Dukes of Awesome

A little time to vent. by pinkjerseyssuck
May 18, 2009, 1:31 pm
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Too many things this week have made me say, “REALLY?!?”, so here’s a short list. 

Really? 33 degrees? If my squash plants die it’s gonne get ugly ’round here.

REALLY? A key to the city? Impressively, I am more embarrassed by this move than any other Byron has made thus far.  My favorite comment so far? –  We’ve probably only got a few hours, then, until T.O. claims the key has some sort of secret collusion with another lock.

Really. $13,000 a day is a LOT. As much as I hate the whole, run away and cry about it thing, Golisano is as close to “I can’t blame him” as I’ve ever gotten. So as long as he leaves the Sabres here, I’m not going to complain.

REEEALLY? It’s okay to physically beat activists over the head with signs now (literally)? Take a note from Ghandi, you crazy West Senecans!


How Buffalo Sports Fans Cope – A look into Freud’s Defence Mechanisms by pinkjerseyssuck

This starts a four part series on the way Buffalo fans, and Sports fans in general, cope with the ups, downs, and curveballs that inevitably come with the territory of making sports a priority in your life.  

Part one addresses, appropriately, the “Level 1 Defence Mechanisms.”

There are three DMs at this level, which educationally speaking are almost always severely pathological.  These three defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external reality and eliminate the need to cope with reality. 

These are the DMs that cause non-sports fans tho view us sports fans as “crazy” or “insane.”  In other words, these are the “psychotic” defences.  While they are considered healthy mechanisms when occuring in dreams or childhood, I think most would agree that, when employed in an alert state, “nightmare” is probably the more accurate term.  These defences include:

1.   Denial.

Definition: Refusal to accept external reality because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn’t exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality.

Example: The Bills would have lost Superbowl XXV anyways.

2.   Distortion.

Definition: A gross reshaping of external reality to meet internal needs.

Example: Dick Jauron isn’t that bad of a coach.

3.   Delusional Projection

Definition: Grossly frank delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature.

Example: The plain and simple truth is, the Refs are out to get us

Stay tuned for Parts 2-4 in the coming week. 



They Say that Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus by pinkjerseyssuck

…I love a Canadian sport so I couldn’t help but quote a Canadian band.

That’s right, everybody, it’s been a long time since I posted and even longer since I stalked Dani’s blog. But I’m back, and man will you be sick of me soon.

A lot has happened since I went on my personal hiatus. So here’s a highlight of all my “favorites.”

  • Ruutu, you’re a coward.  I mean, really?  Biting?  I don’t even know how to handle that.  Neither did the entire arena when you did it.  Seriously, we all sat there in complete shock and awe trying to figure out- nay, absorb- what you had just done. 
  • 7-9.  Boy was I wrong.  Well, I was only wrong about liking him. I wasn’t wrong about getting used to his presence in Buffalo.  Unfortunately.
  • In sharp contrast to the Bills situation, Lindy Ruff is still awesome.  In fact, he may even be more awesome.  If possible.
  • I bought a house.  Totally unrelated to the content of this blog but you should still be happy for me.
  • The Bisons have a new uniform.  It feels weird without Big Russ’ approval.  It also feels weird having 3 completely different looking jerseys.  Good thing I’m not a baseball fan.
  • The CARDINALS made the Superbowl.  You know, that football team from Arizona that we could always say “oh, at least we’re better than the cardinals” about?  Them. 
  • The Bills made the S[o]uperbowl.  But we lost that one, too.
  • Bucky Brooks watched Tony Gonzalez pee in the bathroom of a KC bar and then told him off for not coming to Buffalo.  Amazing.  He’s my hero (Bucky, not Tony).  
  • MAC CHAMPS BABYYYYYY.  Too bad we lost the Bowl game… but it had to be embarassing for UConn’s GIGANTIC band that UB’s band was somehow still significantly louder, right?  Seriously, they had about 40 sousaphones.  Pathetic.  Also, no one could tell who this guy was rooting for when they would put him on the jumbotron.   Someone tell him UConn’s blue is dark blue, not UB Blue.  Idiot.  Lastly, I was really happy to see so many students/fans at the game… but unhappy to hear that they have already forgotten the lyrics to the fight song our class[es] tried so hard to learn.  

