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  1. 1). awesome 2). I love the word gritty applied to an urban environment. New Orleans!
  2. I’m watching The Hockey Night in Canada feed. The game HQ is Quebec City. There have been two great between period interviews. Manon Rhéuame and Eric Lindros. Manon just shines. She’s an old hockey crush of mine. Come to think of it, she’s my only hockey crush. Moving on ... I was never much of a Lindros fan. Old school resentment toward a privileged kid telling an established league where he’d play, and all that. Oft injured, if a great player, but never a truly generational, guy in my mind. Snarly, cocky. I always viewed his setbacks through the lens of karma. The interview took place in Quebec City, during the broadcast. He’s older, of course, but still menacingly thick and powerful, except for ... ... his very humble demeanor. He’s juxtaposed in the interview with a Canadian broadcasting woman, She’s polished, informed, and has a television presence, a command. No shock, of course, given her profession. She went quickly to the heart of the matter. She asked Eric what is it like, now, and what it was like, then, to be in Quebec City after that bitter post draft period and before his trade to Philadelphia. There was no menacing cockiness in his responses. He was humble, fidgety, a little nervous, almost giggly. He spoke of fans, family, Quebec and great misunderstanding. He felt pain, and acknowledged that of others. He talked a lot about his mom. Lindros looked like your uncle who worked at the plant, with hands that could squash a coconut, and who your mom called “the teddy bear”. I am re-evaluating Eric Lindros, and I’m glad.
  3. Manon Rhéaume ... I’m going to need a moment.
  4. One, awesome and fun, Weave. Two, a Cheektovegas shout out is a very, very, special thing ... There is no place like WNY.
  5. You made the right call with Ol’ Billy! The big mystery to me is the different approaches to building a roster, drafting and managing a cap. Beane’s done it better.
  6. “Not every quote on the internet is accurate.” Abe Lincoln.
  7. I will chuckle, today, thinking of Albert Einstein growing frustrated while trying to decipher the work of Bart Simpson ...
  8. I’m looking back, again, over 58 years and the extraordinary set of circumstances that have put me in the presence of power and great men. Steinbrenner, Jacobs and culture. Be excellent. Be urgent. There is no other way. I never heard “I’ll sell another hot dog” or “I’ll build another ship”. I did hear “from this day forward the sole purpose of ...”. We will win when the culture here requires people to give all they've got and not rely on all the owner has. Small, and not so insightful, observation. TPegs has the graciously human desire to give. He sheds tears. I feel him. I am looking for that single minded purposefulness that will enable him, that will require him, to demand. I know nothing of his business culture. I see the Bills demanding everything of and from themselves. They are engaged and joyful “opt in” guys. I’m a believer. JBot has to find talent. TPegs must demand it. I am encouraged by the process. One more season. Draft, develop, attract, and manage cap and contracts. Greater hockey minds than mine have views on our GM and how capable he is of this. Time will tell.
  9. I am 1,300 miles away from a night like that. Setting aside the product on the ice, you are in hockey heaven.
  10. Just to add. I believe Pegula thinks he has his Beane and McDermott in his hockey club. Botterill’s seat is hotter, but he’ll get another year.
  11. Quickie ... I don’t think it’s a talent vs culture issue in the either/or sense of debate. It’s both. Skills exist in settings. They feed one another. I think of a robust seed dropped into fertile ground when I think talent and culture. Greater talent can overcome lesser culture, and vice versa. Less talent can erode culture, etc. There are career parallels between what I do and what hockey people do. I’ve been a player, coach and GM. I’ve moved up and down the continuum. Better talent has always been an obvious desire in business. I have tremendous empathy for the Bylsmas, the Housleys, the Botterills. “How would I make an impact?” Culture’s gotten recognition the last twenty years, or so. Picking talent is easy relative to building a culture. Early in my career, I worried little about culture. I’m old school. Culture was doing what my boss told me to do. It worked for me. I performed, got promoted, and told others what to do. Simple, huh? I had great success. I also had monumental failure. I’m more in tune with culture, now. I stopped telling people what to do. I began showing them what to do. When you show, those who are engaged opt in and thrive. Those who aren’t engaged opt out and go elsewhere. I “feel” Krueger and like him. Ten years ago, I was Ted Nolan (work harder) or Brian Burke (do what I tell you to do). I took a new job in August after interviewing for two months. I was asked about credentials, expertise and business models for a few hours over a few days. I was hired after the firm learned my view on culture and asked me what I would build. That conversation took weeks and involved me flying around and meeting leaders in other lines of business. They don’t share my skills. They needed to know I shared their culture. My sales meetings sound a lot like Krueger’s press conferences. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” I’m an apostle. Notice, though, that the quote is silent on talent. Talent is a given. I think the real debate is strategy vs. culture, for any given level of talent. THEN, there’s no debate at all. This franchise will win when JBot finds talent and RaKru shows it what to do.
  12. I’m going to need you to set up a live feed. Get a mic, put the commotion over your shoulder. E-nun-ci-ate.
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