Let’s take a quick pop quiz.
How many Super Bowl rings do the Buffalo Bills have?
How many Stanley Cup Championships do the Buffalo Sabres have?
Done thinking? Right. It’s a
Why do I have to be a pessimistic fan? The day we celebrated the New Year, I attended the Winter Classic hockey game between the Sabres and the Stanley Cup runners-up, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Once again a
Now the Winter Classic (or “Ice Bowl,” call it what you will) was a spectacle. It was a day I’ll remember. It was what
I attended 10 Bills games this past season (the eight regular season games plus the two preseason games), but this January 1 game was the most remarkable. Entering Ralph Wilson Stadium all I wanted to see was what the rink looked like, and the end result of the weeklong transformation from football stadium to hockey arena. It was a chance to showcase hockey to the masses. The 1999 Stanley Cup Finals did a similar thing, but the Sabres lost to Brett Hull and the Dallas Stars in that series.
The Bills’ four-year consecutive run to Super Bowls would be a parallel to Buffalo teams breaking down in front of millions.
Anyway, this game was played in a town that loved its hockey, and 70,000-plus fans proved that. It was a chance for the NHL to showcase its lovable poster child, Sidney Crosby, and show fans of all sports that hockey can compete with the other sports.
(P.S. Does anyone notice zero NHL games are broadcast on ESPN? NFL, NBA and MLB games are proudly shown, but no hockey. The NHL is forced to delegate itself to the Versus network, a television channel that doesn’t appear on several cable networks).
The game started with both teams walking through the tunnel in a cloud of smoke. It ended like a
The memories will last forever for this event – “the Super Bowl of Hockey,” to some. However, it seemed all too familiar for
The Winter Classic Ice Bowl was a great time, and not just because of Miller’s Amp Energy “Yo Mama” commercial where Miller proved he can insult a man in Chinese. And hopefully it wasn’t a once-in-a-lifetime shot in
Time after time,
The pressure continues to build as us fans wait impatiently for the peak moment, that time when a professional championship finds its way to the city of