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  1. Agreed. We haven't had the ability to consistently push back against opponents since 07ish. We have not been able match other teams' aggression, talent, desperation, physicality, etc. One of my favorite experiences with prior teams (mostly the ones wearing black goathead jerseys) was watching them escalate effort, intensity, and physicality to produce results. That's toughness to me...and I miss it dearly.
  2. This seems like a bad question, considering this is a discussion forum about the Buffalo Sabres. The Bills currently look like geniuses compared with how far the hockey team has fallen. I like Allen.
  3. I agree, to a point. Edmonton is an obvious example of a talent influx which has not translated into a winning club. I said this on another thread but the Kane - Faulk kerfuffle was really interesting. Faulk called him out big time. The team responded by beating CBus the following night. I have been a part of team process conversations, in my line of work, where an individual was called out for having a negative attitude and have seen the larger group respond by functioning better. Here's the thing - even if Kane is the biggest problem, which I assume he is, there remains a laundry list of other issues. It seems like, after yesterday's drubbing, that we have entered the trade deadline, where am I going phase of the season. I doubt we can expect to see any improvement until after the trade dust has settled. Even then, improvement will probably not be measurable in more victories. Botterill has his work cut out for him.
  4. I'm fascinated by this kerfuffle between Faulk and Kane. I'm further fascinated by the team's response tonight. Faulk is not exactly a team leader, which caught my attention initially. He calls out Kane in front of the team and they responded tonight. To me, this is some sort of unconscious vote by the team that Faulk was right. Is Evander Kane a team killer?
  5. I live in Denver and the local version of WGR (The Fan) has the same voice over guy and the stations often sound the same, with the exception that NO ONE talks about hockey out here. Anyway, the other night I heard voice over guy talking about the The Fan's hot take line, where listeners call in and leave a message with their thoughts about the Broncos (because that's all anyone talks about). I realized that this is the same damn thing as GR's "Whiner Line" and it struck me how negative the entire Buffalo sports scene has become. There are so many great reasons to be negative when talking about the Bills and Sabres - I get stuck in it myself. When you think about Phil trying to stay positive and keep the players positive, despite the bad results, Mike Harringtons and booing fans, it sounds pretty foreign to most of us, but I do think it is the right approach. We have to realize that we (the fans) are conditioned to expect crappy results, so we play into the negativity too. This doesn't mean that we should all be unrealistic and Pollyanna about the team but maybe it is wise to zoom out, cool off, and give Phil some time to fumigate the stink of the last decade from the building.
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