Buffalo Sabres Fans: Unite!


My valued Sabre Noise readers and Buffalo Sabres fans:

Sabrenation is not a joyous location to reside in right about now.  Buffalo is in the infancy of a full-scale rebuild; the Sabres are often unbearable to watch; the NHL is busy suspending players from the blue and gold; and the media is calling for the heads of John Scott and even head coach Ron Rolston.

In short, it’s a sucky time to be a Sabres fan.

However, that’s exactly what we ALL are: Sabres fans.  No matter how many years we profess to having spent following the team – whether you just started rooting for the team last season, or whether you have been watching the Sabres for 40+ years – we all come to this website because we claim some level of loyalty to the blue and gold.

The past few days, we have had a number of writers here at the site publish some articles that have stirred up passionate and often conflicting emotions among the fanbase.  I love to jump into the conversations – engaging like-minded fans in discussion is truly the reason I chose to write here – but lately it feels like many of use have forgotten that, whatever our opinions are, we all support the Buffalo Sabres and will continue to do so as the season progresses.

Believe me when I say that everyone who works for Sabre Noise wants to see the Sabres do well, and that anything we write is born from our desire to see the organization move toward becoming a relevant, competitive NHL team.  We’re human – we get caught up in our emotions and the negativity of the media just like anyone else.  But in the end, we are all fans here at this site, and it helps to be reminded of that from time to time, as I was earlier today.

I, for one, am going to make a concerted effort to be objective and try my best to see all angles – the positive and the negative – of the Sabres’ play for the time being.  I’m not here to provide the Sabres with good PR – I’m not a total homer! – but I do feel it is time to move past some of the negativity and get back to supporting the team.

Of course, a few wins would make that a whole lot easier!

It’s game night, so I hope you all enjoy the action and can savor a Sabres’ win when it is all said and done!  Thanks, and go Sabres!

Tags: Buffalo Sabres

  • BryanD

    I’ve been a fan for over 25 years…but this is the most embarrassing team to ever take the ice. It’s bad when you look up on google news under the sabres and your bombarded by likes like “rebuilding Sabres simply dreadful (Vancouver Sun)” “Money can’t buy happiness in Buffalo (Hamilton Spectator)” “Buffalo Sabres an awful and embarrassing organization (Toronto Star)” “Buffalo Sabres are a complete embarrassment, from John Scott to owner (Yahoo Sports)” The Sabres are so bad (SB Nation)” and it just keeps on going on like this..

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Hey, Bryan! Yes – I agree: watching this team is painful. I feel my job, however, is to cover both the good and the bad, and sometimes I lose sight of that. I would like to try to be more cognizant of the fact that this is a FAN site, and I need to try to keep from making people NOT be fans of the Sabres. Fans who comment here need to remember this, too, as there is no sense getting super angry with people who are just fellow fans with slightly different opinions.

    • Lloyd M. Jr.

      Bryan: I was a Sabres fan for over 25 years myself… early playoff dismissals by the Bruins, the 1999 NO-GOAL, and how close the Sabres were to a Cup shot in 2006.
      However, Darcy Regier didn’t man up in 2006 and demand a commitment to making the Sabres a winner for 2007, and he allowed Chris Drury/Danny Briere to depart for nothing in return. When all this happened, I felt betrayed.
      When the Chicago Blackhawks, led by South Buffalo’s Pat Kane, started making a playoff run in 2009, I decided I’d start rooting for them. The next year, and just last June, two Stanley Cups… Kane with the OT winner in 2010, and Kane with the MVP last summer. I can say, “It’s all good.”
      Maybe if you consider rooting for, or at least following, the Blackhawks, you might just see how a competitive team operates.
      Chicago Blackhawks = Buffalo’s Hometown Team.
      GO HAWKS GO

      • Dano

        I remember seeing Kane playing at Twin rinks a while back. I saw Tim Kennedy play at Caz. Its good to see the local boys make it to the big league!

      • BryanD

        I’m thinking go blues go…same colors and
        Alex Pietrangelo played on the Ice Dogs , so there’s my local conection

  • Dano

    Maybe I have a different outlook or Im one to be keen on dissent but…

    “In short, it’s a sucky time to be a Sabres fan.”

    There are many reasons I disagree with this. We have an NHL team. Quebec doesnt, Hartford doesnt, Seattle Doesnt, K.C. Doesnt.. Atlanta doesnt.. There are a LOT of good things in all of this.

