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The link on Linked In reminds me that I haven’t said anything here in a week. Heaven forbid I slack. It’s been an interesting, and exhausting time since.

Hillary Clinton came to UB this week and I kind of wanted to go to hear what she had to say. I’m an admirer of what she’s been accomplished and if she runs in 2016 I’d most likely vote her way, most likely. Predictably, some galoot yelled “Benghazi!” during the program. While it is important to understand what all was done wrong (and there seems to be enough fault for everybody), I can’t help but wonder where that jamoke’s righteous indignation was during Beirut in 83, Nairobi later on, and so on.

I don’t care about the Ipad air (sorry)

After working out in the elements, I watch game 3 of the World Series only to see it end on an umpire’s call of “obstruction.” I’m sure that has the folks in Red Sox nation in a bit of a tizzy this morning. One of the delights in not having a particular “horse” in this fight, was that I could enjoy my Guinness while watching a friend’s angst over such things.

Said friend reminded me of the Sabres’ score (another loss), to drink my beer, and shush my face.

Watching the Bills, as some effort is there.

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It’s pretty easy to pick on the Sabres at the moment as they aren’t giving us much to love other than stellar play by the goaltenders, but when a Sabres/Bruins game doesn’t sell out as happened this week, you got to know there is a problem there. When the game itself has all the excitement of one too many stays at the Bubble Hockey table, it really doesn’t matter what the variety of offerings are in the concession stand.

If management is surprised, fix it. And while you are at it, note that Toronto is leading the division and with 69 games left, I don’t think we can catch them.

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Let’s Be Careful Out There!


So, Election Day for school board in the city falls tomorrow. It doesn’t draw very well, but like a Pirates fan in April, full of fresh season optimism, I’ll get to the voting locale on the way into work. If nothing else, my junk mail will take a turn for the positive for a bit. Whoever wins, actually work for the betterment of the system. The kids deserve that, no?

So, another joy of Spring is to see the Hatch at Erie Basin Marina….under construction? All kinds of great things are planned. Who doesn’t love a patio, bigger this, more that, etc. Buffalo Rising has all the essentials and there is the predictable debate about the price tag. Hey, it’s an election year, but the one question I had was couldn’t more of it have been started last fall so we could be enjoying more of it, um, now?

Glad for the effort, nonetheless.

Watched the Toronto Maple Leafs play a home playoff game for the first time in ages. I think by beating the Bruins in the last match up, they made ’em mad. I kind of like that too.

On the other hand, the Toronto Blue Jays are a hot mess, a bad team made up of good players. I think I know what the problem might be. I’ve been longing for them to be interesting once again, so much so, that I went and bought a cap, the alternative with the red maple leaf on it. It’s like the cap sensed that I’ve followed the Mets, rendering this year’s Jays into a Mets’-like squad, only more polite.

The constant of the baseball schedule allows you to drop in and out, doing a bit of standup comedy on twitter about all the writers who predicted that the Red Sox and Yankees would stink it up this year and the Jays would be invincible. Must have been the musings of NFL Draft gurus, guys who thought the Bills would blow their first choice on Ryan Nassib.

I like EJ. I don’t know if any of this means anything, but it sure isn’t dull that way anymore.

In the meantime, I got to get to Bisons game before they exhaust themselves.

Let’s go get at it, Tuesday, but hey! Let’s be careful out there.

Wonderin’


So, a New York State legislator from Niagara County wants to double the 911 on cell phone bills because the fees collected aren’t being used for that service. While I applaud his desire to make sure 911 service is working and financed and so forth, the rationale troubles me. Here’s a thought, how about looking at spending to be sure the existing fee is properly applied and living within means instead of hitting us again. A crazy thought, I know. This reminds me of the logic of attempting a toll increase because people aren’t driving on the Thruway enough. Only in New York State are we practiced in disincentives like that.

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With milk prices about to double, and actual tax relief for working folk about to disappear, you’d hope that both presidential campaigns would quit releasing/caring/obfuscating about data video and use their influence to get actual things done.

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The grain elevator illumination experiment was pretty awesome. See some cool pictures over here.

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While the NHL lockout continues, the owners and players being equally at fault and fighting over a huge pot of money, a couple games have slipped out of my pocket. I probably wouldn’t gotten the call beyond maybe a preseason game or two, but every little bit helps. Let’s make the networks not talk about them until they can say “we’ve come to an agreement.” Till then, bugger off. Actually till then, check out John Vogl’s blog on the Buffalo News website. Vogl has been posting about who is really hurt in the paycheck by no-hockey. Big hint, it’s not the squabbling millionaires at the bargaining tables. Check out the latest post

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A lifelong baseball fan, I’ve been a little soured on the game of late. That might be the fault of being a Mets fan, but even the Grinch’s heart would have to melt a little at the fact that the Yankees have to hold off the Orioles….the freakin’ Orioles, who haven’t contended in forever. This is a happy thing. The Yankees and the now breathtakingly bad Boston Red Sox inspire devotion or hatred, but you just can’t hate on the Orioles. I think it would be a great thing for the Orioles and Expos, excuse me, Washington Nationals to go deep into the postseason. Although, anything is possible

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Will the presidential debate really inspire anything other than drinking games?

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I’m pretty sure…


…That a Tigers-Brewers World Series would have been fun for everybody but network execs at Fox. Nothing against this year’s finalists, but Tony LaRussa reminds me of a certain football coach in the New England area.

…That the Bills need to tighten the old defensive belt even faster than other concerns. For five out of their six games so far, the opposing offenses are practically running downhill. Otherwise, we are just having an exciting time, but ultimately reality might set in with a resounding thud.

…I would have liked to have been in the First Niagara Center for the Sabres’ actual home opener. That building often seemed a little soul-less, when things aren’t going well. But with anticipation high, the joint has a palpable soul. Despite the loss (the only one so far), it must have been buzzin in Pegulaville.

…that being a Mets fan might have done damage to my baseball acumen. My fantasy team had a firesale after the All-Star break, but it was fun to watch the Red Sox finish coming unspooled right around the time the Bills were doing you know what to the Patriots.

…that I don’t miss the NBA.

…worrying about one call during the Giants game is folly for Bills fans when there were other chances to make that argument moot.

…that I can’t watch Patriots vs. Cowboys match ups as they can’t both lose. Damn.

…I like Ryan Fitzpatrick gambling periodically though. Stuff will happen, but even Jim Kelly had some three interception days. The trick is bouncing back.