Is it only me or does it seem that the Sabres have "bye-weeks" between games? If the scheduling were'nt enough of an uphill challenge for relevance, the overall interest in this team has all but died a quick two-contract death in Buffalo last summer.
Coming into the year, the talk in Buffalo was all Sabres, all the time. The pro-sport attention rival Buffalo Bills were widely considered the most irrelevant team in the NFL. All signs pointed to the Sabres keeping the town's attention... posting 41 more sellouts... and skating to another exciting year.
Let's make one thing clear... and never dispute it again. Is Buffalo a "Sabres Town" or a "Bills Town?" THERE IS NO QUESTION... It's a Bills town far and away. The Bills are a mediocre (at best) 5-5 team with hardly an ounce of star power. Yet it's easy to see that they control the airwaves, TV screens and minds of the WNY sporting faithful.
If the Sabres fall to last in the East and no one is around to hear them... do they make a sound?
Looking back, it's amazing to look at the magic the Sabres franchise created for the past two years. The were the toast of the town... the players were beloved, the logo was everywhere, the style of play was exhilarating, the building was packed, they were ubiquitous and always generating positive energy.
Oh how far they have fallen. It goes to show how impossibly hard to capture and sustain that magic formula is. At this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if we go back to 8000 person crowds in HSBC arena in a year or two.
What a shame.