Buffalo is indeed Sabres mad.
I saw multiple “Go Sabres” signs in the airport. I saw a “Welcome to Buffalo” sign that instead read “Welcome to Pominville” (as in Jason). I saw a lone woman at a bus stop wearing a Daniel Briere jersey.
Fittingly, my cab driver, a kindly elderly gent, is going to the game tonight with his daughter. He said his 5-year-old grandson can’t add 5 plus 5 but he knows every Sabres’ number as well as Ryan Miller’s goals-against.
To his credit, when I told him I cover the Rangers, he did not swerve off the road and into a telephone pole, although he did caution, somewhat chillingly, to “not say the wrong thing here because people are a little nuts right now.” He also said if the Sabres don’t win the Stanley Cup, it will be a “huge disappointment.”
But no pressure, guys. Really.