Jerry Silva with -- us. Jerry let's get -- out of the way with. It but it this way I would like to request solitary man. As a future leader and I don't ruin your day if -- go further. Greg but I a got a new another Neil Diamond taped Christmas vehicles things some CD. CD hiding my best karaoke might be solitary and it is made from -- courses the -- and Melinda but I just thought I'd throw that out there. Fight -- you can. I just thought maybe you'd wanna mention what you have coming up tomorrow. Oregon and oh yeah now I'm on here. Hip replacement. And good. Outlook for way chemical and but. -- -- -- On track lot of tragedy in our department and bright hip replacement is not a minor to me and I'm looking for tonight -- in Ireland with everyone. There was -- monitor -- -- someone has gotten hip replacement says -- there are new man and a woman they look at that grade and someone. Emailed me today was golfing in six weeks it's that attention on a vote early -- Six -- person you gonna go in six weeks in buffalo. Well the way the weather and front snow materials whenever the yeah yeah but. I don't know vote we talked about. On the -- -- the Paper cut -- back and I was really upset about it. This is more than a Paper cut but the -- -- so the biggest surgery you've ever had -- always ask real tomato -- operation that -- the real the real deal. There's yeah we're gonna miss you that hasn't happened -- -- an issue I mean you'll be back and tomato ketchup -- when he tried to get nervous. Just -- that a blood reference no it wasn't all just forget it all right don't don't want one and but it's. The big cut their thing. -- the wording and that you know have -- you know that says to me I'm not staple -- back I'm a California I'm really not this time I'm not I'm juggling ten years younger -- you look at all. Nokia and you're you're like one -- my you've become over the years I consider you want a very different. And we're not that far off any injury and hit perplexed and actually call -- Spaniard. You're often glad you're ten years younger than right. Yeah this is one of -- votes -- -- people cellular elicit your kind of young for this than there isn't it pretty young and really. What you what you guys wait for that Colombia that -- -- my world and it's one of the radio guys and that's normal for hip replacements. All well and you radio guys. But I would limited -- get it done you can still enjoy the benefits of -- few -- We know some of the same people that this. This surgery way they -- letting people seem to be really happy for having -- Golf I think -- make the big differences. There is a guy you had to both knees don't within a year is pulling -- tennis tournament last week. And is it offered to echo from. Indeed it's that complicated. Part -- bodies. Obviously under the knife that you're surrendering control -- can't get too comfortable that he thought about surgeries and they fill the forms you know pretty. Lucky light. I don't him throughout the surgery they may not then I'll leave it in the councils and like assisting in my -- them. And a thirty since I was seven while now. Alaska based on thought they don't even count that count that go around so that surgery. Not an enormous again so I'll they now after fifty years with a cut you open is good thing. You came with the right perspective right away says they're pretty sure respectfully -- anyway I trust the medical. Bill. Lot of good work here you don't wanna complain about this you're going to be better off for it. At the end of the human -- watch sixty minutes last August -- doctor completely fabricate this new cancer. -- But. Mr. exception that's not what you know. We missed you for. -- that I usually -- well -- and if you have a draft. I've now don't care problem and serious pain I've won at the -- with the draft and we -- -- recent animal draft the animal draft I'll be doing research that's that's the group I'm sick enough. Mentally to be -- -- all along -- -- in my lifetime for fantasy baseball research. Dramatic -- is elusive to hear what about a call and make a trade like two days that a Smart we made -- Let's say what I was thing about these drafts we've had before because. It just as we talked about right at 3 o'clock. Walking in turn on ESPN and you just realize football is over. And it is basketball time there is no hockey to ESPN and it's basketball season that's fine for you you. Really love basketball but for me it's just depressing because I know that they're not going to be talking about anything I care about for more than like two minutes. For months the draft I -- is in there the draft is fine but. Not until the NBA finals are over. Well I feel like I'm. Engaging are connected to or really the audience the target audience for ESPN which kind of depressing so. Bigger issues like basketball. Jeremy Lin is in New York Syracuse is having a great season may -- were not a bad spot although the -- thing again is annoying since at least and also UB it's. They've when he -- -- and a great weekend. About possible -- to a UV game