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Why Your “If We Only Had Danny Briere” Drives Me Nuts

Why Your “If We Only Had Danny Briere” Drives Me Nuts

Now’s not the best time for me to talk about Danny Briere, but to be fair it hasn’t been the right time for me in, oh, about four years. You see, I was with you for that first year of “woe-is-us” after Danny packed up his stuff and left, even though I was far

"Danny Gare now or Danny Gare 1974?"

more interested in keeping Chris Drury. Now, I’m just sick of it. He’s an annoying pest of a super-clutch hockey player who suits up for a team I like just slightly more than the Black Plague. I’m no Darcy Regier fan, but the only time I want to hear Darcy and Danny in the same Sabres sentence again is, “Who would win in a fight: Danny Gare or Darcy Wakaluk?”

Here’s a comparison that worked for a few Sabres fans on Twitter after Briere scored another of his game-winning playoff goals:

“Briere for me is like an ex-girlfriend you’re over but your friends won’t stop talking about.

“Remember how hot she was?”

“Yep. I dated her”

I know absence makes the heart grow fonder, but I’m continually amazed at how Briere’s absence from Buffalo has folded over into an obsession that would blow the minds of TV cops. It’s even more absurd than the acting on this season’s “Law & Order: SVU” (As an aside, is it possible Chris Meloni was entirely responsible for keeping the writers and actors in check with a series of “Are you effing kidding me?s” each season during the writing process? Could anyone at NBC have expected the show to become this ludicrous?)

I’m not debating that the Sabres would’ve been better off keeping him around past the 2006-07 flame-out, but let’s not pretend everyone loved him while he was here. Briere’s Buffalo death is turning him into some sort of halfway-decent rock musician who’s become a legend simply by not making more product.

This is a guy who co-captained the biggest disappointment in Buffalo Sabres history and picked up a whole three goals in his final playoff run with Buffalo. He’s a guy who was in an NHL-distributed video on the definition of diving. He’s put up regular season stat lines in Philadelphia that would’ve had him burnt in effigy should he have received that contract with Buffalo. In the year after Briere split town — still his choice, by the way — Derek Roy had more points than him. Briere’s best regular season point total is one point less than Jason Pominville had this season. He regularly took nights off in Buffalo, back-checked about as hard as Max Afinogenov and was Roy’s mentor.

Back to the ex-girlfriend thing (or boyfriend, if you like). You remember that Briere used to take you out to dinner, but forget that he constantly played with his iPhone. You wistfully recall the time he bought you flowers, but never mention how he would ignore you for hours if he didn’t get his way. You picture what your kids would’ve looked like, but forget that he never proposed.

When was the last time you high-fived yourself because Chris Drury isn’t on a massive contract with the Sabres? Do you often think, “if only Chris stayed here and produced very little?” No, because he’s gone.

Yes, he’s super good. He’s might become a Hall of Famer. But he’s a Flyer. And I’m over it.

Email: nick@fcbuffalo.org

NBA Playoff Predictions

NBA Playoff Predictions

Since I don’t have a podcast ’til Monday: Bulls over Philly in five — Iguodala and/or J-Rue should be good enough for a win over the Rose-less Bulls Heat over Knicks in five — Substitute Carmelo & Amare for the above names. Pacers over Magic in six — Orlando will go hard for Stan Van… Continue Reading

The Late Nick Mendola, Seas2Ep25: I Want It, Sabres

AB Podcast Twenty-Five: What if the Sabres really go the route of redemption? There was a time not too long ago when there was nothing I wanted more than to watch my favorite team play my favorite sports. That iced canes squad was the 2005-06 Buffalo Sabres and Dear Holiness they were wonderful to watch;… Continue Reading

Most Satisfying Loss of All-Time?

(WECK 1230) — Vindictiveness is not an admirable noun, but we’re not always people to be admired. When Lebron “The Big Ego” James came up on the short end of the NBA Finals, I smiled as wide as I had in a long time, but was it the most fun I’ve ever had watching a… Continue Reading

Mavericks Goose Heat; Dirk Plays Iceman

(WECK 1230) — I won’t say I can’t believe what I just saw… but I barely believe what I just saw. The Miami Heat, more about the dastardly villains of the 2011 NBA playoffs, viagra dosage were unloading on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the Finals, tempting even the biggest Lebron James haters… Continue Reading

Immediate Reactions: Flyers 5, Sabres 2

Listen live and react from Noon-3 p.m. EST Wednesday on www.weck1230.com as I give your Tweets, emails and phone calls to the airwaves. Lock in 716.783.9325 (716.783.WECK) on your cell phone. (WECK 1230) — We’re conditioned to think the glass slipper always leads to Cinderella getting naughty with the prince, but sometimes fairy tales get kinda… Continue Reading

Game Seven: Simple, Not Easy

(WECK 1230) — Some interesting historical statistics are going to be thrown at you over the next 24-48 hours.  The Flyers are 8-6 all-time in Game Sevens, symptoms the Sabres are 1-5 and the teams have never contested a Game Seven versus each other. None of that really matters. The only way it would remotely… Continue Reading