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ESPN Writer Can Find WJC History Lesson At Home

Buffalo is getting some undue criticism for the low turnout of USA fans at the World Juniors tournament and particularly at the semifinal snoozer Monday night at HSBC Arena, which Canada won easily 4-1 in front of an overwhelmingly Canadian crowd.

It was the main topic on sports talk radio here yesterday, with even some local fans labeling the city as a Sabres town as opposed to a hockey town.

And in a humorous and ironic display of naivety, ESPN.com writer and hockey antagonist “The Sports Guy” Bill Simmons not only hopped aboard the Buffalo Bashwagon, but also for good measure even decided to throw Detroit and a portion of the Western frontier under the bus.

From his twitter account:

This junior hockey game is further proof that we just need to sell Buffalo to Canada. Get it over with already.

What about a blockbuster in which we get Vancouver and Canada gets Buffalo + other goodies? I’m hitting the Trade Machine.

OK, here’s my final offer: Buffalo, Detroit, 50% of Montana, three No. 1 picks + $3 million for Vancouver + Steve Nash.

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  Tags: 1996+world+juniors, 2011+world+juniors, andrew+podneiks, bill+simmons, buffalo, new+york+times, team+canada, the+sports+guy

Two Blues Come Home

from the Buffalo News,

There will be 18,690 waiting in HSBC Arena. The Buffalo Sabres host St. Louis tonight, and it’s a long-awaited outing for McKee and Blues teammate Lee Stempniak. McKee hasn’t played in Buffalo since Game Six of the 2006 Eastern Conference finals, while West Seneca’s Stempniak has never played professionally in his hometown.

“It’s special,” McKee said Tuesday. “I was very fortunate to grow not only as a player but as a person here in this town. To come back and play here is going to be a pretty neat feeling. The fans were great, stuck behind me over the 10 years I was here, and that doesn’t always happen with players. I felt very fortunate for that.”

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  Tags: buffalo, jay+mckee, lee+stempniak, st+louis+blues

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