The Obstinacy: Draft Picks and Cali QBs

By Chris

Darcy Regier had a few interesting things to say yesterday about Zack Kassian and the Sabres blueline. We’ll go more in depth later on, but here’s the background information in case you missed it.

Former Sabres assistant Scott Arniel has been named the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Captain Rick Nash had 22 points on the power play last season and his numbers should improve with a special teams guru behind the bench. The Sabres power play really hasn’t been great since Arniel left for Manitoba in 2006.

If you’re looking for a local feel-good story, look no further than the MLB Draft. Yesterday, former Lockport High School and Pitt Panthers catcher Cory Brownsten was selected in the 15th round by the Atlanta Braves. Cory’s a friend so we wish him the best of luck.

The overnight ratings from when the NHL and NBA went head-to-head on network TV on Sunday are in. The spectacle of Lakers-Celtics hammered the NHL by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. I can’t wait to see how the NHL spins this trouncing.

We’re very excited about the World Cup here in the Roost, but I wouldn’t want to be in South Africa right now. While I’m sure these things “happen all the time,” I don’t see stampedes and robberies in hotels fitting into any of my immediate vacation plans. Besides, it looks like the TV coverage will be pretty good anyways.

There are some developments in the front office of the Coyotes once again as Ice Edge Holdings and the city of Glendale have agreed on a preliminary lease deal. Puck Daddy has the latest.

Tim Graham has a post up on his AFC East blog that’s worth checking out. Remember when Jim Kelly said teams should avoid quarterbacks from California like the plague? Yeah, well, following a thorough examination by the guys at Football Outsiders, it turns out Kelly has no idea what he’s talking about. And the general fan consensus is that we want this guy running the team after Ralph Wilson dies? Yikes.

Finally, there’s a nice piece by Alexander Wolff in this week’s upcoming Sports Illustrated about John Wooden. Many of us never had the privilege of seeing him coach, but there’s no question that Wooden’s legacy will endure for a long, long time to come. He gave so much to the game of basketball, yet I think that the life lessons he taught and personified are what he will truly be remembered for.

One Comment

  1. brian s.

    I wouldn’t say they happen all the time, but robberies are fairly common in every major city in the US (minus, maybe, Salt Lake City). Bad news generally sells papers or increases viewership. Watch the local news some night – most times you hear about a court case, fire, murder, or snow storm as the lead story. Happy news isn’t seen as being “interesting” and thus goes under-reported. I’m sure we will here mostly about robberies, riots, etc from South Africa because of this.

    Additionally, the US and Europe have had their share of stampedes over the years, at concerts (the Who in Cincinnati, Roskilde) and soccer matches (Brussels, Sheffield).

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t let these two stories influence your feelings about traveling to South Africa or any other under-developed country. Traveling in countries like that also make for much better stories than going to Paris, London, or Chicago and I, for one, would absolutely love to be back in Africa for the World Cup as the people there are some of the nicest, most generous people I’ve ever met.

    Ok, I’m going to get off my soap box now. I just felt the need to defend the choice of South Africa a bit.