The above link is a wonderful article concerning the situation with Lindy Ruff's daughter and the mass on her brain. The author brings a lovely personal touch to the subject which I appreciated. Common decency, of course, demands a comment from everyone attached to the Sabres in even the most peripheral of ways (and nothing is more peripheral than being a fan 1200 miles away). So, I'll gladly offer up my sympathies and positive thoughts on the matter.
For me, this is yet another instance of either a friend, acquaintence or family member coming down with a severe medical problem in the past few months. No less than 4 people I know (including a very good friend ) have been diagnosed with some form of cancer, some mild and easily treated/beaten, one life threatening and one terminal.
Please don't mistake this post for a plea for sympathy or anything like that because it isn't. I only mention these things because it underscores just how fragile our lives are and I wanted to remind the regular readers of this space to cherish what you have. Be thankful for what comes to you and don't lament those that don't (too much).
The wife is now lass than 6 weeks to her due date of our first child and doing great... and I think that's all that needs to be said about where my head is here. For my part I hope that Madeline comes through this without any lasting effects. I'd hate for Lindy and his family to have to go through what mine (and especially my mom) went through last fall with my sister's illness.
I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
p.s. The Sabres came back in the 3rd period tonight to beat the Caps 6-4 despite some lazy defensive zone coverage and very sub-par goaltending early on by Ryan Miller.