Sunday morning homily XXIV

Now that I'm done making Mother's Day breakfast (French toast, home fries, bacon and cut fruit) for my wife, Lisa, it's time to reflect upon the current, and possibly sorry, state of my beloved Buffalo Sabres.

I'm at a loss to pinpoint exactly what's happened. A potent offense against most other teams, what defense has Ottawa deployed to once again flummox the Sabres? Has trading away Martin Biron forced Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff to play goalie Ryan Miller too much? Have the Sabres forgotten that the competition gets more intense and physical with each round?

Whatever the reason, the Sabres are staring at an 0-2 hole against a talented team that's shown the ability to come back from a deficit. It's time, like any great team does during the playoffs, for the Sabres to show their resiliency.

In Buffalo, and the surrounding communities, resiliency is a trait that's all too familiar. As much as I hate to say it, Buffalo sports fans have always watched someone else celebrate. The Sabres, who have twice tried to grab Lord Stanley's cup, continue their quest. The Bills? We know those stories.

But you know what? We've been able to take something away. We know the rewards of hard work and values. We honor commitments. We dig in. We're resilient.

Roll, Sabres, roll.

The other playoffs

Don't forget, too, that the American Hockey League is deep into its Calder Cup playoffs. The Manchester Monarchs are a Game 6 win away Monday night from putting the Providence Bruins away for the season. The Hershey Bears await the winner for the Eastern Conference title. The winner of the Manitoba Moose-Hamilton Bulldogs game, at 3 p.m. today, will gain a 3-2 advantage in their North Division final. The winner will face the Chicago Wolves for the Western Conference championship.

A long weekend

I have to tend to some business over the next few days. I'll try to check in Wednesday night.

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Anonymous JLS said...

I am too shocked by how much they have been outplayed....the word that comes to mind is hunger..Ottawa seems more hungry than the Sabres....I hate to abandon hope but it sure is getting hard to watch..if there is a god.....well u know.

9:04 PM  

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