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 For the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres One Buffalo is a reality. They have one Owner and One President; they also have one fan base. The issue here is some fans are starting to wonder how it is that the Sabres are left with no real goaltender after two years in the basement and the Bills have no proven QB after 15 years of crap play.  

I do not doubt that the Pegula’s are aiming for a strong product but I am questing how they are combining the two franchises. Let’s look at how “well” the Sabres have done while under Pegula’s umbrella…. Oh- yeah, never mind, now one year into the Bills ownership and we have a mess on our hands.

At this point I can’t help but say the Pegula’s prosper while One Buffalo fans suffer. Yes, in the long run suffering in sports is worth it, but this is just torture. Bills and now for a lesser part Sabres fans have been the butt of NFL and NHL jokes for years, and there are only so many times you can get off the mat. Sure, all it will take is a few wins and things calm down, but the underlining issue here is that One Buffalo’s one owner may have too many teams under his umbrella, and someone will always get wet.

They say time heals all wounds, and let’s hope so because by the time Buffalo has two strong competitive teams the city is going to need a trauma ward to fix the year’s mental troubles the teams have caused.

As both the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills season move along it seems all we can do is hang our hats on the fact that this too shall pass. The Sabres will hit an upswing most likely next season, and the bumbling Bills, well at this point it’s anyone’s guess.

 

Its all over for the Buffalo Sabres, After a disappointing year their playoff hops have been shot down. Check out my thoughts here: http://toomanymenonthesite.com/2013/04/22/buffalo-sabres-fall-short-but-theres-hope/

Sabres last dance

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Sports
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The Buffalo Sabres have 60 minutes to keep their playoff hope alive. If they are unable to beat the New York Rangers, its over. Buffalo made their bed and only they can save this season. If the Sabres don’t come out working and show heart, it will be over . This year will be the year that Ruff got fired and nothing else. One thing that a bad year allows for is a chance for the young kids from Rochester to show what they can do. Hopefully the farm is able to handle the end of the year tryout. It’s been a hard few years for Sabres fans. The team and front office own them a big We Are Sorry. Hopefully next year the Sabre remember how to play hockey. Because this year  I think they forgot the lock out was over.

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With the Blue and Gold in a dog fight for 8th,I still have questions. and with the help of Fansided  I have moved some of my thoughts to www.toomanymenonthesite.com   Here what I have for today. http://toomanymenonthesite.com/2013/04/18/buffalo-sabres-and-terry-pegula-a-winning-combination/

I will still be posting Sabres and NHL thoughts here from time to time, but check the new stuff on Too Many Men on the Site for more NHL and Sabres information

What was that? It sure was not NHL hockey. The Buffalo Sabres gave their fan yet another uninspired performance last night. The Sabres only managed 15 shots and netted one goal in a 5-1 beating at the hands of the Canadians.

The Sabres are just a bad team; people should not expect much more. Fans want more; fans deserve more but if the team can’t give more noting that can be done. It looks like the Sabres have giving up. Game after game they are outwork, and out played. But, I’m not sure it is completely the players fault. Players go out on the ice for the team they work for. While players sign contracts, they have no voice when GM’s trade, or add players. The Sabres have good players, but they don’t play well together. That falls solely on the GM and front office.

During a season like this the true grit of a player can be found. Sadly there is no fight or grit left in the Sabres locker room. Some thought it was a Lindy problem; some believed it was a Darcy and Lindy problem. Now I think we can see it is a team problem. There is a fundamental flaw in the organization, a flaw that no one is willing to admit to. Sabres brass believes that they are getting better by the day, and it will take time to reach their goal. The second part of that statement is true it will take time. However the first part, getting better by the day is nothing more than political banter aimed at the casual fan. Buffalo Sabres fans, the true hardcore fan know that this is not a team that is getting better. Last night “game” if you want to call that a game shows how far off the Sabres are.

The Sabres say they are in a playoff push; right now it looks like they are thinking more about golf then hockey.  After watching yesterdays game there is little room for hope. This team is just what they appear to be BAD. The chemistry is off, they determination is gone, and in a few weeks the season will be gone. All a fan can do is say there’s always next year.

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Cant get the Cup

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Sports
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It’s a dull morning in Buffalo, New York. It’s just another rainy spring day; just another year that the Sabres have failed to put a playoff caliber team on the ice. Not much is different around here from year to year. Fans want what they seemingly can’t have, or will not be given. They are forced to listen to and read about having patience.

The Sabres have been telling fans the same thing for the past 5 years. When does the front office say we are sorry? It would be a nice thing to give fans. Everyone knows that things are messed up, and the Sabres as a whole have failed. Ted Black has been saying we want to win; we will win the cup, and so on and so on.  But the only thing I see being done around the FNC is new TV’s new food, and new paint. Yes the team has added and subtracted players, but that is just day to day hockey business. The feeling around Buffalo is one of sickness; people want to know where Pegula is. It feels like he is more intent on building the area around the FNC, and his focus has been taken off the Stanley Cup.

I understand everything is about the future of the Sabres, and the longevity of the organization, but what about the now? Fans deserve a return on their investment. It feels like the fans in Buffalo being forced to be content with an inferior product. Hockey is a life blood in Buffalo, it is something people get together and pull for, but that seems to be thinning out.

Mr. Black likes to talk about money, and Mr. Pegula’s love for this team. I’m happy that the Sabres have an owner with the funds to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. Now be the owner you said you would be. Put the product on the ice that Buffalo deserves.

 

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Tale of two teams

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Sports
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Last night Sabres fans got to a chance to see three teams play. The Jets, the Sabres, and some team that showed up for 40 minutes. It was a Tale of two teams for Buffalo fans. The Sabres have started firing back at fan, and fans have taking to ripping the team. But, after all it is hockey.

First, let me address the booing issues. Mr. Ott while we understand that booing does nothing and that most players on this team have not been around for 5 or 6 years of poor play. You are all wearing the Blue and Gold fans love. I don’t think it is hard to believe that a lot of the booing is directed at the crest on the front of your jerseys. To be fair, after a game like last night the players should be thankful they were not playing in Buffalo last night.

Team one, the first 20 minutes the Sabres came out hitting and skating. Buffalo looked like they understood any chance of making the playoffs hung on how hard they played, and how badly they wanted it. The first period was fun to watch, and as a fan it had to peak your curiosity. For 20 minutes Sabres fans had something to hold on to, they had a hockey team to be proud of. But, like everything good third year that too faded with the horn at the end of the first.

Team two, sadly this team is the one that gets all the booing. They deserve any booing that comes their way. I guess the Sabres left their heart and soul in the locker room. There was very little work being done. For whatever reason this year’s Sabres team is just not going to cut it. I don’t know if it is skill or character, but I do know there is very little drive, or heart being shown on the ice. For 40 minutes the Sabres did little more then go through the motions. How is it that some of the Sabres feel booing in unjust? Are they watching how they play?

I understand that teams have down years, and teams cannot always give a full 60 minutes. But, do not go on the radio and rip fans, only to play a game that night and not show up for the game. After a three game winning streak and putting the playoffs in sight; a game like last night is the last thing the Sabres needed. Tomorrow night the Sabres take on the Canadians at the FNC. If the Sabres come out the way they left last night booing won’t be the team’s only problem. It’s a bad season, and last light was nothing more than another chapter in the Tale of two teams.

 

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