In my next post… the long awaited review of the Dukes’ trip to Miami.  Man, I hate Miami.  



Christmas Shopping for the Buffalo Fan by pinkjerseyssuck
Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills, Sabres all the way...

Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills, Sabres all the way...

Now that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving’s on the horizon, it’s time to start your Christmas Shopping! You’ll thank me when everyone you know gets the best gifts ever and loves you more than your siblings. 

Combining the 2 things I love the most, I’ve compiled an easy to use list of online and local retailers for your Buffalo-Sports themed Christmas shopping. Obviously, you can visit the Sabres Sotre/Bills Store (don’t forget to show your season ticket holder cards at each for your 10% off), but if you want to reach beyond the typical items, use this list. (*Just as a disclaimer, none of these businesses are paying me (or related to me), even though that would be nice.)

  • WeSellSportsOnline. This website has a huge selection of Sabres memoribilia (here) and Bills (here) for the collector in your life ranging all the way from classy for the boss to cheesy for the mailman. Positive? – lots to chose from and somewhat reasonably priced. Negative? – terrible user interface. You have to scroll through pages upon pages of uncategorized gifts. 
  • Everything Buffalo.  This is a small store located in a deserted hallway of the Main Place Mall. This is an ideal store for those of you sending gifts to loved ones who have left home. She sells a multitude of gifts ranging from baby clothing to ornaments and coasters to framed art. It’s not so much Buffalo Sports themed, but I wanted to give it a shout out because she does carry a lot of nice gifts. Positive? – good place to find “classy gifts.” Negative? – Main Place Mall hours (and location).  
  • New Sabrestyle” clothing line. This is the ideal gift for that teenage punk child/sibling/cousin of yours who decided he likes Anaheim/Detroit this year. Making him feel cool in Sabres clothing might set him straight. The women’s line is nice too. It’s available in the Sabres store, which is open M-F 10-5 and on game nights. Positive? – Youngins like it. Negative? – a bit pricey and only available for a limited time. 
  • Buffalo Sports Tees. This website sells one of my favorite t-shirts, “Lindy for Mayor ’10” Unfortunately, the men’s is retired and the women’s is out of stock. They have lots of other tees though, including a “Remember the Aud” shirt which I am so sure was copied from my recent post on third jersey ideas. Football shirts here, hockey here. Positive? – Unique, and if for some reason you want 24 of them, you can get a discount! Negative? – availablity. Shop early. 
  • CityLoveBuffalo sells shirts both online and at 830 Elmwood Avenue. They aren’t sports based but they are purely for Buffalonians. Positive? – Local retailer. Negative? – No sports merch. 

SPECIAL SPORTS WEARHOUSE DISCOUNT FOR DUKES OF AWESOME READERS!!!!!! The owner has graciously decided to give all of you special treatment. Enter Coupon Code HOLIDAY08 when checking out to receive a 15% discount on orders through December 10. Now you can spring for the stapler. You’re welcome.

