Mair To Miss Start of Regular Season
Last Thursday it was announced that forward Adam Mair will be out a minimum of 6 weeks after having arthroscopic hip surgery. The Sabres say the surgery was successful, but this translates to him completely missing training camp and at least part of the start of the season.
Obviously this is not a huge loss going into the beginning of the season. However, it is unfortunate for Mair, who statistically is coming off one of his most successful seasons in the NHL with eight goals and eleven assists. Plus, with the influx of Darcy's one-year bruisers and the rookie forwards coming up the pipeline, Mair's spot on the roster is not guaranteed when he's healthy enough to return.
Now obviously this news isn't all bad. On the plus side, it means AVP and the Bills' o-line have one less nasty lineman to worry about going into the season opener in New England. On the other hand, the Patriots rarely cut a man loose unless they feel they have the personnel to replace him. And when you consider the Raiders' first pick has been no lower than 7th in the last 5 years, that sweet taste starts to turn a little sour.
Of course, maybe this will turn out like it did last year, when the Pats let Asante Samuel leave for a bigger payday, only to discover their secondary wasn't up to carrying the heavier load. But it probably won't...
I, for one, was excited to see Steve leave. I thought the stagnant offense could use a new face. I figured he would tank in Colorado State and come crawling back to the NFL looking for another coordinator position.
Then Sunday night, I was flipping through the channels when I happen to come across the Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado State and Colorado. And Colorado State was carrying a 17 point lead into halftime.
The Rams would go on to win by only 6, but it was still a big win for the second-year coach. On the road to open the season against a good program, Fairchild was able to generate 376 yards of total offense. Obviously the players are the biggest contributors, but of course, they're players he has coached up and recruited.
On the one hand, I'm glad to see that he's been able to coach up these young players and help them perform at a high level like you used to... well, that's not really true, but I do think this is good for his... well, no that's not what I want to say either. What am I trying to say exactly... oh I know... screw you and your success, Steve Fairchild. Thanks for nothing, you bum!