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Go to Sabres games to see the best

A lot of people, including many Sabres' season ticket holders are very upset that Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier will be running this organization apparently forever.

That means Ruff must have "something" on three different NHL owners giving him a free pass to run a boring club that loses every year.

I, myself, was asked late this past season "why do you come to the games at all?" I have given this a lot of thought and I think that all Sabres' fans need to sit back, take a deep breath and relax.

Look at it this way, teams compete for the Stanley Cup each and every season and your team is in that 30-team league! That's right, at some point during a given season (sometimes multiple times, the Buffalo Sabres will play against the team that will win the Stanley Cup that year.

I know a lot of folks will correctly say the Sabres never will win but they shouldn't. Be positive. Each and every game that you attend or watch could be the game where the Sabres play the top team in the NHL that season.

What could be more exciting for a Buffalo Sabres' fan?

Richard R. Charlap Jr.



There's nothing wrong with hockey chants

I'm writing in response to the letter regarding fans who yell the opposing goalie's name during hockey games.

The writer should've figured it out years ago that it is meant to rattle, harass, annoy or just plain bother opposing goalies.

When I'm watching a hockey game and that happens it will bother me if they keep it up long enough.

The way I see it is, if fans pay their money to see a sporting event they should be able to exercise their free-speech privilege to exhort their team or to heckle opposing players.

It's part of the game and as long it isn't obscene or vulgar it will be part of sporting events forever.

Ronald Pecoraro


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