So, here we are on the cusp of the playoffs and I find myself in very unfamiliar territory. My beloved Sabres are the Stanley Cup favorites for the first time in my lifetime.
This isn't like '99 when it was "an average team with the world's best goaltender". This isn't like last season when no one outside of the Sabres' organization thought much of that team. This is different. They are the favorites. It is expected. I should be incredibly confident.
So why am I scared as hell?
I have friends that are Leaf fans that expect the team to win the whole thing every year even though they haven't in 40 years. I have friends that are Flyer fans that honestly believed the team would be able to turn things around this year and make an impact in the playoffs.
Yet I'm scared as hell.
Maybe it's Wide Right. Maybe it's No Goal. Maybe it's something built into the collective psyche of all WNYers. Maybe it's none of that.
I think it's that this town wants to win something...ANYTHING...so badly that it's making us uneasy. If the Sabres manage to pull this thing off, there will be a rally in downtown Buffalo...it wouldn't surprise me if the number reached 300,000 people - roughly 1/3 the population of WNY.
I'm supremely confident in Lindy Ruff. I'm supremely confident in Ryan Miller. I'm supremely confident in Chris Drury, and Daniel Briere, and Henrik Tallinder, and.....
Let's Go Buff-A-Lo!