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Cold comfort for hockey fans

Danny_3I'm not trying to steal any thunder from the Sabres Edge blog, but I am wondering today whether other parents are in the same boat I am, trying to console the hockey fans in their family over the losses of Chris Drury and Daniel Briere.

Let's face it, a lot of our kids invested a lot of emotion in the Sabres for the past two seasons. Our 14-year-old, Maddie, was monitoring the Free Agent Tracker at TSN.ca throughout the day on Sunday. And she's still checking it today, waiting for Buffalo to land a free agent.

We'll never know exactly how it would have felt to the fans if the Sabres had won the Stanley Cup last month. (And if they had, we'd be saying "We won the Cup," not THEY won it.)

This is small consolation, but I can't help but think that we would be feeling a slight emotional letdown by now if WE had won. I'm reminded of Chris Rock's joke about how a lot of African-American people were supposedly happy when O.J. Simpson was found not guilty in the murder of his wife. Rock says he's still checking his mailbox, waiting for his check: "Where's my O.J. dividend?"

Winning the Stanley Cup is completely different, but I think the question, "Is that all there is?" would have been setting in by now.

The loss of Briere and Drury is really kind of a low-stress way for our kids to learn that change is life's only constant; that money talks in business; and that we'll still root for our hometown colors and uniforms, no matter who is wearing them.

In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, "We're just cheering for laundry."

---Greg

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