Missing Out

by Ryan

I always get chills for the anthems in the playoffs.

Last night Chris and I had the same conversation we had last year. It went a little something like this:

Chris: Missing out on the playoffs sucks. Hockey is so much fun in the postseason.

Ryan: Yes, I agree.

Okay, so it was a bit more complicated than that, but you get the idea. Since we started this blog we have seen a total of four postseason Sabres games. That’s a shame, because the blogosphere is so much fun come playoff time.

The problem is that I just can’t latch onto another team and go from there now. When the Sabres aren’t in it, I become a hockey agnostic of sorts. Basically, I’m just looking for good games. Give me overtime, give me drama. That’s what we expect this time of year, right? Sure I’d like to see the Blues or Blue Jackets win a series or two, but I’m not living and dying with that series. I don’t have a backup team, and the postseason gives you too small a sample size to pick one out. Besides, isn’t it cheating if you haven’t been there all year? That’s no fun.

In a way it’s good: I won’t be getting my heart ripped out this spring. Still, the feeling of missing out is obvious, and in a way hurts just as much. Simply put: we deserve better.


  1. I have a slightly different take……hearing his rendition of O Canada makes me realize that much more how pathetically awful Kreesha Turner was before the Bills game in Toronto last year.

  2. MarkB

    Ryan, I’m with you on this one. When the Sabres miss the playoffs, I usually pick a “back up” team but my heart truly isn’t in it. I don’t really care if they get eliminated, so am I really cheering for them? I too just want to see as many OT games as I can. And I almost rather see certain teams lose (Flyers, Rangers, Hurricanes) than see a specific team win.

  3. Well the next time the Sabres make the postseason. Its going to be quite exciting around here.

    But watching some of the hockey last night, well Flyers Penquins, made me realize this team wasn’t there. I just saw another level, I don’t know if I ever saw the team play up to that standard ever.

  4. I couldn’t go through another postseason without a rooting interest, so I adopted the Blues. I’ve always kind of liked the team, so it’s not like picking somebody completely new, I guess.

    But I have to witness the intensity that comes alive in the playoffs. I just wish the Sabres could find some of that intensity when they need it.