Buffalo isn’t a city known for feeling a lot of heat in February, but don’t tell that to Lindy Ruff and his 27th place hockey team.
I’ve spent much of my hockey time, over the past 16 years actually, defending Ruff as the right man to coach this team. But with each passing season of failure, each half-hearted effort on the ice, the hope tank has slowly been leaking.
For many, it’s now empty. One by one, some of Ruff’s most ardent supporters - fans, writers, talk show hosts, older folks who grew up watching him give his heart as a player, are raising the white flag. I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard sentences beginning with “I think Ruff is a good coach, but…”
No matter how much people like and respect Ruff, and how highly they think of his abilities, everyone has a breaking point.
I confess that I’ve finally reached mine. Continue reading "Confessions Of A Former Ruff Apologist"