and then Jeremy -- wants to Friday night while. I was looking back and forth between the sabres and in the next. Tell me that Rory today in this you remember having that much fun watching him and I'm one of those guys with. Basketball lovers they like there's there's Sri king and five and fall on the floor remember that. Isiah Thomas against the knicks and 84 he scored sixteen points nine seconds a -- you ever forget that. That's -- that's sort again on that -- and doesn't happen other sports there's some fabulous exciting moments but. If you add basketball's like that in the shoot balls going in the guys make in the spin move Estes. It was really miss him down Wilson -- text each other they can beat Golden State. In Charlotte I mean this February game eighty texting on. About that you know AMOCO Okafor -- -- This is one of those moments where. Guys that texting and I haven't -- Watch with Kevin my next door neighbor who has had -- -- -- -- over in the -- of his equipment and talk about you know reviewing what it's going to be like it was really important and he's an -- and with the New York City and elects to gain and it's like it was just one of those moments I was texting. My New York friend my MBA friends my friend -- the New York Times sports that are. Like the biggest cynic in the world it. How's he doing any points the first three minutes. However aaron's gonna write a bottom for Sunday you know it's like it's everybody's -- at the Friday game and Kobe comes and and I said I'd picked up on Lynn. Do you know easily mean I'm at the Super Bowl -- football I knew of him but then I'm watching a game I think Wednesday of playing -- -- I see him out there it's garbage time you know that it was in the league. He's got like 25 points and they're talking about a game you played. Previously off the bench this in his first start willow. This is amazing but now he's -- they don't they're not good at point guard that whatever. And then the Friday game. I'm really fearful for the kids like you know everybody's watching now New York City call becomes an LP is really. Just fall partners -- mean they called back to the bench but it. He Dominic and he -- devious 38 point two thrown in -- it and you know COLT becomes scored about 25 in the second avenue which is just a fabulous game and the other shown Woody Allen and I mean it was. Entertainment. It was it transcended that exploited use a cliche but as they told -- this morning it was still about the talent about the basketball. And about a guy who seems to know how to play the game right at time when there's it's a lot of guys in the league that don't as much desirable. Proselytize about the MBA. It doesn't always look like it's -- -- like cocky but this. So woods but get the back of -- living up to this in that spotlight was just so exciting. Just so unexpected. Obviously. It just. Can't think of anything like it I mean they're guys and other sports like Fred Jackson -- -- not been an and it NFL and refinery could be the MVP. Jerry you know limping and about. The thing about hockey and how they just that the sport with talked about a lot hockey just does not give itself a chance for moments like that. Nearly letters yes and I think your point about basketball I don't. I don't argue with any other I lost interest in the sport for a move a few reasons one of which came up in your commentary I respect all that. It can be really exciting and people do it's like being at a a church recital or something like people just really get swept up in the emotion. Hockey does not give itself a chance to the National Hockey League does not give itself a chance for anything like that because talent is stifle. Whether it's obstruction and or the goaltending call -- the goaltending. -- however you want the attributed. They can't happen. Unless it's a goalie and it's a goal it's just not that big a story or as cool frankly. So I am a little bit jealous because that is my sport all of the sports who really get the spotlight now if you will football and it. Is the one of the two. That stifles offense. And does not give the really fun things about itself any chance to flourish instead. It's you know frankly like the games we just had your Friday and Saturday. You know we're just not -- or not. And that is up that is unfortunate. This guy has the ball and he's in the middle of the action and he's initiating and he he he dribbles a lot and he he gets things done I mean that the action flows right through him and in hockey is not enough. Guys are able to do that. Anymore he seems literally 63200. But he seems like a little guy who's grown in among the trees and he's been able to initiate the action and make other plays better. Who's who's like that hockey now for as a small Saturn now with great. The NASA and skill. Does he do this to come in the league and in three games. Break he broke the record for first three games with the starter. -- -- The pretty long you know pretty long list. And in terms of the five games assist -- anyway the point is that this. It just doesn't