Lots of mixed emotions on that run from Bills fans judging from the twitter responses when it happened yesterday afternoon. I personally think it’s great. It’s not like Lynch left the time with a bad wrap. On top of that I like rooting for the underdog and the Seahawks sure were one yesterday. Lets just see how long they can keep this up.
Lets first start out by saying most of this topic is completely based on rumors. It’s essentially a report that stated the Sabres might be sold eventually to a report that said a letter of intent has been signed to an official statement saying that no letter of intent for $150 million has been signed. So, now that that’s out-of-the-way..
What does all of this mean? That is if it does happen.
Lets look back a bit, at a worst case scenario and citing solely the original Boston Globe report. That story simply mentioned that Golisano is looking to sell the team. Both Terry Pegula and Jim Balsillie were named as possible buyers. I read that and cringed. It’s no secret that Balsillie will do anything in his power to get a team relocated in Hamilton. Bettman has stated in the past he did not want to move Buffalo and that any relocation would require a league vote but still, there’s the chance and I didn’t want there to be one.
Early today, The Hockey News gave us some more information. Something to get excited over instead of sick to our stomachs over. They stated that Terry Pegula, a billionaire who made his riches from natural gas and oil on Pennsylvania, had signed a letter of intent to buy the team for $150 million. No more Balsillie in the picture and on top of that someone who’s passionate about hockey may wind up atop the Sabres’ org chart. Does this mean no more self-inflicted salary cap? More pressure for ownership for this team to do something? The capability to hold onto our free agents? Is this the guy that’s going to finally bring the cup to Buffalo?
After a morning of rampant speculation we then had a response from Larry Quinn stating that there has been no letter of intent signed for $150 million. Instead of dousing the wildfire of rumors it simply fanned them spurring on ideas that maybe it was for $151 million, maybe more. The fact he was so specific was almost like saying the team is officially sold. We’ve later heard that this may not be the case and no letter of intent has been signed. Well, maybe they’re going to sign it tonight?
I have no problem with Golisano as an owner. He saved this team from bankruptcy and kept them in NY. He’s stated in the past that he would never sell the team to a party that would move it out of the city. I even spent a few years in one of his buildings. All of that aside, he never really seemed that passionate about this team. It was fairly clear he bought it for political gains but you have to respect him for not dumping it the instant he dropped out of politics. When he moved out-of-state last year the writing was on the wall, we all knew he wasn’t going to own the team forever.
news rumors for sure. However where there’s smoke there’s usually fire so I’d be surprised if Golisano owned this team at the end of the season. Lets just sit back and see how this plays out.
I’ve been slacking on here lately, especially when it comes to the Bills. The plan was to get a post up before the game today but now, a couple of hours after the game, I’m sorta glad that didn’t work out.
Immediately after the game this post would have been rather different from a pre-game interpretation of the team. However, after calming down a bit I realized that nothing has really changed. This team isn’t good but they’re not horrible either. Their defense could be comparable to a high school team at times however most of the time the offense can make up for it. That’s no different after today’s loss.
The Bills have played some good teams this year and kept it close, that’s exactly what they did this afternoon. No one expected the Bills to pull off a win today. Pittsburgh is a good team and home field advantage was essentially be canceled out from a fan standpoint. They were supposed to lose this game, badly. However, like so many times this year, they kept it close and took it to overtime…almost winning if it wasn’t for what seemed like a routine catch slipping away.
Look at it this way. If you spotted the Bills 7 points a game their record wouldn’t be 2-9, it’d be 7-4. They’d be tied for 10th in the league instead of their current standing of 29th. They’d be a decent team, and there would be playoff talk. Spotting 7 points obviously isn’t possible but how many times did a touch down slip through their fingers? How many close calls would have turned games around and gave them those 7 points?
Now, lets talk about today’s game. It’s probably the most excited I’ve been watching a Bills game in years. That says something. Making football exciting again is good for Buffalo, the team and the city. Even though the loss today might have knocked the wind out of us, at the same time, it brought us closer to this team. As bad as it felt, deep down there was a feeling of pride by coming so close to sending the terrible towels home soaked with tears.
With that said….this game should have been won. For the 3 seconds that the ball was in the air to Johnson during that OT drive every Bills fan thought we did it, we beat a much better team. A quick punch to the gut and that was over. That typical deflated feeling was back.
I still think he’s going to catch it when I watch that, it’s so simple, receivers make that catch in their sleep. Not today though, and not Stevie Johnson. Was it gods fault? Was he thinking about his touchdown celebration? Did he just crack under pressure? It doesn’t matter, he dropped it and it ended up costing the Bills the game.
