Thomas Vanek was traded and the guy he was traded for might be traded which means almost anyone can be traded. It's draft picks the Sabres want, draft picks and young assets. Having never won the Stanley Cup in 43 years of doing it differently, this team is tanking and the train has left the station.
Oh, tanking won't be their word for it. They can't call it tanking. They'll call it rebuilding, a gentler term with connotations less ugly.
Maybe we'll get to a point in sports where the word tanking is used by the teams themselves. After all, it is getting more popular.
Teams are more willing lately to admit it when they're backing up for higher draft picks. They're not as sanctimonious as they used to be; instead, general managers use words like "suffering" to lay out for fans how they see their teams' futures. For years I've said that the last place the Bills should want to finish is in the middle. Now you have general managers in pro sports saying things like, "the last place you want to be is in the middle," as an NBA GM said in ESPN: The Magazine's Nov. 11 issue (albeit anonymously).
Right is right.
Tanking is a big topic right now in the NBA. The Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns are two teams considered to be making an effort to be the worst they can be. Maybe Orlando too, and perhaps others. You have the Houston Astros in baseball, the Jaguars and Browns in football. And add to the list the Buffalo Sabres.
I support the Sabres' strategy. The Vanek trade affirmed to fans what for others was already clear, the plan to tank. The Sabres in the arena might as well go ahead and play during the action that shrill beeping sound trucks make when they're in reverse. We can all see it.
Tanking doesn't always work, but sometimes it does, and when you decide to leave your team in the hands of a GM that has tried all other avenues to reach the top, all for him being dead-ends, the least you can ask is that he try something different. This is different.
There is another question worth considering here: Is tanking morally wrong? (I'm using morally in strictly a sports sense here.)
I believe it is.
I don't believe a professional sports team, in competition that the public treats as sacred, should ever be compelled to lose on purpose. It's just wrong. The great author Malcolm Gladwell addressed this in a 2009 ESPN.com chat: "I think, for example, that the idea of ranking draft picks in reverse order of finish -- as much as it sounds "fair" -- does untold damage to the game. You simply cannot have a system that rewards anyone, ever, for losing."
Gladwell proposed expanding the draft lottery that hockey and basketball use for non-playoff teams to all teams. Randomize the draft order every year, or almost every year. He writes: "First of all, the principal engine of parity in the modern era is the salary cap, not the draft. And in any case, if the reverse-order draft is such a great leveler, then why are the same teams at the bottom of both the NFL and NBA year after year? The current system perpetuates the myth that access to top picks is the primary determinant of competitiveness in pro sports, and that's simply not true. Success is a function of the quality of the organization."
This Sabres season -- and perhaps others to come -- presents a challenging exercise for fans. Expectations are being steeply lowered. It won't be a season of comparing the Sabres with the good teams and analyzing why they're not as good. It won't be one of checking out the standings all the time to see how many points out they are with how many games in hand.
Rather, it'll be one of relaxation. Fans will go the arena wondering if tonight's the night they'll see a win. And late in games where wins are possible, anticipation and energy in the building will grow and accelerate. We'll see some young Sabres players improve, and that will be fun too. We'll chill out and talk about the team in front of us with our friends, almost like a baseball crowd would, less intensely engaged with the game and its outcome but no less interested in the team or the sport.
Only the picture tells who wrote this stupid article
Clicked it on and sure enough…AN IDIOT!
He has got to go. It is totally wrong in a competitive sport to tank, especially when the GM had numerous opportunities to do it in a better way.
Why is it wise? How is Tanking aka rebui*** wise? Losing is never wise
It is stupid. When the organization has ZERO credibility with the fans, only winning is the answer. Next season, the season ticket renewal will be at all time low including the times of BK. Hope they lose money, in a big way.
Fan loyalty only lasts so long....
I agree 100%. It's like going to a baseball game, having some nachos and beer, and talking about everything except the game. The only problem is with the insanely high cost of tickets and parking, how long will hard working Buffalonians put up withit before the place is half empty every night???
This has to be the dumbest article I have ever read, and I have read some stinkers. Mike, you really agree with the argument that "The current system perpetuates the myth that access to top picks is the primary determinant of competitiveness in pro sports, and that's simply not true"? Let's see, Malkin and Crosby -- two top picks -- turned the Penguins around. Same for Ovechkin, et al. with the Caps. Same for Tavares and the Islanders.
