Monday, February 02, 2009

10 X 10 = 100!

This is my 100th post! Maybe my last one should have paid tribute to Wayne Gretzky - #99? The Sabres saw "the Great One" on Saturday as Buffalo blanked his Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0. Phoenix came close in yesterday's Super Bowl classic but the Arizona Cardinals lost to Pittsburgh, 27-23. Can you believe James Harrison's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown as halftime hit? Topping that was Super Bowl MVP, #10 Santonio Holmes, keeping his feet in bounds and hauling in the winning touchdown pass with 35 seconds left in the game! Talk about playoff inTENsity!

Other sports highlights I would like to bring to your atTENtion:
Last Tuesday, the Sabres scored 10 goals in embarrassing Edmonton, 10-2. It all started just 10 seconds into the game as Drew Stafford got his 10th goal of the season. He would add two more to finish the night with 12. Drew is the nephew of longtime Oilers equipment manager Barrie Stafford.

This past Friday in Kelowna, the Rockets bombed Medicine Hat 10-1. Before the game I had a chance to meet Rockets Skills Development coach, Kim Gellert. Nice guy who also happens to be employed by the mighty Sabres as an Amateur Scout. Have a look here near the top of the list. Kim is #15 on the list while another Amateur Scout, Bo Berglund, is #10. Belated Happy Birthday to Rockets/Sabres draft pick, Tyler Myers, who turned 19 yesterday.

The famous "Russian Rocket", Pavel Bure, wore #10 for the Vancouver Canucks. I am guessing Canuck fans would have preferred him here (right now!) than 37 year-old Mats Sundin, who has only mustered two goals in his first nine games. Sundin is a minus 6 with 16 penalty minutes. Ouch! Mats (or Moses - as Flames GM Darryl Sutter referred to him) turns 38 next Friday - the 13th. That makes him older than Bure, who turns 38 on the final day of March. Pavel had 254 goals in his days with the Canucks.
It was 10 years ago in January that Bure was traded to Florida. I came across that tidbit in Hockey Now, who just had their 10th anniversary.

Also pay atTENtion to these upcoming dates:

  • April 10 - Good Friday (the NHL regular season ends April 12)
  • May 10 - Mother's Day (it would be great if the Sabres were still playing at this time!)