The Sabres season is over. Great job Sabres!

The Sabres are done. No grieving here, they had a great season. People simply pinned too much on them and their dreams got crushed. Not mine. While I hoped the Sabres would do well, I attempted to keep a Constant Reality Check (CRC) in the back of my head.

Could the Sabres get to the Cup finals? Eh, maybe. Were they locks, or even heavy favorites to win the Cup? No freakin way, Jose! This doesn’t even have anything to do with the bevy of past horrors that haunts the psyche of every Buffalo sports fan. This isn’t about Wide RightNo Goal, or the Music City Miracle. The Sabres were just an underdog team that kept winning and winning.

Ruff knows how to get the most out of his players; he’s been doing it in Buffalo longer than any coach in the league has been at the same team. Buffalo really has no major free-agent signings (with the possible exception of Dainus Zubrus), most everyone has come through the system. While this can be responsible for some great players, it’s very hard to create a Cup-winning team without at least 1 or 2 superstars.

The Sabres had the weight of the world on their shoulders at the start of the playoffs, foisted upon them by fair-weather fans and media. Yeah, I said it. There are lots of Sabres fans who don’t understand hockey all that well, and that’s ok, but they mistook a very good team for a great one.

It’s ok, everyone; the Sabres still have a good team and they’ll have a good team next year, and the year after that. Will they be the Detroit Red Wings and have a dynasty that wins the Cup every couple of years? No. But they will vie for the cup every playoffs as long as they can maintain this core of players and keep adding to it with great talent from Ro-cha-cha.

And think about where the Sabres were jsut a few short years ago… bottom dwellers and almost moving to another city!

Be happy about this team and where it’s at! The Sabres are better than ever and here to stay! Let’s keep rocking it Sabres and Sabres fans!

Stay behind the Sabres

Hnnnnnnngahhhh…….

That’s the only text that could come close to describing my feelings about the Sabres in round 3. Down 3 games to none with nary a chance of coming back.

How did this happen? Is it the Sabres not showing up or is Ottawa that great? What the hell is happening to our world?

Well it’s a little of everything. First of all, the Sabres were never world beaters – they are a very good team with excellent speed. They happened to win the President’s Trophy; a curse if you ask me, one that had fans and media putting them as the favorites to win the cup. The Sabres themselves knew it meant nothing (just ask last years Detroit Red Wings who won the President’s Trophy only to be ousted in the first round by Edmonton) and yet they couldn’t help but be affected by the entire hockey world foisting their “oh you’re so great” attitudes upon them.

Ottawa has been a good team for years, and this year have stepped up to a whole new level. Their defense is playing even better despite losing Chara in the offseason, they have a great coach and some truly scary forwards. Most thought that goalie Ray Emery was a weak link in the Senator’s armor (including myself), but he’s come a long way since last year’s playoffs.

In short, everyone in Buffalo underestimated the Sens.

Everyone.

Including the coaches and players.

Especially the fans and the media.

I did too, so I’m not laying blame here, it’s just how things shook out. However, I do have to question the fans at HSBC who started razzing Ray Emery 5 minutes into game 1. How about a little humility? Don’t expect your team to come out and dominate and win 5-1. That sort of attitude permated HSBC and is at least part of the reason the Sabres are almost ready to schedule tee times.

And what about the fans actually booing during the Sabres power plays? Sure, Ottawa had us all out of sorts and we were woefully inept, but come on, how much cred do the Sabres have to build up? How much have they given the fans? The Sabres were slumping, and the booing didn’t help, in fact it could have made them play tighter.

Ottawa is a step ahead of Buffalo in every facet of the game and I don’t see how a comeback is possible. We could get a game or two, but Ruff is getting outcoached, and I don’t think I’ve ever said that.

All we can do is stay behind our team. They deserve that with the year they’ve given us.

The Buffalo Sabres and The Cup of Destiny

I just watched Game 2 of the Sabres vs. Rangers series on Versus. The Sabres are my hometown team and what a fantastic game it was. I was so moved that I had to write something, and the following is what came out. It’s silly, but Sabres fans will hopefully like it! (Here are the lyricshere is the iTunes link to hear a clip)

(Note – I edited it, this is now reivision 2!)

Cuz it’s the Cuuuuup … of Destiny,
The Sabres will be rockin at HSBC

Cuz it’s the Cuuuuup … of Destiny,
The Sabres will be carrying Lord Stanley

The Sabres started out ‘06 strong,
leading the league we knew it wouldn’t be long

With guys like Drury, Vanek, Max and Roy,
All their opponents would soon be destroyed.

When key guys all stated going down,
there were worries all over town,

But in came Stafford and the team did jell,
Young Clarke MacArthur and the rest as well

Darcy nabbed Zubrus at the trade deadline,
A great addition who fit in just fine

Cuz Vanek is shooting, and Miller is grooving,
Teppo clears pucks out, and Lindy chews refs out,
Adam throws punches, while Max scores in bunches,
Briere is scoring, while the crowd is roaring, So come oooooo-ooooon!

Cuz it’s the Cuuuuup … of Destiny,
The Sabres will be rockin at HSBC

Cuz it’s the Cuuuuup … of Destiny,
The Sabres will be carrying Lord Stanley