Vanek Proves Importance; Enters Twitter Hall of Fame

I like to keep things a little light here for you suffering Sabres fans.

Sure, I write up the serious editorial every now and then, but I can tell by the amount of people that read my “Sabres BINGO” that a little levity goes a long way (especially in a season where the endurance of our hearts is being so severely tested).

Speaking of “heart,” Thomas Vanek has got it. He’s easily been the most dominant force on the ice for the Sabres this season – their “Hart Trophy” candidate, if you will. He’s taken the team and the fan base upon his back, doing his best to show up every night and keep the Sabres from tumbling out of the early season playoff picture.

So when news came yesterday out that Vanek was injured, all hell broke loose in Hockey Heaven. The Twitterverse entered a state of panic, as fans wondered how he was – and what would happen to the Sabres’ season if the nature of his injury was serious.

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Vanek's injury turned us all into a lot of "Doubting Thomases" considering the season.

The injuries have certainly been overwhelming, and there is never anything funny about a guy getting seriously hurt. Still, levity is kinda my “hockey shtick,” so I quickly tweeted thusly:

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Sabres fans are beautiful people, aren't they?

I’m not going to pretend that I am some social network wizard, but for me, seeing “FavStar.com” pick up on 110 re-tweets of this told me two important things:

  • Sabres fans have come to embrace Vanek as a very, very important hockey player.
  • Sabres fans’ senses of humor are very much alive and well during this legendary injury plague.

I’m not exactly sure how many computer screens this tweet really reached, but it did cause the words “injured,” “collapsing,” “roster,” to trend in Buffalo, and shot “Vanek” to the top of that trends list.

Heck, this tweet even had my own twitter handle trending for a while.

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Safe to say I'll never forget the day I was more trendy than Batman.

Welcome to my Twitter hall of fame, Thomas. You’re #1, even above these guys.

Today, it looks like Vanek is OK and will play against the Senators. Well, he’s not in perfect shape, but he’s going to suit up, swallow the pain, and do everything he can to help his team win.

Hopefully tonight is the night where his teammates decide to help carry the load.

Go Sabres.

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