  • City Made features merchandise made in the region. The Sabres page is blank but the Bills page has a few things. The prices aren’t bad. Positive? – Supporting local businesses. Negative? – There’s only like, 16 things for sale. 
  • Maverly’s is located on Main Street in Williamsville across from Butterwood’s. Similar to Everything Buffalo, it’s a great place to buy gifts for the people who have left home. You can shop online (gifts including sports here) but I HIGHLY recommend going to their actual location. There you can make up your own baskets or buy her pre-made ones. The owner is a true Buffalonian with a big heart and she’ll work with your price range and help you build the perfect gift. Plus nothing’s cuter than Williamsville at Christmas. Positive? – unique gifts. Negative? – can be pricey, but like I said, she’d work with your budget.
  • Football Fanatics. The Bills page is actually organized and they have a huge selection, including some things I didn’t find anywhere else (a gourd with a helmet and an innertube). The Sabres page is less organized but still better organized than Sports Warehouse/WeSellSportsOnline. There isn’t nearly as much Sabres stuff as there is Bills, and theres very little non-slug merchandise if you’re trying to get away from it. Positive? – organized and $4.99 flat rate 3-day shipping, which is nice. Negative? – all slug. 
  • CafePress makes shirts and accessories only your Buffalo friends will get, including “Lindy is my Homeboy,” “Top Shelf” buttons, and some others. They aren’t the best shirts to wear to an away game, but would be pretty entertaining in a sports bar. You can get the designs on other items like mouse pads, coffee cups, and messenger bags. My personal favorite‘s from the oh-so-awesome WGR skits.  They even have gifts for your basic Buffalonian and your pregnant wife. Positive? – wide range of choices and quick shipping; Negative? – LOTS to look through. 
  • If you have a baby, pet, or even a female to shop for, Spawty.net leads to Bills and Sabres gifts for them. If you’re only shopping for a man, don’t waste your time. They sell those weird metal purses, too, but I wouldn’t recommend buying one unless you know the female you’re buying for wants one. Positive? – reasonable. Negative? – very small selection.  
  • twoeightnine.com sells only t-shirts, including Bills shirts and Sabres shirts. They also sell a large variety of Beast Mode shirts. Positive? – unique shirts, and I suspect a coupon code will appear soon. Negative? – a little one-note
  • Buffalo Sports Merchandise is definitely the best site. You’ll find the lowest prices and most interesting stuff there, including some low price jerseys. Positive? – low prices. Negative? – There isn’t as huge a selection but it’s definitely worth visiting. It’s almost too good to be true.
  • New Era Store. Obviously you can shop online for hats, but come on, there’s a New Era store right downtown! It’s located at 160 Delaware Ave (between Mohawk and Huron) and has a much larger selection than you’ll find anywhere else. Positive? – selection. Negative? – They only sell hats. I think. 
Now of course this is not an exhaustive list, and if you have a site or store you frequent, please don’t hesitate on letting me kow about it and I’ll update the post. 
Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!!!

Buffalo = Euphoria by pinkjerseyssuck


A Perfect Euphoria

Sure, it’s snowing today. Sure, soon we’ll have the highest property taxes in the Country, and yes- our economy is not that great. But none of you can tell me your aren’t having the best year EVER right now. 

If you haven’t seen it, someone on facebook decided to start the group “God is just setting Buffalo up for glory” a few months back …and I couldn’t agree more. 

The BILLS are 5-1… FIVE AND ONE!! Like, 5 wins, only 1 loss. After 75+ votes on the last poll, the options of “They finally have a real QB,” “Buffalo’s got the spirit, talkin’ proud, talkin’ proud,” and “They have internal timeclocks, they don’t need electricity” are in a dead heat at 25% each. What does that tell you? The Bills are so awesome you can’t even decide why. Not to mention they could easily go 5-2 in their next 7 games, at least. Where would that put them? At 10-3;  their best record in an undisclosed number of years. The NFL seems to be in love with upset wins lately… are the Bills the next Superbowl contender? Is that really an upset if they are?!

The SABRES are also 5-(0)-1… FIVE AND (0) AND ONE! That’s even better than 5-1! Yes, I know the Sabres have about 76 more games to play, but it’s still fun an exciting to see them off to a great start. And it’s refreshing to see them so improved from last year- not only has Paille, Vanek, Lalaime, and even Peters stepped up- but the addition of Rivet has been nothing short of awesome while Miller is finally shining in his shoot-outs again. 

Even the BULLS can finally win games this year. 

The ECONOMY is not expected to torture Buffalo like it will the rest of the country. Not only did we not experience a bubble that could burst – but our real estate is holding steady and our job market is based heavily on health services and schools… 2 things that don’t feel the effects of recession like every other field. 

The PEOPLE have taken back power from the greedy politicians. West Seneca residents are scheduled to vote on a government downsizing referendum in West Seneca on November 17. 


So what does this all mean? Glory. It’s on the horizon. I can see it from my 9th floor office… and we can all feel it. In a time of economic hardship and shady politicians, Buffalo will bring hope to a country as the protagonist in the ultimate underdog story, and we’re all going to be a part of it. So enjoy the ride and takes lots of pictures so you can tell the story to your kids and grandkids of how Buffalo finally redeemed itself. 



This poll has a margin of error of +/- 3% by errantremark

We just wanted to throw it over to Kevin at the BfloBlog for this excellent, excellent post on Sabres season ticket renewals.

With the Sabres at a 97% renewal rate for season tickets, especially after a season where they (barely) missed the playoffs, it shows the absolute devotion local Sabres’ fans have to their team.

