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Black, gold and powder blue caravan

Just wandered around The Ralph, including a stop at the top of the stadium, and it's amazing. The people in the upper section have the best seats, without a doubt.

Another intriguing sight is the number of Penguins fans in the house. Sidney Crosby's 87, in the usual black and retro blue variations, is all over the place. So, Penguins followers, how'd you get all the tickets? Nice job.

Speaking of jerseys, if I could have the money from one minute worth of souvenir sales inside the stadium, I could take off until after the All-Star break.

And as far as game notes go, Sabres PR guru Kevin Snow locked up the note of the year on the first day. He writes: "Both the Sabres and Penguins are 0-0-0 all-time on Tuesdays in January when playing a game outdoors."

Eat your heart out, Elias Sports Bureau.

---John Vogl


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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