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Bye Bye, Soupy

It’s tough being a small-mar­ket sports fan, espe­cial­ly when the sport in ques­tion is hock­ey. For all the talk of par­i­ty in the NHL, it’s clear that there are two class­es of teams – those will­ing to spend mon­ey to acquire and retain top tal­ent, and the Buf­fa­lo Sabres.

The Sabres suf­fered los­ing their two top cen­ter­men to free agency last off-sea­son, after post­ing the best record in the NHL and their sec­ond East­ern Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship loss in a row. One can argue about front office mis­takes in not sign­ing Briere and Drury, but in the end, it was their turn to cash in on a big con­tract, and Buf­fa­lo was unwill­ing or could not afford to pay. (Let us not for­get also that the Sabres were up against the salary cap all of last sea­son.)

bye bye, Soupy.And now we have a home-grown NHL super­star in Bri­an Camp­bell – two-time All Star, spin-o-rama skater, and open-ice hit­ter of R.J. Umberg­er – now due his big pay day at the end of this sea­son, as he becomes eli­gi­ble for free agency. What are the Sabres to do?

Well, the only move is to trade him. The Sabres could not risk los­ing him for noth­ing, and Camp­bell and his agent seemed luke warm about sign­ing some­thing before the trade dead­line. I cer­tain­ly can’t blame either par­ty.

But, I can feel sad. Being a fan of a small-mar­ket team is tough, and I’d be lying if I weren’t a lit­tle jeal­ous that the Rangers or Ducks can just go buy whomev­er they want every year. In Buf­fa­lo, we have to make our own stars.

After the jump, some high­lights from Soupy’s career in Buf­fa­lo, includ­ing some of his hilar­i­ous­ly hor­ri­ble local tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials.

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Sabres as Oasis?

Chris DruryWe’re head­ing home to Buf­fa­lo for the hol­i­day, (and my 10-year High School reunion), which reminds me of how well the Sabres are play­ing.

ESPN’s John Buc­ci­gross com­pares the Sabres to the brit­pop Oasis of all things:

At full strength, the Buf­fa­lo Sabres are unequiv­o­cal­ly the best team in the NHL. Not only do they have the full com­ple­ment of parts, but Buf­fa­lo has that con­fi­dence that Oasis had when they went head-to-head with Blur back in 1995 in a Brit­pop mano a mano, or more accu­rate­ly called boyo-a-boyo.

Noel Gal­lagher said he and Oasis’ soul was more pure than Blur’s because they grew up poor, with dirt under­neath their fin­ger­nails, while Blur was mid­dle class. The con­cept is inter­est­ing, espe­cial­ly when it is spo­ken with a rough Eng­lish accent while sit­ting in a gigan­tic and expen­sive chair.

But Chris Drury, who grew up in a mid­dle-class town in south­ern Con­necti­cut, makes $3.1 mil­lion this sea­son and prob­a­bly will sign a five-year, $22 mil­lion con­tract with some­one next sum­mer. And yet, he plays every game like some­one kid­napped his entire fam­i­ly and the ran­som is win­ning the face­off he is about to take. That’s the sto­ry, morn­ing glo­ry.

I may not agree with John’s take on the 90s Brit­pop war, but it’s hard to argue with his thoughts on Drury.

Anniversary with the Sabres

romantic night

A romantic night wouldn’t be complete without Canadian beer

On Jan­u­ary 23, Pres­ley and I marked our 7th anniver­sary, and I couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to spend it than at the Sabres-Bru­ins hock­ey game. Am I right?

Just so you don’t think I’m weird, our first “date” was a Sabres game (in Buf­fa­lo) in Decem­ber of 1996. So, it was a nice reminder for us, and it was cool. Thanks to Craigslist, we got first-row, on-the-glass seats. Amaz­ing.

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I real­ly am tempt­ed to write a Slate-like cranky crit­i­cism of the new Buf­fa­lo Bills uni­forms, but I will try to say some nice things: The dark blue is great. I like the stripes with the gray on the hel­met.

(Here comes the cranky part) So, if you’re going to make an “update” with the new dark­er blue, why would you keep the lighter roy­al blue? Wouldn’t it be nice to put the num­bers in red, or gray? or the new dark blue? Doesn’t that light blue look just as dat­ed now as it did last year? Why do the white uni­forms have a blue bar on the shoul­ders?

And the logo—change the f*cking logo. I think the Sabres got the logo RIGHT. It’s tough, mod­ern and looks fuck­ing great on the front of the uni­forms. The Bills logo (much like the orig­i­nal Sabres jer­seys) is the bor­ing old abstract cor­po­rate-art that is a direct rip-off of that 1970s Buf­fa­lo pro­pa­gan­da “WERE TALKING PROUD”. Talk­ing Proud? We’re talk­ing MISERY.

Let me tell you what I real­ly think. In a move true to this nos­tal­gic age we live in, the Bills tried to pre­serve many ele­ments of the old uni­forms, while updat­ing the col­ors a lit­tle. The result? It’s an inco­he­sive mish­mash of styles and col­ors, try­ing to be every­thing to every­body and it fails all around. There is noth­ing intim­i­dat­ing about these jer­seys, nor is there any­thing “new”.