Well Lets start be saying that I believe in Darcy, Lindy, Mr. Quinn & Mr. Galisano. They Brought this team back from near expolsion. Back when the Knox brothers brought the Sabres into the NHL, they had a dream and a hope that this team could and would be great. The Sabres were one of the quickest teams to make the Stanley cup finals. They had Great players and a great following.
Then came Scotty Bowman, whom many consider as one of the greatest hockey minds ever. He dismantled the most storied line in buffalo history to that point. Breaking up the French connection was one of the most devestating moves in the francises history. not only did it make the team chemistry non exsistant it also turned the fans against the team as well. Although we got many good draft picks and players for all the trades Mr. Bowman did, the team was utter chaios. the Eightys were a tough time to be a Sabres fan. 1st Round and out seemed to be the theme, if it wernt for the fact we were in the same division as the lowley hartford Whalers and the even more pitiful Quebec Nordiques I dont believe we would have made the playoffs most of the time.
Now onto the Ninties, With the Free Wheel and Skate teams of Patty LA LA and Alexander the Great, still not outta the first round until MAY DAY, thank you Brad May you will always be a Buffalo Sabre in my book(although if we didnt swap 1st Rnd Picks With the Winnepeg Jets in the Hawerchuck-Housley Trade We may have drafted Kieth Tckuck instead of the Jets), Then Came the Dominik Hasek Era in buffalo. The High Scoring was over and the Shutout was now the way buffalo Brought their game. With the Likes of Defensive players like Mike Peca, and Curtis Brown shutting down the Scoring of every other team in the league allowing Mr. Hasek TWO MVP awards in the NOW Red and Black .
Then came the Dark days. The Scandals and Underhandedness of the New Owner Group after the Passing of the Seymour H and Northup. this New owner group led by Adelphia Millionare John Rigas Lied and Stole from the Organization from the beginning. They hid money in there company and gave losses the the Sabres making it look as though they lost more money than the actually did. For this reason we nearly lost the team al together. but the League came to the aid of the Sabres during the Bankruptcy era. Then, Came the Buffalo Savior. Billionaire Thomas Galisano.
B. Tom Galisano took control of this team and started running it like a buisness and making sure the people he put in charge ran it the same way. I think that His Belief is that if you use Emotion to Run a buisness you will be Bankrupt before you ever get started. He and the Front office have Made many tough desicions that Regular Fans of the Game wouldnt make. Letting the daniel Briere's and Chris Drury's of the World go were not Easy decisions to make. But as is the case in all buisness ventures, you have to take a step back once in a while to look at the future and only then can you be successful. If the Ownership Believes in what they are builing then is this team a Success ?? if the Fans dont get what they want then is this team a Failure??
The Buffalo Organization Has been through a long up and down rollercoaster ride. 37 years with no Championship seems to be a Failure. But if you look closer, the team has been there through thick and thin, High times and Low times. This team is Like a brother to us, it has been there when we needed it and we have been there when it has been at its worst. So really think about this Buffalo Fans, After Everything We have been through has this team made Us better or worse.
THE CURSE OF BUFFALO is a Myth, Just because this team or any other team in the Buffalo area hasnt won a Championship doesnt make them losers. I believe that this team is a Success because it has charcter and a Personallity and a History. How many teams can say they have come back from so much adversity then the Buffalo Sports Francises. I was REALLY upset when ESPN Skipped Buffalo on there City By City Tour. They May not have any Championships in the last 50 years but that doesnt mean that this City doesnt have good sports moments. So I just ask you the fans, do you think that this Francise has been a success or a Failure in the 37 Years its been here. Or do you think that the Best is yet to Come.