The Obstinacy: Football & Futbal, Esq.

By Chris

We’ve pretty much avoided any Bills-related talk for some time now mainly because — at least for me — I’m still forming my opinion on the new Bills front office. So far I like what I’ve seen even if we don’t know who the quarterback will be yet. We’ll pick up our coverage shortly, but for now, read what Larry Felser has to say about Chan Gailey.

Local pole vaulter Jennifer Suhr (nee Stuczynski), most famous for her silver medal performance in the 2008 Olympics, now has a national title to her name. Congrats.

I’m a huge fan of HBO’s “The Wire” and of But until yesterday, I didn’t know that Bethlehem Shoals once wrote for a blog dedicated to dissecting the greatest television show in history. It’s filled with spoilers, so if you haven’t experienced the show yet, don’t go to that site. As if I didn’t have enough to read already.

It’s going to be a lot of fun rooting against LaDainian Tomlinson and the Jets next season. It’s great that they’re all so unlikeable already. Side note: “Unlikeable” or “unlikable?”

Admittedly, I’m not a very good Yankees fan (even though I’ve rooted for them since I was little, I don’t think it’s fun to expect them to win every year and I don’t like Alex Rodriguez), but I have to admit that I am a big fan of the injury bug currently biting the Red Sox. And off of that link, I can’t be the only one who read “Pedroia and Martinez” as “Pedro Martinez.”

In light of more officiating blunders, FIFA has decided to ban big-screen replays during matches. Maybe they’ll start manufacturing soccer balls out of only animal bladders in the next step towards progressing the game into the 12th Century.

Roger Ebert saw the new “Twilight” movie. I really hope this line makes into a commercial: “When my eyebrows get like Edward’s, the barber trims them and never even asks me first.”

Stephen Strasburg fanned another seven batters last night. The talk about him being a National League All-Star is heating up. Right now I would be hesitant to argue for it, but I can be easily swayed.

Hey, look! Craig Kilbourn is back! Kind of.

As we approach free agency in the NHL on Thursday, here’s James Mirtle’s list of the Top 100 Free Agents. For the Sabres UFAs, Henrik Tallinder checks in at No. 19, Toni Lydman is No. 25, Raffi Torres rounds out the Top 50 (it’s not fair to him or the team to even call him a Sabre) and Adam Mair missed the cut.

And finally, it wouldn’t be a Roost Obstinacy post without something from Posnanski.

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  1. Phil

    “Likable” just looks wrong, but it’s definitely right. I think.

    Also, I met Jenn’s coach when they came through to show off her silver medal before they did the nuptials (she married him, if anyone didn’t know). Rick seems like a good dude barring that whole screaming bit that was captured on video, but he’s terrible at improv comedy. Damn.

  2. I think both “likeable” and “likable” are accepted spellings, but I always use “likeable.” “Likable” just looks very wrong and I always want to read it “lickable” which is also wrong.

    I need more things to read about “The Wire” like a hole in the head, but I’m off to check it out anyway.