We can apply the same logic to other sports. Lebron James single-handedly turned the Cavaliers around. Russell Wilson (and Richard Sherman) transformed the hapless Seahawks. Robert Griffin -- before the injury -- made the Redskins relevant for the first time in years.
I am not saying that tanking is right, but the logic supporting your argument simply does not exist, because the "myth" you gainsay is actually a fact. Why would top executives salivate over number one picks if other factors were more important? They would not.
The entire article is as sloppily structured as the grammar in the caption for the ship picture: "Did ship have a bad crew or was it playing for draft picks?" You mean, "Did THE ship..."
Good lord, this passes for journalism? This passes for adequate writing?
WGR550 is cesspool of sportstards who know little more than to rant and rave about issues of which they no nothing.
Is it black or white? Or is there an in-between?
Gladwell's theory is interesting. I've never heard that advanced before. The problem is, it introduces luck into the equation, which is never a good thing. You know with the Sabres luck, they'd draft in the middle or bottom every year. But I agree you shouldn't reward failure.
I don't think you can ever purposely lose. But is it a black or white question? Are you either tanking or not tanking? Is there an in-between? Not sure how that would be defined exactly, but is "building for the future" always mutually exclusive with not winning? For example, the Red Wings have completely overhauled their roster since Steve Yzerman was their captain, but they've made the playoffs every single season, and won multiple Cups. Is "building for the future" just a colloquialism for "we screwed up, and it's going to take years to fix it"?
Play to win every game. Try to get better every game. Playing into the future horn of plenty is wrong and not really not a proven way to go
You offend the fans. If this team sucks… lets look at coaching and managing..
This is Bull
What we had was not good enough we all had arrived at that conclusion. Lets take a stab at getting a true superstar we have never had one of those since Gilbert Perrault and Richard Martin, finishing in the middle just does not let that happen.
Tanking is wise, but wrong
Fans going to the arena? People are already not showing up to the arena and it will just get worse. There is no point talking about the team, watching the young players improve, or even caring about anything that happens with the team. Look at Edminton, they are still nowhere near being competitive and they have been near the bottom for years. Buckle up Sabres fans, its going to be many years before we can be proud of this team again
Tanking how is that a goog thing?
I understand the idea of drafting high and getting the best young players. But in the NHL those players are very young. Most need a couple of years for their bodies to mature enough to handle the pounding of the game. So tanking goes on and on and on and just when you think you got something along come the new contracts and those few vets you kept around are older slower and wise enough to quit or leave. It's a fine idea if your Chicago with young and old Bowman's setting the table they give a confidence to older free agents to in and join the young guns and start winning. A Regier setting the table is like saying to good veteran players hey come here and play and we'll make you irrelevant.
So the Oilers may be interested in Ehrhoff
OK…Give the Sabres Gagner and Yakopov and you can get Ehrhoff and take Stafford off our hands otherwise ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!
A better way...
Build a winner with a combo of veterans and rookies. Next to the NBA, the NHL has to be the easiest of sports to make that kind of transition. This rebuild will take at least 3-4 years on Darcy's schedule. AND there is no guarantee it will work.Guarantee me a Cup or two in 5-6 years and I would suffer 3 or 4 pathetic years. NOBODY would do that.
A GOOD GM could build a team with both the short term AND long term in mind. There would not be a need for "tanking."
It may be wrong but .......................
the way the draft is set up is the only way that this team will get back into contention for the SC. I love/hate Darcy for many different reasons but to be honest, if I was in his shoes I would have done this along time go. So I am totally ok with it. I still watch the games. I want to see effort and progress but ultimately want them to lose every game to make sure we have the best chance to get that it guy.. to take us to the SC some day.
How long does WGR have to tank to fire this axshole?
How long does WGR have to tank to fire this axshole?
Great writing. Is the elephant gone? Sincerely, enjoyed article with no malice. Different is correct. What is not different is the organization inability to consistently develop young talent.
How many times have fans (me for sure) been disappointed by young players not much better with experience. Is it every discussed how bad the Sabres are in developing young players. Or are they just bad in recognizing talent that will develop?
Myers is the perfect example. Everyone was blaming the player for his downward trend. Without question he is a big part of it. Though, I feel it is the lack of Due Diligence by the team. On and especially off the ice they failed him. I had a great laugh last year when he was not in shape to start the season. If I ran that organization my face would be very red. How can you have so much invested in a player and let him (YES, let him) report out of shape?
Hopefully Rolston can develop young players at this level. Ruff could not. Hopefully the organization realizes that coach has the ice. Someone with authority has off ice accountability. Not a reliable Vet. Not GM role. A distinct Job Title who he reports to the GM.
