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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. 599w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

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: 300w" sizes="(max-width: 563px) 100vw, 563px" />

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 “” 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. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 617px) 100vw, 617px" />

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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Sabres Exploring Twitter, New Gametime Experiences


Ted Black is quickly becoming one of the most popular members of the Sabres organization.

In his latest fan chat, Black engaged the fans and their questions, offering insight into projects and season prospects, and sometimes just showing fans his down to earth sense of humor. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 466px) 100vw, 466px" />

F'n a!

Of the myriad of subjects he touched upon, the gametime experience was one that kept popping up. It’s something that the Sabres are working on to improve, both in and out of the rink. Here’s a quick pictorial recap of what he revealed on that experience during the chat. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 466px) 100vw, 466px" />

"Prost!" Get your Ehrhoff and Hecht jerseys ready for this one. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 467px) 100vw, 467px" />

Party at Brendan's house! 300w" sizes="(max-width: 466px) 100vw, 466px" />

I think it's safe to say we won't be tortured by a "Crazy Train" routine. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 467px) 100vw, 467px" />

1978? Treat yourself to a soda if you remember that one. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 466px) 100vw, 466px" />

I'll be the first to volunteer to bury those in my backyard. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 466px) 100vw, 466px" />

And it's been glorious. Thank you, Derek Roy (@Roy9ner), for introducing us all to words like "deliciosis" on the Twitter. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 467px) 100vw, 467px" />

Vague? Yes. But when Ted Black is vague, it usually means something cool is on the way.

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Sabres Confirm Roy on Twitter; Important Rules for Fans


It appears the player-mandated ban on public Twitter accounts may finally be over.

In case you missed it, Phil over at “Black & Blue & Gold” posted a list of Sabres prospects and players that are now on the social media service. Fans have always been anxious to follow their favorite players on Twitter, and have been burned by fake accounts before. 500w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

We're finally adding some gold to the Twitter. Now, if we can only darken the blue...

This time, Kevin Snow and the Sabres’ New Media Staff are working on verifying the accounts. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 540px) 100vw, 540px" /> 300w" sizes="(max-width: 541px) 100vw, 541px" />

There you have it, sports fans: no more guess work. Many thanks go out to Kevin Snow and the rest of the Sabres’ New Media Staff for taking care of this.

Meanwhile, it’s important for all of us who use Twitter to remember how ugly the scene can be when things don’t go our way. Now is the time to set down some behavioral guidelines, so that we don’t lose this access to our team again.

The last thing we need is a thousand angry fans sending hateful drunken tweets to our players after a hard loss.  So, in an effort to avoid such a fanatical catastrophe, I’d like to present 5 simple rules to fans. Learn them, love them, live them:

  1. Do not send hateful drunken tweets to the Sabres after they lose.
  2. Do not send hateful drunken tweets to the Sabres after they lose.
  3. Do not send hateful drunken tweets to the Sabres after they lose.
  4. Do not send hateful drunken tweets to the Sabres after they lose.
  5. Do not send hateful drunken tweets to the Sabres after they lose.

Salesmen say that you need to say something 3 times before it takes root in someone’s memory.  I said this 5 times, so there are no excuses, folks.  I don’t care how many arena beers-deep you may be after a game – do not send hateful drunken tweets to the Sabres after they lose. (Now I’ve said it 6 times.)

Don’t be a distraction.

Now, go forth, and stalk.

Go Sabres.

See Also: Black & Blue & Gold’s “Guide to Sabres on Twitter” (as linked to above)

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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’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… 300w" sizes="(max-width: 529px) 100vw, 529px" />

Ouch. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 525px) 100vw, 525px" />

Oh, geez. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 517px) 100vw, 517px" />

Oh, oh, snap.


…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. 450w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

Let us make you beautiful.

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:

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Daniel Catenacci joins Sabres’ Stampede of Draft Day Steals (And He’s on Twitter!)


That is the twitter account of the Sabres 2nd 3rd round selection, (honestly, it’s amazing this guy wasn’t taken in the 2nd), an account which surfaced in the Sabres’ Twit-o-verse pretty quickly after his name was called at the draft. And just as quickly, I sent him my first fan tweet:

@DanCatenacci How fast can you get here? #PunIntended

His speed is no joke – Catenacci won the Fastest Skater Competition at the 2011 Top Prospects game with an individual best lap time of 14.017 seconds.  To put that into perspective, the NY Islander’s speed-demon, Michael Grabner, won the NHL’s Skills Contest this season by posting a time of 14.2. 400w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

Still photography simply doesn't do him justice. Click on the photo to see what I mean - it's much better when slightly agitated.

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