Howdy! The name is PyroKinesis! This past Summer, I decided that I would start following an NHL team. I live in Youngstown, Ohio, and I am a Cleveland sports fan (this probably explains why the Sabres didn't do that hot this season, sorry about that). You may ask, "why not the Penguins?" Well, I couldn't let myself root for a Pittsburgh team. Then you may ask "why not the Blue Jackets?" Well, the only team in Columbus I like is Ohio State, and that's only because they are Ohio State, not Columbus State. So, naturally, the choice was obvious, the Sabres.
When it was announced that games would start being outright cancelled because of the lockout, I had hope that it would be resolved quickly and without incident. Were it so easy. MONTHS went by, the Winter Classic and All-Star Game were both cancelled (which, I should mention, the Winter Classic is the reason why I decided to start following the NHL, so naturally, I wasn't too happy about that news), and it looked like the season would be cancelled entirely. Then came the happy news on January 6th, that the sides had agreed on a deal. I was elated, and instantly bought myself a Sabres shirt off of Amazon to get into the frenzy.
Season started and things seemed to be going well. Then came the downturn. Losses started piling up, and the Sabres had to do something, so they fired Lindy Ruff. Ron Rolston took over, and things started to improve a little bit, but it just wasn't enough. The thing I will remember the most is all of the overtime wins, especially the shootout wins, like the one that was just racked up tonight. I think the sudden-death OT is one of the more exciting things in the sport. One mistake (like the one on the 29th of January against the Maple Leafs) can and will cost you the game.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the wonderful announcing of one Rick Jeanneret, on MSG. I know a thing or two about great announcers, spending my life outside by the pool listening to Tom Hamilton call the Indians games, and Rick is just as fantastic.
So, in conclusion, I enjoyed my first season as a Sabres fan despite the toughness of watching the Sabres all the way in Ohio, and despite the result of the season. Looking forward to the next season, a FULL season, and continuing to be a Sabres fan, hopefully for life. See you around!