Monthly Archive for February, 2008

Bye Bye, Soupy

It’s tough being a small-market sports fan, especially when the sport in question is hockey. For all the talk of parity in the NHL, it’s clear that there are two classes of teams – those willing to spend money to acquire and retain top talent, and the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres suffered losing their two top centermen to free agency last off-season, after posting the best record in the NHL and their second Eastern Conference Championship loss in a row. One can argue about front office mistakes in not signing Briere and Drury, but in the end, it was their turn to cash in on a big contract, and Buffalo was unwilling or could not afford to pay. (Let us not forget also that the Sabres were up against the salary cap all of last season.)

bye bye, Soupy.And now we have a home-grown NHL superstar in Brian Campbell – two-time All Star, spin-o-rama skater, and open-ice hitter of R.J. Umberger – now due his big pay day at the end of this season, as he becomes eligible for free agency. What are the Sabres to do?

Well, the only move is to trade him. The Sabres could not risk losing him for nothing, and Campbell and his agent seemed luke warm about signing something before the trade deadline. I certainly can’t blame either party.

But, I can feel sad. Being a fan of a small-market team is tough, and I’d be lying if I weren’t a little jealous that the Rangers or Ducks can just go buy whomever they want every year. In Buffalo, we have to make our own stars.

After the jump, some highlights from Soupy’s career in Buffalo, including some of his hilariously horrible local television commercials.

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Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse II

Tonight there was a Lunar Eclipse, the last one ’til 2010. Check out shadowandsubstance.com for more information, or see if others have better photos on Flickr.

Taken on 4th Place in Carroll Gardens, with my trusty (and shaky) SD750.

UPDATE: Lisa has a nice shot, from her D50.

Barackula: The Musical

Now that Barack Obama is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, there seems to be a lot of funny websites popping up. None is more ridiculous (and took more work to produce) than this:

Subway Love

Lisa’s photo on Gothamist!Another Valentine’s Day related post – Lisa’s snapshot of this note in the Carroll MTA station made it to a post on Gothamist!

The original is available in her Flickr photostream.

She is kind of a big deal, ’round these parts.

Twitter

Do you <3 Presley?

Twitter built a cute little thing for Valentine’s Day – type @nedward <3, and you can send a little valentine tweet to a Twitter friend. I don’t see any official blog post about it, but Twitter co-founder Biz Stone tweeted about it.

Enjoy, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Polling Place Photo Project

If you’re going to vote tomorrow on Super Tuesday, consider documenting your experience for all to see. The Polling Place Photo Project, an experiment in citizen journalism that “encourages voters to capture, post and share photographs of this year’s primaries, caucuses and general election.”

William Drenttel initiated the project during the 2006 midterm elections, and for this election year The New York Times and AIGA have partnered to expand it.

Primaries or Caucuses will be held in 24 states on February 5 – take a photo of your polling place, and share it with the world. And don’t forget to browse through some photos, too!

2/5 UPDATE: Here is a link to my photos on the PPPP site.