BSN Summer Awards: The BizNasty
I hope your summer is going as jazzy as mine.
Now that the UFA frenzy is officially behind us, we have all the time in the world to propose Sabres line combinations (well, Lindy will change those up 18 times a game, so that’s pointless), head over to Capgeek.com’s Cap Calculator to see which players we would put to the axe (but that’s already getting out of hand), check out the Sabres section of HF Boards to see what the hottest topic is (to insult each other’s mothers over), discuss the Bills…
…OK, forget the Bills for now.
So what to do? The choice is clear! It’s time to celebrate a triumphant return to BSN’s “Summer Awards.”
I know you’re sweatin’, so let’s jump right in the fun pool. Today’s award is called “The BizNasty,” named for everyone’s favorite NHL Twitterer, Paul Bisonnette. If you like pictures of PT Cruisers, emphatic and random homeless person updates, and the occasional insight into “chicks,” then follow him at @BizNasty2point0. He’s quite the sensation, and so was the Twitter for Sabres fans last season.
Sabres Game Chat was a revelation for a lot of folks last season, and there were some Twit-related events that really took this fan base to a higher level. I am not sure exactly what that level is, but it is somewhere between “stronger union” and “angry mob” (depending on whether the Sabres win or lose, but more on that later).
The award goes to the Twitter event that entertained us the most. The winner receives a free Groupon for some hair salon or whatever, so please, take your vote seriously – we don’t give away free coupons for nothing.
Without further ado, here are our candidates:
1. Sabres’ “Fan Tunes” backfires, fans tortured via very non-elaborate Twitter hoax: we’ll tell the brunt of this story in pictures:
Danielleia over at “Sabre Kallisions” didn’t mean for this to be a hoax, she didn’t mean for it even to happen. But it’s not that she really would have had to put any effort into this diabolically wonderful prank, the Sabres’ DJ did all the non-work for her. Next time, Sabres DJ, youtube the song before you pick it (though after this I am sure you do). Anyway, here’s Hitler’s reaction after hearing this train-wreck of a song (warning: the subtitles get pretty profane for those virgin eyes out there).
2. Sabres fans unite on Twitter to honor Jhonas Enroth: This time, “ #Sabretunes” did it right. Jhonas Enroth had just gone 2-0-1 with a .936 save percentage, after Ryan Miller went down with injury. In homage to the new rookie hero phenom, Sabres fans clamored together on Twitter to barrage @SabresDotCom with a hopeful demand: add Weezer’s “My Name is Jonas” to the fan songs list. The effort was, well, we’ll let the Sabres tell us:
When the song was played, the Twitter feed of Sabres fans blew up with reports from those at the HSBC who were in on the caper, enjoying the song and the success. Nice work people!
3. The Pegula Birthday Flashmob: @LindyRuffsTie on the Twitter organized a flash mob to honor the Sabres’ new owner and his 60th birthday, and Tie brought in a respectable Sunday morning crowd after just about 12 hours notice. But that shouldn’t be all that surprisijng – Pegula swooped into Buffalo out from a fog, it seemed. A billionaire out of the heavens of Forbes Magazine’s richest of the richest, of the mightiest on the mountaintop, high above the clouds. If that sounds a bit childish in perspective, well, it should – there were some other folks that attended the birthday rally that day that will never forget it.
Kids don’t dwell on things – they don’t worry about billionaires and the bottom dollar, the state of the City, or expensive carpets. They live by the rhyme of joy, by the dreams of who they will be when they grow up, and by the heroes that are showing them that achieving anything is possible.
For us big kids, the dream of a Stanley Cup is possible again. But for the kids, for our little ones, there is a new hero in town – there is a face and a name telling them, by example, that there is a way to become big, and to never give up on your dreams – even if it takes until your 60th birthday.
For the little ones, that was well worth singing for. And it looks like we may be singing again, as Ted Black has apparently agreed to welcome a flash mob to celebrate his birthday next April. This time there will be more time to plan an informal, fun, family-friendly event to keep those kids happy and dreamin’ big dreams.
4. The Sabres lose a game; panicked fans/media turn into angry mobs on Twitter: well, this was an interesting night. During a fateful late-March game, the Sabres held a 3-1 lead over a worn out Nashville squad. With just a little over 2 minutes left in the 3rd period, Sabres Game Chat on Twitter was a lovefest.
Goodtimes, goodtimes. Then, 3 minutes of bad hockey happened. The predators scored two freakish goals to tie the game, and quickly followed that up by scoring the winner on the 1st shift of overtime.
The twitter feed went ballistic. And not just in sheer volume of angry/disappointed tweets, but for the shots fans and even media folk were taking at each other. Oh my, things got very personal, as fans and sports writers/broadcasters quickly split into two angry tweeting mobs and fired off the nastiest little sentences they could think of as quickly as possible. (I am certainly not going to name names here, rather, I would like to remain professional. And alive.)
Alright sports fans, there’s our candidates. Now it’s time to vote. If you’re not on “the Twitter,” just hit a button anyway. Instant gratification will be your reward. And don’t forget, there’s a Groupon at stake.
Thanks for voting! Go buy yourself a sticker.
See also: “BSN Summer Awards: The Bettman”
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