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#SabresMafia: Stop it, Buffalo.

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We might just have to make a “Stop it, Buffalo” series.

On the heels of the success of the #BillsMafia, someone decided to copy-paste it into the Sabres game chat and try to make it a hockey thing.

 

 

Now breathe in, and do this with me:

GROOOOOOOOAAAAN/scream into pillow

I wasn’t going to write about this Sabres “mafia,” but it’s becoming a Thing, so… here… we… go…

4 Hot Takes:

1. The Sabres Mafia is Gaining Traction

Which is embarrassing.

The hilariously NSFW Bruins blog “Days of Y’Orr” was all too happy to pick up on this copycat effort. Here’s a few gems:

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Sabres GIFs: “Mikhail YOU doin’?!?”

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…is just one of the many, many better ways Rick Jeanneret could have called Mikhail Grigorenko’s first career goal in the NHL (and ours involves a horrendous “Friends” reference). Instead, we got this:

Shoveled into the net from behind, and the Buffalo Sabres have managed to come back and tie this game, and they wanted the guy to get it, and the guy who got it was the fellow who was just signed into the NHL for a season early in the day confirmed, Mikhail Grigorenko!

 

We’ll absolutely give the Poet of the Pressbox the benefit of the doubt on his mouth-diarrhea, given his recent illness and general awesomeness. He’ll make up for it, folks.

And frankly, it kinda fits. I think all our brains went a little fizzy when our latest Buffalo Sports Savior notched his first goal. I think we all went a little giddy and goofy, and that’s a good thing.

Oh and speaking of giddy and goofy, this happened, too:

 

i3l1 Sabres GIFs: Mikhail YOU doin?!?

 

 

 

Good thing Mike Weber got in there to spray them with snow and cool them off before things got serious.

Put it all together, and here’s how it all went down after Grig’s first goal:

  1. Awkward, yet somehow fitting call
  2. Awesome hockey hug/dry hump
  3. Spray the rookie down hells yea!

Let’s not forget the goal earned the Sabres a critical point. And again, we give RJ all of the benefits of all of the doubts here. We advise you do the same. Otherwise, you have to go through:

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This guy.

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THIS guy.

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And then this guy and his blade.

Next up: the Boston Bruins. And things get serious. Don’t forget to enjoy the great moments like this one along the way.

Go Sabres.

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SUCKera: Stop it, Buffalo.

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Andrej Sekera gives the puck away, half of Buffalo wants Darcy Regier to trade him for a “bag of pucks.”

Tyler Myers gives the puck away, twice, pretty much all of Buffalo wants to have his babies.

Sigh.

We’re here to help. Read on, share this post*, and let us restore the city of Buffalo’s renowned #HockeyIQ on the blue line.

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Get it? It’s a (find the “suckera”) thinker. Anyway, stop being the mean cop, Buffalo. Also, I love Google Images.

We’ll post about this one more time, and then put the issue to rest here at BSN. Folks, Sekera is a stud.

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Dropping The Hate & Welcome Back

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I know I’m supposed to be mad at the NHL, but quite frankly I’m just glad that hockey’s back.

With all of the online petitions and ire directed at the NHL, the general consensus seemed to be that we had to demand some sort of retribution from the NHL and the various owners. But how can we be mad at an owner the likes of Terry Pegula?

The Pegula clan didn’t want this lockout but they did the best they could with it. They offered a 50% off sale in the Sabres store and Kim Pegula even handed out hot chocolate to fans in line. The Sabres even started a new way to win over Sabres fans at birth by giving newborns a Sabres “We Live Hockey” blanket and a “Future First-Round Pick” certificate.

 Dropping The Hate & Welcome Back

(My original source is this 3 Smartest Things in Buffalo post at Trending Buffalo by BSN’s Scott.  It’s a great read!)

Some have said the Sabres haven’t done enough to “apologize” to fans for the lockout. That other teams have done way more, like Nashville offering 2 for 1 tickets or Toronto extending their 50% off sale into the season.

Whatever. Each team is their own business, or franchise and can handle it how they see fit.

