I’ll give you a moment to wipe the spit-take off of your face.
Now that the Buffalo Sabres have become big time spenders in order to become big time contenders, the perception of this team and its management is going to change. Sure, it’s not like anyone ever has anything nice to say about the Queen City anyway, but get yourselves ready to hear “You guys are trying to buy a Cup, so laaaame” all over the internet.
Frankly, the teams now bear a lot of similarities. Both now have a young core that was weaned from the draft, and both have over-spent to hopefully bolster their lineups on July 1st.
In order to assess how Sabres fans feel about this troubling comparison, I did some very scientific research: I consulted the Twitter. Here’s a few gems from the Sabres Nation Twit Poll:
- @Sabrefreakydeak: Yes & No> Yes: TPegs flexing financial muscle. No: Nobody can make idiotic decision quite like the tandem of Dolan & Sather.
- @MintyP69: no, because the talent we bought into isn’t here because of our name & they are still in their prime
- @MusingMaryAnn: Think of it as trying to catch up with the rest of the League who had a jump on us in the past. Spending money is new!
We apologize for the lack of posts this weekend.
But there is something huge going on here.
The United States Women’s National Team is going to battle Japan for the World Cup today. This is a big deal, whether you like soccer or not.
That’s Hope Solo – our all-world keeper. The nation is falling in love with her, as well as with her mates on the field. A quick Twitter guide:
Check ’em out, folks. You’ll be pleased with their WNY connections.
And don’t forget, we have our own mighty pitch here in Buffalo – FC Buffalo, to be precise.
Support the girls. Support your local team. This is a big thing – most of our kids play this sport, and most of us grew up playing it, too. It’s about time we all clamored around the TV for a taste of the beautiful game.
And a shot at Glory.
Folks are worried about the population of Pominville.
At least, my Twitter account says so. I keep getting a messages inquiring on the status on Pominville since he left the ice, and the 2010-11 season, on this play.
Terrible. I prefer to remember Jason’s 2010-11 campaign with this play. Smart. Nose for the net.
Trust me, folks, I would love to know exactly how he is doing right now. But hey – I don’t have the credentials to access him on his Barcalounger.
Still, due to the inquiries on his status, I did my best to find out what is going on with Pommers. I can’t get in the training/Barcalounging room, but Abby Corsun Sims (MS, PT) of “AthletiSense.com” filled me in on what to expect regarding his recovery.
Her Hockey Credentials:
I took care of Ron Duguay, (then of the NYRangers) when he suffered (a similar) injury in the very early 80’s. His was only partially cut through, but the injury was significant. Unbelievable as it sounds, they just sewed Ron up in the locker-room!
What to expect:
Recovery from surgery to repair takes the timeframe you mentioned for a variety of reasons. The initial 6-8 weeks is solely to allow for a healing response.
And the minutia you might like to know:
The tissue has to mend and the repair must be protected. The patient is casted in a position that puts the tendon on a mild stretch with the ankle essentially in a neutral position. Crutches are used to ambulate, and the limb is non-weightbearing. Once the cast comes off, a walking boot (CAM walker) is used and weightbearing is gradually restored. Of course, there is significant muscle atrophy & weakness in the lower leg to address with a strengthening program. Patients should have been performing some non- weightbearing exercises for muscles of the hip/thigh from the outset to prevent unnecessary reconditioning.
Another major goal of rehab is to restore the range of motion in the foot and ankle. The presence of swelling and prolonged positioning in the cast and boot causes loss of mobility that must be addressed.
The surgery that was performed to repair the tendon, along with the protracted period when it was kept from stretching, also causes it to shorten. Another focus of treatment is to restore flexibility. Additionally, balance will be affected and requires attention.
If a tendon is severely frayed or retracted (it kind of shrinks from both sides after being completely ruptured), approximating the ends during a repair can cause it to be even shorter. The clean cut likely with Pominville’s injury probably makes this less of an issue , especially if his surgery was performed promptly.
Lastly, movement must be incorporated into the rehab program. Agility and power must be addressed.
Complications can occur if the repair is improperly done, if it is stressed too soon , if the rehab program progresses too quickly or if the integrity of the tissue is an issue. If ankle mobility is not sufficiently restored it will limit flexibility of the calf/Achilles.
Most Achilles repairs do very well, and hopefully, Pominville will be good to go for next season.
Every injury of this nature, of course, is different, and offers doctors, patients, and fans scores of reasons to be frustrated and impatient regarding recovery time. Still, all we can do is give it time, and send Pommers some good vibes.
In the meantime, the best news is no news. So far so good.
Time to wrap things up.
Again, we had a lot of great entries here, folks. Thanks to all who participated in our “What ‘Hockey Heaven’ Means to Me” contest. Our second winner (no particular order) is Kelly Heft, a die-hard Sabres fan from the day she was born. Take it away, Kelly!
I was born during the game that put the Sabres in their first Stanley Cup Final. Legend has it my dad had the game playing in the delivery room, and when I came home from the hospital he would rock me while watching the games on TV. I’ve been a Sabres fan since I was born, and Feb 22nd felt like a new beginning. For me Hockey Heaven is a rebirth, with the team and fans coming together as a hockey family. Seeing the Pegula family handing out programs, alumni welcomed back with open arms, and fans being truly listened to all reminded me of what brings me back to the Sabres year after year. It’s that sense of belonging to a community all dreaming of and working towards one common goal. Now we’re ALL united as a family, working towards the same vision: bringing the Stanley Cup to Buffalo.
If you recognize her sister, that’s because she is “Her Heiny Granger” of the Queen City Roller Girls’ Devil Dollies. Outstanding. The next time I go to an away game, I want these girls on my bus.
Kelly writes a Sabres blog, entitled “Rooting For Laundry.” She can also be found on Twitter, at @KHeft.
Once more – thanks to all that participated. If there is one thing this contest taught me, it is that the idea of “Hockey Heaven” is deeply embedded in our hockey hearts already.
Be sure to visit “Hockey Heaven,” our sponsor of this contest.
This was a fun night to be a Sabres fan.
“How,” you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. While hockey players hit the links, fun and informative (and some disappointing) stuff continues to filter through the summer sports abyss. (Sorry “Home Run Derby,” but the only thing worse than “Home Run Derby” is highlights of “Home Run Derby.”)
We’re deep into the offseason now, and hockey news is hard to come by (save the delirious rants of HF Boards rumor-supposers. Schenn for Stamkos? Put out the “cigar,” sir).
Still, it’s been a fun day here in the B-lo. Here’s our mentions (which I am sure won’t make the ESPY’s, but more on that later):
Maxim Afinogenov is getting married!
For those who care, that’s tennis star (now retired) Elena Dementieva who is the beautiful bride-to-be for the (now NHL-retired) Afinogenov. As for what they are drinking, well, with Max comes always some measure of mystery. Odds are that vodka is involved.
Meanwhile, over at the “ESPY’s,” which apparently happened, a lot of hockey folk got left out. Tim Thomas was not even an afterthought for whatever “American Athlete of the Year Award” they have these days, and Rick Martin was left out of their eulogy sequence. I don’t know if ESPN is trying to make a statement and pick a fight with the NHL here, but I do know that you never, ever, pick a fight with a hockey player.
God speed Rico – we still miss you. (more…)