I've seen the local skating rink's parking lot filled up with big, expensive SUV's in the middle of the day, which is the signal that the Sabres are back in town and starting informal practices on their own. Soon it will be training camp and pre-season games. It's just one thing that makes me love living in Buffalo. We are a town of eternal optimists, even when our teams (suck it Bills) are going down. You see Bills and Sabres t-shirts and jerseys worn tear round but when September hits, the air is electric with hope and positivity. This will be the year we go all the way.
That is until we hit a snag, or Ryan Miller goes down with an injury, or Vanek and Pominville and Roy suck it up like last season. But right now I'm just pumped to go watch a few practices. I'll hide in the back hoping I won't be perceived as a puck bunny and just wait as patiently as I can for Friday October 8, the first game of the season.