shock: examples include price increases after hurricanes or other natural disasters. In precise, legal usage, it is the name of a crime that applies in some of the United States during civil emergencies. In less precise usage, it can refer either to prices obtained by practices inconsistent with a competitive free market, or to windfall profits. In the Soviet Union, it was simply included under the single definition of speculation.

The term is similar to profiteering but can be distinguished by being short-term and localized, and by a restriction to essentials such as food, clothing, shelter, medicine and equipment needed to preserve life, limb and property. In jurisdictions where there is no such crime, the term may still be used to pressure firms to refrain from such behavior.

Life or limb? No. Property? Depends on who the NHL considers its property – the players, the markets, the stadiums, the fans, or all of the above?

Right now, fans are locked out from NHL games. (Technically players are, but hey, fans paid the bills for this league and are fostering the emotional cost for it right now.)

The term is not in widespread use in mainstream economic theory, but is sometimes used to refer to practices of a coercive monopoly which raises prices above the market rate that would otherwise prevail in a competitive environment.[1] Alternatively, it may refer to suppliers’ benefiting to excess from a short-term change in the demand curve.

Well, that’s cutting closer to the quick.

As we’ve said before, if you want this to stop (these unceasing lockouts), then stop showing up at the box office. Stop buying ten jerseys. Don’t be a tool of the system that abuses you.

As for price gouging, well, we’ll wait for the economists to weigh in (but their expertise won’t likely be called upon unless a second season is lost).

They’ll probably call it “supply and demand.” Sadly, they may be right.

How desperate are we for this one pro hockey league?

Go Sabres.

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