Greetings from the Buffalo airport, where I await my late flight to LaGuardia. The Sabres are in New Jersey tonight and visit the New York Rangers on Thursday, which gets them away from the den of losses that is HSBC Arena.
The Sabres have yet to win at home and will go for their first again Saturday when Washington visits. The home games have featured boos, jeers and apathy. The latter had one notable exception. There was a sign at the previous home game that read "Fans Show Up ... Why Don't You?"
"I am a season ticket holder since 2006 in the front row of Section 304," LaPoint told me in an e-mail. "I am a teacher who was laid off and now works a part time .4 position. I own 2 seats, selling my extra ticket to friends and strangers just so I can barely afford the rising costs. I go to every game and will post that sign every game until they wake up and start playing for the fans, for the city and for each other.
"It's not that I didn't expect much from them, it's that I guess I expect them to SHOW UP like I do every game. I pay to show up, they get PAID."