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An amazing offseason for Buffalo sports fans

No matter how old you are, if you follow the Sabres or Bills, you’ve had your share of heartache. Sure, there was  Wide Right, No Goal and the Music City Miracle, but I’m speaking more about organizational issues.

Mismanagement is the worst thing to see as a fan, and sometimes it seems so obvious what the franchise needs to do when playing armchair quarterback. I equate it to your place of work – if the people in charge are doing a shoddy job of management or are just in it for the almighty dollar, it’s very hard to do your best work or even care very much.

Yes, as Buffalo sports fans, we’ve put up with a lot. That’s why it’s so insanely great to see the turnaround by the Sabres in such a short time. Recently on BSN, Scott detailed the many changes Terry Pegula was able to affect in a very short time.

On top of those changes, over the past several days we’ve had even more reasons to believe in Hockey Heaven and and an eventual Stanley Cup. The Sabres landed their first big-name free agent in Robyn Regehr – a guy who any hard-nosed hockey fan would love to have in their lineup. Regher is just the first piece of the puzzle and there’s much more to come, but this signing goes a long way towards proving to any non-believing fans out there. That is, if there were any doubters left.  This Regehr deal is huge because he’s the first domino towards getting other free agents to come to Buffalo.

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Games Dad and I have Been To: The Comeback

For Father’s Day, BSN is going to take a slight detour to the world of football, and family.

Taxi.

Radio.

There aren’t too many words that remain the same across all the languages on this world, but those are two of them.

Then again, there’s sports.  Some would argue math is the universal language, and they’re right – but it’s application to the world of sports is what makes it so widely spoken.  The box score is common ground for all of us.  The results at the end of games, season upon season, weaves up an emotional fabric that criss crosses through all of us.

For fathers and sons, common grounds can be hard to come by.  Language only gives us “taxi” and “radio.”  That’s simply not enough to connect the generations.  I am not claiming that sports is the best venue for communication – but it is very ingrained with passion, want, and hope.  A place where emotions can exist and be worn on the sleeve.

Common ground.

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