    I used to hate Adidas sneakers and thought the pair I bought was ugly and cheap.. then I saw a guy in a wheelchair.. with no feet..

    “but lately it feels like many of use have forgotten that, whatever our opinions are, we all support the Buffalo Sabres and will continue to do so as the season progresses.”

    Im not a ‘ Sabres fan ‘. Ive seen games at the Joe. Been to BroadStreet. Been to the Igloo. Seen the Bolts at home and the Coyotes. I watched Anaheim play Game2 in the cup playoffs in 07.

    I enjoy hockey at all levels and thus, dont want the NHL to become some system following the rules of Juniors or Pee-Wees.

    “Buffalo is in the infancy of a full-scale rebuild; the Sabres are often unbearable to watch;”

    Have you ever restored a classic car? Its no different then building a hockey team at the beginning of the project. You need to decide if you want to go fast with a torquier engine, handle better in the turns, have a flashy color.. or just rebuild it the way it came off the assembly line and be an ‘ average ‘ car. The decisions need to be made on what the car will do before you start building or tearing the thing apart.

    What we have right now is car parts laying all over the garage, basement, backyard.. and no idea of what its going to be when its done.

    What we do have is an ownership that bought some parts that we dont even need. We have a GM that never even picked up a repair manual or taken on a project outside of buying parts from a catalogue. We have a coach thats never been to Dunn Tire Park/Lancaster Speedway to compete in a league outside of the street racing scene .

    Unlike most, I actually enjoy some of the negativity. Nothing is perfect.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Jeez, even when I write a piece saying we should all be a bit more patient with the team you argue with me! Who argues against the idea of not arguing?

      • Dano

        I was just trying to be positive RIch. ;) Im glad Buffalo has a team as others lost theres or havent had one.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          All joking aside, you bring up a good point: Buffalo has a team and for that everyone should be grateful!

          • Dano

            OH NOES! Theres a glitch in the Matrix! Agents are coming! ;) ( Duplicate post of yours ).

            I just think if the fanbase is to all ‘ come together ‘ there has to be a common ground. The only ground is ‘ Theres a team in Buffalo ‘. :D

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Damn Applebee’s WiFi!!! :)

          • Dano

            This explains everything! The cool suit, the shades mentioned in your other article.. Your Agent Smith! :D

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          All joking aside you do bring up a great point: Buffalo has an NHL team when other cities do not. For that we should all be grateful.

          • Lloyd M. Jr.

            “Be grateful to have a team”
            A cop-out if there ever was one.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Not copping out. What I’m saying with this post is, I have already taken the team to task this week. No sense in JUST dwelling on the negative. Thanks!!

  • dave

    I’ve been a fan start 1970 to present through the good years and bad but this is almost to much to stand until this year I can’t remember ever shutting off a game that hasn’t end but this season I don’t think I’ve watch a complete game its just that bad

    • BryanD

      I haven’t watched a full game yet this year myself. I normally buy a Mini pack of tickets but this year I opted out this year.

      • dave

        I figured with the youth movement there would be growing pains but OMG

  • wolfdoctor

    Well said Richard.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Thanks! It’s as much for my own good as anyone.

  • Jes

    Nice article Richard.(y)

    I did think this was a different article though. Thought you may have started that thing for the FIRE DARCY!!! Billboard. LOL, I would’ve been so happy if you guys were going to do that.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Just biding my time, buddy. Darcy is still on my radar, but it’s time to take a step back for a bit. Plan my attack, you know? ;)

      • [email protected]

        Hmmm…are you really trying to put up a fire darcy billboard? I know some one who could help with that. Email me!

      • Dano

        As Joeyt045 stated, I could pitch a bennie or 2 at such a billboard! Know others whom would contribute. We could go after the one on the 190 right before the Seneca Street exit/entrance.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          People, I am trying to savor a win tonight! lol

          • Jes

            Savoring 1 win won’t do nothing. I WANT DARCY’S HEAD ON A PLATTER!!!!
            LOL!!!!
            Let’s get it done guys and gals.

          • Dano

            This SHOULD be done!

          • Jes

            I know seriously we’ve taken it for to long IMO.

        • Jes

          I’m not from Buffalo so you’d have to email me a pic if we end up doing this Dano!!!

          • Dano

            I would be there with the cam making a video of them rolling up the wall-paper on it!

            Billboard ads arent cheap. :(