Boy, do I have Buffalo wing sauce on my face. Yesterday, I mentioned that the NHL was planning an outdoor hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sabres at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium, tossing in some clever (as least some people thought they were clever) remarks about the January weather in Buffalo.

And guess what? They sold out the stinkin' game (42,000 tickets) in less time than it takes the average sports fan to channel surf through the average NHL playoff game. OK, OK ... no more with the hockey digs.

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Honestly, I give the folks in Buffalo (and, I assume, in Pittsburgh) credit for supporting their teams. We have a loyal contingent of Buffalo ex-patriots here in Baltimore that gather at a Fells Point bar called Fletcher's to watch the Sabres games (we wrote about them during the playoffs earlier this year) and they are great folks -- both the people who run Fletcher's and the patrons.

But some hockey fans took my comments personally. Hey, I like hockey. I may not be an Al Morganti, with whom I worked with many moons ago, but I once wrote running stories for a Stanley Cup finals so Al could loiter in the locker room and get quotes for the REAL story that would run in later editions of the paper. And even before that, I think I sort of championed the cause of youth hockey as a writer and sports editor at small and large papers and even in a major magazine article.

But, you know, hockey fans are like their sport. Tough. So I'm going to take my chances and run this video. Weird combination of anime and some indescribable music. And, hey hockey fans, I'm just funnin' with ya.

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