It hurts to say but if I had a son I would not want Buffalo to draft him. Hopefully Mike, things will be different.
Every action has a reaction.. If the fans still buy tik's , then it's fine. If they don't, well "tanking" will take a sudden stop.. It's up to the fans.
Sucky for mcdavid
I want that kid
You sound like a homer. SMH
I wouldn't feel so mad and angry and p offed and wanting to smash and throw things if i knew Marcy Regier was fired. He had his chances or should i say 16 of them. It is time to bring in another gm and coach.
Did you NOT read Bucky Gleason yesterday?
The Sabres have no choice. They cannot sign any quality free agents because of the GM. They cannot re-sign any quality veterens because of the GM. They cannot trade for any quality free agents, who most likely have no-trade clauses, because of the GM. The only, ONLY option they have available to them is to draft some unfortunate kid who won't have the ability nor choice to go elsewhere and hope that the kid plays well with the idea of going elsewhere when he gets the chance. If you notice, the kids at forward that you have; and, for that matter all the forwards you have, cannot play defense. If you were to listen to the Fan 590 this morning and heard former head coach Doug McLean speaking (irrelevent if you like him, he knows what he's talking about hockey-wise), this is a problem with the younger hockey forward and the poorer veteren hockey forward: all offence and no desire to play defence. Isn't that what we are seeing with Hodgson? Isn't that a problem with Stafford, Ennis, Flynn, McCormick, Kaleta, ALL THE SABRES' forwards? So what difference does it make whether the Sabres tank this and every season for five years? The bottom line is that Regier is the GM. It isn't this season that will be bad, it is ALL Sabres' seasons to come. The Buffalo Sabres will NEVER win a Stanley Cup as long as Darcy Regier is the GM and a nothing like Ron Rolston is the coach. That's all, folks.
tank the season
Lose all the games and get a top pick, it's the only way buffalo will ever get a star player.
is it morally acceptable to ice a team that not only loses almost all games, but is boring and almost unwatchable at times? it's not as if ticket buyers are paying any less(in the primary sale). the team has an obligation to its customers to to entertain. i would say this route is immoral. not to beat a dead horse, but with a more legitimate GM and coach, we would be able to attract free agents.
Darcy needs to go!
what happened to the owners promise to spend money. instead they cleaned house vanik, roy and a few others.
What they should do is draft like we all do in Fantasy. Reverse the order in the even rounds. This way, you dont award the first overall draft pick to the best team, but you do reward them with 2 picks in the top 33 picks. This would make teams covet that spot more. Bad teams would be in a worse spot but still would get a chance to get solid first pick
first of all
i should preface this with the fact that i can't stand listening to shopp. that being said, doesn't "tanking" imply that they're losing on purpose? i've seen some pretty good effort in most of the games so far. i don't think they're "tanking" at all. i think they're young, there are new coaches, new line combos, new systems, etc, etc,. everyone wants a rebuild, but don't lose too many games while you're rebuilding. you can't have it both ways.
Why spend money then if we all know they are going to lose?
I'm all for rebuilding the team (just hate that Darcy's doing it). Darcy tried other ways (maybe more moral?) to build a championship team (albeit making some questionable signings and releases along the way) and it didn't work. This year's team lacks solid high quality vets and I get that is why we want to get young guys who can produce and who will be here for the long-term. My whole issue is, why would fans spend money to go to these games knowing that they more often than not will lose? I guess the answer is this...I was at the Stars game (tickets from an in-law) and at least has a decent time watching the team. Sure they lost, but they at least played a decent game (depsite the particulars)...I guess we just have to hope that the picks and moves they make (and please make some moves for at least one or two veterans who can score...we can't have a team of 20 year olds...) will lead us back into contention.
your rebuilding period.
tanking what that. then you put a picture up of a sinking ship. well the captain said in so many words about the ship. thank god i'm not aboard that ship. HA, ha. beside vanek dosen't know how to swim. please just get some players who knows how to play hockey. this draft is going to tell a lot about how the owner, the president, and the head office feel about the die hard fans in buffalo.
