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by Paul on 12/18/11 at 03:35 AM ET
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Sabres president Ted Black, looking for a different view from the top a while back, grabbed Sabres vice president John Sinclair and a couple of 24-ounce beers and kicked back in the 300 level to watch the game against the Flyers. If you remember, the Sabres blew a 3-0 lead in an ugly loss, a sign of things to come.
Black found the people around him to be different than the irate talk-show callers he hears and venomous bloggers he reads who want the roster blown up and everybody fired. The fans in First Niagara Center’s cheap seats were no less frustrated than anyone else bleeding blue and gold, but they were more reasonable.
“The fans here are great,” Black said last week. “You can get inside of a bubble and just listen to call-in shows, tweets and chats. When I talk one-on-one to fans, 99.9999 percent, our fans have been fantastic. I should say 100 percent because I haven’t had a negative experience with a fan.
“The general vibe has been people are still very appreciative of what we’re trying to accomplish in the big picture. Like everyone else—Terry, myself, Darcy, Lindy—we’re frustrated in the sense that we wish we didn’t have so many injuries and we wish we were performing at a higher level in terms of wins and losses.”
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