seem to happen enough and hockey and in buffalo. There really is no. -- a senator who gets you excited who once that -- stick in the middle of the ice. You know regardless of how the game -- being officiated that that you feel like there's going to be a resolution. Every. Every other play that they get too excited of them the best. Could do and hockey would be would be on your agent over the course of the last couple weeks -- last week and it's like I think most hockey fans think it's kind of fluke. Think that's -- -- I would say really only -- some great player that's gonna be great from here on out I think he had like a ridiculously. Fortunate. Couple of games -- put. -- lions. And really for all intents and purposes in the spotlight basketball starts really it's today. -- last few days football's over the Super Bowls over in the analysis of the Super Bowl is over and that's out of the way. When this happens for the last. Five to ten years when this happens as a hockey fan I get a little bit defensive. But what I like to be able to do is. Feel good about my position and it. People here -- the problem with basketball I think it looks like offering it lacks for competitiveness. I think. That you know you've got trouble guys in the league whatever the case may be at different times it's been different things. Reasons to feel that I'm in the right that's what I wanna do. I want to be in the right so all sitting here and ESP it'll go on and on about basketball that well they're missing the point. Today I can't do that. I can't do that because this basketball thing is great. And it doesn't have to be one of the other. But I wanted I just want to feel better about where the sport I prefer is going for entertainment. And as -- said a lot lately not only is it clear I think. That they're not in. -- the other the greatest period of her existence. For entertainment. But they just don't give off any sense that they wanna be. Lobbied for the press because I think the NBA in ways gaming and NHL even though and it tells clearly. Below the NBA in interest in this country but one of the things that elevated the NHL I think decades ago in. Whenever that was the infusion of foreign players of great skill. Who. You know and talent Italy it's happen now it's happening now. The lately in the NBA. He's not. He's not from of the country's east Asian American. So it's it's it's hugely popular in China. It's about it you know on the billion China men don't care well apparently cares you -- you saw the the Google numbers but he played against Ricky Rubio the other night from Spain who was that. He was the sensation of course everybody knew about him when he was fourteen years old that's the thing with -- looney -- -- -- -- -- nowhere around. In my new rubio they waited two years from the criminal league he's been really good and exciting. And made that Minnesota team really adjusting to watch she plays when the other night. Nowitzki wins the title last year this fall is when the title another Spaniard and he's become a more international and slowly becoming more instinct is that same reason was with -- discuss. A bigger pool of talent to to choose from. Sure. So one -- the chances this and have an impact on human -- -- more. You read anything about this idea I thought I and I tweeted that in my mind. Great tweets and now in early alert -- -- and that's only have a feeling that the -- really so difficult. And I've put the end of the story. I can't see it make it that big difference in the procedures of the best record the conference to open -- -- and break this logjam. As you said earlier estimates bigger deal -- with. I would I hope it does but the there's OK no talking so ugly. It's like it's like not believing that you know it's -- -- just not have a season that year because I mean they have to know -- Beat people -- to note that a terrible this is I hope it makes a difference because they've got a -- now -- This is the biggest story in sports bright and they lost all New York City can't watch it. Well. -- game and it was on the other night well. ESPN maybe an -- UB brow is on there which. The -- that and that has so many things that made it big even bigger when it. It -- it would have babies plan from Minnesota or or Dallas but New York City the garden. And I covered -- pulled down there and just when it's right. It's is relievers. Well like a lot of people around here the NBA is irrelevant for me and what I need from the sabres is just to squeeze at least squeeze. A few more days or weeks. Out of this season. And keep interest stop I don't want it I mean I've I'm not optimistic about their chances but I don't wanna give up on them because I don't wanna face what. 234. Months. Of just sort of culminate in look at videos -- and and and thinking about my team and not knowing what to do with sports -- The -- -- I don't -- that if it it'd you know they if they get with the eliminated right or whatever that is but I don't I don't wanna give up yet because I don't wanna have that. Just come to a halt so soon.