As a displaced Rochestarian living in the NYC area for the past decade, following the Sabres--nay, following hockey-- has been difficult. This region has 2 NHL teams that no one cares about plus the Rangers who no one talks about. My wife hates professional sports of all kinds and none of my friends or family follow hockey at all. The last few years I've gotten all my Sabres news online, mostly from TBN. But, just like most of you here, I tired of their one-note, repetitive coverage and their Fire Darcy mantra.
One fine day, during this past off-season, I discovered DBTB while poking around the Spector's Hockey site and fell in love right away. The news was current; updated more often than TBN. The analysis was insightful. Try finding anyone using analytics on a mainstream site. The commentors were not the same angry trolls from TBN, WGR & the rest of the internet.
We all knew what this season would be. Hell, Darcy told us there would be suffering. But as bad as it got, I never felt like I was suffering. The reason is DBTB and its community of informed, intelligent, rational Sabre fans, helping each other cope with the worst season in team history with humor, empathy, and more humor. DBTB: come for the game, stay for the snark.
So at the close of my first season as a DBTB member I would just like to express my gratitude to the editors of this site, Andy & Zach for creating a welcoming environment for those of us who like a little more intelligence and a little less venom in our Sabres news. Thank you to the writers, especially Jack-- I wake up every day and check your links-- and Stephanie-- I was an Amerks fan before I was a Sabres fan. And thank you to all the users for making blowout losses fun, for educating me about McDavid & the Sams, for being sane, intelligent, rational fans instead of trolls, and for making me feel at home here. This isn't a blog. It's a community.
Some day, when I'm old and senile, and my great-grandkids ask me, "Where were you when Buttgoal happened?" I can tell them I was at home, on my couch, listening to the game online, and following the game thread on DBTB.