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Vulgar Opinions: I Can’t Even Pretend To Like This Organization (NSFW)

10/07/13
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Panthers YCP

The Panthers would join the Sharks, Coyotes, Canucks, Maple Leafs, and Blue Jackets (if memory serves) in having official or unofficial Equality Nights.

 

There are a lot of things I can do with the Buffalo Sabres.  I can root for the hockey-related people because they bring happiness (well, not really) to me and my friends.  I can laud the players and coaches for the accomplishments (?) on and off the ice.  I can admit that they suck, that the short-term future is bleak, and root for them anyway because I want to see them succeed.  But good god I can’t bring myself to not loathe every other aspect of this organization.  They seem hell bent on being just as terrible off the ice as they are on the ice.

  • Our rich asshole owner used the team to further his business (“if I want to drill a gas well, I’ll spend money on a hockey team, I guess”).
  • He also (legally) bought off Pennsylvania politicians.
  • One social media guy insulted the female portion of the fanbase with dumb tweets about how attractive Marcus Foligno is.  (Because what other reason could they have to watch hockey?)
  • Another social media guy completed possibly the worst received third jersey reveal possible.
  • The Director of Community Relations told me, “Your concerns about LGBT bullying are well-taken.  The messaging in our video will focus on prevention, understanding and acceptance of people’s differences and where to get help if you are a victim of bullying.  Therefore, LGBT bullying, as well as, Jamey (Rodemeyer)’s story will be part of the discussion when finalizing the treatment for our video.”  Which, touche to Rich Jureller for creatively wording that e-mail to make him not a liar when the team eventually put out their anti-bullying PSA with neither of the above.
  • Jureller and Ted Black looked into the Salvation Army’s anti-LGBT past by literally asking the Salvation Army if they had an anti-gay past.
  • They resumed partnership with the Boy Scouts.  Discrimination is in their fucking bylaws.
  • And they aren’t concerned with the safety of Trans individuals inside the First Niagara Center.

Although I can’t really criticize Pegula and Black for making bigoted decisions because they also own and run the Amerks who did a You Can Play video as an organization.  Their Community Relations Director Rob Crean, has also been incredibly receptive to concerns.  What I’m forced to do, ladies and gentlemen, is conclude that the Sabres as an organization are staffed by a really curiously high number of assholes.

And you know what, fine Rich Jureller.  We are a varied and multifaceted people and if you want to make the claim that the organization is open to all comers (even bigots, especially bigots, mmmmm bigotry) and you want to cater to LGBT-exclusive organizations, you’ve got to do a hell of a better job catering to LGBT-inclusive ones.  Florida banned LGBT adoption until 2010 for fuck’s sake, and somehow the Panthers are coming out way ahead of the Sabres here.

Yormark YCP

 

Trying!  That’s a good goal!  We can do that, right?  We can try?  Ted?  Craig?  Kevin?  Rich?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Marcus permalink
    10/13/13 4:42 PM

    Do you ever stop whining? The first time I’ve checked this blog in months and you are still spewing garbage. I’m glad pansies like you are the minority in the hockey world.

    • Marcus permalink
      10/13/13 4:44 PM

      are a minority in the hockey world**

      • 10/13/13 6:06 PM

        Thanks for reading Marcus! :) You can keep up with us via or mobile app, or you can check out the NHL’s official partnership with You Can Play. Together we can make hockey a safe space for all individuals!

      • Dan permalink*
        10/13/13 6:43 PM

        Hey Marcus, I’m really pumped you decided to comment on our blog. While I could understand you’re not excited to hear Alex refer to “dumb tweets” about how attractive you, are I can assure you he was being facetious. See, *he* doesn’t think they’re dumb, nor does he think that all women that enjoy hockey only do so because you’re a good looking guy.

        Of course we know that you *are* the handsomest Foligno on the planet. We here at BBG like to look past that and at your skills though. At least most of the time.

        So there’s no need to call anyone here a pansy. We all think you’re damn gorgeous. Give a Foligno Leap for us, and thanks for reading Marcus!

        *smooches*

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