SLY NOTES: PLAYOFF PRELUDE
Wednesday, 04.13.2011 / 9:10 AM
|More than 80 alumni were on hand last weekend to celebrate 40 years of NHL hockey in Buffalo (Photo: Bill Wippert)|
-Speaking of highs, how great was last Friday’s home finale? To have over 80 Sabres Alumni on hand to celebrate 40 years of NHL hockey in Buffalo was awesome. Every generation of Sabres fans had some of their hockey heroes in town to thank for the memories. And each generation of players thanked the fans for their support when they played and for welcoming them back with love and enthusiasm. For some of those players, it was the first time in 30 years or more that they put on a sweater and were applauded. The pride and excitement I saw in Mike Robitaille when he put his sweater on for the pre-game ceremony is something I’ll never forget. It meant the world to him and his fellow alumni to be reunited, welcomed and honored as they all were. It was cool, classy and capped by a signature win.
-I almost sent Doc Emrick a text message this morning to schedule some vehicle maintenance. The NBC and Devils play-by-play wizard is right next to one of the best service men in the business on my contact list.
-How long will it take for some Philadelphia-area publication to have a column describing how Buffalo stinks, is boring, and there’s nothing to do here? Here’s a pre-emptive strike: You know what’s really boring? Reading un-original stuff by the uniformed.
-Something I am looking forward to this series is chatting with the Flyers broadcast crew. Jim Jackson, Keith Jones and Steve Coates are excellent and might be the friendliest peers in the league. While we’re on the topic of broadcasts, we will continue the pre-game show 30 minutes prior to face off for each playoff game on MSG. I would also like to recognize our production crew for their excellent work all season. Joe, Matt, Drew, Mark, Jason, Chrisanne, Jeff, and a cast of interns are here everyday working to make life easy for RJ, Harry, Roby, Razor and me. Please spend the final minute of our next broadcast reading the credits of the show. They deserve it.
-Sabres in 6 for a Happy Easter.