Holy Rope-a-Dope, The Anti-Ryan Miller, and Various Mixed Nuts

by Ryan

Oh hey there. We haven’t talked much since the trade deadline, have we? I’d love to catch up, but right now I’m having a hard time stringing thoughts together for extended periods of time. We have plenty to talk about, but let’s start with this:

– I spent the majority of this past weekend in Albany for the MAAC Championship. I spent most of that weekend sitting right here:

Of course I was sitting a bit to the left of that so I could actually see. I’m not going to lie, sitting on press row was a lot of fun. The food was good and you can’t argue with four basketball games in one day. I didn’t get around to writing about the weekend here, but I did talk about it for a bit during the last podcast if you’re interested.

– Speaking of that podcast, we’ve done three episodes to date and we’re looking for some feedback, both good and bad. Give it a listen and let us know what you think. Should we talk about something different? Should we never do another one again? Does the music suck? We’re wondering what you think, so feel free to leave a comment or shoot us an email. It would be greatly appreciated if you do.

– We haven’t said a whole lot about Ryan Miller’s media tour, but it did generate our best Caption Contest yet. That may have something to do with the fact that we haven’t written anything since then, but whatever. Good turnout everyone, keep it up.

In all seriousness, Miller’s media blitz is exactly what I hoped would happen to him post-Vancouver. I said so in the first podcast we ran (synergy!) and I still mean it: Miller should be carted around as much as possible over the next few weeks.

Forget all the “good of the game” crap and the potential post-Olympic boost the NHL’s Q Rating may get, Ryan Miller deserves to be recognized for just how good he was in Vancouver and how good he has been for the last few seasons.

A few trips under the hot studio lights aren’t going to hurt his concentration one bit. I’m not saying he should host Saturday Night Live anytime soon (unless he gets to play an emo photographer for 90 minutes…) but an Oprah appearance or two isn’t going to ruin the guy.

– Speaking of media blitzes, this only goes to show you how much Sidney Crosby is the anti-Ryan Miller. We discussed this in Episode 2 of RoostCast (Bam!) and I really think there is something to it. Also, Ray Shero defending him is absolutely adorable. What a wuss.

As little as Bill Simmons knows about hockey, he got this right: Sidney Crosby is a lifeless corpse when it comes to dealing with the public. Maybe it’s better he said no after all.

– The new NFL logos suck. All of them.

– Being five hours away this weekend meant I missed the Pirates game at HSBC Arena on Sunday. If you missed it as well, Roll the Highlight Film has a good recap of the day’s events. I’d check it out.

– Speaking of the Pirates, head coach Kevin Dineen was suspended indefinitely after something that happened in their Saturday night game against Syracuse. I spoke to someone in the crowd that night who said the game’s conclusion was downright bizarre.

The goal that was in dispute was never actually replayed in house, which probably caused a lot of the post-game conclusion. Either way it will be interesting to see how things are sorted out.

– If you’re curious to see how big musical instruments are transported across country, you should go read this blog as well. I have no idea who is writing it, but she seems nice.

– If you’re looking for someone awesome to follow on Twitter, go with Roger Ebert. He doesn’t sleep and links to awesome YouTube clips at all hours of the night. Sound familiar?

Some more structured writing is on the way, I promise. The Sabres have a big game coming tonight and another big weekend coming up. After the Olympic break and the deadline chaos it will be nice to get back into the swing of things. For now, bear with us.


  1. I have an idea about the podcast that probably sounds a little selfish but might not be a bad idea. I don’t care at all about basketball, so when you guys talked about it, I generally skipped ahead to the next section. The musical interludes are great for that, but even better would be if you posted the times when each topic started along with the topic.

    You know, to help people skip half of what you worked so hard on. But you get the idea.

    With that said, I do like the college basketball segments a little bit because you can tell you guys are really passionate and knowledgeable about it (or really good at faking it).

  2. Ryan, missed you at the Bandits’ game on Saturday night, but it sounds like the MAAC Tournament was solid. Too bad Niagara couldn’t pull off the Fairfield game – Derek Needham will be even sicker in a few years.

    I’m sure you would have rather sat somewhere besides the baseline, but hey, it beats the 300 levels, or perhaps the HSBC Arena press box.

    I plan on listening to a few of the Roostcasts tomorrow. Hope all is well.

  3. Ogre39666

    I know this comment is quite a while after the fact, but I figured I’d post it anyway.

    I get what you’re saying about Crosby being the anti-Miller in terms of interview content (Miller is insightful and often entertaining while Crosby is uncontroversial and usually pc). But in all seriousness, what’s everyone’s biggest complaint about Crosby? He gets shoved down our throats by the the League and the media. So what happens when it comes out that he turned down a media opportunity? He gets blasted for it.
    For comparisons sake, let’s pretend he did the Letterman spot. I’d bet my ass that Puck Daddy would have a snarky post up the next day in which he laments how the league has yet again resorted to only advertising two of it’s players (and there would probably be at least two lame emasculation/crying references) and the tinfoil-hat army would be up in arms with Bettman/Crosby/Penguins conspiracy theories.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: He’s damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

    • Ogre,

      I can agree with a lot of that. I suppose Crosby’s already in a bad situation with the media exposure, I just like the Crosby/Miller comparison because so much about them is different.

      Also, you can comment on back posts as often as you’d like. It’s not like we’re writing new ones all that often…

  4. Ogre39666

    Haha, I’ll keep that in mind.

    And, as far as I’m concerned, Miller is very different from just about everyone else in the league. I mean, what other player would actually open a clothing store just to put their business degree to use or openly admit to being an amateur photographer (and an artsy one at that)?

    But I get what you’re saying, especially with Miller’s newfound exposure and all.