For those of you heading downtown tonight, I present to you your driving music for the evening.
It hit me while I was covering a football game earlier that the Sabres are going to unveil their Northeast Division Championship banner tonight, and I was surprised me how much that didn’t matter to me anymore. Putting new laundry up in the rafters is a good sign for sure, but I don’t feel bad about missing it at all.
The last time the Sabres put new banners up was the year they won the Presidents Trophy, and it was a very emotional scene. The team had lost players and didn’t make the playoffs that season, but at that first game there was a distinct sense of unfinished business among the fans and players. That “business” never got taken care of, though, and I wonder what that means in the long run.
Perhaps my lack of emotions is a good thing, then. The banner is symbolic of a good season that ended poorly. No “unfinished business” this time, just the plain truth that it wasn’t good enough.