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It seems to us: Some Buffalove for Hasek, dining out in Brazil and researching the obvious

If there was ever any chance that Buffalo hockey fans would forget the goaltending brilliance of Dominik Hasek, the possibility was dramatically reduced this week when, in his first year of eligibility, the former Sabre was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is only the ninth Sabres player to be so honored.

By at least one definition, Hasek’s glory days followed his 2001 trade to Detroit, where he helped the Red Wings to two Stanley Cups, but his impact on Buffalo was profound and lasting. Twenty-two years after his debut in the Sabres net, for example, he still owns the shutout record – 55 of them, nearly a third of the team’s total over 44 years.

Buffalo’s affection remains strong for its former goaltending giant, who in 1999 led the team on its second trip to the Stanley Cup finals. It’s a richly deserved honor.

Brazilian cuisine is known for its fusion of many ethnic traditions. With the World Cup soccer tournament under way in Brazil, news organizations have reported on such delicacies as bobé de camarão, a shrimp stew; pão de queijo, cheese bread; coxinha, breaded and deep-fried dumplings, and feijoada, a pork and black-bean stew.

To that lineup we can add shoulder of Italian beef tartare, thanks to Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez. During Tuesday’s game against Italy, Suarez bit into the left shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. The chomp seemed to take the bite out of Italy’s offense. The Italians failed to score, and lost the game and were knocked out of the tournament.

This seems to have started with baby boomers and has now seeped down into Generation X or Y or whichever one is having babies right now. It’s not good.

A few years ago, after much research and, no doubt, gobs of money, scientists announced that babies do better if their parents hold them. Breaking news! But, didn’t the World War II generation already know that?

Now – get ready for this – pediatricians have announced that parents should read to their children. It seems that reading regularly to young children “stimulates optimal patterns of brain development.” That is, it’s good for them.

It’s true that children in poor families may not have parents who read to them regularly, so maybe this reminder will help. But it is more than a little strange that we keep needing to have experts tell us things previous generations knew instinctively.