Last night was kinda fun.
Last night was really fun for Thomas Vanek, who notched his latest hat trick, continuing his remarkable early season run.
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:
…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:
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:
- Awkward, yet somehow fitting call
- Awesome hockey hug/dry hump
- 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:
Next up: the Boston Bruins. And things get serious. Don’t forget to enjoy the great moments like this one along the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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(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.
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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!