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Imagine Being A Fan Of The Buffalo Sabres

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

They say the term “empathy” is the feeling that describes putting yourself in the shoes of another and trying to see things their way.

But when it comes to fans of the Buffalo Sabres, how can you truly have empathy when they’re experiencing one of the worst win-droughts in modern professional sports history? How do you explain away year after year of letdowns, underwhelm and flat-out heartbreak?

As if the past decade weren’t abysmal enough – and lo, it certainly has been abysmal, with the Sabres failing to make the playoffs in any of the past 10 years; and with the team finishing either sixth, seventh or eighth in the Atlantic or East Division in each of the past eight straight seasons – imagine how it must feel knowing the upcoming, 2021-22 campaign is going to be sheer awfulness, from Game 1 likely through Game 82. Sabres GM Kevyn Adams already has dealt away one of his team’s better defenseman (Rasmus Ristolainen, traded to Philadelphia), lost his starting goaltender (Linus Ullmark, who signed with Bruins Atlantic rivals in Boston), and shipped out his top goal-scorer and point-getter (Sam Reinhart, again, to an Atlantic rival in the Florida Panthers) last season.

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It’s probably not possible, but the NHL should boot the Pegulas out of the league. They are clearly damaging the brand.

Posted by pnwwing on 08/18/21 at 05:52 PM ET

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Meh. I am a Lions fan. They will not get any sympathy from me.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 08/18/21 at 06:37 PM ET

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How do you explain away year after year of letdowns, underwhelm and flat-out heartbreak?

And how do the Sabres fans deal with the team’s record after having the following 1st round picks starting with 2013 (in order): #8, #2, #2, #8, #8, #1, #7, #8, #1.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/18/21 at 07:12 PM ET

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I don’t know if it’s indicative of a small or a majority of the Sabres fans, but Melody Martin has been chronicling her revealing fandom of the Buffalo Sabres. 

I’ve been watching her channel for only the last year or so and she does generate a lot of sympathy for being a fan of one of the most dysfunctional sports franchises in North America.  At point, she actually thought about changing her team allegiance to someone else and in the end, stuck with the Sabres.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/18/21 at 08:07 PM ET

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Meh. I am a Lions fan. They will not get any sympathy from me.

You beat me to it. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 08/18/21 at 08:25 PM ET

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I’ve been to Buffalo.  No sympathy here either.

Posted by ThatGuy on 08/18/21 at 09:11 PM ET

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And how do the Sabres fans deal with the team’s record after having the following 1st round picks starting with 2013 (in order): #8, #2, #2, #8, #8, #1, #7, #8, #1.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/18/21 at 07:12 PM ET

Holy Wow! Seeing that as you laid it out OTC is confounding!

SMH. That is a sad state of affairs.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 08/18/21 at 09:24 PM ET

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Buffalo picks
2011 - #16
2012 - #12, #14, #44,
2013 - #8, #16, #35, #38 and #52
2014 - #2, #31, #44, #49
2015 - #2, #51
2016 - #8, #33
2017 - #8, #37, #54,
2018 - #1, #32,
2019 - #7, #31
2020 - #8, #34,
2021 - #1, #14, #33, #53

30 picks in rounds 1 and 2.  Crazy.

Posted by maltby18 on 08/19/21 at 01:36 AM ET

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30 picks in rounds 1 and 2.  Crazy.

Posted by maltby18 on 08/19/21 at 01:36 AM ET

It’s what happens when you consistently hire the wrong people.

Wasn’t BUF the team that was eliminating in-person scouting at one point and goign only by video?  Can’t be a coincidence.. I do know that the guys they’ve brought in as scouts and front office have consistently been underwhelming…

EDM and BUF are honestly both utter embarrassments.

Posted by Primis on 08/19/21 at 09:10 AM ET

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BUF’s 2021 first round pick, Owen Power, is heading back to Michigan.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/19/21 at 02:53 PM ET

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