Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sabres to unveil new third jersey ...

Sales of the Sabres "new" jersey must be down to the point where it's time to roll out something new and bilk people for hundreds more dollars.

The Sabres website has announced that they will have an event called "Puck Drop 2008" on Sept. 20th ... at which they'll unveil a new third jersey.
The jersey features a modernization of the team’s vintage design elements, while incorporating the latest in sports uniform technology. Fans will be able to pre-order the new jersey at a kiosk in the Sabres Store.
You can also pre-order from Dave and Adams, for as low at $99.95 for the new jersey. It's $40 more for a custom jersey, which will feature the name and number of whatever player you want ... who will then get traded the next week.

It's funny ... on one hand, I'm thinking that it's stupid to shell out $100 or more for a product you've never seen. And on the other hand, I'm thinking ... "yeah, I should finally get a jersey." I've wanted one for years, but I'm fearful that whoever I get will be immediately traded. For the record, I'm an Afinogenov fan ... so I have reason to be concerned.

I'm also concerned abou the "modernization of the team's vintage design elements." What the hell does that mean? Last time we heard about a "return to the classic look" we got Barney Rubble hair.

So ... what's a Sabres fan to do?

GOP calls for disclosure from Powers ...

Thanks to The Buffalo Bean for the video.

Leave it to the Onion ...

To put into perspective the whole John Edwards affair ordeal.
"News of his extramarital affair with a former campaign worker could put John Edwards at serious risk of losing the position or appointment he currently holds, or may be planning to hold, or to contend for, if he hasn't lost it already, sources reported Tuesday."
Click here for the whole story.

Taxpayer funded campaigns ...

This morning on Dialog, I discussed my frustration with politicians using our money to campaign for their jobs.

This is the blog post I was referencing ...

And here's another example ...

I was upset about George Maziarz' mailer saying that the best way for the state to save money is for them (with their $6 BILLION budget deficit) to demand a cap on education spending ... or at least on the local property taxes for education. (which of course, they don't control)

Heaven forbid the state actually save THEIR OWN money. They feel compelled to save you by asking someone else to pare back.

Do I think education spending is too high? Sure do. But when your own budget is $6B in the red, I don't think you're in a position to suggest how others spend their money.

AND ... I was a little worked up today ... How much was did it cost to create and send that full color mailer? Want to save money? Start there. Especially since it looked A LOT like a campaign mailer ... sent at our expense.

Of course, the Maziarz mailer didn't make the news ... cause he's the media darling who can do no wrong. In fact, his official paper, The Niagara Falls Reporter, printed a hit piece against his opponent a few weeks ago because Brian Grear dared call George out. Now, I enjoy reading the Reporter ... and they've often got some good stuff ... but have you EVER ... ONCE ... seen a story or opinion piece showing Maziarz to be anything other than a saint? Me thinks not. I've often wondered silently why that is. I guess now I wonder aloud.

I'm tellin' you!

This should be an Olympic sport!

Thief leaves car but takes all four tires and rims : Latest Local News : The Buffalo News:
"A car parked in the driveway of a home in the city's Kensington-Eggert neighborhood was left stranded this morning by a thief who stole all four tires and rims off the vehicle.

The owner told Northeast District police that he parked his 2000 Cadillac in the driveway of his Leonard Street home.

The thief stole the tires and rims, valued at about $2,350, sometime between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., police reported."

Business First announces 40 under 40 ...

Each year, Buffalo's Business First Magazine selects 40 Western New Yorkers under the age of 40 who have had a positive impact on our community.

Here's a link to this year's list. I'm not going to list them all. Noteworthy, though, is that Bob Confer is one of this year's recipients.

Bob is the Vice President of Confer Plastics in North Tonawanda. He is a columnist for Greater Niagara News and provides us with the Albany Update every Monday on Dialog. He is a huge proponent of the Boy Scouts.

He's also a good friend of mine.

Join me in congratulating Bob on achieving the recognition he so greatly deserves.

Front page news for August 14th ...

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Olympics update ... who cares?

There's an Olympic update for you ... but I'm thinking, who cares? In fact, last night we watched a movie ... and it ended just a few minutes before 8. Just in time for the Olympics. *sigh* I just didn't want to watch any more Olympics. I think I'm done until the next WINTER Olympics. The games that are fun to watch.

I'll be talking about this in about 25 minutes on WECK. Join me, won't you? And call in. We need more calls. I'm not afraid to say it. I want to talk WITH people. Not to people. So call in. (716) 783-9325. Agree. Disagree. Doesn't matter. Just call.