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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: 300w" sizes="(max-width: 506px) 100vw, 506px" />

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.

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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? 300w" sizes="(max-width: 496px) 100vw, 496px" />

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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Vanek: Still the same #26 (actually #20, but still the same)

Check this out:


He’s lazy and intense at the same time.


Now, check this out (from his new Lockout team): 456w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />


Look familiar? Now, check this out:



Also looks familiar: Vanek camped strongly in the crease, screening, goddamn unflappable, and goddamn good at helping pucks find the net.


Remember this? (From ESPN, 2011):


(Neil Greenberg.)
Thomas Vanek has been tops in true talent shooting percentage in the NHL.
As we know from watching hockey games, a player might not perform at his talent level every game. Fans and coaches alike wish that what they were observing was solely talent-driven, but the game doesn’t work that way. If we want to know a player’s true talent level, we have to estimate it from his observed performance.

One way to do this is with regression to the mean.

Suppose a winger scores a goal on two shots (50 percent shooting percentage) during a game and we want to estimate his true talent shooting percentage. Regression to the mean helps us find out how much, on average, our observed sample will reflect the shooter’s true talent, and how much it will reflect random chance or luck. The longer a player performs at a certain level, the likelier it becomes that level is his true talent level. So to find the league’s best shooter, we’ll want to look at a large sample size of shots.

Among the game’s active players who have taken more than 1,000 shots on goal, Vanek leads the league with a “true talent” shooting percentage of 15.1 percent.

For Vanek, nothing has changed (about his game). For Sabres fans, well, we’re missing out on TV in his prime. Thanks, Pegula, Bettman, and Co., for screwing this up. The potentially quite-elite playmakin’ Grigorenko will stay in the QMJHL now. A year of potential connectivity is gone.

Think about all that, look back up at those faces and that video, and tell me you wish Grigorenko was not centering Vanek right now. TV and Grigs could’ve been phenomenal this year.

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OH well. “There’s always next year.”



Holy crap this lockout sucks.

Go Sabres.


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