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.

Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘Bye Bye, Soupy’

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.