What’s interesting is Kevin’s analysis of why, with local MSM bashing the Sabres on a regular basis, a team in (relative) flux, and a tough economy:

What Sabres fans do ask for on a year-in and year-out basis is a competitive team that’s fun to watch, and is also affordable to go see. I think what’s often lost in the grumbling about the Sabres is that while “mediocrity” is not acceptable, neither is having a team that prices 75% of Western New York out of seeing them. The Sabres were competitive last season, they were fun to watch (especially when you stopped constantly comparing them to the previous year’s team) and they were affordable on many nights to the fans. Sure, “gold” games are not for those on a tight budget, but here were values to be had for those willing to look.

My absolute favorite part was this little nugget on the forgiving, patient, and extremely knowledgeable support Sabres’ fans give not only the players, but also management:

4) Maybe we all don’t think Regier’s an idiot… Many people are able to see that Buffalo doesn’t see the value in overpaying for free agents, and that it is an organizational philosophy to largely grow their talent from within. I understand that not every fan agrees with that, but it is what the Sabres believe. Those who are screaming the loudest about the Sabres incompetency seem to be those who don’t agree with that thought process. But based on the desires of ownership and the personal philosophies of upper management it is what it is.

It’s a good read, and it gives you hope for not only the Sabres’ chances in Buffalo, but it shows the Buffalo fan values its team moreso than any other.

Hasek Finally Retires, Stephane Beauregard Gets Last Laugh by pinkjerseyssuck

So he’s finally gone. No matter your feelings on him (Dominator or Domitraitor) you have to admit he was one of the best goalies, best players, and best Sabre to ever step foot on the ice. Which kinda sucks, considering lots of us in Buffalo love to hate him.

Some people call Hasek’s initial trade to Buffalo a “lop-sided” deal, considering we gave Chicago 1. Stephane Beauregard and 2. some future cosiderations. Sure Hasek won 6 Vezina Trophies, 2 William Jennings Trophies, and a couple of Harts while he was with the Sabres, but last I checked he never matched Beauregard’s “James Gatschene Memorial Trophy” he won while playing for the San Fran Spiders. So who really got the short end of the stick here?

Plus, when we finally dropped him, we got possibly one of the top-ten sounding names in the game, “Slava Kozlov.” If that doesn’t make you feel better about Hasek being “traded” in 2001, how about that fateful day in the late spring of 1999? He couldn’t even keep Hull out of the crease long enough to keep him from not-really-scoring. 96-97 was his fault too. What a baby. AND his nasty attitude caused the lock-out. But don’t quote me on that.

And yet, I feel best about getting rid of the league’s best goalie simply because he really was a toolbag, and we like nice guys around here. If you ever doubted his toolbag status, here’s a list of proof.

  • He essentially forced Ted Nolan out. (I love Lindy more than anyone but that was still tooly)
  • He then claimed to want to leave Buffalo to go to a “winning team” and before he even played his first game with Detroit said he only wanted to retire in that jersey.
  • He looks like a tool
  • He lied to Senators fans constantly during his post-Olympic injury about coming back, and never did (not that i feel bad for those fans, but again, still tooly)
  • He thinks he can fight
  • He already retired once
  • He’s a whiny baby

If you’re still not convinced, read this wonderful quote from gabeandizzy, promoters of his new clothing line.

  • “Although the company bears my nickname, and a lot of people will associate my hockey career with it because of this, Dominator Clothing is really about making great quality clothes for active people of all kinds, and encouraging them to challenge themselves with new “goals” [get it?!?!]. You can be 12 years old or a 55-year-old grandmother. We are all Dominators in one way or another.”


That was pretty off topic. So I’ll move on.

Now, we all know that Hasek may indeed return within 14 months of today to the NHL. His last retirement, of course, was only to “re-charge his batteries.” I think he was disappointed to return home to the CR only to find he wasn’t half as big as his own ego. Either way, I wouldn’t bet the house on this one. Considering he holds just about every other record a goalie or player can hold, I’m surprised he didn’t opt to go with “oldest player.” Course, Chris Chelios seems to be gunning for that one, and I don’t think even the great and wonderful Dominik Hasek would give him a hard time. However, on the day Hasek retired he was the oldest ‘active’ goaltender… if you want to call Chris Osgood making all your saves for you “active.”

So let’s all take a picture to remember the day Dominik Hasek retired. Again.