Smart Thing 1: Van Miller Was A Legendary Voice For Legendary Times We do not have a Super Bowl in this town, but boy, have we ever witnessed some incredible…

Smart Thing 1: Van Miller Was A Legendary Voice For Legendary Times

We do not have a Super Bowl in this town, but boy, have we ever witnessed some incredible moments while trying to get one. Along the way, we’ve come to learn that greatness isn’t defined by one game. We especially realized that during and after the historical Super Bowl run of the 90’s. Greatness is achieved in the moments that propel teams to the top, and keep them there, never quitting. Always fighting.

Oh, we had our fair share of greatness, and Van Miller was the perfect voice for it. He was stirring, passionate, and triumphant. He was the classic “homer” play by play voice that kept fans glued to their radios (be those radios in cars, living rooms, or in the stadium itself, with that guy who brought a radio along to enjoy Van’s calls).

Of course, that guy always served as the go-to for any questionable calls on the field. “Hey, what are they saying on the radio – was that a penalty? What’s Van saying? Was that a touchdown?” So we don’t have a Super Bowl. But we have had greatness along with us, and were very, very lucky to have the perfect voice to match all of those perfect moments:

Thanks for the memories, Van.

Smart Thing 2: The Number 15

All things considered, the number 15 isn’t exactly iconic in the hockey world. It has has a mainly sporadic history of being worn, and has never really found greatness like the 9s, 8s, 19s, and of course, 11s in hockey sweater history.

Count me as one of those who is glad that Jack Eichel chose #15 to wear, and as one who is glad that he did not take one of those tired old iconic retreads. In fact, I would not have minded one bit if he stuck with 41, the number he wore throughout training camp. It grew on me pretty fast, and 15 will do the same.

As Eichel will do his part to redefine the franchise, he’ll do the same for the number 15.

Who ever cared about that number, really, before it became his? It is now one of the hottest pairs of digits at the NHL store, and if things go as planned, will stay hot for years, maybe even decades to come.

Not to get ahead of myself here, but it is nice to imagine that someday my grandkids maybe fighting over who gets to wear 15 for street hockey. This, of course, is just grand summertime day dreamin’.

Besides, those kids might be fighting over two numbers. Or three. Can we make it four?

I cannot promise how any of this is going to shake out, but watching these young players grow and define those numbers and the Buffalo Sabres franchise as we know it could be the thrill of a lifetime.

Smart Thing 3: Thousands Of Jobs Added In Buffalo As NYS Hits A New Record

Thirteen thousand, to be precise.

“Private-sector employment grew (in the Buffalo Niagara region) 2.8 percent, or 13,000 jobs, compared to a year ago. The remedial services (up 11.5 percent, or 3,700 jobs) and construction (up 9.5 percent, or 2,100 jobs) industries set the pace. The business and education services sectors also indicated strong gains. New York State’s private-sector job numbered 7.80 million, a new record. Also in June 2015, New York’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.5 percent, the state’s lowest rate since July 2008.”

Bonus Smart Things/Tweet Roll

I can’t get enough of tweets like this..

…so here is another one. Keep up the good work, Del and Co.

I love it when a Smart Thing comes together. What a fantastic father-son-city-veterans story. Sticktaps all around.

A little more summertime day dreamin’…

Bring it on world. This is our show.

Speaking of shows, The Rolling Stones just brought down the Ralph. What a way to start up the summer.


Note: Questions? Comments? Have a Smart Thing? You can find Scott Michalak reliving Van Miller’s calls of The Comeback Game on Twitter at @ScottyMCSS.

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