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Game One Reactions – (“guest post”) Cowards in the Crow’s Nest

10/10/14
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I was going to write something satirical about Sabres fans’ (and I use that term loosely) openly hoping this team loses, but Justin wrote The Cowards in the Crow’s Nest and nailed it before I woke up this morning. There’s also little point in satirizing a group of people that do such great work by themselves. Honestly, this season is shaping up to be one giant Onion Sports headline.

He’s @Jetios on Twitter, and he has a particular distaste for the “81 games away from having a better team” crowd:

These people, who hold next year’s draft in higher regard than this year’s roster, define the Sabres’ identity in the NHL — a culture of losing. These same people celebrate the start of next season on the very same day that a new season began, as if 2014–2015 is but another preseason to trudge through. They pull Sabres sweaters over their heads, but they have zero respect for those who wear the jersey on the ice today.

The logo on the chest rings hollow. They are not fans.

Last season Alex wrote a piece showing data, albeit in a small sample size, talking about how a good GM is more vital than a high draft pick. Obviously we all want Tim Murray to be that GM, and hey I hope this team does draft Connor McDavid. Hell, I hope every single draft pick we ever land turns into a super star. That’s why I went out of my way to point out that you can root for tanking and landing that top pick without being That Guy that actually hopes his team fails (thank you, New York Islanders).

You bought your tickets, you paid for your streaming, you have a voice, you can do what you’d like. For every person that says “Just leave, you can come back when they’re good,” there’s another who says, “No. Don’t come back”. I won’t pretend for a minute that I can tell anyone what they can or can’t do. That’s kind of why I stopped writing recaps or trade prediction pieces, because I could write the best piece ever and it has absolutely zero effect over what happens to this team. What we do have an effect on is each other, and how we’re viewed from the outside.

Right now? The team’s not very good, but the crowd that roots for them to fail is the laughing stock. We can’t affect whether the guys playing the game can play it any better, and we can’t affect who gets signed or dealt. We as fans only have power over how loud that arena is, how many jerseys are sold, and what our tweets and phone calls and comments say about us as observers. There’s no reason why we can’t be better than this.

I suppose it’s a lot easier to float with the existing momentum, to cheer for the team to do something they’re probably going to do anyway. I’ll see you when they’re good again, no matter how it happens.

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