The first NHL Winter Classic, held at Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Year's Day in 2008, has been awarded the 2008 Sports Event of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.
Just about every sports fan in Buffalo needs no help remembering the day that Crosby & Co. came into the Ralph and defeated the Sabres 2-1 in a shootout. The insults added to the injuries were Sidney Crosby scoring the winning goal in the shootout and the opposing netminder, Ty Conklin, being the same man who had rode the pine for the Sabres the last half of the season before. You'll also remember this was the year the Sabres bungled their way through the regular season and their contract talks with Brian Campbell.
Thanks for the painful memory, SBJ & SBD!
There have been a couple of things worth mentioning going on with our beloved teams lately, so I thought I'd attempt to bring you all (but mostly me) up to speed.
In Sabres news, there has been a little action in the roster department as the team lost a player and resigned another. The Sabres signed Paul Byron (left), a 5-9, 170-pound center from Montreal, Quebec, to a three-year entry-level deal. Byron has been playing for the Gatineau Olympiques in the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League). In his last season with the Olympiques, he set career highs in assists (66) and points (99) as he finished fourth in league scoring. On the flip side, the Sabres lost forward Marek Zagrapan to the Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League). He was a first-round draft pick in 2005, but spent the last three years in the minors.
[DGWUS Super Special Fun Fact: Paul Byron would later be part of the trade for Robyn Regehr. Way to go, Paul!]
He admits a mistake, but in a incredibly douchey, backhanded, and arrogant way. Also, he is still a giant loser.
I'm in full 8 year-old manner, pointing and laughing at him. Join me, will you? I assure you it happens to him frequently.
[Editor's Note: To enjoy the Scizz's original thrashing of John Hopkins, click here.]
From Chris Brown's blog, we get this little nugget about Buffalo's own little nugget being frustrated with his role in the offense.
*in no way is that an actual picture of Roscoe Parrish... it's Kanye West.
Tuesday, May 26th 8:37 AM , Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center
Walter Garbinski enters transit headquarters for what he assumes will be another slow day. As he sits at his post, monitoring the Buffalo Metro Rail, he notices the train has made an unscheduled stop between Fountain Plaza and Lafayette Square.
The charge? DUI. The cause? Despondent over breaking his streak of 150 straight field goals made from inside the 20, Lindell will attempt to drive off a bridge in his native Seattle (because really, what else is there to do in that awful place?). Unfortunately, he will miss miserably and plow into the median in the middle, hooking left instead of right.
But enough about T.O. The Bills began their OTAs today!
(insert cliche cricket noises here)
...ok, I don't really know anything about them either, but it's blog-worthy so here I go.