very well done
you'll do that because you're not a fan. most of us will be more pissed off as the product deteriorates to levels worse than it is now..... i can't believe i read this swill
A Tank-less Task
When NHL teams, for reasons of chemistry, performance, finances, or roster space, trade players in exchange for second-round draft picks, the point, largely, is to create the illusion of receiving something in return. In the NFL, with huge rosters and more injury-induced attrition, later-round draft picks can (and often do) make significant contributions. History shows, however, that in the NHL, second-round (and later) picks are little more than useful roster-spot-fillers. Almost never does a later round pick make a really unique or even consequential contribution. (I’m aware of the exceptions.) Of all the players chosen in the second round, only 25% have even played 200 NHL games over their entire careers. 25% ! Indeed, if every NHL team traded all its second-rounders for another team’s second-rounders, (or if the second round consisted of picking names from a hat) the competitive balance would be affected not at all. Even at the top of the first round, truly transformational players are rare. And merely very very good players (though it would be nice for Buffalo to have a couple) are in themselves no guarantee of playoff success. Between 2000 and 2013, Atlanta had multiple top-three picks, as did Florida, Columbus, the Islanders, and Edmonton. When Ted Black boasts of the slew of draft picks the Sabres have so craftily stockpiled, he’s including the second-round picks that constitute, in effect, an imaginary currency. When fans fantasize about packaging those second-rounders for a high first-round pick, they’re indulging an entirely unrealistic illusion. Not all General Managers are geniuses, but they all understand that (as Darcy Regier has articulated) a top three or four pick is a singular asset, and by the fifteenth pick (sometimes much earlier) the dropoff becomes severe. The Sabres may now be following their best, and perhaps their only, road to possible success in the future. But that road is a rough one. If the projections are accurate, this next draft doesn’t contain a phenomenal prospect. And if history is any guide, it isn’t fistfulls of double-digit draft picks that carry a team to hockey heaven. (And Connor McDavid isn't going to be traded for any number of other picks.)
Tanking is NOT Enough
Take a look at every one of the very good teams - particularly the ones which have been good for some time. While it is true in every case - except in Detroit - that players drafted in the first round are significant pieces, it is similarly true that those pieces have been augmented through trades for legitimate stars and prospects who "blossomed," and through the signing of free agents who performed as expected. So, even if the Sabres' brains trust earns two successive lottery picks, and - even they are as good as the dynamic duos in Chicago and Pittsburgh - it will still be necessary to add Top-6 forwards. With those stockpiled draft picks, the Sabres could acquire someone like Brock Nelson or Brett Connolly, two still young forwards who would "blossom" in Buffalo with the ice time they would receive, and especially on the power play. That's what happened in Chicago when the Blackhawks acquired Patrick Sharp from Philadelphia.
You should not tank.....
because it is not fair to the fans. Most fans don't actually need the Cup they just need the hope that they can reach the Cup. The Sabres this year are the exact opposite of that, there is no hope and there won't be for many(at least 3) years. If this plan does not work it will be 10 years before we have a real team that is fun to watch like the Bills are now.
I see no problem with tanking
Oh sure, the objective in every sport is to win. But the draft lottery makes tanking acceptable. After all, you are not assured of the first pick - I'm thinking McDavid here in 2015 - which means that when you tank you are taking a chance.
Also, I do not feel that the quality of the organization is the nr. 1 requirement for a good team. Without a doubt, the quality of the players, coaches and GM determine that. And I think we can look to the Sabres as an example of that, or the Bills in every season for the past 15 years and counting.
Darcy Regier has shown resiliency in his approach to improving this team. When free agency didn't produce a winner, he immediately switched gears into a rebuilding mode - and so far there are no complaints from me. It really was the only option available, and even though it will take time, I believe he is doing a fine job.
What does Pegula
care if he loses money when the fans don't show up or renew season tickets next year? Remember what he said? He said if he wants to make money he will go dig another oil well. I guess it could pertain to this situation as well. They probably feel that if the fans jump ship they will be back when the team starts to win again. HAHA The problem is they have the guy who got the team in this mess trying to fix it. Never going to happen. Darcy is Darcy and he can't change the fact that is isn't a very good GM
empty seats and lost profits. This team will not even get 50 points this year, which means FNC will be fairly empty for most games by January, if not sooner. The fan base deserves MUCH better than this boring garbage!
Tanking -- an admission of utter FAILURE.
In sports terms, yes Mike,"immoral" -- a betrayal of the spirit of competition, and a betrayal of season ticket holders (class action lawsuit for refunds?). It is also the Ultimate Cop-out, the season reduced to six months of exhibition games, everybody from the G.M. to the rookies let off the hook with a team shrug. And so the Sabres 2013-14, "just a decade or two away..."
