This comment at the Buffalo News article about the rest of the team needing to be like Vanek stopped me dead in my tracks:
Listen, exactly one year ago, would it have been plausible that the expectation for the 2011-2012 season would have been President’s trophy and Stanley Cup? Come on, really? Do you realistically think Terry and Ted had that expectation for this season? The long term outlook for this team is not just good, it’s friggin’ great! The owner is a bleed-Sabres-blue high integrity guy who wants success more than any of the knuckleheads who post here. Color me naive, but even with the inconsistent team performance, I absolutely believe that the players want it too – why, because they say so and I don’t think they’re BS’ing me – I actually like them. It’s just not something you can wave a magic wand over – it’s going to take time, and not months-time, but years-time. Sorry about that reality for you gotta-have-it now-wantski’s.
Dude, what? A positive comment, thought out, with decent spelling, punctuation and grammar? What the hell? Dan from Charlotte, you are in the wrong place my man. Don’t let the rest of the trolls over there eat your soul. In all seriousness, I can see the right of what Dan says here. I sometimes felt I was the only person who wasn’t in full-on freakout mode after the Sabres’ recent struggles. I WANT them to win every game and win the cup and poop in the Leafs players’ gloves. But it won’t be happening, not right away. Having the money to spend to the cap and eat a bad contract or two and upgrade the facilities doesn’t mean the wins just roll in. Do their chances go up? Yes. It does not mean, however, that James Reimer will simply bow and step aside to allow Vanek to score a quadruple hat trick the next time Buffalo goes to Toronto.
Me, I’m here for the ride. I learned a few years ago to stop letting sports teams make me miserable. I will still get on the players not pulling their weight, raise up the ones who are raising their game, and when I attend as a fan, I’ll cheer and clap and chant and boo. Let’s just do that and have fun. The wins will be there.
As for tonight, Buffalo is in Washington tonight, to try and beat the only team nice enough to lose to them in the past five games. Miller is in tonight, maybe Enroth tomorrow. Gragnani in for the injured Sekera, out ‘weeks’. So there went a whole couple of days where we could think the Sabres were getting healthier. Let’s go.