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Debut of the 'Turd Burger' comes Sunday against Detroit

The Steve Ott Twitter capture in September unveiled the Sabres' universally panned third jersey. (

 By Mike Harrington

PHILADELPHIA -- Look out, fashion police and traditionalists: The Sabres' third jersey, a gold blob unveiled to howls of derision in early September, is going to make its way to the ice for 10 home games, the team announced today. As was previously believed, the debut will be Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings and the second game will be Wednesday when Montreal comes to town.

Sabres president Ted Black initially declined comment when first asked about the reaction. It got so big and spread so far that Black finally did address it last month it in his weekly appearance on WGR Radio the morning after the season opener.

And he did it by unleashing another one of those one-word sayings (think "suffering") that the Sabres have become so famous for.

"Judge for yourself whenever you see it. If you come into the store and you look at it and say I don’t want to buy it or you do buy it ... If it doesn’t sell, it won’t really mean anything to our bottom line. It’s a third jersey. If it’s a turd burger I’ll have to put it on a bun and eat it. It’s the way it is.”

Ahem. Fair enough. The full schedule for the tur, um, third jersey:

Nov. 24 Detroit
Nov. 27 Montreal
Dec. 5 NY Rangers
Dec. 14 Calgary
Jan. 4 New Jersey
Jan. 14 Philadelphia
Feb. 5 Pittsburgh
Mar. 16 Montreal
Apr 1 New Jersey
Apr 8 Detroit


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Mike Harrington

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