Speaking of the kids, I just heard PAUL with Mike/Chris. How in the world could the Sabres pick GRIGORENKO with his disdainful attitude to his coach (even an unproven one) and his veteran teammates. I was willing to wait on him but if he's already such a sullen, uncoachable kid, he's a valuable draft choice wasted -- did the team do its research, was there no clue to this? Was he advised by his agent to cash in on one lucrative North American contract before returning home? Inexcusable for an aspiring pro player. As if we needed another reason to dislike this organization... yikes.
We are not worthy
"For years I've said that the last place the Bills should want to finish is in the middle. Now you have general managers in pro sports saying things like, "the last place you want to be is in the middle,"
Mike Schopp is a genius.....way ahead of his time. He could be the GM of any given pro sports team! What bunk.
SCHOPP SILLYNESS and SEASON TICKET HOLDERS should "TANK THEIR TICKETS"!
As long as ownership, HE HIMSELF... does not understand the sport he is in, his franchise will never be more than a collection of AMATUERS. That's E-X-A-C-T-L-Y how WALMART is perceived in the NHL and has been for over 15 years. That's why their roster is dominated by mediocre EUROs who are "just happy to be in the NHL" and not at all concerned or motivated by competing for the Cup. North American players would NEVER put WALMART on their top 10 teams to play for and EVERYONE in the NHL knows this. The FACT that North Americans and especially Canadians produce the BEST AND MOST "NHL" type hockey players puts WALMART at a distinct disadvantage they will never overcome. Darcy Regeir's regime is TOTALLY at fault for forging this reputation and Pegula SHOWS HiS IGNORANCE of hockey for tolerating and supporting him. The ONLY way this can end is to PURGE THE GM, SCOUTING STAFF, AND COACHING STAFF. Pegula is just not NHL SMART enough to be able to accomplish this. I suggest the RIDICULOUS season ticket holders do themselves a big favor and "TANK THEIR TICKETS" for WALMART to get better!!!!
the question to ask
who are they tanking to get? is there a franchise changing prospect out there? they need to tank at the right time. is it?
Couldn't agree more with "really". Please proof read your articles.
there's just so much wrong with this...
there's really only one thing to say, shut up schoppsie
It's eiher tank or have mediocre seasons for another 5 years
We aren't good. Our veterans are getting old. We need a rebuild and we can either do it the easy way which is to tank and get good next generation players or the hard way which is to pick up the likes of Rob Niedermayer in free agency because no respectable player wants to come and play in Buffalo no matter how much money you throw at them.
We have so much young talent let's let them play even if we do tank the season. I don't mind watching a few horrible seasons if it means we will have a Stanley Cup worthy team in 3-5 years.
Also Darcy is one of the best GMs in the league. Firing him will do nothing good. He understands that Buffalo is a 2nd or 3rd tier city and I'm sure we are listed on many top talent players no trade clause lists.
embrace the tank
connor mcdavid. a chance to get him is worth it. besides what do you want to do wallow in mediocrity and hope that they can barely make the playoffs with a roster full of mediocre players. Who cares about the morality. it is the plan. it is the plan the penguins, chicago, avalanche, kings, oilers are using. You need elite talent. and no vanek is not kane or crosby. flip moulson at the deadline for a 1st in 2015 to up our chances at mcdavid and pray they finish dead last this and next year at least. i do.
Tanking works just look at Indy and Luck. However drafting good players is a skill and Darcy has proven he is clueless.
Depending on what Regier does from here, this team could turn it around THIS SEASON and make the playoffs. Moulson was a start. Don't stop there. There's work to do. We need more trades. Get Miller, Stafford, and Ennis out of here and get some more hockey players. The defensemen are set. Ride Enroth and see what happens. Hot head Hackett can be backup. Let's roll and get them phone lines smokin' Darcy!!! Extend Moulson and Ott too in the process. Why are you such a dupe Schopp?
Society dictates the poor gets the most
The poorest get the most back in handouts, it is how our country works Mike. The looney liberals tell our children there is no failing and we give them trophies for failure. When you fix the problem of our society, only then can you fix sports...
Can't believe it has come to this! Its is true, as the Sabres lose more games this season, the less interested the fans will be, and thus will stop paying money to watch. a couple more years is what everyone always says, but letting Regier make these decisions is going to be even more disastrous for this team. Time to cut ties with Regier! The sooner the better!
Hey, Mr. "WALMART" . . .