So what now? We’ll complain about Johnson, debate what could have been done differently, and eventually look towards next week. A beat down Viking’s team could be just what time team needs to capture it’s third win of the season.
From last night’s Sabres vs Leafs game.
Best part is that he was with his son, who had on a Montreal Jersey.
It’s no secret that RIT needs a new hockey arena. Since going division 1 and having an amazing run last year Ritter Arena has been packed and virtually always a sell out. During Brick City weekend RIT sold out the much larger Blue Cross Arena, something other local teams haven’t been able to do in years. Go to any game at Ritter and when you see the “standing room only” you know it’s time for something bigger.
Well, that time has come. Last week RIT kicked off the Power Play campaign to raise $15 million to fund the new arena. With some help from Stephen and Vicki Schultz’s $1 million gift the project is off to a good start. For the first time since graduating I have the urge to give back to the Alma Mater.
Once completed the new arena should house somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 fans. A far cry from the current capacity of 2100 at Ritter Arena which will continue to stay open even after the new arena is built.
Exciting news for the RIT community, especially as RIT hockey has turned their season around and are winning games now.
A couple of weeks ago I picked out a few reasons as to why the Sabres were a horrible team. Since then a lot has changed and many of problems this team had have seemed to disappear. They have earned 9 out of a possible 12 points in their last 6 games, winning 2 games in a row at home, something that seemed impossible a few short weeks ago. They’ve climbed from worst in the league to 3 spots out of a playoff spot. All this during one of the toughest stretches of the season so far, facing teams like Washington and Vancouver and coming out on top.
First off this team plays like it wants to win for a change. Monday night Vancouver stormed back at the end to rally and close a 2 goal deficit. The old Sabres team would fold and all but give up. The opposite happened, an amazing penalty kill at the end of the third and a hard-fought OT period gave them the win. Wednesday night against Washington, down 3 goals, they fought hard and not only got 2 quick goals to get them back in it but they dominated the third period giving them a decent chance to pull off the win, falling just short of doing so.
The Sabres needed players to be hero’s. And with the exception of Derek Roy that spot on the team was empty. That too has changed with the rise of Vanek who was off to a slow start this season, having many chances but never seeming to come up with the goal. He has seemed to gain some confidence in the recent games and it shows with a few multiple goal games and an amazing overtime winner. Ennis is turning into one of the better forwards on the team and Hecht has picked his game up recently also. They went from having no playmakers to multiples. Tyler Myers has even started to turn his game around netting the OT winner Monday night (even though he is still -9 on the season).
Rivet has been an unhealthy/healthy scratch for a while now. Normally that would be bad for on ice leadership but it seems to be just the opposite. A team with no captain has played like they’re a “team” more than any other time this year. It’s clear the C needs to reside on another jersey and there’s a handful of available candidates, only question is if Ruff will make the change. Word is that Rivet will be back sometime this weekend so we’ll see what happens.
Saying Ryan Miller started out slow this year is a bit of an understatement. He spent the first few weeks towards the bottom of the goalie stats…stats he dominated in years past. Turns out the Vezina hangover I thought he might have had was “just” a bum knee. After a few games off to get healthy, and an impressive showing from Enroth, it seems that was the cause of his issues. He seems to be a different net-minder now that he’s back making those saves we’ve become use to. He’s still not putting up superstar stats but he’s keeping the Sabres in games again, something we needed.
Like many I was calling for Ruff’s head during their losing streak, not because I think he’s a bad coach but more because the team needed a shake-up. Looking at his track record, Ruff hasn’t exactly over-achieved in his time at Buffalo and maybe it was time for a change of guard. However, him being able to pull the team out of this rut they were in says a lot. Lets just see if they can carry the momentum forward, if not this may be the last season Ruff is in Buffalo.
Another test comes tonight when the Kings come to town, a team on a bit of a roll themselves. The Sabres went from win-less at home to winning 2 in a row. If they can keep that streak alive and earn 2 more wins this weekend (Tampa is in town Saturday night) then maybe we can lower the cover on the panic button. The Sabres aren’t out of this hole yet but they at least have their heads above the surface.
I’ve probably watched this 20 times since last night and probably will another 20 times today. A home win with an amazing ending against the number one team in the league. In the last 4 games the Sabres have scored 7 out of 8 available points. If last night didn’t cap off a run to get them out of this rut nothing will. Not to mention the relief Vanek has to feel with a multiple goal game…including on like that.
So now that the Sabres have finally won at home is it time for the Bills to next?