The NHL is a business, as are nearly ALL entertainment outlets that we enjoy. They provide entertainment for a fee. It’s an illusion to think that the NHL exists simply to provide us joy.

We want to believe that sports is pure, that it’s all about the athletes’ heart, the love of the game, that they fight for our city or region. Which, y’know is true to a certain extent, but it is all predicated on the fact that the engine running it needs capitol to sustain itself.

 Dropping The Hate & Welcome Back

That doesn’t mean a major sports league needs to be entirely heartless, but stuff like lockouts and strikes are bound to happen.

I get that people are pissed that hockey seems to have had more than it’s fair share of work stoppages, but… ah well. I just can’t get too worked up about it. The Sabres didn’t want it to happen so I guess my feelings were to just sit back and do something else until the players got back on the ice.

And now that they’re back, it’s amazing and has made me realize exactly how much I love the sport of hockey. Maybe it’s a little “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. In any case it’s awesome, and I’ve dropped any ill will I’ve had towards the NHL. Hell, maybe a 48-game season is better anyway, but that’s a subject for another post.

Welcome back Sabres, and go get ‘em!

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SEASON PREVIEW, PART 2: The Smart Tweets, and a Prediction

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Remember hockey? It’s back.

This is what it used to feel like:

 

Then we were dragged through hockey hell…

 

Fan reaction happened. This was the smartest, in my opinion:

 

And now hockey is back, and in a wonderful new way:

 

Obviously, you can add Ennis to that old tweet.

A new era of Sabres hockey begins this weekend. A few big pieces of the old core (Pominville, Vanek, Roy, Stafford and Hecht) remain in the Blue and Gold, but the culture has vastly changed. Gone are Roy and Connolly, whose games brought plenty of flair but never struck any fear against the opposition.

Yes, the Sabres haven’t played a single game yet. But they look fearsome on paper. And don’t think for a minute other teams haven’t been reading up.

 

Remember the “Hardest Working Team in Hockey?” By far, that Ted Nolan led squad was not the most talented group of guys in the league, but they were fun as hell to watch. And they were a hell of a team to play against.

This year’s squad is an intriguing mix of – dare I say it – elite talent AND fear inducing grinders. Obviously, Vanek, Pominville, Ennis (possibly even Grigorenko) et al will put up the points. This team has never really been at a lack for goal scoring in recent years. The trade of Roy for Ott might seem like a swap of points for punches, but that is far too simple. That trade might be the centerpiece around what is really an entire culture change for the Sabres.

A return to a “Hardest working team in Hockey” mentality.

A return to a team that opponents fear to play against.

Yes, the Sabres haven’t played a single game yet. But they look fearsome on paper. And don’t think for a minute other teams haven’t been reading up.

  • Foligno
  • Gerbe
  • Kaleta
  • McCormick
  • Ott
  • Scott
  • Regehr
  • Weber

Darcy Regier has been slowly, quietly writing his roster on sandpaper. Ott is just the latest piece. The best part about this new “grit,” really, is that most of these guys can score. Foligno, Gerbe, and Ott can chirp, hit, and chip in their share of points. McCormick can score. Kaleta’s got offense.

These are the types of guys that make a team a nightmare to play against – they keep the opposition’s head on a swivel and help to keep the red light active all at once. It sure doesn’t hurt that they make it far easier for guys like Vanek and Pominville to play their game.

Hockey Heaven has some Hell on ice in store for the NHL for this go around.

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This is going to be a fun ride.

 

FEARSOME Prediction:

The Sabres will take the NE Division. They’ve got veteran scoring up front, and dynamic young studs like Ennis and Hodgson that are ready to come out and party. They are deep and seasoned corps at defense. They have a roster infused with former and current team captains. They have a (former) Vezina winning goaltender and a very capable backup. They’ve got two checking lines that can control the puck and the boards (or put it the puck in the net and the bodies into the dashers).

Most importantly, this is a team to fear. Last year’s late-season mantra of “We’ve got to take their will away from them” is going to be a lot easier this time around.

Badass.

I’m hoping that’s the word that sticks to Buffalo this year. That, and playoffs.

Give ‘em hell, boys.

Go Sabres.

 

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