This just in . . . If someone told you using "WALMART" to refer to the Sabres was clever, he/she was wrong. And using CAPS, -dashes- and exclamation points (!!!!!) not only adds nothing to your post, it renders it unreadable. Now go call the WHINER LINE, genius.
Any trades today?
Just when you thought things were going to get hot and heavy after Vanek got traded. The domino effect in other words. Now its back to the silence and Miller is still here and other notables as known as the dead weight are still here. Hmmmmmm.
Ted Black segment on HS Show
Rebuilding is fine, but get the right GM and coach to do it.
selective CAPITALIZATION helps me MAKE POINTS
I am a typical SPORTS FAN and I like to make SWEEPING generalizations about things I don't have sufficient EVIDENCE for. For EXAMPLE, I am able to READ THE MINDS of players on the team I root for and ASSESS the competence of all FUTURE actions of an INDIVIDUAL after observing that person for a BRIEF period of TIME!!! I am AGAINST TANKING but I am totally for FIRING OUR ENTIRE FRONT OFFICE and getting rid of all of our current PROSPECTS and young PLAYERS, which OF COURSE would NOT result in any losing seasons EVER! I think I am FUNNY because I compare my SPORTS TEAM to other STUFF in an unrelated AREA! I also like to discount, out of hand, any POINTS made by anyone that I am not FAMILIAR with, especially if they are made by INDIVIDUALS that I sometimes DISAGREE WITH!
Half full / Half empty
To quote the now-famous NFTA Bus Driver, Darnell Barton, "Things may not be perfect, but they're a little bit of alright."
Half-hearted attempts at playing any sport (I like to call the "Ole!" attitude, as when a Defensive player just swipes an arm at a runner.) should result in "riding the pine". And, then, if play doesn't improve once the athlete's allowed back in, you end up with a mysterious injury that lands you on "IR" for the rest of the year.
Miller in goal again at NYR???
What a Joke. When are the Sabres going to trade that bum? If we're rebuilding, Enroth should be getting the calls. Mister Softee has sucked his last few games.
Maybe I should only do brake jobs right on 2 out of 14 cars for the lousy pay I get compared to these guys and see how long I stay employed
I'll probably never see the money these guys make in my lifetime but see what happens if I performed my job as bad as these guys.I can barely afford to go to a couple of games ayear as it is ,but I don't think I'll bother this year.I'm not gonna waste my hard earned money on an inferior product.
Homer Puff Piece
Schopp is a KNUCKLEHEAD -- just like Darcy
RE: Hey, Mr. "WALMART" . . .
I am thankful he uses the exact same words, punctuation, capitalizations and insults in every single one of his posts. That way it takes only a quick glance at a post to know I am not going to read it.
what losers you are
fire regier immediately
I find plenty of items that I can use at WALMART and at good prices. Too bad there is not as much value watching the sabres these days:(
tanking for picks!
Tanking isn't going to help us!! Our scouting is an absolute joke!! We haven't even drafted anybody relevant since the guy we just traded away!! Whats Regier blackmailing you with Pegula?? you obviously have more money than brains!!!
Leave Mr. Walmart alone
He seen this coming two years ago. He's a icon.
Great quote: "the idea of ranking draft picks in reverse order of finish -- as much as it sounds "fair" -- does untold damage to the game. You simply cannot have a system that rewards anyone, ever, for losing." Totally agree!
RE: HEY, Mr. "WALMART"...
...exact same words, punctuation, capitalizations and insults... Hmm... SOUNDS ALOT LIKE WALMART HOCKEY!!!!! You know... "THEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER organ I zation IN PRO SPORTS!!!" And by the way, YOU SHOULD be PROUD of those "HOPLESS LOoSERS". FORRRRRRRRRRRRRREVER 4! HOW'S DEAD LAST PLACE DOING???????????
Why the hostility?
I, apparently like many of you (commenters above), am not generally a fan of Mike Schopp, as I feel he is often too negative and dismissive, especially of callers to the station. However, this was to me a completely balanced and reasonable article. It isone which addressed an important topic in current Sabres fandom, with external and internal insights and perspectives.
Why the vitriol?
Nice article Mike. I liked it. Thanks.
How can you ignore the sucess of the greatest tankers ever?
Indy Colts, Pittsburgh Penguins. They both went from nothing to greatness by tanking at the right time and making great draft choices. You can say it's wrong to go in the tank, but as long as pro sports is as socialistic as it is you're a fool for not taking advantage once in a while. All the time? Of course not, but once every 15 years is genius.